2018 US WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 28th-December 1st, 2018
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Psych Sheets
- Short Course Time Trial Info
- Live Stream
- Friday Finals Heat Sheet
- Prelims/Finals at 9 am / 5 pm ET
- LCM (50m)
WOMEN’S 400 IM FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 4:51.79
After taking the 200 IM last night in dominant fashion, Madisyn Cox was well ahead of the crowd yet again tonight. She pulled into a giant lead after the breaststroke, and cruised to a two-plus body length win with a 4:38.52 for a new personal record. That’s a really strong swim for Cox, whose previous best was a 4:38.85 from back in 2016 at the Olympic Trials.
Sarasota YMCA’s Emma Weyant was able to hold off Hali Flickinger of Athens Bulldogs at the finish, going 4:41.20 ahead of Flickinger’s 4:41.24 by just a hair. That’s just off Weyant’s best of 4:40.64 from Jr Pan Pacs this summer.
NC State’s Makayla Sargent was 4:45.79 for fourth.
Winning the B final was Mabel Zavaros of Florida with a 4:48.24.
MEN’S 400 IM FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 4:25.99
- Jay Litherland 4:20.15
- Jason Louser 4:23.99
- Tristan Cote 4:24.61
Jay Litherland of the Athens Bulldogs easily won tonight, finishing at 4:20.15 for the victory. That’s five seconds quicker than he was this morning. He now has the 200 free final to get ready for in 20-30 minutes.
Jason Louser, a Cal commit who trains with Long Island Aquatic Club, finished 2nd in 4:23.99, just ahead of Canada’s Tristan Cote (4:24.61).
Ford Blaylock (unattached) took the B final in 4:26.92.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 1:00.69
Amanda Kendall of the IU post-grad group soared to a best time to win the 100 fly tonight, clocking a 57.80. Her old best was a 57.87 from 2017, done at the U.S. Open.
Behind her was 17-year-old Olivia Bray of the Virginia Gators. Bray, who recently aged up to the 17-18 age group, rockets to #3 all-time in the 17-18 age group. She’s behind only Katie McLaughlin (57.87) and Felicia Lee (58.41), and jumps ahead of Dakota Luther (58.58), and Misty Hyman (58.72). 15-year-old Torri Huske of Arlington sneaked up out of lane 8, popping a 59.27 to edge American record holder Dana Vollmer (59.38). Huske is now 14th all-time in the 15-16 age group.
14-year-old Claire Curzan was 59.82, just off of a best.
Phoebe Bacon hit a PR 1:00.09, her first time under 1:01, to take the B final.
MEN’S 100 FLY FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 54.19
- Giles Smith – 52.94
- Daniil Antipov – 53.38
- Kevin Mendoza – 53.64
Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club was out quick at 24.2, and despite tightening up under the flags, he pulled out the win with a 52.94. Smith was a bit off of his 52.54 this morning but still was quick enough to earn the national title tonight.
Grand Canyon’s Daniil Antipov collected silver with a 53.38 ahead of Kevin Mendoza, who was also under 54 with a 53.64. Dare Rose of the Scarlet Aquatics won the B-final at 54.33, a few tenths quicker than he was this morning.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 2:01.69
Katie Ledecky was very strong tonight in the 200, posting a 1:55.32 for what is her most impressive swim of the meet thus far. Her 1:56.63 from this morning was already the top time in the world by a few hundredths, but now she’s ahead of the rest of the world by well over a full second. Further, she was just two tenths now from the time she went at Pan Pacs to finish in bronze this summer.
Ledecky was out in a 56.29, and came back in a 59.03 to clock that time. Meanwhile, teammate Simone Manuel raced to 2nd in 1:57.92, a strong time for her, too. Ledecky and Manuel now rank 1st and 5th, respectively, in the world this year in the 200 free.
MEN’S 200 FREE FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 1:50.79
- Jacob Pebley – 1:49.33
- Mitch D’Arrigo – 1:
- Carson Olafson
Jacob Pebley of Team Elite showcased his versatility and snuck by the middle of the pool out of lane 2 for the win. He posted a 1:49.33, a personal best by over a second and his first time under 1:50. In the post-race interview with NBC Sports, Pebley mentioned that he’s gunning for a spot on the 4×200 free relay at the upcoming World SC Championships in Hangzhou, and was hoping that this swim would shore up a spot for him.
Mitch D’Arrigo of Gator Swim Club and Carson Olafson of HPC Vancouver were 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Both made it under the 1:50 mark, with D’Arrigo at 1:49.63 and Olafson at 1:49.84.
Dare Rose, the 16-year-old, was 1:50.45 to take fourth, while Olafson’s HPC teammate Jeremy Bagshaw won the B-final in 1:51.93.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 1:10.99
Micah Sumrall, who won the perseverance award at the recent Golden Goggles after a triumphant return to the sport, had a great swim to clock a 1:07.51 for the win here. Sumrall was locked in battle with NC State freshman and Swedish national Sophie Hansson, but utilized her exceptional and efficient technique to power to the wall in long, strong strokes and pull ahead.
She’s now 4th in the world this season with that time.
Hansson was 1:08.14 for 2nd, with Kelsey Wog of Manitoba Bison clocked a 1:08.58 for 3rd.
MEN’S 100 BREAST FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 1:03.29
- Nic Fink – 1:00.18
- Kevin Cordes – 1:00.22
- Jonathan Tybur – 1:01.11
Kevin Cordes of Phoenix Swim Club, who posted the top time in the morning, was just knocked off with a fanastic finish by Athens Bulldogs’ Nic Fink. Both men have been at the forefront of the American breaststroke scene for several years, and Fink will get the win tonight with his great lunge to the wall.
Aggie Swim Club’s Jonathan Tybur pulled out third from lane 2, clocking a 1:01.11.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 1:02.69
Former world record holder Kylie Masse took the win with a powerful swim, posting a 59.27 as the only finisher under a minute. 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon of NCAP swam well for 2nd, nearly breaking a minute to settle at 1:00.02.
Ali Deloof of Team Elite was out hard and faded a bit for third, going 1:00.53, while Kentucky Aquatics’ Bridgette Alexander was 1:01.51 as the final finisher under 1:02.
UNC’s Sophie Lindner swam to the B-final win in 1:02.50.
MEN’S 100 BACK FINALS
- Olympic Trials cut: 56.59
Jacob Pebley was back after taking the 200 free, and came up just short in an extremely tight finish to this race. Christopher Reid of Crimson Tide Aquatics beat Pebley to the wall, going 53.95 to Pebley’s 53.99. They came back in matching 27.77’s, but Reid was just quicker going out (26.18 to 26.22).
Meanwhile, Markus Thormeyer clocked a 54.09 for third, as he was just barely ahead of Grand Canyon’s Mark Nikolaev (54.12) who looked to be leading about two-thirds through the race.
Cascade’s Cole Pratt, a 16-year-old out of Canada, was 55.98 for the B-final win as he knocked off almost a full second from his prelims swim.