2017 U.S. Open: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2017 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are gearing up for day 4 finals of the 2017 U.S. Open in Long Meadow, New York. Tonight, we’ll see swimmers compete in the 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 400 medley relay. Olympic champion Ryan Lochte will swim in his first final of a USA Swimming meet since the Rio incident. He’s the 7th seed for tonight’s 100 back final.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE

  • American: Allison Schmitt, 1:53.61, 2012
  • U.S. Open: Allison Schmitt, 1:54.40, 2012
  • U.S. Open Meet: Megan Romano, 1:57.54, 2012
  1. GOLD: Meaghan Raab, NAC, 1:58.71
  2. SILVER: Gabby Deloof, UN-1, 1:58.92
  3. BRONZE: Claire Rasmus, TAMU, 2:00.49

Michigan’s Gabby Deloof had over a half second advantage over Georgia’s Meaghan Raab at the halfway point, flipping in 57.53. Raab began to creep up on the 3rd 50, though, and was able to catch Deloof down the stretch to win it in 1:58.72 ahead of Deloof’s 1:58.92.

Texas A&M teammates Claire Rasmus and Katie Portz battled closely for 3rd place. Rasmus had the better back half, getting her hand to the wall in 2:00.49 to out-touch Portz (2:00.51) but 2 hundredths. PLS’ Miranda Heckmann followed in 2:00.73 to round out the top 5.

MEN’S 200 FREE

  • American: Michael Phelps, 1:42.96, 2008
  • U.S. Open: Michael Phelps, 1:44.10, 2008
  • U.S. Open Meet: Pieter van den Hoogenband, 1:46.23, 2005
  1. GOLD: Jeff Newkirk, QSTS, 1:48.17
  2. SILVER: Long Gutierrez, CAL, 1:48.58
  3. BRONZE: Matt Hutchins, WA, 1:49.68

Texas’ Jeff Newkirk knocked a full second off his former best 1:49.33 to win tonight’s 200 free title. Newkirk rolled out to the early lead in 52.40 and was able to hold off a late charge from Cal’s Long Gutierrez (1:48.58) to take the win in a new lifetime best 1:48.17. In an extremely close battle for 3rd, Wisconsin’s Matt Hutchins (1:49.68) edged out Stanford’s Liam Egan (1:49.71) and Kentucky’s Isaac Jones (1:49.74).

Gutierrez’s 1:48.58 for silver was a new Mexican National Record, clearing his own former record of 1:48.87 from the 2015 Pan American Games.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST

  • American: Lilly King, 1:04.13, 2017
  • U.S. Open: Jessica Hardy, 1:04.45, 2009
  • U.S. Open Meet: Jessica Hardy, 1:04.45, 2009
  1. GOLD: Chloe Tutton, GBR, 1:08.23
  2. SILVER: Andee Cottrell, CARD, 1:08.40
  3. BRONZE: Jorie Caneta, TAMU, 1:08.66

The top 5 women in the 100 breast were all bunched into the 1:08-range. British breaststroke standout Chloe Tutton came out on top, sweeping the breaststroke titles as she touched out Louisville’s Andee Cottrell with a 1:08.23 to Cottrell’s 1:08.40. Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta made her move on the back half, but came up just short of silver with a 1:08.66.

FAST’s junior star Zoe Bartel was just a few tenths back for 4th place in 1:08.95, while LIAC’s Margaret Aroesty (1:08.96) rounded out the top 5.

MEN’S 100 BREAST

  • American: Kevin Cordes, 58.64, 2017
  • U.S. Open: Kevin Cordes, 58.74, 2017
  • U.S. Open Meet: Kevin Swander, 59.40, 2009
  1. GOLD: Ian Finnerty, IU, 1:00.09
  2. SILVER: Tommy Sucipto, AUS, 1:00.67
  3. BRONZE: Michael Andrew, RPC, 1:00.81

Indiana’s Ian Finnerty and RPC’s Michael Andrew were separated by just a tenth at the 50, but Finnerty continued to build on his lead through the back half to win in 1:00.09. Andrew faded to 3rd as Aussie Tommy Sucipto ran him down for the silver, touching in 1:00.67 to Andrew’s 1:00.81. Sucipto’s 18-year-old teammate George Harley also dipped under 1:01, barely missing the top 3 with a 1:00.96 for 4th place.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • American: Missy Franklin, 58.33, 2012
  • U.S. Open: Kathleen Baker, 58.57, 2017
  • U.S. Open Meet: Hayley McGregory, 59.11, 2008
  1. GOLD: Elise Haan, WOLF, 1:00.59
  2. SILVER: Kylie Stewart, ABSC, 1:00.60
  3. BRONZE: Lisa Bratton, TAMU, 1:00.63

It came down to the touch in the women’s 100 back as 3 swimmers raced stroke-for-stroke into the finish. NC State’s Elise Haan and Georgia’s Kylie Stewart flipped in a tie as they each registered a 29.70 at the halfway mark. They almost had identical closing splits as well, with Haan (1:00.59) out-touching Stewart (1:00.60) by a hundredth for the win. Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton nearly chased them down on the back half, but ran out of room with a 1:00.63 for 3rd ahead of Texas’ Claire Adams (1:00.99).

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • American: Ryan Murphy, 51.85, 2016
  • U.S. Open: Aaron Peirsol, 51.94, 2009
  • U.S. Open Meet: Nick Thoman, 52.51, 2009
  1. GOLD: Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC, 53.91
  2. SILVER: Christopher Reid, BAMA, 54.54
  3. BRONZE: Xavier Mohammed, GBR, 54.62

NYAC’s Arkady Vyatchanin was the only man to turn in a sub-54 tonight, winning by a half second with his 53.91. Bama’s Christopher Reid (54.54) and Great Britain’s Xavier Mohammed (54.62) raced neck-and-neck  earn 2nd and 3rd respectively. Texas A&M’s Brock Bonetti was the only other man to break 55 with a 54.99 for 4th place, followed by U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte (55.16).

WOMEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • American: USA, 3:51.55, 2017
  • U.S. Open: USA, 3:55.23, 2010
  • U.S. Open Meet: AUS, 4:04.64, 2013
  1. GOLD: Texas A&M, 4:05.95
  2. SILVER: Kentucky, 4:07.00
  3. BRONZE: Wisconsin, 4:10.92

Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton led off with a 1:00.50 backstroke split, the fastest 100 back posted at this meet today, and the Aggies started to run away with it from there until the 3rd leg. Kentucky’s Haley McInerny (59.93) pulled the Wildcats into the slight lead with her butterfly split, but the Aggies’ Claire Rasmus brought it home for the Aggies in a 55.34 free split to win it.

MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY

  • American: USA, 3:27.28, 2009
  • U.S. Open: USA, 3:32.48, 2010
  • U.S. Open Meet: GBR, 3:36.55, 2008
  1. GOLD: Alabama, 3:39.11
  2. SILVER: Cal, 3:39.64
  3. BRONZE: Texas A&M, 3:40.01

Bama’s Christopher Reid (55.29) put up the fastest back split of the field to get the ball rolling for the Crimson Tide, with Alabama leading through the 200 mark. Cal made a comeback with Matt Josa‘s 52.46 on the fly leg, but teammate Long Gutierrez (49.24) couldn’t hold off Bama’s 100 free champ Robert Howard (48.53) on the anchor leg.

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Let’s go Locthe! Feeling a 54- something? He could challenge for the podium, great warmup for the 200 IM.

samuel huntington

Jeff Newkirk gonna be a big swimmer for Texas this upcoming year

SwimmerForever

Lochte with a 55.16 here

Just let him work ! ! ! 55 is cause of how tired he is,
I’m sure he’ll go a 48 at his taper meet. 😂😂

Well, yeah it would seem he didn’t (work). Hope he’s not hanging on just for sponsors. Would like to believe, like Ervin and Grevers he enjoys the life.

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