2017 Arena PSS – Atlanta: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Day 3 prelims from Atlanta are set to get underway with the 200 free, 200 back, 50 free and 400 IM on the schedule.

Check out scratches from prelims here.

Women’s 200 Free Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:54.40, Allison Schmitt, 2012
  • GT Pool Record: 1:54.82, Katie Ledecky, 2016
  1. Katie Ledecky, UN, 1:56.97
  2. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 1:57.69
  3. Siobhan Haughey, CW, 1:58.87
  4. Simone Manuel, UN, 1:59.44
  5. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 1:59.65
  6. Easop Lee, NBAC, 1:59.89
  7. Andi Murez, UN, 1:59.98
  8. Cierra Runge, WA, 2:00.14

Katie Ledecky and Melanie Margalis pulled away from the field in the last heat to take the top two seeds heading into tonight by a wide margin. Ledecky got to the wall first in 1:56.97, followed by Margalis in 1:57.69.

In the second-to-last heat Siobhan Haughey led four swimmers who broke two minutes and made the A final, with Simone ManuelEasop Lee and Andi Murez joining her. Hali Flickinger and Cierra Runge qualified out of the first circle-seeded heat.

Mallory Comerford, the co-NCAA champ in this event along with Ledecky, was out-touched by Runge in her heat and ended up 9th when all was said and done in 2:00.35. Among those likely joining her in the B final tonight will be Rebecca SmithKatie Drabot and Amanda Weir.

Last night’s 100 fly winner Kelsi Worrell dropped nearly a second from her entry time to win one of the early heats in 2:02.61, ultimately giving her 20th overall.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:44.10, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 1:46.36, Yannick Angel, 2011
  1. Park Tae Hwan, KOR, 1:48.24
  2. Joao De Lucca, CARD, 1:49.07
  3. Felix Auboeck, CW, 1:49.27
  4. Patrick Callan, TAC, 1:49.58
  5. Zane Grothe, BAD, 1:49.74
  6. Tom Shields, CAL, 1:50.08
  7. Marcos Lavado, AZFL, 1:50.10
  8. Clark Smith, UT, 1:50.25

Park Tae Hwan pulled ahead of Joao De Lucca on the last 50 to win heat 9 and take the top spot in the men’s 200 free heading into finals. Park’s time of 1:48.24 is just half a second off the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:47.73, a time he’ll be shooting for tonight. He already made the grade in the 100 and 400 free yesterday, which will qualify him for the World Championships.

De Lucca was 2nd in 1:49.07, and Zane Grothe and Marcos Lavado both made the A-final out of the last heat as well. Felix Auboeck and Patrick Callan had wins in heat 7 and 6 respectively to take 3rd and 4th overall.

Tom Shields won heat 8 in 1:50.08 to qualify 6th overall, with Clark Smith sneaking in for 8th at 1:50.25. A lot of notable names missed the A-final, including Blake Pieroni (9th, 1:50.31), Gunnar Bentz (11th, 1:50.63), Jack Conger (19th, 1:51.50) and Ryan Murphy (22nd, 1:51.78).

Chase Kalisz and Jacob Pebley both no-showed, with Kalisz having the 400 IM later and Pebley the 200 back.

Women’s 200 Back Prelims

  • US Open Record: 2:05.68, Missy Franklin, 2013
  • GT Pool Record: 2:07.14, Missy Franklin, 2011
  1. Melissa Postoll, NU, 2:11.85
  2. Erin Voss, UN, 2:11.95
  3. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:12.54
  4. Gabby DeLoof, CW, 2:13.02
  5. Clara Smiddy, CW, 2:14.45
  6. Jen King, UN, 2:14.46
  7. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC, 2:14.90
  8. Grace Ariola, BNY, 2:15.15

Melissa Postoll and Ervin Voss posted the top two time in the women’s 200 back out of heat 4, with Postoll a tenth ahead at 2:11.85. Hali Flickinger made her second A final in as many events qualifying 3rd in 2:12.54, and Gabby DeLoof had an equally impressive double taking 4th after placing 12th in the 200 free.

DeLoof’s Club Wolverine teammate Clara Smiddy was 5th in 2:14.45, while top seed coming in Claire Adams missed the A final in 15th (2:17.93).

Olivia Smoliga was a no-show in heat 3.

Men’s 200 Back Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:53.08, Aaron Peirsol, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 1:55.82, Ryan Murphy, 2016
  1. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 1:59.65
  2. Christian Diener, GER, 2:00.24
  3. Sean Lehane, ACAD, 2:00.65
  4. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 2:00.83
  5. Ryosuke Irie, MAC, 2:00.96
  6. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC, 2:01.22
  7. Clark Beach, QSTS, 2:01.48
  8. Jay Litherland, DYMA, 2:01.77

Cal’s Jacob Pebely closed in 29.87 to run down Germany’s Christian Diener and win the 4th of 5 heats in the men’s 200 back in a time of 1:59.65. Pebley’s time stood up as the fastest of the morning, the only one under two minutes. Diener’s swim of 2:00.24 was good for 2nd overall.

Sean Lehane out-touched a cruising Ryan Murphy in the last heat as they take the 3rd and 4th seeds into finals. Heat 3 featured veterans Ryosuke Irie and Arkady Vyatchanin, with Irie taking it in 2:00.96 to qualify 5th overall and Vyatchanin not far back for 6th.

Women’s 50 Free Prelims

  • US Open Record: 24.13, Cate Campbell, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 24.87, Amy Van Dyken, 1996
  1. Simone Manuel, UN, 25.43
  2. Michelle Toro, HPCO, 25.52
  3. Madison Kennedy, MAC, 25.57
  4. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 25.61
  5. Mallory Comerford, UOFL, 25.62
  6. Kelsi Worrell, CARD, 25.77
  7. Grace Ariola, BNY, 25.82
  8. Sandrine Mainville, HPCO, 25.92

All 8 A finalists broke 26 seconds, led by Olympic silver medalist Simone Manuel in 25.43. Canada’s Michelle Toro was less than a tenth back of Manuel in heat 7 and takes the 2nd spot heading into finals.

Madison Kennedy and Olivia Smoliga each won their circle-seeded heat to easily make the final 3rd and 4th overall, and Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell get in after both missing in the 200 free. Grace Ariola and last night’s 100 free runner-up Sandrine Mainville round out the top eight.

Amanda Weir was on the outside looking in when all was said and done, 9th in 26.01.

Lilly KingAndrea Cottrell and Olivia Anderson all swam breaststroke, with King putting up a solid 30.39, just off her PB of 30.35.

Men’s 50 Free Prelims

  • US Open Record: 21.14, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 21.85, Nathan Adrian, 2011
  1. Michael Andrew, RPC, 22.77
  2. Michael Chadwick, UN, 22.81
  3. Blake Pieroni, UN, 22.83
  4. Josh Schneider, NYAC, 23.09
  5. Marcus Schlesinger, UN, 23.12*
  6. Andrew Chetcuti, SASC, 23.12*
  7. Santiago Grassi, AU, 23.17
  8. Matias Koski, DYNA, 23.20

Not long after his 200 back Michael Andrew came back with a solid 50 free of 22.77 to take the top spot into finals. Michael Chadwick and Blake Pieroni were the only other two under 23 this morning in a relatively slow field.

After a disastrous 100, Josh Schneider qualified 4th in 23.09. Anthony Ervin, who didn’t have a great 100 either, missed in 9th at 23.22.

Many of the top seeds were no-shows. Tom Shields and Joao De Lucca chose to sit out after qualifying for tonight in the 200 free, while Nathan Adrian hasn’t scratched despite not being in attendance. Germany’s Damian Wierling and Cal’s Seth Stubblefield also didn’t show. Adrian, Wierling and Stubblefield’s absence left the 8th and final heat with the three middle lanes empty.

Women’s 400 IM Prelims

  • US Open Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • GT Pool Record: 4:33.55, Elizabeth Beisel, 2016
  1. Katie Ledecky, UN, 4:43.32
  2. Vien Nguyen, UN, 4:45.90
  3. Brooke Forde, LAK, 4:46.74
  4. Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, TAMU, 4:48.57
  5. Bethany Galat, UN, 4:49.83
  6. Brooke Zeiger, UN, 4:50.16
  7. Margaret Aroesty, UN, 4:50.78
  8. Valerie Gruest Slowing, NU, 4:53.44

The 400 IMs were scheduled this morning with the two circle-seeded heats going first, rather than last like usual. It sounds weird to say, but Katie Ledecky won heat 1 in a time of 4:43.32 that stood up as the fastest overall.

Vien Nguyen led Ledecky through 300m only to get passed on the free. She takes the #2 time into tonight at 4:45.90. Brooke Forde won heat 2 in 4:46.74 and heads in 3rd.

Rachael Bradford-Feldman initially posted the 4th fastest time at 4:47.41, but wad disqualified. That moved Valerie Gruest Slowing into the A-final.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • US Open Record: 4:05.25, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 4:14.66, Jay Litherland, 2016
  1. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 4:24.52
  2. Grant Sanders, SPA, 4:24.65
  3. Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 4:25.57
  4. Carlos Claverie, UOFL, 4:25.80
  5. Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 4:27.62
  6. Robert Finke, SPA, 4:27.70
  7. Charlie Swanson, CW, 4:28.84
  8. Stephen Holmquist, CW, 4:29.02

The three IMers from Georgia, Chase KaliszJay Litherland and Gunnar Bentz all cruised their way into the 400 IM A final this morning. Kalisz topped the first heat in 4:24.52, followed by Bentz who ran down Robert Finke for 2nd.

Heat 2 saw Litherland edge out Grant Sanders for the top spot in 4:24.52, earning him the top time of the morning with Sanders in 2nd.

Breaststroker Carlos Claverie nabbed a top-8 time in the first non-circle-seeded heat clocking 4:25.80 for the 4th spot. He had the top breast leg in 1:11.49.



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Swim fan
6 years ago

Murphy 5th in the 2 back?

Reply to  Swim fan
6 years ago

not tonight

6 years ago

Margalis will be in that 800 free relay this summer ….she had a solid time for prelims behind KL .

bobo gigi
6 years ago

I start to wonder if we’ll see Dwyer this year.

E Gamble
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I don’t think he will be ready for worlds. He was in Costa Rica this past week having fun with friends. He’s about that bling now. ?

stanford fan
Reply to  E Gamble
6 years ago

plus, he’s recently joined a modeling agency so…

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Courageous 400 IM/200 back double for Jay Litherland.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Looks like Olivia Smoliga will be at war with the 200 back during her entire career. I’d like to see her swim that event in season to work the last 25 of her 100. No way. She hates the 200 back.

Interesting to see Mallory Comerford tonight in the 200 free. She has been clear in interview in Mesa saying that, right now, her best LCM event was the 100 free. She lacks LCM training for the 200 and experience overall. Remember she swims seriously in the big pool only for 2 years. If she can go 1.57 mid next summer then it should be enough to make the relay. But nothing is less certain. Anyway she has 3 years… Read more »

james newtron
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I mean she does train at UGA, I’m sure she could rip one if she trained for it. She needs more speed in her backstroke moving forward, I know everyone will think that’s a crazy statement as she’s one of the greatest scy sprinters of all time but LC is a different game. Not as many walls for her to capitalize on nor does she strike me as our top 50 backstroker/freer at the moment.

Comerford will make the team this summer for the 4×200. The 100 is her best event currently but following KL and LS it’s wide open for the final 4 spots. She’s going to be interesting to watch over the next few years

6 years ago

MA goes a 1:13 100 breast with 27.9 and 45 second splits. Must not have a 50 at this meet.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Kid
6 years ago

I don’t understand his career goals anymore. I wonder if I have ever understood them….
He swims a 200 back and then a 50 free….
Which events does he target at world trials? On paper it should be 50/100 breast and 200 IM. So his focus all season should be to prepare these events.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

HE needs real Coaching …….thats the problem as i see it .

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Maybe he is swimming other strokes competerively to prepare for his im? Kinda like chase with his 200 fly and 200 breast?

Captain Awesome
6 years ago

Something that’s confused me for a while (while also not particularly important) is why do the commentators (is it Rowdy, I don’t watch enough US swimming to recognise his voice) pronounce Zane Grothe’s last name Grothee? Is that how the name is meant to be pronounced? Or do they not realise that the E at the end of words is usually silent.

Reply to  Captain Awesome
6 years ago

Same thing for Robert and Summer Finke. The ‘e’ is silent yet the announcer insists on pronouncing it. Something he didn’t do last year at trials nor at jr. pan pacs

Sam Kendricks
Reply to  Watcher
6 years ago

Just to clarify, Zane’s pronunciation has gone both ways over the years. Last year, before Trials, Zane’s coach John Collins of Badger, visited with me firsthand to let us know that the “E” in his last name is not silent. For years, going back to his days at Auburn, we were told it was pronounced like “Growth”. It can be hard to remember after having said that way for years. But as far as we have been informed, Zane’s name is pronounced “Growth-ee”. Hope that helps.

6 years ago

Smith 8th for A final while Conger 19th for C final. lol
Indeed interesting.
I would advise those who predicted a lot of qualified events(6 events including relays was the most I’ve seen) this summer for Conger, think wise.

Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

What are you talking about?

Reply to  Nah
6 years ago

Saw someone predicted Conger qualified for 100fr relay/200fr/200fr relay/100fly/200fly/MR…(the most for the men team?)
With Kalisz and Shields performing so well in season, I don’t think it’s safe to say Conger is a lock for 200fly.

Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

Chase isn’t going to have a huge drop at trials. Do you think he’s gonna go 1:53 200 fly and 2:07 200 breast? No way haha

Jack and Townley were 1:51 in the 200 free at this meet last year and both went 1:45s at OT, chill out man.

Reply to  Nah
6 years ago

Thanks for the reminder, didn’t remember they were 1:51 last year. lol
But there is no need to take a 1:53 to qualified 200 fly at Nationals…

samuel huntington
Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

what are you talking about? Conger’s time have been right on track this meet. He will have huge drops at Trials. I see nothing concerning for Conger at this meet.

Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

Didn’t mean to throw a wet blanket on…but remember when most predicted Conger would have qualified for 200 fly behind Phelps at OT last year?

What I wrote above only tried to state two points:
1) Don’t sleep on Kalisz and Shields
2) It’s hard to handle so many events at one meet(at Nationals or Worlds)

bobo gigi
Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

It’s hard but it’s also useless to swim events in which you have no medal chance if it puts at risk your best event. I talk about Kalisz here. 200 fly/200 IM/400 IM is well enough at world trials.
Conger will have choices to do as well. 200 free/200 fly/100 free/100 fly is too much. Anyway he must focus on either free or fly in the future if he wants to be great at one event and be a gold medal contender in 2020. Otherwise he will continue to be good at many events but not great. Unless your name is MP, you can’t be a 200 free medal contender if you train at the same time seriously for… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

James Guy seems to be doing well on both …….but thats not the question here . Those guys will have to choose the best balanced line-up of events if they want to shine this summer . Conger has finally the chance to step Up BIG . Same goes for the others ……

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

“200 free/200 fly/100 free/100 fly is too much”, you’re the one who gave so many events for him. lol

100free is right after 200fly at Nationals, I doubt he could made the top 6.

I would like to argue the part”useless to swim events in which you have no medal chance”, even it is hard to place top 3 at international stage, I still like to see US swimmers race at final. Remember only 1 swimmer made the 200 fly final at Rio last year? I hope this year it will be 2(hoping the same for W200fly 200br and 400IM, but maybe I’m being too optimism).

Hagino will also be swimming quite a lot of… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

It is not pointless, its good for training and behind Petty no one is lighting anything up….Go for it Chase!!
4 events can be done it is just difficult, also someone like Chase could add an event since he is less likely to be on any relays….at least at the moment

Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

Predictions is only predictions – not how those guys will swim and qualify end of June .

6 years ago

I know, but don’t you find it’s amusing for someone predicted Conger for 6 events(the most on men team)? lol

Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

Another note, the link above, Smith was predicted for 4 events…it’s hard too. Jaeger said he was already half dead(not sure I remember this correctly) to handled 400 800 1500 at Worlds.

Especially for Clark Smith who didn’t have too much international stage experience like Detti, Sun or Park.

Reply to  gigglewater
6 years ago

who cares …..

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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