2017 U.S. Winter Nationals: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2017 U.S. WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final prelims session of the meet will feature the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly. Men’s 200 back American record-holder, Ryan Murphy, is set to compete in that event, and Nathan Adrian is set for the 100 free, an event in which he holds the meet record.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK

  • American Record: 1:47.84, Elizabeth Pelton, 2013
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:47.84, Elizabeth Pelton, 2013
  • Meet Record: 1:49.18, Missy Franklin, 2012
  • Pool Record: 1:50.55, Courtney Bartholomew, 2013
  1. Ali Galyer (UN-KY)- 1:53.01
  2. Bridgette Alexander (UN-KY)- 1:53.71
  3. Alina Kendzior (UofL)- 1:55.01
  4. Kristen Romano (OSU)- 1:55.04
  5. Melanie Margalis (SPA)- 1:55.05
  6. Alexa Kutch (DREX)- 1:55.21
  7. Ashlyn Schoof (UofL)- 1:55.37
  8. Emma Muzzy (GATR)- 1:56.47

Ali Galyer looked smooth and controlled on her way to taking the top seed for finals tonight. GalBryceyer was about 2 and a half seconds off her best time, and will need to go close to her personal best to achieve the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:50.99. The middle of the finals pack is bunched up tight, with only .36 seconds between 3rd and 7th place. 17-year-old Emma Muzzy managed to make another A final this weekend, posting a 1:56.47, over 3 seconds off her best time.

MEN’S 200 BACK

  • American Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy, 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy, 2016
  • Meet Record: 1:36.81, Ryan Lochte, 2007
  • Pool Record: 1:39.29, Cory Chitwood, 2010
  1. Jacob Pebley (CAL) – 1:42.02
  2. Ryan Murphy (CAL) – 1:42.54
  3. Grigory Tarasevich (CARD) – 1:43.13
  4. Bryce Bohman (TXLA) – 1:43.35
  5. Nikolaos Sofianidis (UofL) – 1:43.75
  6. Nicolas Albiero (UofL) – 1:43.77
  7. Corey Main (GSC) – 1:43.98
  8. Chase Kalisz (ABSC) – 1:44.13

Teammates and Olympians Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy went 1-2 in prelims, both swimming very controlled and relaxed races. Murphy is the American record holder in the event, with a best time nearly 6 and a half seconds faster than his performance this morning. Other Olympians Grigory Tarasevich, Corey Main, and Chase Kalisz made the A final for tonight, with Kalisz going a best time by .37 seconds. Louisville’s Nikolaos Sofianidis had a huge swim to make this final, dropping over 3 seconds from his lifetime best.

WOMEN’S 100 FREE

  • American Record: 45.56, Simone Manuel, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 45.56, Simone Manuel, 2017
  • Meet Record: 46.85, Natalie Coughlin, 2007
  • Pool Record: 47.37, Simone Manuel, 2016
  1. Mallory Comerford (UofL) – 47.23
  2. Margo Geer (UN-AZ) – 47.54
  3. Kelsi Worrell (CARD) – 47.70
  4. Amanda Kendall (UN-IN) – 48.72
  5. Olivia Smoliga (ABSC) – 48.73
  6. Isabel Ivey (GSC) – 48.91
  7. Casey Franz (UofL) – 48.96
  8. Kackie Keire (CATS) – 49.31

In a pretty stacked 100 free field, Mallory Comerford came out on top this morning, breaking the pool record and going a season best time. 17-year-old Isabel Ivey continued her weekend of strong performances, qualifying for yet another A final. A tight race has been set up tonight between Mallory Comerford, Margo Geer, Kelsi Worrell, and Olivia Smoliga, all of whom have a best time of 47.3 or better.

MEN’S 100 FREE

  • American Record: 40.00, Caeleb Dressel, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 40.00, Caeleb Dressel, 2017
  • Meet Record: 41.31, Nathan Adrian, 2014
  • Pool Record: 41.35, Matt Grevers, 2010
  1. Michael Chadwick (UMIZ) – 42.49
  2. Joshua Fleagle (UN-OH) – 42.73
  3. Matias Koski (UN-GA) – 43.04
  4. Nathan Adrian (CAL) – 43.07
  5. Jesse Novak (Troj) – 43.96
  6. Andrej Barna (UofL) – 44.05
  7. Michael Andrew (RPC) – 44.07
  8. Andrew Loy (OSU) – 44.14

Michael Chadwick looked strong in his prelims performance of 42.49, and has set up what should be a good race tonight between himself, Nathan Adrian, Josh Fleagle, and Matias Koski. Adrian is the meet record holder at 41.31, which would be a considerable drop from their prelim times, but it’s possible at least one person could break it tonight. Louisville and Ohio State each got one swimmer into the A final: Andrej Barna from Louisville, and Andrew Loy from Ohio State. Michael Andrew also made the A final tonight with a decent morning swim of 44.0.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  • American Record: 2:03.18, Lilly King, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:03.18, Lilly King, 2017
  • Meet Record: 2:05.04, Laura Sogar, 2012
  • Pool Record: 2:06.32, Rebecca Soni, 2008
  1. Breeja Larson (NYAC) – 2:07.94
  2. Andrea Cottrell (CARD) – 2:08.92
  3. Lina Rathsack (PITT) – 2:10.31
  4. Mariia Astashkina (UofL) – 2:10.56
  5. Anne Lazor (TPIT) – 2:10.87
  6. Bailey Bonnett (UN-KY) – 2:10.91
  7. Lauren James (UofL) – 2:11.28
  8. Morgan Friesen (UofL) – 2:11.45

Breeja Larson and Andrea Cottrell set themselves apart from the rest of the field this morning, posting the only sub-2:10 swims in the event. Larson and Cottrell will likely battle it out for the win tonight, while we’ll probably see a few more women in the field under 2:10. Louisville qualified 3 to the A final: Mariia Astashkina, Lauren James, and Morgan Friesen, all of whom are within 1 second of each other.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • American Record: 1:47.91, Will Licon, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:47.91, Will Licon, 2017
  • Meet Record: 1:50.73, Kevin Cordes, 2012
  • Pool Record: 1:51.73, Mike Alexandrov, 2010
  1. Reece Whitley (PCAC)/Cody Miller (SAND) – 1:54.05
  2. Nick Zito (WEST) – 1:54.23
  3. Carlos Claverie (UofL) – 1:54.49
  4. Nicolas Fink (ABSC) – 1:54.54
  5. Josh Prenot (CAL) – 1:56.02
  6. Michael Andrew (RPC) – 1:57.22
  7. Casey Storch (MACH) – 1:58.34

In what has set itself up to be a very tight field tonight, Reece Whitley and Cody Miller tied for the top seed tonight at 1:54.05. Whitley comes in with the fastest best time in the field at 1:52.37. Nick Zito, Carlos Claverie, and Nicolas Fink make up the rest of the top 5 with times less than half a second slower than Whitley and Miller. Michael Andrew made the A final in an event he rarely swims, going a little off his best time of 1:56.57, which he set at the 2014 Winter Junior Nats meet.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • American Record: 1:49.92, Elaine Breeden, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:49.92, Elaine Breeden, 2009
  • Meet Record: 1:51.02, Katinka Hosszu, 2010
  • Pool Record: 1:51.02, Katinka Hosszu, 2010
  1. Kelsi Worrell (CARD) – 1:52.59
  2. Grace Oglesby (UofL) – 1:56.02
  3. Meg Bailey (OSU) – 1:56.72
  4. Hannah Saiz (SSTY) – 1:57.48
  5. Haley McInerny (UN-KY) – 1:57.76
  6. Carley Lowe (UofL)/Madeline Laporte (NCAP) – 1:59.13
  7. Isabella Gati (NCAP) – 1:59.43

Kelsi Worrell dominated the prelims 200 fly this morning, putting herself 3 and a half seconds ahead of 2nd place Grace Oglesby. Oglesby’s time this morning was just over 2 seconds off the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:53.80. Nation’s Capital qualified 2 swimmers to the A final: 17-year-old Madeline Laporte and 18-year-old Isabella Gati.

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • American Record: 1:37.35, Jack Conger, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:37.35, Jack Conger, 2017
  • Meet Record:1:40.24, Tom Shields, 2012
  • Pool Record: 1:41.07, Andreas Vazaios, 2017
  1. Noah Lense (OSU) – 1:44.31
  2. Brendan Burns (UMLY) – 1:45.13
  3. Jarrett Jones (UofL) – 1:45.51
  4. Max Irwin (BSC) – 1:45.82
  5. Zach Harting (UofL) – 1:45.89
  6. Michael Salazar (OSU) – 1:46.14
  7. Henrique Painhas (OSU) – 1:46.14
  8. Philip Manoff (NCAP) – 1:46.84

Noah Lense controlled his swim in the prelims session, hitting the wall in a decent prelims time of 1:44.31. Ohio State qualified 3 to the A final, while Louisville Qualified 2. There are 2 16-year-olds in the A final tonight: 2nd seed Brendan Burns and 8th seed Philip Manoff, both of whom went best times this morning. Indiana University post-grad Max Irwin is also in the field tonight, which has has been set up to be an exciting race.

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Observer

Mallory and Margo will be a great race tonight! Love seeing Margo back in the game!

Jay ryan

Just an FYI, MA’s 200 BR prelim was not his best time. His best time is 1:56.57 from the Winter JR Nats in 2014.

Murica

I was gonna say yesterday I feel like he’s been going 46s in fly since he was 14. Not sure on that off the top of my head but i know 100 free he was 43.9 at 14 and was 44.0 this morning.

Crannman

Agreed. Andrews times in SCY haven’t improved much since he’s been 14, but I think part of it comes from his continued focus on LCM, something that I don’t think anyone would criticize. If he focused on swimming yards more I am sure he would have gone 18 and 42 by now

Swimmer

Since MA cannot compete at the NCAA level he should solely focus on LCM.

Troy

Wonder what happened to Margalis in the 200 breast

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