The first round of the psych sheets for the 2016 U.S. Open Championships have been posted a week ahead of the meet’s start date on August 4th.
- View the psych sheets here (updated 7/29)
The meet, open to swimmers from any nationality who have met the qualifying standards, will be held at the University of Minnesota pool from August 4th-August 7th.
With the meet overlapping with the Olympic Games, it will be a much smaller affair than the 1900-or-so swimmers present at the Olympic Trials (the ‘closed’ national championships for this summer) held at the end of June. The quality, overall, will also be a little softer than that meet, or even than your average Pro Swim Series stop.
There are, however, still a handful of big names competing, not the least of which is 17-year old Michael Andrew, who finished 4th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 meter breaststroke and en route destroyed the National Age Group Record in the event.
At the Olympic Trials, Andrew focused on his best chances to make the Olympic Team, but in Minneapolis he’s entered in 7 events with a chance to really open up his schedule to some different events.
The 100 breaststroke is one of his entries (he’s seeded 2nd behind Andrew Wilson, who will join Michael Andrew on the 2016-2017 National Team when it’s released.
The more intriguing, swims, though will be the events that he didn’t race at the Olympic Trials. Those events include the 200 breaststroke, the 200 backstroke, and the 100 backstroke. That 100 back is one of his best events, but the field was stacked at the Olympic Trials, so he opted out to focus on other races.
In the 200 breaststroke, he’s actually the last seed (29th out of 29) and doesn’t officially have the U.S. Open cut in the event during the qualifying period – he had to enter with a “B” time of 2:19.68.
He’s been three seconds faster than that though (2:16.76) before the qualifying period, and based on how well he did in the 100 in Omaha, that career best is in danger.
One of the best battles of the meet will come in the women’s 100 fly. In that race, Olympic Trials finalists Sarah Gibson, Claire Donahue, and Hellen Moffitt will go head-to-head-to-head as the top three seeds among six sub-59s in the race. Germany’s Aliena Schmidtke, whose swum very well this summer if not well enough for an Olympic berth, will also race.
Other highlight names on the psych sheets:
- Louisville rising star Mallory Comerford
- National Age Group Record breaker Eva Merrell (also in the 100 fly)
- National High School Record holder and #1 high school swimmer in the class of 2016 Maxime Rooney
- Former U.S. National Team swimmer Michael Weiss
- William Stockwell of Australia, who was 6th at the Australian Olympic Trials but didn’t make the cut for the team. He’s the son of Olympians Mark Stockwell (Australia) and the legendary Tracy Caulkins (USA)
- #1 and #2 recruits in the high school girls’ class of 2017 Courtney Harnish and Sierra Schmidt
- Former U.S. National Champion in the 1500 free Katy Campbell
A full preview of the meet will come next week.