2017 U.S. Open: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap


The U.S. Open is set to get underway this morning from East Meadow, NY. Just the 200 fly and 100 free events take place on day 1 prelims, with heats of the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 free scheduled for this afternoon.

Fresh off the 2017 World Championships, Hali Flickinger leads the women’s 200 fly, along with 2016 Trials 3rd and 4th place finishers Cassidy Bayer and Ruby Martin.

Gunnar Bentz and Zach Harting headline the men’s 200 fly, while #2 seed Jonathan Gomez has scratched. Margo Geer and Maxime Rooney hold the top seeds in the 100 free.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • American Record: 2:04.14, Mary Descenza, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.96, Mary T. Meagher, 1981
  • U.S. Open Meet: 2:07.20, Susie O’Neill, 1999
  1. Cassidy Bayer, NCAP, 2:09.21
  2. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:10.05
  3. Ruby Martin, IFLY, 2:11.72
  4. Francesca Stoppa, PPST, 2:11.77
  5. Vanessa Krause, UN, 2:12.63
  6. Hannah Saiz, SSTY. 2:12.67
  7. Lauren Case, TXLA, 2:13.03
  8. Sharli Brady, UMIZ, 2:13.23

Nation’s Capital’s Cassidy Bayer leads the women’s 200 fly prelims after a strong morning swim in 2:09.21, her fastest swim of the season. Ruby Martin (2:11.72) and Francesca Stoppa were 2nd and 3rd in Bayer’s heat, and qualify 3rd and 4th overall for tonight’s finals.

Hali Flickinger was solid to win the last heat and qualify 2nd overall in 2:10.05, and will look to be faster than her World Championship best (2:07.89) tonight. Vanessa Krause won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:12.63 and heads into finals seeded 5th, while Hannah Saiz qualified 6th from Flickinger’s heat in 2:12.67.

Among those missing the A-final was Remedy Rule of Longhorn Aquatics, who ended up 9th in 2:13.34.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • American Record: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • U.S. Open Meet: 1:55.64, Sebastien Rousseau, 2013
  1. Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 1:59.20
  2. Miles Smachlo, UN, 1:59.39
  3. Zach Brown, MOR, 1:59.46
  4. Sam Pomajevich, NCAP, 1:59.77
  5. Zach Harting, CARD, 1:59.79
  6. Mike Thomas, CAL, 1:59.83
  7. Mick Litherland, DYNA, 2:00.16
  8. Bowen Gough, WAIS, 2:00.20

Gunnar Bentz led a group of six men who were sub-2:00 this morning, clocking in at an easy 1:59.20 to take the top seed for tonight’s finals. NCAP’s Sam Pomajevich was 2nd to Bentz in the last heat in 1:59.77, moving on to finals in 4th place.

The 6th of 7 seeds was led by Miles Smachlo, who was a surprise A-finalist at U.S. World Trials in June. He won the heat in 1:59.39, and was joined under the two minute barrier by Zach Brown (1:59.46) and Zach Harting (1:59.79) who take the 3rd and 5th spots overall.

2015 World Junior bronze medalist Mike Thomas of Cal won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:59.83, and moves on in 6th while Mick Litherland sits 7th (2:00.16).

14-year-old Rose Dare dropped two seconds to place 21st in 2:02.56, moving him into 3rd all-time in the boys 13-14 age category. He’ll swim again tonight in the C-final.

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  • American Record: 52.27, Simone Manuel, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 52.81, Mallory Comerford, 2017
  • U.S. Open Meet: 53.92, Megan Romano, 2012
  1. Marie Wattel, FRA, 55.15
  2. Courtney Caldwell, WOLF, 55.43
  3. Margo Geer, FORD, 55.50
  4. Amanda Kendall, UN, 55.69
  5. Claire Rasmus, AGS, 55.91
  6. Kristin Malone, AGS, 55.92
  7. Rebecca Millard, TXLA, 55.94
  8. Claire Adams, CSC, 55.97

France’s Marie Wattel posted the top time of the morning in the women’s 100 free, coming just 0.02 off her time from the French Championships this year in 55.15. Courtney Caldwell (55.43) of the Wolfpack took 2nd to Wattel in heat 9, and the two will have the middle lanes in the final tonight after delivering the top two times.

Three-time relay medalist from the 2015 World Championships Margo Geer won the last heat and takes the 3rd spot into finals at 55.50, just ahead of Amanda Kendall (55.69) and Claire Rasmus (55.91).

Rebecca Millard of Longhorn won heat 8 and is the only one to make the A-final out of that heat, leaving Marissa Berg (56.07), Gabby Deloof (56.25) and Eva Merrell (56.47) on the outside looking in.

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

  • American Record: 47.17, Caeleb Dressel, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 47.58, Jason Lezak, 2008
  • U.S. Open Meet: 48.52, Nicholas Brunelli, 2009
  1. Tate Jackson, TXLA, 48.99
  2. Robert Howard, BAMA, 49.19
  3. Maxime Rooney, PLS / BJ Hornikel, UN, 49.33
  4. Jeff Newkirk, QSTS, 49.77
  5. Brett Ringgold, NTN, 49.88
  6. Andrew Loy, OSU, 50.35
  7. Long Gutierrez, CAL, 50.38

Tate Jackson of Longhorn Aquatics unloaded a big best time this morning in the men’s 100 free, breaking the 49-second barrier for the first time in 48.99. His college teammates Jeff Newkirk of Quest and Brett Ringgold of North Texas also cracked 50 seconds from heat 5 to qualify for the A-final, 5th and 6th overall in 49.77 and 49.88 respecitvely.

Robert Howard of Alabama won heat 6 in 49.19 for the #2 time, while Maxime Rooney and BJ Hornikel tied in heat 7 for a share of 3rd place in 49.33. Andrew Loy of Ohio State and Long Gutierrez of Cal also got in the A-final from the last heat.

Among those missing out on the ‘A’ final and relegated to the ‘B’ were some notable international names. South Africans Brad Tandy (50.39) and Christopher Reid (50.71) took 9th and 14 overall, while Brazil’s Matheus Santana (50.42) and the Netherlands’ Laurent Bams (50.52) were 10th and t-11th respectively.

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4 years ago

Excited to see how Hali and Cassidy do. Both have underperformed this summer, and I hope they can put up strong 200 flys

bobo gigi
Reply to  Wallaby
4 years ago

Consolation meet for many swimmers this week. Taper meet of the summer for the French present there.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Rooney has also underperformed. He trains with Dressel. He should be inspired. Interesting to wach him.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

They might not train in same groups. WUG is three weeks away so his coach probably didn’t taper him for this meet.

Mr G
Reply to  yardfan
4 years ago

Not sure about their Florida training groups (e.g. sprint vs mid), but this summer Maxime has been training back in Pleasanton and, yes, it seems very reasonable for him to save his taper for WUG.

Swim Fan
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Times gets the swimmers on the USA National Team for stipends and other support. Still an important meet for some.

Swim Fan
4 years ago

Any live streaming for this meet? Anyone… Anyone…Please

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swim Fan
4 years ago

https://www.usaswimming.org/ it’s on the main page, just scroll down

bobo gigi
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
4 years ago

I have a big NBC sports thing instead of the live webcast. 😡

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Coach Mike 1952, it works for you?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Usa swimming webcast has plagued with errors so far. Currently not getting any stream at all, if and when it’s up and running your best bet Bobo would be to use a vpn app to access US content try vpn express.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I think you need VPN

bobo gigi
4 years ago

If my math are good, 9 AM EST in USA means 3 PM here in France. It’s 3.10 PM and there’s no trace of live webcast on the USA swimming website so far….
Webcast schedule announced

Hint of Lime
4 years ago

Cassidy 2:09.21!

Swim Fan
Reply to  Hint of Lime
4 years ago

Thanks.. Not Posted yet on website. Not a bad swim for the morning.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

9 AM US Open prelims
NBC sports
Coverage has concluded for the day
I’m the only person on earth who sees that instead of the live webcast?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

You have to use vpn with american ip

bobo gigi
Reply to  vidi
4 years ago

Thanks for answering. So you just told me that it was not available officially outside of USA? 😯
Even that kind of meets is under NBC dictatorship?
Seriously I don’t like the new version of the USA swimming website since it has changed but the worst thing is that I can’t watch anymore the US meets I used to watch free and live until this year. No more US nationals. I presume no more US juniors? No more Grand Prix meets? That’s great news. Great progression this year. MAKE AMERICA BAD AGAIN.
I’m sad. I’m going to cry all day. 😥

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Well if it’s any consolation , it appears those of us in the US can’t watch either ?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I agree I really do not like the new USA swimming redesign..one of the worst ones out there. They should revert back.

4 years ago

“Live stream will resume shortly” is dominating the men’s 2 Fly.

Reply to  1anda2
4 years ago

Dark horse!

bobo gigi
4 years ago

For Missy fans
I saw her last Sunday in the stands in Budapest. In that interview I learn that she went to France recently and went to a Mediterranean cruise. I also earn that she lives with Murphy, Pebley and Prenot. Big news in that interview about Murphy. He’s allergic to cats and dogs. His rivals know what they have to do behind the blocks now. Bring with you some cats and dogs.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Missy’s a better person than me, I’d take my cat over my roommate any day.

Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

that house must be Huge..

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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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