2017 U.S. Open: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Like day 1, there will only be two events on tap for day 3 preliminaries from East Meadow, with the 400 IM and 100 fly on the schedule.

Top seed in the men’s 400 IM Gunnar Bentz has scratched in order to focus on the 100 fly, where he’s seeded 6th. You can check out all scratches from day 3 prelims here.

Women’s 400 IM Prelims

  • American Record: 4:31.12, Katie Hoff, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  • U.S. Open Meet: 4:38.38, Katie Hoff, 2006
  1. Fantine LeSaffre, FRA, 4:44.55
  2. Sharli Brady, UMIZ, 4:46.64
  3. Kay Sargent, UN, 4:46.99
  4. Matea Samardzic, SCAR, 4:47.19
  5. Mia Nonnenberg, BAMA, 4:47.30
  6. Savanna Faulconer, YCCS, 4:47.83
  7. Hannah Burns, GSC, 4:48.98
  8. Vanessa Pearl, MTRO, 4:49.53

A massive breaststroke leg gave France’s Fantine LeSaffre a sizeable lead in the sixth and final heat of the women’s 400 IM, touching in a final time of 4:44.55 to qualify 1st for tonight’s final. Mia Nonnenberg of Alabama had a strong front half and held on for 2nd in the heat, qualifying 5th in 4:47.30, and Savanna Faulconer was right behind to take 3rd and qualify 6th overall.

Sharli Brady of Missouri duked it out with Kay Sargent and Matea Samardzic in the first circle-seeded heat, using a strong freestyle leg to win the heat and qualify 2nd overall in 4:46.64. Sargent (4:46.99) and Samardzic (4:47.19) sit 3rd and 4th.

Hannah Burns of Gator and Vanessa Pearl of Metroplex came in behind them in the 5th heat and squeak into finals in the 7th and 8th position, leaving Ashley Neidigh (4:50.46), Margaret Aroesty (4:51.07) and Meaghan Raab (4:51.43) on the outside looking in.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • American Record: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:05.25, Michael Phelps, 2008
  • U.S. Open Meet: 4:11.11, Sebastien Rousseau, 2013
  1. Charlie Swanson, UN, 4:18.02
  2. Sam Stewart, TXLA, 4:19.81
  3. Jonathan Roberts, NTN, 4:21.84
  4. Kieran Smith, RAC, 4:22.26
  5. Andrew Brady, UN, 4:23.38
  6. Ross Palazzo, HEAT, 4:23.41
  7. Carter Grimes, SAND, 4:23.84
  8. Grant Sanders, UN, 4:24.45

Michigan’s Charlie Swanson put on a dominant display in the first of two circle-seeded heats in the men’s 400 IM, clearing the field by over six seconds to take the top time of the morning in 4:18.02. His breaststroke leg was particularly impressive, splitting a world class 1:10.11.

The last heat featured five of the eventual finalists, led by Longhorn Aquatics’ Sam Stewart who was swimming out in lane 9. Stewart mowed down collegiate teammate Jonathan Roberts on the breaststroke leg and sailed to the heat win in 4:19.81, followed by Roberts (4:21.84) and Kieran Smith (4:22.26), as they qualified 2nd through 4th overall.

Swimming out of heat 4, Andrew Brady dropped over six seconds from his seed time to qualify for the A-final 5th in 4:23.38.

Women’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • American Record: 55.98, Dana Vollmer, 2012
  • U.S. Open Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  • U.S. Open Meet: 58.18, Elaine Breeden, 2009
  1. Amanda Kendall, UN, 58.22
  2. Cassidy Bayer, NCAP, 58.97
  3. Marie Wattel, FRA, 59.34
  4. Vanessa Krause, UN, 59.62
  5. Lauren Case, TXLA, 59.78
  6. Christie Jensen, IU, 1:00.11
  7. Hannah Saiz, SSTY, 1:00.12
  8. Bailey Nero, AU, 1:00.15

Both Amanda Kendall and Cassidy Bayer posted prelim times faster than they managed in either prelims or finals at U.S. World Trials in June, putting them atop the leaderboard heading into tonight in times of 58.22 and 58.97 respectively. Kendall’s swim just misses the meet record by four one-hundredths, while Bayer’s time puts her 6th all-time in the 17-18 age group.

They each won their respective heats, and France’s Marie Wattel, who won the 100 free on day 1, won the other circle-seeded heat to qualify 3rd overall in 59.34.

Vanessa Krause and Lauren Case also cracked a minute to qualify 4th and 5th, and Indiana’s Christie Jensen knocked over a second off her seed to take 6th. #4 seed coming in Eva Merrell declared a false-start.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • American Record: 49.82, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: 50.22, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • U.S. Open Meet: 51.65, Tom Shields, 2013
  1. Matthew Josa, CAL, 52.36
  2. Andrew Liang, STAN, 52.94
  3. Tripp Cooper, TXLA, 52.97
  4. Maxime Rooney, PLS, 53.00
  5. John Shebat, NCAP, 53.08
  6. BJ Hornikel, UN, 53.31
  7. Miles Smachlo, UN, 53.49
  8. Sam Pomajevich, NCAP, 53.54

Cal’s Matthew Josa stormed to the top time of the morning in the 10th and final heat, hitting the wall in 52.36 to just miss his season-best of 52.33 from World Trials. John Shebat touched 2nd in 53.08, qualifying him 5th for tonight’s championship final.

Andrew Liang (52.94) and Tripp Cooper (52.97) had near identical splits from heat 9, as they take the 2nd and 3rd spots heading into finals, while Miles Smachlo (53.49) and Sam Pomajevich (53.54) qualify for their second A-final of the meet in 7th and 8th.

Maxime Rooney won heat 8 and qualifies 4th in 53.00. Gunnar Bentz initially out-touched Rooney by 0.01, but was disqualified.

Zach Harting (53.94), Long Gutierrez (53.99) and Nicolas Albiero (54.05) were among those relegated to the B-final, while Michael Andrew (54.49) will swim in the C-final.

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expert coach
6 years ago

Of course they had to get their dig in on MA, mentioning that he fell to the C final. What is the purpose of talking about that when they didn’t say any other swimmers that made the C final? They are constantly trying to poison the well for USRPT.

samuel huntington
Reply to  expert coach
6 years ago

they mentioned it because he holds many NAGs

Reply to  expert coach
6 years ago

Expert coach; That is false equivalence. MA has been in the spotlight for the last few years, nag records, youngest proffesional, adidas sponsorship and alternate/controversial training regime. He has gone significantly faster than his time today and seems to be very inconsistent. As a fan of MA and someone who wants to see him succeed, this is of interest to me. I feel it’s worthy of discussion and sometimes this means there will be criticism.

Reply to  Colinb
6 years ago

totally agree

Reply to  expert coach
6 years ago

idk maybe that Andrew and his father brought so much attention to themselves and now he has fallen behind his leading age peers in almost every event on the world stage?

Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

probably so

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Psych sheets of US junior nationals available.

Hello SwimSwamSwum
6 years ago

Come on Dressel! 49.80!!!

samuel huntington
6 years ago

Michael Andrew in the C final, continues to go backwards in anything longer than a 50.

bobo gigi
Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

I thought he did more yardage in training. 🙄
Maybe he’s a big tapering swimmer now. 😆
I try to stay optimistic….

Speed Racer
Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

I must not understand this USRPT stuff. I thought the whole purpose was to be up and ready for any meet. Sacrifice the yardage/base for consistent and constant race speed. He was a 52 at OT, 53 at Nats and now a 54 at the Open. Honestly it is time for his coach to do the right thing and get him training with other swimmer and another club. Too much talent is being wasted with Dad’s ego in play.

expert coach
Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

you forget he recently went 22.03 in 50 free. how is that for backwards?

samuel huntington
Reply to  expert coach
6 years ago

re-read my comment….

Reply to  samuel huntington
6 years ago

we all sense he needs real yardage training + some stroke adjustments and a new Coach / group . Thats pretty obvious at this point . I wish him the best in regress of those important changes as a pro swimmer .

samuel huntington
6 years ago

Bayer continues to recover from her injury – expect a big year from her (2017-2018)

6 years ago

Anyone know why Michael Andrew didn’t enter the 100 fly? Seems like that’s a race he’d like to do

Reply to  Ragnar
6 years ago

Nevermind saw he did

6 years ago

Amanda Kendall 58.22! Bayer not far back in 58.97. Eva Merrell no show. Starting to become “common” for her

Reply to  Wallaby
6 years ago

Eva is fighting illness right now.

Reply to  Anon
6 years ago

LOL – Is that what it is this time?

expert coach
Reply to  WILLY
6 years ago

Extremely rude thing to say. Eva is a class act and you constantly piling on her isn’t doing anyone any good. Go troll some other board please. Leave swimswam to the true fans.

Reply to  expert coach
6 years ago

totally agree with u EXPERT COACH – too many trolls around

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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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