2016 U.S. Open – Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2016 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

Day 4 – Friday, August 5, 2016

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • American: 1:53.61 7/31/2012 Allison Schmitt
  • U.S. Open Meet: 1:57.54 8/10/2012 Megan Romano

Aggie Swim Club’s Sarah Gibson turned first at the 50 wall, followed closely by Allie Davis of Boilermaker Aquatics. 15-year-old Isabel Ivey of Gator Swim Club took charge in the second 50, moving ahead at the 100 wall. Ivey continued to lead the field at the 150, but Madisyn Cox brought it home to win with 1:59.51. Ivey placed second with 2:00.01, moving up from #30 to #21 on the all-time list for 15-16 girls with another year left in the age group. Club Wolverine’s Rose Bi took third with 2:00.11.

In the B final, Gabby Deloof of Club Wolverine jumped out front early and remained in clear water throughout the four laps. She won the B final in 2:00.57. Mallory Comerford from Cardinal Aquatics was second with 2:01.51; North Baltimore’s Sierra Schmidt, third with 2:01.98

Indiana University’s Stephanie Marchuk won the C final in 2:02.09, getting her hand to the wall 1/100 in front of NASA Wildcat Aquatics’ Ella Tierney, 2:02.10. Dannie Dilsaver of Greater Nebraska was third, 2:02.38.

Top 8

  1. Madisyn Cox, UNA TXLA 1:59.51
  2. Isabel Ivey, Gator Swim Club, 2:00.01
  3. Rose Bi, Club Wolverine, 2:00.11
  4. Jessica Hespeler, H2okie Aquatics, 2:00.34
  5. Sarah Gibson, Aggie Swim Club, 2:00.40
  6. Stephanie Peters, Marietta Marlins, 2:00.57
  7. Allie Davis, Boilmaker Aquatics, 2:00.92
  8. Becca Postoll, Club Wolverine, 2:01.73

Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • American: 1:42.96 8/12/2008 Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open Meet: 1:46.23 12/2/2005 Pieter van den Hoogenband, PSV

With all eight competitors in the championship final of the men’s 200 free turning together in synchronized 53s at the 100 wall, it was anyone’s contest. But the strongest back half belonged to Badger Swim Club’s Zane Grothe, and he picked up his second U.S. Open title with a 1:47.61 win. Calum Jarvis of Wales was runner-up with 1:47.94, while Great Britain’s Nicholas Grainger took third in 1:48.10.

Gator Swim Club’s Mark Szaranek took the B final with 1:50.11, just eking out a win over Club Wolverine’s Mokhtar Al-Yamani (1:50.13) and Wisconsin Aquatics’ Brett Pinfold (1:50.44).

Luke Howdle of COSSS won the C final in 1:50.90. University of Alabama’s Alex Gray touched second in 1:51.96. Johnthomas Larson from Edina Swim Club was third with 1:52.26.

Top 8

  1. Zane Grothe, Badger Swim Club, 1:47.61
  2. Calum Jarvis, Swim Wales, 1:47.94
  3. Nicholas Grainger, COSSS, 1:48.10
  4. Alexander Graham, Australia, 1:49.13
  5. Liam Egan, Crimson Aquatics, 1:49.51
  6. Maxime Rooney, Pleasanton Seahawks, 1:49.62
  7. Josua Fleagle, Ohio State, 1:50.22
  8. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin Aquatics, 1:51.17

Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • American: 1:04.45 8/7/2009 Jessica Hardy
  • U.S. Open Meet: 1:04.45 8/7/2009 Jessica Hardy

The championship final of the women’s 100 breast featured excellent racing from all eight competitors, each going faster than they had been in the morning. Olivia Anderson of Aquajets turned first at the 50 wall, just a tick ahead of Australia’s Jessica Hansen. But Hansen controlled the back half and got the win in 1:07.56. Anderson hung on for second, finishing with 1:08.00. Aggie Swim Club’s Bethany Galat was third in 1:08.46.

Anna Belousova of Nation’s Capital earned the B-final win with 1:09.47. Emily Kopas of Swim Fort Lauderdale was just behind, with 1:09.78. Maria Carlson from Wisconsin Aquatics took third in 1:10.34.

The C final went to Alexis Yager of Academy Bullets in 1:10.52. Greater Nebraska’s Dannie Dilsaver was runner-up with 1:11.98.

Top 8

  1. Jessica Hansen, Australia, 1:07.56
  2. Olivia Anderson, Aquajects Swim Team, 1:08.00
  3. Bethany Galat, Aggie Swim Club, 1:08.46
  4. Miranda Tucker, UNA CW, 1:08.79
  5. Madisyn Cox, UNA TXLA, 1:08.95
  6. Andee Cottrell, Cardinal Aquatics, 1:09.01
  7. Bridget Blood, University of Alabama, 1:09.04
  8. Franko Jonker, Aggie Swim Club, 1:09.43

Men’s 100 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • American: 58.94 6/26/2016 Kevin Cordes
  • U.S. Open Meet: 59.40 8/7/2009 Kevin Swander

Andrew Wilson of Longhorn Aquatics controlled the race from start to finish. Out first at the 50 with 27.93, he came home with the fastest back half for a personal best time of 59.51. James Wilby of Loughborough took second with 1:00.77, just edging Australia’s Tommy Sucipto (1:00.95). Michael Andrew from Race Pace Club had been second out of the morning heats, and though he was closest to Wilson at the 50 wall, he faded to fourth at the end.

Nick Zito of WEST Swim Club won a tightly-contested B final with 1:02.78. University of Alabama’s Pavel Romanov placed second in 1:02.99, just ahead of Minnetonka Swim Club’s Corey Lau, 1:03.13.

In the C final it was Indiana University’s Ian Finnerty in 1:02.86 over New Zealand’s Julian Layton (1:03.37).

Top 8

  1. Andrew Wilson,Texas Longhorns, 59.51 (Meet Record)
  2. James Wilby, Loughborough, 1:00.77
  3. Tommy Sucipto, Australia, 1:00.95
  4. Michael Andrew, Race Pace, 1:01.29
  5. Youssef El Kamash, Grand Canyon, 1:01.42
  6. Conner McHugh, University of Minnesota, 1:01.58
  7. Matthew Wilson, Australia, 1:01.84
  8. Marat Amaltdinov, Boilermaker Aquatics, 1:02.32

Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • American: 58.33 7/30/2012 Missy Franklin
  • U.S. Open Meet: 59.11 8/1/2008 Hayley McGregory

14-year-old Regan Smith of Riptide Swim Team, who had broken Missy Franklin’s 13-14 national age group record from 2009 with her prelims swim of 1:00.31, charged out to the lead over the first 50 meters of the final. Smith turned at 28.96, a full 2/10 ahead of Ali Deloof from Club Wolverine. Holly Barratt and Sian Whittaker both came home in 30.6s to shuffle the deck, and at the final touch it was Barratt in first with 59.96, Smith in second with 1:00.26, and Deloof in third with 1:00.35. Whittaker was just behind with 1:00.41. Longhorn Aquatics’ Tasija Karosas was right there with them, finishing fifth in 1:00.59.

It was Smith’s second NAG record of the day.

Aggie Swim Club’s Lisa Bratton dominated the back half of her race and easily won the B final in 1:01.65. Madison Myers of Firestone Akron went 1:02.32 to edge SwimMAC Carolina’s Julia Menkhaus (1:02.46) for second in the heat.

Kyra Sarazen of Irish Aquatics took the C final in 1:02.97, just out-touching Ridgefield Aquatic Club’s Marcie Maguire (1:03.04).

Top 8

  1. Holly Barratt, Australia, 59.96
  2. Regan Smith, Riptide 1:00.26 (Another national age group record)
  3. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine, 1:00.35
  4. Sian Whittaker, Australia, 1:00.41
  5. Tarija Karosas, Longhorn Aquatics, 1:00.59
  6. Bridgette Alexander, Kentucky Aquatics, 1:00.80
  7. Eva Merrell, Aquazot Swim Club, 1.00.15

Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • American: 51.94 7/8/2009 Aaron Peirsol
  • U.S. Open Meet: 52.51 8/7/2009 Nicholas Thoman

New York Athletic Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin left no doubt he was going after the 100 back title from the outset; he took it out in 26.35, just ahead of Indiana University’s Bob Glover. Vyatchanin continued to charge through the second half and touched first with 53.97. Glover remained in second, getting to the wall in 54.54. Robert Owen of H2okie Aquatics finished third with 55.52. Crews Wellford, Zac Incerti, and Luke Kaliszak were together at the 50 wall, nearly a full second ahead of Bryce Bohman of Club Mountaineer, but the latter powered through the second half to come in fourth with 56.04.

Indiana University’s James Beckman dropped a 56.06 to win the B final ahead of Cardinal Aquatics’ Aaron Greene (56.75) and Irish Aquatics’ Rob Whitacre (56.76).

Taylor Delk of SwimAtlanta came out on top in the C final with 57.11; Brennan Balogh of Lincoln Select and and Kyle Robrock of University of Denver followed in quick success with 57.24 and 57.27, respectively.

Top 8

  1. Arkady Vyatchanin, New York Athletic Club, 53.97
  2. Bob Glover, Indiana University, 54.54
  3. Robert Owen, H2okie Aquatics 55.52
  4. Bryce Bohman, Club Mountaineer, 56.04
  5. Crews Wellford, University of Alabama, 56.06
  6. Luke Kaliszak, University of Alabama, 56.14
  7. Zac Incerti, Australia, 56.78
  8. Jonathan Boland, South Carolina, 56.96

Women’s 400 Meter Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • American: 3:52.05 8/4/2012 USA Olympic Team (M Franklin, R Soni, D Vollmer, A Schmitt)
  • U.S. Open Meet: 4:04.64 8/2/2013 Australia (H Baker, L Pickett, C Licciardi, Y Kukla)

Australia’s Sian Whittaker, Jessica Hansen, Hadley Lindsay, and Shayna Jack won the first of two heats of women’s 400 medley relays in 4:05.96, before Aggie Swim Club came through with an even faster time (4:05.90) in the second heat to snatch the U.S. Open title away from the Australians. Lisa Bratton (1:01.11), Franko Jonker (1:09.40), Bethany Galat (59.01), and Claire Rasmus (56.38) combined for the Aggie win.

Top 8

  1. Aggie Swim Club, 4:05.98
  2. Australia, 4:05.96
  3. Cardinal Aquatics, 4:09.80
  4. Wisconsin Aquatics, 4:14.28
  5. Marlins of Raleigh, 4:14.42
  6. SwimMAC Carolina, 4:14.69
  7. Aquazot Swim Club, 4:16.41
  8. Firestoke Akron 4:18.85

Men’s 400 Meter Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • American: 3:27.28 8/2/2009 USA World Championship Team (A Peirsol, E Shanteau, M Phelps, D Walters)
  • U.S. Open Meet: 3:36.55 8/2/2008 Great Britain (M Clay, J Gibson, I Hulme, C Turner)

Australia’s Zac Incerti (55.68), Tommy Sucipto (1:00.81), Nicholas Brown (53.18), and William Stockwell (49.10) combined for a wire-to-wire win in the men’s 400 medley relay, finishing first by 3 body lengths with 3:38.77. Indiana University (Bob Gover, Levi Brock, Vini Lanza, and Sam Lorentz) were runners-up in 3:40.57, just ahead of University of Alabama (3:42.54).

Top 8

  1. Australia, 3:38.77
  2. Indiana University, 3:40.57
  3. University of Alabama, 3:42.54
  4. Wisconsin Aquatics, 3:44.08
  5. Indiana University, 3:45.27
  6. Cardinal Aquatics, 3:45.28


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tea rex
6 years ago

59.01 butterfly split for Bethany Galat. Pretty baller for her 3rd best stroke…

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