2016 U.S. Open Psych Sheets Posted

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.

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 GibsonClaire 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.



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4 years ago

Not many at all attending!!!!! Never seen so few entries at a US open!!!

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

Not surprising, I would think many people are taking a well deserved break after Trials or are at their respective Junior National meets or Futures and such. Then of course, many others who might compete will be at the Olympics, both US and foreign athletes.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Hopefully Mr Rooney can rebound in August after a disappointing meet at trials.

Regan Smith is at home in Minnesota and I expect big things from her at US Open and at US juniors.

And I presume it’s just a warm-up before US junior nationals the week after but it’s cool to see Mr Lasco swim against the adults in both backstroke events.

Sergey v
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I almost forgot Rooney didn’t make it.
Wow.. That was truly disappointing.

4 years ago

So weird to see such a small meet! Looks like the majority of people attending will get second swims! Very excited to watch Eva Merrell after some great swims at OTs. Also very excited to watch 15yo Erica Sullivan; she just seems to keep improving! Looking forward to a great meet!

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