2017 U.S. World Trials: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2017 U.S. NATIONALS/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TRIALS

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
  1. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:08.43
  2. Dakota Luther, ASC, 2:08.88
  3. Sarah Gibson, TAMU, 2:09.96
  4. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 2:10.00
  5. Remedy Rule, TXLA, 2:10.38
  6. Jen Marrkand, CAV, 2:10.42
  7. Vanessa Krause, MICH, 2:10.53
  8. 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.

Dakota Luther popped a 2:08.88 in the first circle-seeded heat for the 2nd best time, nearly two seconds under her seed. Jen Marrkand pulled in at 2:10.42 to qualify 6th overall in the heat.

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.

Also missing the A-final was #3 seed Hannah Saiz and #4 seed Ruby Martin, finishing 9th and 10 th overall.

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
  1. Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 1:55.60
  2. Gunnar Bentz, ABSC, 1:55.72
  3. Pace Clark, ABSC, 1:56.06
  4. Justin Wright, FDST, 1:56.47
  5. Zach Harting, UOFL, 1:56.77
  6. Jack Conger, NCAP, 1:56.79
  7. Mick Litherland, DYNA, 1:57.04
  8. 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 ClarkZach Harting and Mick Litherland all lower their personal best to qualify for the final, led by Clark at 1:56.06.

Next up Georgia teammates Chase Kalisz and Gunnar Bentz went head-to-head, both lowering their PBs as well in 1:55.60 and 1:55.72 to take the top two spots heading into tonight.

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
  1. Mallory Comerford, UOFL, 53.26
  2. Simone Manuel, STAN, 53.50
  3. Kelsi Worrell, CARD, 53.87
  4. Lia Neal, STAN, 54.02
  5. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 54.58
  6. Katie Ledecky, STAN, 54.70
  7. Caroline Baldwin, NCAC, 54.91
  8. 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.

Lia Neal and Olivia Smoliga qualified out of those heats as well, and Katie Ledecky won the first circle-seeded heat to qualify 6th overall in 54.91 ahead of Veronica Burchill who takes 8th overall.

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.

After qualifying for the 200 fly A, both Katie McLaughlin and Sarah Gibson didn’t show for their heat.

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
  1. Zach Apple, AU, 48.14
  2. Townley Haas, NOVA, 48.56*
  3. Caeleb Dressel, BSS, 48.56*
  4. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 48.62
  5. Blake Pieroni, IU, 48.65
  6. Ryan Held, WOLF, 48.66
  7. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 48.88
  8. 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.

Ryan Held won the first circle-seeded heat in 48.66, the only man in the heat to make it through to the A-final. His Wolfpack teammate Justin Ress narrowly missed, 9th in 49.15.

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.

Along with Ress, notably missing the final but still making it through to the B was Cullen JonesMatt Grevers, Maxime RooneyMichael Jensen and Conor Dwyer.

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.

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Katstu
4 years ago

It is a good sign for the future that only 2 out of the 32 A and B swimmers tonight in the 100 free are over 22

M Palota
4 years ago

USA Swimming doesn’t rebuild, it reloads!

I’ve been around this sport for 45+ years as an athlete, coach, official and a parent. The depth in the US, across all events, never ceases to amaze me! Wow…

Your Trials really are iron on iron. They are incredible to observe.

On that note, I think the argument can be made that, from a performance perspective, Phelps’ retirement and Lochte’s absence are good things! It’s allowed for some necessary regeneration in their events. And, frankly, I don’t see a huge drop off in performance.

And I’ll say it right here, right now: Short of DQ’s, the Yanks will win every relay – both men & women and the mixed medley – in Budapest.

Rafael
Reply to  M Palota
4 years ago

Only Relay they could lose would be Women 4×100 free.. but AUS without C1 gives US the best chance is long time to win that relay..

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Or the medley relay (men) or the mixed medley, or the 4×200 (men) or….

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Hmm, maybe men’s medley if GB is firing on all cylinders and we underperform a bit.

Brownish
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

E.g.

Rafael
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Men 4×200 there is need to see US results.. but I find it Hard.. Haas and Conger seem ok, problem would be if the rest fails strong. But on these situation US is the favorite and they could Lose.. on Women 4×100 free US were never the favorite, now with C1 Out US might actually be considered to beat Australia..

M Palota
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I would not want to be Duncan Scott trying to hold off a closing Nathan Adrian – assuming it’s Adrian for the Americans – on the final leg of the medley relay!

Adrian has consistently split in the 46-highs and I can’t think of a single instance over the past couple years where he’s not had a lead when he’s hit the water. If he’s got to chase someone down… 46-low is absolutely possible, I think.

I can’t see anyone coming close on either the men’s or women’s 4×200. The women’s medley is a lock and the men’s is only slightly less so. The men’s 4×100, with France out of the picture and Chalmers at home, is the Americans to… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  M Palota
4 years ago

We don’t know Scott’s form but till end of the weekend we’ll be wiser. You can be right but after Peaty there would be a really really big gap. (also in the mixed medley). China is there in the men medley, otherwise. I think it’s too early to think about it. This is the 1st day and we could see some positive and negative surprise in the morning, too.

Rafael
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

Zetao is out.. so can´t see China on the same level (only 49 freestylers)

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I know, they will find a pretty good cheater.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

thats right – without Ning , China can’t come close to the Brits or the Usa on the medley relay . The brits need a solid backstroker to be really Dangerous but they havent got one in the 52 High range as yet . They are still very dangerous with Peaty , Scott and Guy .

Rafael
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

If the Britains had a 52 high Back it would be almost game over, the 1 second advantage of Murphy would be lost fast on Peaty (Who can probably outsplit anyonese on the world by 2+ seconds), Guy might lose some ground but not much, so Adrian would need to be at least 1 full second faster than Scott

Brownish
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

And not in clear water.

FightingIrish
Reply to  M Palota
4 years ago

watched manaudou try to chase down scott once. the kid went out max and still came back like a train. adrian chasing him would bring out a 46 of his own IMO

Dee
Reply to  FightingIrish
4 years ago

Yep, he has relay pedigree himself. I wouldnt sleep on Duncan, he’s an absolutely warrior with a target on his back.

Dee
Reply to  M Palota
4 years ago

I’d caveat that with: Duncan Scott has too been a sublime relay swimmer at times. He threw down a 1.47.0 in 2014 as a 17yo with a 1.49. PB. No disputing the fact Adrian would be an overwhelming favourite to pull the US through if they went in remotely close – But Scott is still somewhat untested, he has an unknown quantity. He is without a doubt skinny – Not for a swimmer, for a human, he has less mass than most 1500 swimmers. The fact he went 47. still blows my mind. Perhaps not this year, but I see huge things for him heading towards Tokyo.

Don
4 years ago

Looks like Shields and Dwyer have scratched tonight’s finals

JJ Graham
4 years ago

Why is omega Timing called “Live Results”? There’s nothing “live” about it. It’s just results. And the worst of the options.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  JJ Graham
4 years ago

to make u feel like if it was live ……lol

kaev
4 years ago

What has happened to weitzel? She has just fallen apart a after Omaha it seems like

lilaswimmer
Reply to  kaev
4 years ago

maybe she’s going for the 50? lol not really. she’s done.

Observer
Reply to  kaev
4 years ago

She just finished her freshman year of college with a new coach and training environment. Will take time to adjust no doubt

Korn
Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Ok

Kaez
Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Katie Ledecky? Katie Drabot? A ton of freshmen are in new training environments but thriving and those girls moved across the country. Weitzel literally moved maybe 4 hours away from home, I just don’t think she is still adjusting,

coach
Reply to  Kaez
4 years ago

exactly

1 coach produce champs
the other 1 just ruin them

sad but weitzels done
like franklin pelton bootsma baker mclaughin bayer

PVSFree
Reply to  coach
4 years ago

Bayer isn’t even at cal… she has been injured for the majority of the last year. McLaughlin has struggled with her own injuries and so has Franklin. Baker became an Olympic gold medalist after she joined Cal. She performed fantastically at the NCAA champs in March. She is by no means “done”

Emanuele
4 years ago

Wow, Murphy 48.88.
How are his fly and breast? If are at least decent he will be a real threat in the 200 medley.

CraigH
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

He has put together some pretty nice 200 IMs at NCAAs.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

He’s not entered in the medley. He’s a great SCY IMer but I don’t ever recall seeing him in LCM 200 IM results. Perhaps too much breastroke given only one pullout

Tea rex
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

I bet Murphy could be 157 if he focused on the IM. Maybe someday…

sven
Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

Nah, that guy has no endurance.

12.5yd WR Holder
4 years ago

R.I.P My Pick Em”

Andy
4 years ago

I understand that this is a tough topic for them to report on because SwimSwam’s business does in a lot of ways depend on a strong relationship with USA Swimming, but as numerous people have already mentioned, the livestream this morning was just unacceptable for a $50 million company’s biggest domestic event of the year. Everything from it being incredibly glitchy to not even showing splits and proper heat and lane assignments….I’m honestly just so frustrated as I care so deeply about growing the sport of swimming, and this production and effort put into this stream seems like it’s ten years backwards.

Admin
Reply to  Andy
4 years ago

Hi Andy – our relationship with USA Swimming actually has nothing to do with what we do and don’t report on – we’ve made that clear to them many times, that while we value a relationship with them, our first duty is to the right of the public to know, and we take that very seriously. We’ve sent out a few Tweets on the issue, but there’s not really anything to ‘report’ on. Unless we were able to get some explanation about why it happened (there isn’t one), there’s not really much to be said, other than what was Tweeted out.

Colinb
Reply to  Andy
4 years ago

Agreed, very frustrating and it’s some very basic things that make the difference. Also would be nice if they found a commentator for the morning sessions! Braden, have you guys ever thought of doing a swim companion video/live pod that we could run simultaneously with the live stream? I would tune in!

Admin
Reply to  Colinb
4 years ago

Collinb – as much as we’d love to…that would probably be against the law, and would 100% get our credentials pulled. USA Swimming has threatened to pull our credentials over some really petty stuff, but in that case they’d be justified.

Pvdh
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Wow. SO many fans would love to have something like this, and into would help the sport a lot, and they threaten to pull credentials…..

lilaswimmer
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

wow, who they think they are, FIFA or the IOC? LOL

Colinb
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Braden, not sure how that would be against the law, (Joe Rogan does something similar with the UFC) but understand not wanting to risk credentials, in my opinion not justified.. Anyway, understand your take on it , would also love some sort of post finals studio show with yourself and some of your team.

Andy
Reply to  Colinb
4 years ago

I would do it for free if they put me up in a hotel and gave me access to the meet haha!

Taa
Reply to  Andy
4 years ago

I am wondering if the number of live stream viewers displayed is accurate? Its usually under a 1000 for these events. So it doesn’t make sense to waste resources to please that few people. The new guy CFO or whatever he is called mentioned something about improving their content so maybe they will up their game in the future.

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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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