2017 U.S. Open: Day 5 National Team Tracker Update


With the summer wrapping up soon, the USA National Team will be named after the conclusion of all four selection meets. Two meets have finished– Worlds Trials (US Nationals) and the World Championships. The next meets up are the U.S. Open, which began on Wednesday, and the World University Games.

This means that there are just two chances left for a swimmer to make the National Team. Simplified, the team consists of the top 6 finishers in every Olympic event from combined results of the four selection meets. National Team members gain access to USA Swimming financial stipends, athlete health insurance and a number of other USA Swimming perks. A broader and more detailed explanation of National Team benefits can be seen here.

Below is the selection criteria, verbatim, from USA Swimming:

  • The top six athletes in Olympic Events from the combined results of the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships (World Championship and World University Games Trials), 2017 FINA World Championships, 2017 World University Games, and the 2017 USA Swimming U.S. Open.
  • Times from Prelims, Semi-Finals and Finals (A, B and C) only will be used.
  • Relay lead offs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits will not be included.


Below are the swimmers who have swum times fast enough to be selected to the 2017-18 National Team, if the team were to be chosen today. Remember that relay lead-offs and time trials DO NOT COUNT, which is why times for some events (like 100 free and 100 back) aren’t the fastest times that a swimmer has gone at a selection meet. We’ll be keeping these lists updated as we get through the US Open and then WUGs.


Though he’s back to racing, Ryan Lochte was not fast enough this weekend to be selected to the 2017-18 National Team. He posted a 1:59.23 tonight to win the 200 IM, though that was not enough to get past #6 in the rankings, Will Licon. The only addition for the men’s rankings today was Logan Houck in the 800 free, who slots in after a stellar mile on night one of the competition.

For the women, Meaghan Raab popped a 2:12.56 to make her way onto the top 6 in the 200 IM. In the 1500 free, Erica Sullivan busted the #3 time in 15-16 history with a 16:05.83 to firmly stand at third in the rankings for this event.


Rank 200 FLY 100 FREE 800 FREE
1 Hali Flickinger 2:07.60 Simone Manuel 52.27 Katie Ledecky 8:11.50
2 Dakota Luther 2:08.71 Mallory Comerford 52.77 Leah Smith 8:17.22
3 Sarah Gibson 2:08.75 Lia Neal 53.59 Hannah Moore 8:27.58
4 Cassidy Bayer 2:09.21 Kelsi Worrell 53.87 Ashley Twichell 8:30.63
5 Ella Eastin 2:09.24 Olivia Smoliga 54.31 Cierra Runge 8:32.16
6 Vanessa Krause 2:09.54 Katie Ledecky 54.35 Joy Field 8:33.95
Rank 400 FREE 200 BREAST 200 BACK
1 Katie Ledecky 3:58.34 Bethany Galat 2:21.77 Kathleen Baker 2:06.38
2 Leah Smith 4:01.54 Lilly King 2:21.83 Regan Smith 2:07.19
3 Sierra Schmidt 4:07.92 Emily Escobedo 2:23.88 Lisa Bratton 2:08.78
4 Kaersten Meitz 4:08.38 Miranda Tucker 2:25.82 Asia Seidt 2:08.99
5 Cierra Runge 4:08.43 Kayla Brumbaum 2:25.87 Bridgette Alexander 2:09.44
6 Hannah Moore 4:09.35 Vanessa Pearl 2:25.97 Kylie Stewart 2:09.68
Rank 400 IM 100 BUTTERFLY
1 Leah Smith 4:33.86 Kelsi Worrell 56.37
2 Elizabeth Beisel 4:36.18 Amanda Kendall 57.87
3 Brooke Forde 4:39.19 Sarah Gibson 57.96
4 Ally McHugh 4:40.25 Mallory Comerford 57.97
5 Madisyn Cox 4:40.39 Hellen Moffitt 58.24
6 Ella Eastin 4:40.56 Katie McLaughlin 58.49
Rank 200 FREE 100 BREAST 100 BACK
1 Katie Ledecky 1:54.69 Lilly King 1:04.13 Kathleen Baker 58.57
2 Leah Smith 1:56.06 Katie Meili 1:05.03 Olivia Smoliga 58.77
3 Melanie Margalis 1:56.90 Bethany Galat 1:06.72 Regan Smith 59.70
4 Mallory Comerford 1:56.95 Molly Hannis 1:07.11 Hannah Stevens 59.74
5 Simone Manuel 1:57.11 Breeja Larson 1:07.43 Ali Deloof 59.77
6 Cierra Runge 1:57.71 Miranda Tucker 1:07.62 Elise Haan 1:00.02
Rank 1500 FREE 200 IM 50 FREE
1 Katie Ledecky 15:31.82 Melanie Margalis 2:08.70 Simone Manuel 23.97
2 Leah Smith 16:01.02 Madisyn Cox 2:09.69 Abbey Weitzeil 24.74
3 *Erica Sullivan 16:05.83* Ella Eastin 2:10.89 Lia Neal 24.77
4 Hannah Moore 16:08.68 Alex Walsh 2:12.36 Kelsi Worrell 24.79
5 Ashley Twichell 16:10.63 *Meaghan Raab 2:12.56* Olivia Smoliga 24.84
6 Ally McHugh 16:16.20 Bethany Galat 2:12.66 Mallory Comerford 24.88


Rank 200 FLY 100 FREE 1500 FREE
1 Jack Conger 1:54.47 Caeleb Dressel 47.17 True Sweetser 14:59.73
2 Pace Clark 1:54.58 Nathan Adrian 47.85 Robert Finke 15:01.31
3 Chase Kalisz 1:54.79 Zach Apple 48.14 Logan Houck 15:01.70
4 Gunnar Bentz 1:55.51 Townley Haas 48.20 PJ Ransford 15:01.82
5 Justin Wright 1:56.11 Michael Chadwick 48.48 Andrew Abruzzo 15:07.97
6 Zach Harting 1:56.65 Blake Pieroni 48.49 Michael Brinegar 15:10.66
Rank 400 FREE 200 BREAST 200 BACK
1 Zane Grothe 3:44.43 Kevin Cordes 2:07.41 Ryan Murphy 1:54.21
2 Clark Smith 3:45.91 Nic Fink 2:08.56 Jacob Pebley 1:54.78
3 Townley Haas 3:46.41 Andrew Wilson 2:08.64 Jonathan Roberts 1:56.88
4 Grant Shoults 3:48.73 Josh Prenot 2:08.72 Sean Lehane 1:57.07
5 Kevin Litherland 3:50.24 Will Licon 2:09.29 Arkady Vyatchanin 1:57.13
6 Jay Litherland 3:50.36 Jonathan Tybur 2:10.94 Robert Owen 1:57.17
Rank 400 IM 100 BUTTERFLY
1 Chase Kalisz 4:05.90 Caeleb Dressel 49.86
2 Jay Litherland 4:09.21 Tim Phillips 51.30
3 Gunnar Bentz 4:11.66 Jack Conger 51.33
4 Jonathan Roberts 4:14.93 Tom Shields 51.55
5 Charlie Swanson 4:15.99 Matthew Josa 52.15
6 Sean Grieshop 4:17.49 Justin Lynch 52.20
Rank 200 FREE 100 BREAST 100 BACK
1 Townley Haas 1:45.03 Kevin Cordes 58.64 Matt Grevers 52.48
2 Blake Pieroni 1:46.30 Cody Miller 59.08 Ryan Murphy 52.59
3 Zane Grothe 1:46.39 Nic Fink 59.40 Justin Ress 53.37
4 Clark Smith 1:47.10 Andrew Wilson 59.65 Jacob Pebley 53.72
5 Conor Dwyer 1:47.25 Ian Finnerty 1:00.09 Arkady Vyatchanin 53.91
6 Caeleb Dressel 1:47.45 Will Licon 1:00.34 Sean Lehane 54.21
Rank 800 FREE 200 IM 50 FREE
1 Clark Smith 7:50.43 Chase Kalisz 1:55.56 Caeleb Dressel 21.15
2 Zane Grothe 7:50.97 Abrahm Devine 1:56.79 Nathan Adrian 21.83
3 True Sweetser 7:55.29 Josh Prenot 1:57.14 Cullen Jones 21.89
4 *Logan Houck 7:56.05* Gunnar Bentz 1:58.31 Zach Apple 22.00
5 Andrew Abruzzo 7:57.67 Jay Litherland 1:58.46 Michael Andrew 22.03
6 Grant Shoults 7:57.84 Will Licon 1:58.54 Anthony Ervin 22.09

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5 years ago

So now we no why Michael Andrew scratched the 200IM in favour of swimming the 50m free. He is now likely to. E a paid member of the US team. Now that’s what I call a smart professional move from his father/management.
Now all he has to do is hit the gym and have a go at Adam Peaty. ?

Speed Racer
Reply to  Billabong
5 years ago

Still on the bubble with two swimmers not even on the list having WUGs as a qualifying meet and something tells me those two are going to come hungry at University Games having missed World spots. MA sits at 5 on roster. I bet his dad was hoping for at least a 4 spot to lock it in.

5 years ago

Why didn’t they include the World Junior Championships as a qualifying event? It seems like that would have been a good idea, since the event is taking place in the US and we really want our best Juniors to shine there.

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

I’m not sure, but I would assume that it’s because they assume juniors will be on the junior national team, not the senior.

samuel huntington
5 years ago

wow, Erica Sullivan just 4 seconds behind Leah, impressive

Pancake swimmer
5 years ago

Just FYI, Erica Sullivan is in the 15-16 age group.

5 years ago

What about 10k open water inclusion list?!!??

Reply to  Nate
5 years ago

Nate – there is no open water being raced at the U.S. Open. This tracker is to keep track of the team as it rolls through the U.S. Open.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

The article is about national team qualifies and should include open water to be complete!!!

Reply to  Nate
5 years ago

The article is about the movement among swimmers in the rankings. Since there are no open water events here, they’re not moving up and down in the rankings and therefore are not included.

They will be included in the national team roster post if they don’t have their own separate post, but we haven’t put out a post about a definitive national team roster because they’re isn’t one yet. In other words, they’re not being excluded from our list of national team qualifiers.

Reply to  Nate
5 years ago

Agree to disagree. It doesn’t include diving, water polo, or synchronized/artistic swimming national team members either. I promise that when USA Swimming finalzies the open water national team, we’ll write about your daughter.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

? Lol

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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