2017 Arena PSS – Atlanta: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


On the docket for day 4 is the 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 IM and the slower heats of the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 free.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • US Open Record: 2:05.96, Mary T. Meagher, 1981
  • GT Pool Record: 2:07.29, Susie O’Neill, 1995
  1. Kelsi Worrell, CARD, 2:09.44
  2. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:10.36
  3. Cassidy Bayer, NCAP, 2:11.22
  4. Vanessa Krause, CW, 2:11.83
  5. Ruby Martin, IFLY, 2:12.16
  6. Lauren Case, UT, 2:12.45
  7. Mabel Zavaros, OAK, 2:13.09
  8. Valerie Gruest Slowing, NU, 2:13.18

In the first of three circle-seeded heats Kelsi Worrell got out to a big early lead and stayed strong throughout to touch first in 2:09.44, a time that stood up as the fastest of the morning.

#1 and 2 seeds Hali Flickinger and Cassidy Bayer each won their circle-seeded heats as well to take the 2nd and 3rd spots heading to finals. Both Vanessa Krause and Ruby Martin had solid swims in Bayer’s heat to qualify 4th and 5th overall.

Barring scratches, the field from finals will feature half of the Olympic Trials finals from last summer. Flickinger earned an Olympic berth placing 2nd, with Bayer 3rd, Martin 4th and Worrell 7th.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:52.20, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 1:56.51, Denis Pankratov, 1996
  1. Marcos Lavado, AZFL, 1:57.54
  2. Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 1:59.17
  3. Tom Shields, CAL, 1:59.66
  4. Zach Harting, UOFL, 1:59.76
  5. Mack Darragh, OAK, 2:00.32
  6. Jack Conger, UT, 2:00.71
  7. Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 2:00.89
  8. Joseph Schooling, UT, 2:01.21

All of the big names made it through to the 200 fly A-final, but it was the relatively unknown Venezuelan Marcos Lavado leading the way in a time of 1:57.54. Lavado lowered his personal best of 1:57.94 set back at the Austin Pro Swim in January, and came within three one-hundredths of the Venezuelan Record held by Rafael Vidal from all the way back in 1984.

Lavado pulled away from Tom Shields on the back half in the first circle-seeded heat, with Shields touching in 1:59.66 for the 3rd fastest time of the morning. Gunnar Bentz also qualified out of that heat, 7th overall in 2:00.89.

The last heat saw Chase Kalisz run down Zach Harting for the 2nd overall seed in 1:59.17. Harting, Mack Darragh and Jack Conger all qualified out of that heat.

Joseph Schooling was the only qualifier for the A-final out of the second circle-seeded heat, winning it in a time of 2:01.21 that squeaks him in at 8th overall. This is his first and only event of the meet. Pace Clark, seeded 5th overall, was a no-show.

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:04.45, Jessica Hardy, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 1:05.83, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Lilly King, UN, 1:07.07
  2. Andrea Cottrell, UOFL, 1:08.43
  3. Miranda Tucker, CW, 1:08.67
  4. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 1:09.52
  5. Margaret Aroesty, LIAC, 1:09.98
  6. Olivia Anderson, UT, 1:10.01
  7. Elizabeth Roberts, SST, 1:11.05
  8. Emily Kopas, CW, 1:11.32

Lilly King cruised to the win in the last heat of the women’s 100 breast to solidify the top seed by well over a second in 1:07.07. Miranda Tucker took 2nd in the heat and advances 3rd overall in 1:08.67.

Andrea Cottrell and Melanie Margalis won the other two circle-seeded heats to take the 3rd and 4th seeds into tonight. This event became much more wide open when #2 and 3 seeds Katie Meili and Molly Hannis scratched out.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • US Open Record: 58.86, Adam Peaty, 2017
  • GT Pool Record: 1:00.31, Brendan Hansen, 2011
  1. Andrew Wilson, TXLA, 1:00.45
  2. Richard Funk, HPCO, 1:01.22
  3. Mauro Castillo Luna, TAMU, 1:01.73
  4. Kevin Cordes, UN, 1:01.81
  5. Nicolas Fink, ABSC, 1:01.87
  6. Carlos Claverie, UOFL, 1:01.93
  7. Moises Loschi, GTCH, 1:02.14
  8. Miguel De Lara Ojeda, UN, 1:02.28

Andrew Wilson stormed to the win in the first of three circle-seeded heats in 1:00.45 to take the top seed by nearly eight tenths heading to finals. He’ll look to take down Brendan Hansen‘s 2011 pool record of 1:00.31 tonight.

Richard Funk and Cody Miller battled it out in the last heat, with Miller touching him out. However, after a slight delay, it was revealed Miller was disqualified. Funk takes the #2 spot into finals with a nice morning swim of 1:01.22. Nicolas Fink was bumped up to 2nd in the heat after Miller’s DQ and takes the 5th spot in the A-final tonight.

In heat 4 Kevin Cordes made an appearance after no-showing the 200 breast on Friday. He was out-touched by Mauro Castillo-Luna, and both easily qualify in 3rd and 4th.

Notably in the B-final tonight is Michael Andrew (11th, 1:02.64), German Christian vom Lehn (12th, 1:02.83) and Brad Craig (14th, 1:03.40).

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  1. Ali Deloof, CW, 59.86
  2. Grace Ariola, BNY, 1:00.99
  3. Claire Adams, UT, 1:02.21
  4. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 1:02.42
  5. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC, 1:02.44
  6. Gabby Deloof, CW, 1:02.60*
  7. Alina Kendzior, UOFL, 1:02.60*
  8. Erin Voss, UN, 1:02.91

In the first circle-seeded heat Ali Deloof became the first woman ever under a minute in the 100 back in this pool, breaking Missy Franklin‘s six-year-old record in a time of 59.86. Swimming alongside her Grace Ariola also had a great swim in 1:00.99, as they head to finals 1st and 2nd. Deloof’s swim is just off her season best 59.82 that ranks 10th in the world.

Claire Adams and Hali Flickinger went 1-2 in the second last heat to take 3rd and 4th overall into finals, while Gabby Deloof and Alina Kendzior tied to win the last heat in 1:02.60, heading into finals deadlocked at 6th overall.

The third Deloof sister, Catie, qualified 9th overall in 1:02.95 and will have lane 4 in the B-final barring scratches.

There were plenty of no-shows out of the circle-seeded heats, including Olivia SmoligaSimone ManuelKelsi WorrellClara Smiddy and Alex Sumner.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • US Open Record: 51.94, Aaron Peirsol, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 53.08, Ryan Murphy, 2016
  1. David Gamburg, UN, 54.84
  2. Ryosuke Irie, MAC, 54.88
  3. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 54.89
  4. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 54.94
  5. Sean Lehane, ACAD, 55.30
  6. Paul Le, MSU, 55.45
  7. Brock Bonetti, UN, 56.05
  8. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC, 56.13

The men’s 100 back leaderboard is crowded at the top, with the top four prelim times all within a tenth of a second. David Gamburg out-touched Ryan Murphy in the last heat for the top seed in 54.84, while Murphy’s 54.94 put him 4th.

Ryosuke Irie and Jacob Pebley both won their respective heats in 54.88 and 54.89, heading into finals 2nd and 3rd.

Since Murphy tied his 2016 pool record in the 200 back last night, it’s reasonable to believe he can be close to his 100 record of 53.08.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • US Open Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • GT Pool Record: 2:09.39, Caitlin Leverenz, 2011
  1. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 2:14.50
  2. Katie Drabot, UN, 2:15.15
  3. Siobhan Haughey, CW, 2:15.57
  4. Margaret Aroesty, LIAC, 2:16.80
  5. Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, TAMU, 2:16.85
  6. Bethany Galat, UN, 2:16.91
  7. Meaghan Raab, NAC, 2:16.96
  8. Brooke Forde, LAK, 2:17.32

Melanie Margalis eased into the finish in last heat of the women’s 200 IM for the win and the top time of the morning in 2:14.50. Katie Drabot and Margaret Aroesty also qualified out of the last heat, 2nd and 4th overall.

Siobhan Haughey and Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo won the other two circle-seeded heats to easily advance 3rd and 4th overall.

Lilly King won one of the earlier heats and qualified for the B-final 13th overall. Hali Flickinger and Clara Smiddy were among the no-shows.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • US Open Record: 1:54.56, Ryan Lochte, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 1:59.27, Darian Townsend, 2011
  1. Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 2:01.87
  2. Angel Martinez, TAMU, 2:02.31
  3. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:02.95
  4. Ryosuke Irie, MAC, 2:03.10
  5. Grant Sanders, SPA, 2:03.65
  6. Mack Darragh, OAK, 2:03.76
  7. Matthew Josa, CAL, 2:03.93
  8. Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 2:04.11

Matthew Josa got off to a quick start in the last heat of the men’s 200 IM, hitting the 50 fly in 25.10. Chase Kalisz ran him down on the breast leg and cruised to the top time of the prelims in 2:01.87. Josa held off a hard charging Gunnar Bentz for 2nd in the heat, and both men will advance to the final in 7th and 8th.

Angel Martinez came out on top in heat 5, and Jay Litherland held off Ryosuke Irie in heat 6 as they qualify for the final 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall.

B-finalists include breaststrokers Nicolas Fink (11th, 2:05.40) and Carlos Claverie (12th, 2:06.32), and Michael Andrew (13th, 2:06.58).

Women’s 800 Free (Early Heats)

  1. Katie Ledecky, UN, 8:15.71
  2. G Ryan, CW, 8:36.40
  3. Rose Bi, CW, 8:36.96
  4. Sierra Schmidt, CW, 8:38.92
  5. Megan Byrnes, UN, 8:40.77
  6. Katie Drabot, UN, 8:51.15
  7. Kensey McMahon, BSS, 8:55.51
  8. Meg Finnon, ABSC, 8:57.48

The top seeded swimmers in the distance events had the option of either competing in the fast heat at finals as usual or swimming in the morning, which many of them opted to do.

Katie Ledecky was one of them, dominating the first heat in a time of 8:15.71 to break the pool record held by the late Camille Muffat from 2011. Ledecky’s swim is less than three tenths off her 8:15.44 from Mesa, the #1 time in the world.

In her post-race interview, Ledecky mentioned she opted for the early swim because she has a 9:30 class tomorrow morning, with practice before.

Club Wolverine teammates G RyanRose Bi and Sierra Schmidt all were close together throughout the race with Ryan taking the 2nd best time so far in 8:36.40.

Men’s 1500 Free (Early Heats)

  • US Open Record: 14:45.54, Peter Vanderkaay, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 14:56.40, Kieran Perkins, 1996
  1. Felix Auboeck, CW, 15:16.63
  2. Marcelo Acosta, UOFL, 15:16.95
  3. PJ Ransford, CW, 15:44.35
  4. Walker Higgins, UN, 16:05.48
  5. Ian Grum, DYNA, 16:06.31
  6. Garrison Johnson, PSDN, 16:09.68
  7. Andrej Ivanovic, IST, 16:16.59
  8. Timothy Marski, LIAC, 16:16.88

Top seed Felix Auboeck and #5 and 6 Marcelo Acosta and PJ Ransford opted to swim their 1500 free in the morning session like some of the top seeded women did.

Auboeck and Acosta duelled the entire race, with Auboeck outdoing Acosta on the final 50 in 27.13 to post the fastest time so far in 15:16.63. Acosta, who came back strong himself in 27.78, takes 2nd through one heat in 15:16.95. Ransford was 3rd, well back in 15:44.35.

All three men were part of the epic last heat of the 1650 at NCAAs in March, where Auboeck took 2nd, Ransford 6th and Acosta 10th.

The most likely to give Auboeck’s time a run is Park Tae Hwan, who will aim to hit the FINA ‘A’ standard of 15:12.79 and add this event to his World Championship schedule. Poul ZellmannRobert Finke and Zane Grothe are the other top seeds swimming tonight.

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5 years ago

Anybody know what happened to Clara Smiddy?? She’s there & swam 200 bk prelims & pulled out the rest of meet. Said it was medical issue?? Sick or hurt?? Isn’t she the swimmer who had 2 knee replacements while in high school??

5 years ago

Is Ruby Martin related to Ivy Martin?

Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

anarobic – nope, no close relationship.

samuel huntington
5 years ago

hey hey

5 years ago

Please write an article on Cody Miller and his extra dolphins kicks, this is getting ridiculous. Why isn’t he getting reprimanded? It’s a clear violation of the rules and he keeps doing it.

Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

He got reprimanded by being dq’ed.

Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

He took multiple dolphin kicks in the Olympics in the medley relay. http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/underwater-cam-phelps-23rd-olympic-gold-medley-relay

It’s just unbelievable that he would risk his teammates losing a gold and Phelps going out on a DQ. The US would have won that race easily without the extra dolphin kicks but they should have been dq’ed because of Miller.

ct swim fan
Reply to  xenon
5 years ago

He was illegal from the get go. It would seem he should not be considered for the relays until this is fixed. It really is quite obvious. His coaches have to know he does it.

Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

Curious if it was off the start or off the walls. He has a real exaggerated scooping into the water on his start, and it’s almost like a dolphin kick is a natural follow-through to get in body line. Regardless of whether he’s intentionally cheating (most think he is), or it’s just some unconscious mechanical thing, he’s got to get it fixed. Between Cordes and Miller, there can’t be a lot of confidence in a legal relay.

Reply to  Bigly
5 years ago

He’s been dqing for what, 6-7 years now for the same thing… I think it’s intentional.

Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

He also took multiple dolphin kicks in the 100 breast final in Rio. He doesn’t deserve his bronze and gold from Rio.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
5 years ago

Luckily Andrew Wilson, Will Licon, and Michael Andrew are all solid alternatives

Reply to  Swimnerd
5 years ago

Ohh yes , specially Wilson for the 100

E Gamble
Reply to  Swimnerd
5 years ago

Andrew Wilson, Will Liconhave and Michael Andrew have not been 58 plus in the 100 breast flat start. Cody and Kevin have.

Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

There’s this little thing called “development” usually occurs through hard work over time. I have a feeling any of those 3 can get to 58 or split it with a relay start. Also it’s better to have a legal breast leg vs a dq via multiple dolphin kicks.

Reply to  Nah
5 years ago

Honestly, if he qualifies for Worlds, I will be extremely nervous about the US Team being DQed in the Medley Relay.

5 years ago

Funk v. Fink matchup again tonight. Just like the good old days.

Reply to  Marley09
5 years ago

Cordes too

E Gamble
5 years ago

Does anyone know if Kevin Cordes is still training with Sergio at Auburn?

5 years ago

what happened to Smoliga?

E Gamble
Reply to  Canswim13
5 years ago

Scratched ?

5 years ago

Great web coverage -all I can get are the 4 commercials on loop.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Patrick
5 years ago

The web coverage here stopped in the last heat of the women’s 200 fly and never returned. USA swimming needs to work on many things in their webcasts, especially the picture quality and today, just staying on the air. Terrible!!!

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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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