2017 U.S. NATIONALS/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TRIALS
- Tuesday, June 27th-Saturday, July 1st
- 50-Meter Course
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Meet Info
- Prelims timelines
- Broadcast schedule
- Event-by-event previews
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
- Live Stream (U.S. viewers)
- Live Stream (International viewers)
- Tuesday Prelim Heat Sheet
- Day 1 Prelim Scratches
The opening day of the 2017 U.S. World Championship Trials is here, with just two events slated for this morning’s prelims. The 200 fly and 100 free events will be contested, and then the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 heats will go a bit later in the afternoon.
We have seen some notable scratches for the day, including both Seth Stubblefield and Jack Conger in the men’s 100 free. That event is still absolutely loaded, and will be very interesting to watch this morning as the men battle for a spot in the A-final.
With distance events beginning later, prelims are slated to conclude within an hour and a half of the start. Check out this morning (and this afternoon’s) heat sheets here.
Women’s 200 Fly Prelims
- American Record: 2:04.14, Mary DeScenza, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: 2:05.96, Mary T. Meagher, 1981
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 2:09.77
- Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:08.43
- Dakota Luther, ASC, 2:08.88
- Sarah Gibson, TAMU, 2:09.96
- Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 2:10.00
- Remedy Rule, TXLA, 2:10.38
- Jen Marrkand, CAV, 2:10.42
- Vanessa Krause, MICH, 2:10.53
- Ella Eastin, STAN, 2:10.65
In the 9th and final heat 2016 Olympian Hali Flickinger took control on the back half and pulled away for the top time of the morning in 2:08.43. Sarah Gibson of Texas A&M had a great swim in the heat as well, getting under 2:10 for the 3rd overall seed in 2:09.96.
Cal’s Katie McLaughlin held off Remedy Rule for the win in heat 8, as they were the only two to qualify out of the heat. Cassidy Bayer, who finished 3rd at the Olympic Trials, was 4th in the heat and misses the A-final, 12th overall at 2:11.22.
Men’s 200 Fly Prelims
- American Record: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20, Michael Phelps, 2008
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:57.28
- Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 1:55.60
- Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 1:55.72
- Pace Clark, ABSC, 1:56.06
- Justin Wright, FDST, 1:56.47
- Zach Harting, UOFL, 1:56.77
- Jack Conger, NCAP, 1:56.79
- Mick Litherland, DYNA, 1:57.04
- Miles Smachlo, MICH, 1:57.64
The men’s 200 fly heats saw some incredibly fast swims, including a slew of best times. In the first circle-seeded heat we saw Pace Clark, Zach Harting and Mick Litherland all lower their personal best to qualify for the final, led by Clark at 1:56.06.
The last heat then saw Jack Conger and Tom Shields go at it, but it was Justin Wright out of lane 3 popping off a best time to win the heat in 1:56.47 and qualify 4th overall for the final. Conger qualified 6th overall in 1:56.79, while Shields came home in 1:02-plus and ultimately took 9th, out of the A-final, in 1:57.75.
Miles Smachlo of Michigan went out for it in heat 4 and held on for a big best of 1:57.64, squeaking him past Shields and into the A-final in 8th. You clearly had to be on your A-game to make the A-final this morning, with 13 men going sub-1:58.
Women’s 100 Free Prelims
- American Record: 52.70, Simone Manuel, 2016
- U.S. Open Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 54.90
- Mallory Comerford, UOFL, 53.26
- Simone Manuel, STAN, 53.50
- Kelsi Worrell, CARD, 53.87
- Lia Neal, STAN, 54.02
- Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 54.58
- Katie Ledecky, STAN, 54.70
- Caroline Baldwin, NCAC, 54.91
- Veronica Burchill, ABSC, 55.04
Like the men’s 200 fly, the women’s 100 free saw some very fast morning swims and some big names miss the A-final. Mallory Comerford exploded for a new LC National Meet Record and personal best time in 53.26 out of heat 13, taking the top seed heading into tonight. Simone Manuel and Kelsi Worrell, swimming in the 14th of 14 heats, also cracked 54 seconds for seeds #2 and #3.
Caroline Baldwin of NCAC dropped over a second from her seed to win heat 11 in 54.91, moving her into the A-final from a non-circle-seeded heat. Among the notable names missing the A-final was Amanda Weir and Abbey Weitzeil, 14th and 15 overall.
Men’s 100 Free Prelims
- American Record: 47.33, David Walters, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: 47.58, Jason Lezak, 2008
- FINA ‘A’ Standard: 48.93
- Zach Apple, AU, 48.14
- Townley Haas, NOVA, 48.56*
- Caeleb Dressel, BSS, 48.56*
- Nathan Adrian, CAL, 48.62
- Blake Pieroni, IU, 48.65
- Ryan Held, WOLF, 48.66
- Ryan Murphy, CAL, 48.88
- Michael Chadwick, UMIZ, 49.02
Atop of the men’s 100 free rankings sit two surprising suspects. Auburn’s Zach Apple, who finished 35th at the Olympic Trials last year, exploded for the top time of the morning in 48.14. Apple showed off his speed out in 22.9, and closed well in 25.19. All of a sudden he becomes a major threat to earn an individual spot in this event tonight.
Out of the last non-circle-seeded heat Townley Haas dropped a big best time to head into tonight in a tie for 2nd, deadlocked with Caeleb Dressel at 48.56. Behind Apple, Dressel, Blake Pieroni and Ryan Murphy qualified out of heat 9 with sub-49 second swims.
Top seed Nathan Adrian then took control in the last heat, closing in a quick 25.03 to touch in 48.62 for the #4 seed. Mizzou’s Michael Chadwick, who had a disappointing swim at Olympic Trials last year missing the semi-finals, squeaks into the final at 8th in 49.02.
The time required to get in tonight’s A-final (49.02) is actually faster than it took to make the Olympic Trials final out of the semis (49.18). That’s an impressive stat for the field, given those swims in the semis last year were done at night.