2017 U.S. Worlds Trials: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The action continues this morning with day 3 prelims in Indianapolis. Swimmers are slated to compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 50 breast, and 50 back. Veteran Olympian Elizabeth Beisel will look to make the World Championships squad in the 400 IM in the final World Championships Trials of her career. Matt Grevers looks to secure his spot on the team in the 50 back, but he’ll be up against backstroke aces Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley. The men’s 100 fly is one of the most anticipated races of the meet with a loaded field that includes Jack Conger, Tom Shields, Caeleb Dressel, and Tim Phillips. Read on for live updates from this morning’s action.


  • American Record: Katie Hoff, 4:31.12, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Katinka Hosszu, 4:31.07, 2015
  • LC National Meet Record: Katie Hoff, 4:31.12, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:43.06

Top 8:

  1. Leah Smith– 4:36.90
  2. Elizabeth Beisel– 4:38.78
  3. Ella Eastin– 4:40.56
  4. Brooke Forde– 4:42.32
  5. Brooke Zeiger– 4:43.09
  6. Ally McHugh– 4:43.75
  7. Bethany Galat– 4:43.81
  8. Madisyn Cox– 4:44.63

Olympic freestyler Leah Smith rolled out a huge swim in prelims, dropping 6 full seconds from her best time to take top seed in 4:36.90. Before this season, Smith’s best time was a 4:55.95 per the USA Swimming database. She had lowered her time to a 4:42.94 at the 2017 Charlotte UltraSwim prior to this meet. Elizabeth Beisel, an international veteran in this event, was also sub-4:40 this morning to take 2nd seed in 4:38.78. Smith is now the 9th fastest 400 IMer in the world this year, while Beisel moves up to 16th.

After setting the American Record yet again in the yards pool this season, Ella Eastin is another one of the top contenders for a spot tonight. This morning she qualified 3rd with a 4:40.56, which is her fastest time since 2013 per the USA Swimming database. Her fastest ever is a 4:38.97 from 2013, though, and she definitely looks to be in good shape for a breakthrough at this meet.

Bethany Galat and Madisyn Cox, who were 2 of the favorites coming into the meet, snuck into the final at 7th and 8th. Galat has been having a great meet, and made big improvements from prelims to finals when she took 2nd in last night’s 200 breast. Both Galat and Cox seemed to take things pretty smoothly this morning, so it’s likely we’ll see them sub-4:40 tonight. Galat has been as fast as 4:37.69 when she finished 3rd at Olympic Trials last summer, so she should be in the mix for a spot.

Ally McHugh knocked over a second off her lifetime best to qualify 6th in 4:43.75. She’s been making big drops this season, as her best time prior to 2017 was a 4:52.05 from 2014.

MEN’S 400 IM:

  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 4:03.84, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps, 4:05.25, 2008
  • LC National Meet Record: Michael Phelps, 4:03.84, 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 4:17.90

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz– 4:13.34
  2. Jay Litherland– 4:16.76
  3. Gunnar Bentz– 4:17.92
  4. Sean Grieshop– 4:18.40
  5. Charlie Swanson– 4:19.14
  6. Kieran Smith– 4:19.89
  7. Curtis Ogren– 4:20.44
  8. Jonathan Roberts– 4:20.48

Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz dominated this morning, turning in a 4:13.34 to qualify 1st for the final. It looks to be a race between the 3 Georgia boys for the 2 worlds spots tonight, as Jay Litherland (4:16.76) and Gunnar Bentz (4:17.92) filled out the top 3 behind him. Junior standout Sean Grieshop could surprise us, however, as he wasn’t far behind with a smooth 4:18.40. He’ll be chasing his own Junior World Record tonight, which stands as a 4:14.00 from last summer’s Olympic Trials.

Another junior IMer, Kieran Smith, swam a best time to qualify for the final. His 4:19.89 landed him 6th this morning, and marked the first time he’s broken the 4:20-barrier in his career.

Abrahm DeVine was initially the 3rd fastest swimmer in heat 7, but was disqualified as officials cited him “swimming the style of backstroke for more than one quarter of the race,” also known as the Lochte Rule. Josh Prenot and Michael Weiss were initially set to swim in heat 8, but both declared a false start.


  • American Record: Dana Vollmer, 55.98, 2012
  • U.S. Open Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 56.38. 2016
  • LC National Meet Record: Dana Vollmer, 56.42, 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 58.48

Top 8:

  1. Kelsi Worrell– 57.40
  2. Hellen Moffitt– 58.24
  3. Sarah Gibson– 58.41
  4. Mallory Comerford– 58.61
  5. Katie McLaughlin– 58.80
  6. Amanda Kendall– 58.97
  7. Kendyl Stewart– 59.03
  8. Danielle Nack– 59.11

As expected, Kelsi Worrell easily took control of the 100 fly prelims with a quick 57.40. The race for 2nd behind her is shaping up to be a close one. Hellen Moffitt knocked a couple of tenths from her best time to take 2nd in 58.24, followed by Sarah Gibson (58.41). Some swimming fans may be surprised to see freestyle standout Mallory Comerford in this final. Comerford lowered her best time by almost a second to qualify 4th in 58.61. Prior to 2017, she had never broken a minute before.

Danielle Nack had a breakthrough swim this morning to sneak into the top 8. Coming into this meet, her best time was a 59.37 from back in 2013. This morning she finally dipped under that, touching in 59.11 to take 8th.

15-year-old phenom Regan Smith popped a 59.46 out of heat 10, marking her first time under 1:00 and the 16th fastest swim ever for an American in the 15-16 age group.

MEN’S 100 FLY:

  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 49.82, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps, 50.22, 2009
  • LC National Meet Record: Michael Phelps, 50.22, 2009
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 52.29

Top 8:

  1. Jack Conger– 51.37
  2. Caeleb Dressel– 51.38
  3. Tom Shields– 51.73
  4. Tim Phillips– 51.76
  5. Matt Josa– 52.33
  6. Justin Lynch– 52.63
  7. Andrew Liang– 53.08
  8. (T-8) Miles Smachlo– 53.16*
  9. (T-8) Zach Harting– 53.16*

Caeleb Dressel and Jack Conger brought the heat in heat 8. Conger held a narrow lead through the 50 with a 24.11 split. Dressel had the faster back half, but came up just short, as Conger touched in 51.37 to Dressel’s 51.38. That was a new best time by almost a full second for Dressel, who entered the meet with a 52.22. Conger was just a tenth off his best, which stands as a 51.26 from Olympic Trials. That puts them at #4 and #5 in the world for 2017.

Tom Shields and Tim Phillips also put on a show in heat 10. Phillips turned in a lightning fast 23.70 at the 50, but Shields was able to run him down to finish in 51.73 ahead of Phillips’ 51.76.

There will be a swim-off for 8th place between 200 fly finalists Miles Smachlo and Zach “The Dark Knight” Harting. Harting dropped just over a tenth off his best time this morning to touch in 53.16, while Smachlo smashed his former best 54.45 to put up an identical time.

**Harting wound up winning the swimoff in a blistering 52.63, while Smachlo went another best time in 53.08**


  • American Record: Jessica Hardy, 29.80, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Jessica Hardy, 29.80, 2009
  • LC National Meet Record: Jessica Hardy, 30.12, 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 31.22

Top 8:

  1. Lilly King– 29.96
  2. Katie Meili– 30.47
  3. Molly Hannis– 30.67
  4. Jorie Caneta– 30.85
  5. Andee Cottrell– 31.13
  6. Breeja Larson– 31.14
  7. Natalie Pierce– 31.22
  8. Katharine Ross– 31.25

It looks to be all Lilly King in the 50 breast. King set a Championship Record this morning, turning in a 29.96 to erase the former mark of 30.12 set by Jessica Hardy at 2015 Nationals. Tonight, she’ll be chasing Hardy’s American Record of 29.80, which was set back in 2009 during the supersuit era.


  • American Record: Kevin Cordes, 26.76, 2015
  • U.S. Open Record: Brendan McHugh, 27.10, 2014
  • LC National Meet Record: Brendan McHugh, 27.10, 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 27.51

Top 8:

  1. Kevin Cordes– 26.86
  2. Andrew Wilson– 27.29
  3. Cody Miller– 27.39
  4. Nic Fink– 27.41
  5. Michael Andrew– 27.45
  6. Ian Finnerty– 27.54
  7. Connor Hoppe– 27.78
  8. Matt Anderson– 27.79

Kevin Cordes blasted a new U.S. Open Record in heat 6, turning in a 26.86 to lead prelims. That knocked almost a quarter of a second off the former mark, which stood as a 27.10 done by Brendan McHugh at 2014 Nationals. It was also just a tenth shy of his own American Record of 26.76 done at 2015 Worlds.

Cordes’ time makes him the 3rd fastest swimmer in the world this year behind only Great Britain’s Adam Peaty (26.48) and Brazil’s Joao Gomes (26.83).


  • American Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.51, 2015
  • U.S. Open Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.51, 2015
  • LC National Meet Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.68, 2013
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 28.52

Top 8:

  1. Ali Deloof– 27.86
  2. Hannah Stevens– 27.94
  3. Kathleen Baker– 28.09
  4. Courtney Caldwell– 28.39
  5. (T-5) Grace Ariola– 28.51
  6. (T-5) Caroline Baldwin– 28.51
  7. Amy Bilquist– 28.64
  8. Katharine Berkoff– 28.74

Ali Deloof and Hannah Stevens closed in on the Championship Record this morning. Deloof was within 2 tenths of the mark with her 27.86, with Stevens less than a tenth behind her in 27.94. It’s shaping up to be a tight race between those two and Kathleen Baker (28.09) tonight, and we could see 3 swimmers dip under 28 in the final.

Olivia Smoliga, one of the favorites in this event, appeared to slip on the start. She finished 32nd this morning in 29.25.


  • American Record: Randall Bal, 24.33. 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Junya Koga, 24.36, 2015
  • LC National Meet Record: David Plummer, 24.52, 2013
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 25.29

Top 8:

  1. Matt Grevers– 24.75
  2. (T-2) Michael Andrew– 24.96
  3. (T-2) Justin Ress– 24.96
  4. Luke Kaliszak– 25.06
  5. Taylor Dale– 25.12
  6. John Shebat– 25.14
  7. Ryan Murphy– 25.26
  8. (T-8) Jacob Pebley– 25.30*
  9. (T-8) Daniel Carr- 25.30*
  10. (T-8) Bob Glover- 25.30*

Veteran Matt Grevers put up a quick 24.75 to lead prelims, while Michael Andrew and Justin Ress tied to break the 25-barrier behind him. Andrew was just .02 shy of the current Junior World Record, which stands as a 24.94 done by Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov in 2016.

There was a 3-way tie for 8th place between Jacob Pebley, Daniel Carr, and Bob Glover in 25.30, which will likely lead to a swimoff.

**Jacob Pebley opted out of the swimoff. Daniel Carr won in 25.27 by just a hundredth over Bob Glover (25.28)**

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3 years ago

Poor Conger. #prelimpicjinx

Reply to  pianoback
3 years ago

Your name ??

Reply to  Swimmer?
3 years ago

He sells pianos at the venue …..LOL

Reply to  pianoback
3 years ago

He has a great chance to be top 2 in the 100 fly …..with no piano playing on his back . ?

Reply to  pianoback
3 years ago

At least they didn’t put Grevers up so we know the man has a chance.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Friuti
3 years ago

I’m betting Grevers is 2nd.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Pretty sure he has a 51 low potential but I hope in Dressel’s interest at worlds that he doesn’t make the team in the 100 fly. Already the 4X200 free relay was not vital…. Add the 50 fly and maybe the useless mixed relays and suddenly I fear for his 50 free and 100 free in Budapest. But you’re gonna answer me that he’s a beast and has a big training under his belt at Florida. I’m just trying to reflect a little bit and I don’t want to see him waste his huge talent and his best gold medal chances because of a bad schedule and too many races. Nothing more.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Dressel doesn’t need to swim the 4×200 relay should he qualify for another 2 races,100 fly and 50 free given his schedule. Am sure the coaches will advice him that way. Relax. Furthermore, since you said so yourself he is a huge talent, why wouldn’t he challenge himself now to see how much load his body can take. Better test himself now than at the Olympics. If he does not make it in the 100 fly and 50 free, making 2 individuals, 2 relays and possibly 2 mixed relays is plenty to give him international experience in the long course, even though 3 of the events are deemed ‘useless’ by your standards.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

why are u assuming Dressel will be swimming all those events ? he is not stupid or crazy . We know only a handful in Swimming history has done that ( MP for example but he had a serious goal in mind & was incredibly prepared for it ) . In my humble view , he will focus on the 100 free ( + the real of course ) and the 50 free , nothing else …and maybe the 100 fly ( but thats maybe already a bit too much ) . No 800 free relay for him , too risky .

3 years ago

( + the 400 free relay of course )

Captain Awesome
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Let him swim what he wants to swim. He obviously enjoys it and we enjoy watching him swim. He handled a heavy event load at NCAAs and was fine there. Let’s see what he can do.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Recovery is never going to be easier than at the age and fitness level he’s at right now. Might as well give a big program a try now since it only gets harder to recover from sprints as he goes through his 20s.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

He went 40.00 on his 12th swim at NCAAs. And that was only 3 days. I’m pretty sure he’ll be alright

Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

The Worlds is not NCAA. It’s on another level with much more fierce competition.

Reply to  Youssef
3 years ago

thats what i thought as well ….Here is with World top fields he will compete with and in LC

Reply to  Youssef
3 years ago

LC is a little different but as far as recovery goes, he’s swimming with the same body. And to be honest, I don’t know that the intensity is any less.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Youssef
3 years ago

You’ve obviously never swum at NCAA’s.

Reply to  Youssef
3 years ago

No it’s not

Steve Nolan
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Been thinkin’ about Dressel’s potential schedule for this Worlds meet, I kinda want him to swim as much as possible.

Basically, in the grand scheme of things, it kinda…doesn’t matter? He’s still in school so he’s not fighting for sponsorship money just yet. Might as well see what he can do over a wide range of events now, in a sleepy post-Olympic year than in 2020.

Guessing it’s all just…part of the plan.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

This is the first year of an Olympic cycle. Troy and Dressel view it as a chance to expand his portfolio. Troy has frequently said that Dressel is as talented as Lochte. You never saw a younger Lochte dodging events (the London 200 back – 200 IM double) to increase his chances in a couple of events. I think that’s their mentality. They think he has 4 individual event medal potential at Tokyo, and their beginning to test that theory and prepare for it. The guy is not just a freestyle sprinter.

Reply to  Attila the Runt
3 years ago

I think it’s great he’s taking on so many events at trials. He is so talented, fast in every stoke and is now adding range. Whether he races the same events at Worlds or not I think the physical and mental challenge of taking on so many races here will do him good.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Attila the Runt
3 years ago

Couldn’t agree more. Didn’t see pop a 1:42+ 200 scy IM last year at some point? You just don’t do that, without some serious talent and training.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

Not only that, but he closed in a 23.37 when he did it!

Reply to  Attila the Runt
3 years ago

Would not be surprised at all to see Dressel as the fly leg for the 4 x 100 medley in Tokyo.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

The 4 x 200 relay might not be “necessary”, but Dressel’s performance in qualifying was impressive. That kind of endurance bodes well for the last 15-20 meters of the 100 M free/fly. and (based on his performance last night) hasn’t impacted his top end speed in the 50. The busy schedule will pay dividends down the road – and the US coaches will have others available to step in for the 4 x 200 relay if needed (such as Conger).

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

If there is a time for Dressel to expand his event line up it is now (the summer after the Olympic games.) He is still young and could very well be a medal contender in the 1 fly in 2020. Find out if that is possible and whether or not his body can handle it over the course of a week. As you predicted I would say…he is training to be able to handle a busier schedule. It his were an Olympic year I would totally agree with you but this a time to learn and experiment for a lot of these athletes with there eye on 2020

The Donald
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

If I’m not mistaken, michael Phelps tied for Olympic silver in 51.33… I think it would be in his best interests to swim it at world’s actually.

3 years ago

I LOVE prelims of 400 IM and 100 fly. Typically loads of surprises and fun races to watch.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  75M FREE
3 years ago

Leah Smith! Congratulation s on a big swim. Who can know? Wouldn’t it be great for her to make these team in this individual event? She sure works very hard ( are you listening Lilly King?).

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 years ago

What a ridiculous comment. You might not like her personality or her out there comments but Lilly is a great breaststroker and refreshing for the sport compared to the polished cut and dry fake comments of other media trained athletes. All aboard the King train to beat Dopimova.

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