2019 U.S. National Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap


Day 5 finals heat sheets.

Tonight’s session features finals of the women’s 1500 freestyle, men’s and women’s 200 IM, men’s 800 freestyle, and men’s and women’s 50 freestyle. The women’s 1500 and men’s 800 freestyles will swim the top-8 seeds only, but fast enough swims from the heats this afternoon can shake up final standings.

Ally McHugh will kickoff the women’s 1500 freestyle alongside Sierra Schmidt and Hannah Moore. The women’s 200 IM will be headlined by Madisyn Cox, who is the clear front-runner. Carson Foster is the top seed in the ‘B’ final of the men’s 200 IM, while Ryan Lochte and John Shebat are the first and second seeds in the ‘A’ final of the men’s 200 IM. Shaine Casas, who posted the 5th-fastest time in the world in the 100 backstroke and the 6th-fastest time in the world in the 200 backstroke earlier in the meet is also in the ‘A’ final of the men’s 200 IM.

The men’s 800 freestyle is headlined by Zane Grothe, 1500 free and 400 IM champion Bobby Finke, 200 and 400 freestyle champion Elijah Winnington of Australia, and France’s Joris Bouchaut.

France’s Anna Santamans is the top-seed in the women’s 50 freestyle and was the only woman sub-25 in prelims. She is joined by NCAA superstars Erika Brown and Aly Tetzloff, and juniors Gretchen Walsh and Grace Cooper.

The men’s 50 freestyle will feature 100 freestyle champion and new U.S. Open Record holder Ryan Held, Bowe Becker, Robert Howard, and Erik Risolvato.

Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Finals

  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2018, 15:20.48
  • American Record: Katie Ledecky, 2018, 15:20.48
  • Championship Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2013, 15:47.15
  • U.S. Open Record: Katie Ledecky (United States), 2018, 15:20.48
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 16:49.19

Top 3:

Sierra Schmidt danced her way to a lead at 29.99 a the 50-meter turn, and at 100 meters was still up by .02, flipping in 1:02.42, just ahead of Ally McHugh.

Kensey McMahon from Alabama usurped the lead at 150, pulled further ahead at 200 meters, and had a .55 lead over Hannah Moore at 250 meters. McMahon had extended her lead to 1.02 at 300 meters. At 400 meters, McMahon turned in 4:15.09, 1.63 seconds ahead of Moore. By 500, McMahon’s lead was up to 2.44 seconds over Moore and 2.75 over Ally McHugh.

McMahon flipped at 600 meters in 6:23.73, and 650 meters in 6:56.12. McMahon flipped at 750 in 8:00.89, positioning her to go very close to 16:00, or possibly under 16:00 if she has a strong second half.

McMahon flipped at 1000 meters in 10:44.11, only a little over a second ahead of McHugh, who had separated herself from Schmidt and Moore. Ally McHugh had taken the lead at 1100, turning in 11:49.62. By 1200 meters, McHugh had a 1.3 second lead. over McMahon, where McHugh turned in 12:54.02. Schmidt was withing half-a-second of McMahon at 1250 meters. Going into 1300, McHugh had a two body length lead, hitting the wall in 13:58.68 to her feet.

The race for 2nd is between McMahon and Schmidt; down the length 28th lap, McMahon distanced herself by nearly a second ahead of Scmidt.

Ally McHugh ran away with the victory, leading by three body lengths at the final touch. Early leader Kensey McMahon managed to win the silver medal and improve her lifetime best by 22 seconds. Sierra Schmidt finished 3rd in 16:10.12.

Women’s 200 IM – Finals

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary), 2015, 2:06.12
  • American Record: Ariana Kukors, 2009, 2:06.15
  • Championship Record: Kathleen Baker (United States), 2018, 2:08.32
  • U.S. Open Record: Kathleen Baker (United States), 2018, 2:08.32
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.39

Top 3:

Madisyn Cox had the early lead at 50 meters, turning in 28.13, but Calypso Sheridan pulled up on the backstroke, and the two swimmers were neck-and-neck at 100 meters. Cox then pulled away on the breaststroke to lead by over a body lengthy and 1.52 seconds at 150 meters. Cox finished the race in 2:10.00.

Vanessa Pearl surged on the freestyle to touch 2nd in 2:12.49, just ahead of Julia Poole who was 3rd in 2:12.53 to round out the podium.

Emma Barksdale took 4th in 2:13.06, Evie Pfeifer 5th in 2:13.17, Scotland’s Hannah Miley 6th in 2:14.07, Calypso Sheridan faded to 7th in 2:14.55, and junior Justina Kozan 8th in 2:17.25.

Kelly Fertel won the ‘B’ final in 2:13.27, just ahead of Beata Nelson who touched 2nd in 2:13.37. Asia Seidt finished 3rd in the ‘B’ final in 2:13.92.

Men’s 200 IM – Finals

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (United States), 2011, 1:54.00
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte, 2011, 1:54.00
  • Championship Record: Ryan Lochte (United States), 2009, 1:54.56
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Lochte (United States), 2009, 1:54.56
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:04.09

Top 3:

Kieran Smith had the lead at 50 with a 25.09; Ryan Lochte turned 6th. Lochte took the lead at 100 in 55.01, and by 150 was at 1:29.13, .74 ahead of John Shebat. Lochte pulled ahead by a body length to win in 1:57.76.

Texas’ John Shebat finished 4th in 1:59.24, Grant Sanders 5th in 2:00.14, tying with Kieran Smith. Michigan’s Tommy Cope was 7th in 2:00.40, and Texas’ Matt Willenbring 8th in 2:00.83.

Carson Foster won the ‘B’ final in 1:58.69, which would have been good for silver in the ‘A’ final. Mark Szaranek was 2nd in the ‘B’ final in 2:00.07, and Daniel Gloude 3rd in 2:00.74.

Men’s 800 Freestyle – Finals

  • World Record: Lin Zhang (China), 2009, 7:32.12
  • American Record: Michael McBroom, 2013, 7:43.60
  • Championship Record: Zane Grothe (United States), 2018, 7:44.57
  • U.S. Open Record: Zane Grothe (United States), 2018, 7:44.57
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 8:12.99

Top 3:

Zane Grothe started out under World Record pace and held it throught 150 meters. Grothe held a multiple-body-length lead until 500, when Bobby Finke made his move. Finke turned ahead of Grothe at 600 meters, and was up by nearly half-a-body-length at 650 meters.

Finke cranked up his turnover rate to win in 7:47.58, leaving Grothe silver in 7:50.47. Michael Brinegar touched 3rd in 7:54.56.

Women’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2017, 23.67
  • American Record: Simone Manuel, 2017, 23.97
  • Championship Record: Simone Manuel (United States), 2018, 24.10
  • U.S. Open Record: Pernille Blume (Denmark), 2019, 24.08
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 25.99

Top 3:

Erika Brown won the women’s 50 freestyle in 24.71, just ahead of junior star Gretchen Walsh who finished in 24.85. Walsh’s time ties for number 2 all-time in the 15-16 age group. Top seed Anna Santamans of France hung on for 3rd in 24.92.

Aly Tetzloff, who placed 4th, posted a 24.97 in finals but began the meet with a 25.85. Brown, for her part, came into the meet seeded at 25.17. For Brown, this is her first LCM National Title.

Natalie Hinds placed 5th in 25.02; Catie DeLoof 6th in 25.11; Maxine Parker, who will likely now get to swim this event at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, placed 7th in 25.21; and Grace Cooper placed 8th in 25.33.

Men’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 2009, 20.91
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel, 2019, 21.04
  • Championship Record: Nathan Adrian/Garret Weber-Gale (United States), 2013, 21.47
  • U.S. Open Record: Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 2009, 21.14
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 23.19

Top 3:

Ryan Held completed the sprint freestyle sweep with a victory in the 50 tonight in 21.87, edging out Bowe Becker and Robert Howard, who tied for 2nd in 22.00. Held improved upon his prelims time by .01, giving him 2 lifetime bests today. Becker, meanwhile, went his first lifetime best in this event since 2016 when he set the previous mark at 22.23.

Payton Sorenson finished 4th in 22.18; David Curtiss 5th in 22.25; Erik Risolvato 6th in 22.32; Gus Borges of Brazil 7th in 22.46; and Jack Thorpe 8th in 22.56.

The ‘B’ final was won by Lewis Burras in 22.15. Tate Jackson placed 2nd in the ‘B’ final in 22.35, and William Roberson 3rd in 22.47.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

  • GOLD: Tennesse Aquatics, 4:03.62
  • SILVER: Kentucky Aquatics, 4:05.59
  • BRONZE: Victoria New South Whales, 4:05.66


  • Tennessee Aquatics: Grinter, 1:01.34; Popov, 1:08.68; Rothrock, 59.69; Brown, 53.91
  • Kentucky Aquatics: Seidt, 1:00.87; Bonnett, 1:09.19; Gati, 58.95; Sorenson, 56.58
  • Victoria New South Whales: Webb, 1:03.60; Strauch, 1:07.59; Costa, 59.55; Ngawati, 54.92

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

  • GOLD: Australia, 3:36.84
  • SILVER: Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics, 3:38.13
  • BRONZE: University of Stirling, 3:39.00


  • Australia: Gough, 56.41; Cave, 1:00.31; Temple, 51.81; Townsend, 48.32
  • Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics: Kyle Maas, 56.12; Nowicki, 59.14; Craig, 52.40; Derek Maas, 50.47
  • University of Stirling: Gardner, 56.29; Benson, 59.72; Rednic, 54.16; McLay, 48.83

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1 year ago

well guys and gals, this meet may be coming to a close, but the grind continues…Pan Ams start tuesday!

Reply to  jhumphries
1 year ago

this summer is pretty insane ….loved it so far

OW is swimming too
Reply to  jhumphries
1 year ago

Pan Am OW was yesterday…

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Why the hell is the Olympic Channel playing Friday’s finals?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

Because there’s not a volleyball match.

1 year ago

Please many stream what can watch without VPN or with VPN. NBC or Olympic channel is unpossible with VPN

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Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

The LiveTvLinks sub on reddit has a post called Sports Channels. You can find Olympic Channel there.

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