2019 U.S. National Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Friday morning prelims heat sheets.

Dana Vollmer will swim her final prelims of the women’s 100 butterfly this morning, her signature event. Vollmer is the former World Record holder and current American Record holder in this event.

After massive time drops in the 200 freestyle, Kieran Smith returns today in the 400 IM, where he is joined by World Junior Record holder Sean Grieshop and up-and-comer Carson Foster.

The men’s 100 butterfly features two-time runner-up Jack Conger, 200 fly champ Luca Urlando, 100 freestyle champ and new U.S. Open Record holder Ryan Held, and Shaine Casas, who last night placed 2nd in the 200 backstroke.

Regan Smith and Dakota Luther return in the women’s 100 butterfly. Kelsi Dahlia also appears on the heat sheets. Like Smith, Dahlia is also recently-returned from the World Championships in South Korea.

Women’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), 4:26.36, 2016
  • American Record: Katie Hoff, 4:31.12, 2008
  • Championship Record: Katie Hoff (United States), 4:31.12, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), 4:31.07, 2015
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 4:51.79

Distance and open water specialist Haley Anderson surged over the freestyle to take the win in heat 7 of the women’s 400 IM, touching in 4:46.37. Kentucky Aquatics’ Bailey Bonnett finished 2nd in 4:47.55, and Wolfpack Elite’s Emma Muzzy, the 2019 ACC champion in the 200 backstroke, touched 3rd in 4:47.98.

Kate Moore dropped nearly 4 seconds to win heat 8 in 4:44.18, comfortably in front of NOVA of Virginia’s Grace Sheble who finished 2nd in 4:45.15.

Brooke Forde led after the butterfly, turning in 1:02.47, but Madisyn Cox was right behind. Cox turned 1st at 150 and pulled slightly further ahead to split 2:16.11 at 200 meters, about 4/10ths in front of Forde. Cox distanced herself by half a body lenghth by 250 meters, and split 3:36.96 at 300 meters. Forde and Emma Barksdale attempted to run Cox down on the freestyle, and in fact Forde was .09 ahead of Cox at 350 meters, flipping in 4:10.00. Forde held on to win the heat in 4:41.54 to establish the top time of the morning through 9 heats. Kelly Fertel finished 2nd in 4:42.04 and Cox 3rd in 4:42.05.

Hannah Miley hung back for the first 200 meters of the final heat of the women’s 400 IM, then made up ground to surge on the breaststroke, turning at 300 meters with a 1.51-second lead. Ally McHugh, the 2018 U.S. National Champion in this event, knocked 3/10ths off Miley’s lead at the 350 meter turn, but could not quite run down Miley, who touched first with a new top time of 4:41.23. Emma Weyant, who produced the 4th-fastest time last night in the 200 freestyle despite racing in the ‘B’ final, ran down everyone else in the heat except Miley to touch 2nd in 4:42.00. McHugh finished just behind in 4:42.02.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Hannah Miley, 4:41.23
  2. Brooke Forde, 4:41.54
  3. Emma Weyant, 4:42.00
  4. Ally McHugh, 4:42.02
  5. Kelly Fertel, 4:42.04
  6. Madisyn Cox, 4:42.05
  7. Emma Barksdale, 4:42.33
  8. Kate Moore, 4:44.18

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Lucy Bell, 4:51.18
  2. Addison Smith, 4:51.21
  3. Ella Nelson, 4:51.39
  4. Olivia McMurray, 4:51.64
  5. Katie Crom, 4:51.94
  6. Kathryn Ackerman, 4:52.14
  7. Summer Smith, 4:52.22
  8. Jacinta Smith, 4:52.24

Men’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • World Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:03.84, 2008
  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 4:03.84, 2008
  • Championship Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:05.25, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 4:05.25, 2008
  • Olympics Trials Cut: 4:25.99

Casey Storch took the early lead in heat 7 of the men’s 400 IM, turning first at 50 meters, but was passed by Will Roberts who touched first at 100 meters in 58.11. Roberts led through 150, but Mikey Calvillo and Ross Dant began chipping away at his narrow lead, and by 200 both Calvillo and Dant had passed him, Calvillo turning 1st in 2:04.12. Calvillo, Roberts, and Storch again were the 3 fastest at the 250-meter turn, making the battle largely bewteen lanes 1 and 8. Storch turned first at 300 meters, over a second ahead of Calvillo, though Calvillo was only 2/10ths back by 350. Calvillo ended up touching 1st in 4:19.25, Storch 2nd in 4:20.38, and Roberts 3rd in 4:22.19.

Carson Foster and Jake Foster dove in for heat 8, one of only 2 circle-seeded heats. Foster led at 100 in 56.80, with Kieran Smith in 2nd. Carson Foster blasted ahead on the backstroke to turn in 1:29.57, nearly two body lengths ahead of the field. Carson Foster rounded the 200-meter turn in 2:01.54, splitting a 31.97 on the 2nd 50 of the backstroke. Carson Foster was 2:37.98 at the 250-meter turn, but brother Jake Foster was starting to make up ground. The Foster brothers were 1-2 at 300 meters, but Kieran Smith started gaining ground, passing Jake Foster at 350. Smith nearly ran down Carson Foster, but Carson Foster still got to the wall 1st–and Jake Foster 2nd–touching 4:17.27 and 4:17.85. Smith touched 3rd in 4:18.16.

Ethan Heasley led after butterfly in 56.69, but conceded to Sean Grieshop at the 150-meter turn. Grieshop maintained the lead at 200, touching in 2:03.00. Grieshop’s lead at 250 was by over a second, with Brodie Williams behind in 2nd. Grieshop had a body lenghth at 300 turning in 3:15.86 with Williams still in 2nd. Grieshop more than doubled his lead on the freestyle, splitting 30.8 on the first 50 of the 100 freestyle. Grieshop touched first in 4:16.60, the fastest time of the morning.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Sean Grieshop, 4:16.60
  2. Carson Foster, 4:17.27
  3. Jake Foster, 4:17.85
  4. Bobby Finke, 4:18.03
  5. Kieran Smith, 4:18.16
  6. Brodie Williams, 4:18.63
  7. Grant Sanders, 4:18.93
  8. Mark Szaranek, 4:19.15

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Ross Dant, 4:24.02
  2. Kevin Vargas, 4:24.13
  3. Ivan Puskovitch, 4:24.32
  4. Rick Mihm, 4:24.49
  5. Matt Fallon, 4:24.62
  6. Sean Conway, 4:25.67
  7. Ian Grum, 4:25.87
  8. Ethan Heasley, 4:26.49

Women’s 100 Butterfly – Prelims

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 55.48, 2016
  • American Record: Dana Vollmer, 55.98, 2012
  • Championship Record: Dana Vollmer (United States), 56.42, 2012
  • U.S. Open Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 56.38, 2016
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 1:00.69

Gretchen Walsh blasted a 59.16 to win heat 6 of the women’s 100 butterfly, over a second ahead of Jessica Nava of Cavalier Swimming who touched 2nd. Walsh’s time is the fastest of the morning.

Heat 7 was won by Madison Hart in 59.47 of Penn State, the only swimmer under 1:00 in the heat. Michigan’s Miranda Tucker then won heat 8 in 1:00.72. Michigan got another heat-winner in the next flight via Vanessa Krause, who won heat 9 in 59.88.

Charlotte Hook took heat 10 in 59.59, just ahead of Callie Dickinson who touched 2nd in 59.63, and Olivia Carter who was 3rd in 59.80. Lucy Bell also broke a minute with a 59.90.

Kelly Pash won heat 11 in a 58.92, the only time in the heat under 1:00.

Dana Vollmer and Regan Smith hit the water in heat 12, though Natalie Hinds had the lead at 50 meters, just ahead of Regan Smith. Smith won the heat in a new personal best time of 58.38, while Hinds was 58.67, and Katie Drabot 3rd in 58.83. Vollmer finished 9th in the heat in 59.94, and 32nd overall, not earning her an evening swim and putting and end to an incredible career.

Amanda Kendall surged to victory in heat 13, just out-touching junior phenom Claire Curzan who was 2nd in 58.16. Aly Tetzloff of Auburn finished 3rd in 58.55, and Grace Oglesby 4th in 58.89.

The 14th and final heat went to Kelsi Dahlia who took the top seed in tonight’s finals with a 57.34. Torri Huske blasted a 57.98 to place 2nd in the heat, only .05 off Mary T. Meagher’s 15-16 National Age Group Record, becoming only the 2nd 15-16 girl to break the 58-second barrier.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Kelsi Dahlia, 57.34
  2. Amanda Kendall, 57.80
  3. Torri Huske, 57.98
  4. Claire Curzan, 58.16
  5. Lillie Nordmann, 58.36
  6. Regan Smith, 58.38
  7. Aly Tetzloff, 58.55
  8. Natalie Hinds, 58.67

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Isabel Ivey, 59.86
  2. Lucy Bell, 59.90
  3. Gabi Albiero, 1:00.13
  4. Abby Harter, 1:00.16
  5. Coleen Gillilan, 1:00.25
  6. Sarah Watson, 1:00.47
  7. Tess Howley, 1:00.51
  8. Tristen Ulett, 1:00.72

Men’s 100 Butterfly – Prelims

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (United States), 49.50, 2019
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel, 49.50, 2019
  • Championship Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 50.22, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (United States), 50.22, 2009
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 54.19

Tate Jackson took heat 5 in 52.42, the new top time by over a second.

Ryan Lochte dove in for heat 6, swimming in lane 1. Lohte finished in 53.25, 2nd in the heat behind Blake Manoff who won in 52.70. Lochte’s time ended up 23rd overall.

Giles Smith had a .03 lead over Jack Saunderson in heat 9, but was passed by Saunderson don the final 50. Saunderson touched first in 51.36, a best time by .13. Smith finished 2nd in 52.16, and Miles Smachlo of Michigan 3rd in 52.59.

Ryan Held was out in 24.09 to have the early lead in heat 10. Danny Kovac of Mizzou won the heat in 52.27 to Held’s 52.35.

Maxime Rooney was out in a blazing fast 23.32 in heat 11, half-a-second over Jack Conger. Rooney held on for a 50.68 to win the ehat easily, blowing away his previous lifetime best. Rooney is now the 2nd-fastest American in 2019 in the 100 butterfly behind only Caeleb Dressel.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Maxime Rooney, 50.68
  2. Jack Conger, 51.21
  3. Jack Saunderson, 51.36
  4. John Shebat, 51.95
  5. Giles Smith, 52.16
  6. Danny Kovac, 52.27
  7. Luca Urlando, 52.33
  8. Ryan Held, 52.35

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Van Mathias, 53.40
  2. Ethan Hu, 53.72
  3. Brendan Burns, 53.74
  4. Noah Henderson, 53.84
  5. Connor Lee, 53.87
  6. Dillon Hillis, 54.05
  7. River Wright, 54.09
  8. Derek Maas, 54.17

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3 years ago

Liu was the disqualification in the 100 butterfly, not Tucker. There was a mix-up in the lanes, and was confirmed after the initial announcement. Tucker’s results are shown on Meet Mobile as legitimate.

Reply to  Justice
3 years ago

Thanks for the update, we’ll get that corrected.

3 years ago

Anyone know the point in the time trials?

Reply to  JamieD
3 years ago

If you’re talking about the two guys who did underwaters the whole 50, both have awesome underwaters, and they wanted to see what they could go “officially” and make a race out of it. The faster guy, Gamecock swimmer Caleb Tosh, went a 22.04, the other guy, Louisville swimmer Mitchell Whyte, went a 22.43, if you were wondering. Just having fun…

3 years ago

Rooney is the monstar that stole Schooling’s butterfly talent

3 years ago

With all of the young guns coming up and some lesser-known names producing some amazing best times (indicating that they’ve been working) some big names and old timers are going to be pretty disappointed next June. Just saying.

Joel Lin
3 years ago

Being near The Salt Lick for 3 months altered the trajectory of Maxime Rooney’s career.

Ole 99
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Franklin BBQ… lots of time for calisthenics while you wait

Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Burnt ends brisket at the Salt Lick is heaven. Every Sunday, our family goes to the Salt Lick, we buy $50 of burnt ends, then stop by Torches to get queso and chips, and take all of that to Mama Rosa’s where we add nachos and enchiladas and have a meal there. The best of Austin!

Reply to  PsychoDad
3 years ago

Can I become part of ur family?

Reply to  50free
3 years ago

We are all the sons and daughters of PsychoDad.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Well, I am definitely that old. But, yes, 50FREE, if you live in Austin DM me on Twitter and join us this Sunday.

Jon Nap
Reply to  PsychoDad
3 years ago

I am now instantly hungry.

3 years ago

Rooney looks AMAZING.

3 years ago

Um, ok Rooney…

3 years ago

Lol. The announcer just giving up on pronouncing John Shebat’s last name.

That was phenomenal from Rooney. Conger and Saunderson both final at Worlds with the times from this AM. Looking forward to a fast 100 fly final.

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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