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


In the final prelims session of the 2019 US National Championships, the prelims of the men’s and women’s 200 IM and 50 free will be contested. Madisyn Cox is the top seed in her signature event, the 200 IM. Meanwhile, Mark Szaranek is the top seed in the men’s 200 IM. He will be joined by Ryan Lochte, John Shebat, and Carson Foster for top 8 contention.

Into the 50 free, Anna Hopkin leads a talented women’s sprint field while Tate Jackson currently leads on the men’s side.

Women’s 200 IM- Prelims

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

Madisyn Cox stormed away with the top prelims time with a 2:11.37, just a second off her 2019 best time of 2:10.18. NC State’s Julia Poole and Northwestern’s Calypso Sheridan have made the top 3 qualifiers, in front of Scot Hannah Miley.

Florida’s Vanessa Pearl came in 5th with a lifetime best in front of South Carolina’s Emma Barksdale. Claiming the top World Juniors spot is Justina Kozan, who finished right in front of IM specialist Evie Pfiefer.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Madisyn Cox, 2:11.37
  2. Julia Poole, 2:13.02
  3. Calypso Sheridan, 2:14.00
  4. Hannah Miley, 2:14.04
  5. Vanessa Pearl, 2:14.44
  6. Emma Barksdale, 2:14.65
  7. Justina Kozan, 2:14.90
  8. Evie Pfiefer, 2:15.04

18&Under Qualifiers:

  1. Olivia McMurray, 2:17.07
  2. Erin Gemmell, 2:17.10
  3. Samantha Tadder/Emma Weyant, 2:17.21
  4. Charlotte Hook, 2:17.29
  5. Zoe Dixon, 2:17.32
  6. Janelle Rudolph, 2:17.47
  7. Mia Abruzzo, 2:18.29

Men’s 200 IM- Prelims

Top seed Ryan Lochte has put up a 1:58.77 to lead the prelims of his signature event, the 200 IM. Despite time-trialling a 1:57.88 earlier in the meet, that time was ineligible for national team consideration. Lochte’s morning time, however, is 4th in the country and is currently on roster contention. Taking the second sub-2:00 swim of the morning was Texas Longhorn John Shebat.

18-year-old Jake Foster is the third seed while Grant Sanders and 100 back champ Shaine Casas follow Foster. Florida’s Kieran Smith and Michigan’s Tommy Cope have also qualified while Texas’ Matt Willenbring rounds out the top 8.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ryan Lochte, 1:58.77
  2. John Shebat, 1:59.97
  3. Jake Foster, 2:00.30
  4. Grant Sanders, 2:00.31
  5. Shaine Casas, 2:00.40
  6. Kieran Smith, 2:00.68
  7. Tommy Cope, 2:00.69
  8. Matt Willenbring, 2:00.88

18&Under Qualifiers:

  1. Sean Conway, 2:03.75
  2. Rick Mihm, 2:03.92
  3. Van Mathias, 2:04.51
  4. Jason Louser, 2:05.09
  5. Sean Faikish, 2:05.13
  6. Will Grant, 2:05.14
  7. Wyatt Davis, 2:05.41
  8. Dillon Hills, 2:05.51

Women’s 50 Free- Prelims

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

French native Anna Santamans was the lone sub-25 swim of the morning with a 24.88. Followed closely behind are Tennessee’s Erika Brown and post-grad swimmers Natalie Hinds, Catie DeLoof, and Aly Tetzloff.

In the race for the automatic World Juniors spot for the 50 free, Gretchen Walsh, Grace Cooper, and Maxine Parker will all be gunning for the Budapest swim. Walsh already has the 100 free individual spot while Cooper is on the relay-only spot for the 4×100 free relay. Parker is currently priority 3 for the 4×100 free relay spot as she was the 5th-highest placer in the event.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Anna Santamans, 24.88
  2. Erika Brown, 25.10
  3. Natalie Hinds, 25.15
  4. Gretchen Walsh, 25.17
  5. Catie DeLoof, 25.29
  6. Grace Cooper, 25.33
  7. Maxine Parker, 25.39
  8. Aly Tetzloff, 25.49

18&Under Qualifiers:

  1. Ashley Turak, 25.73
  2. Anya Goeders, 25.80
  3. Emma Wheal, 25.83
  4. Lillie Nordmann, 25.86
  5. Abbey Webb, 25.94
  6. Claire Curzan, 25.95
  7. Gabi Albiero/Katie Mack, 26.02

Men’s 50 Free- Prelims

  • World Record: 20.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • American Record: 21.04, Caeleb Dressel, 2019
  • Championship Record: 21.47, Nathan Adrian, 2013/Garret Weber-Gale, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.14, Cesar Cielo (BRA), 2009
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 23.19

Ryan Held continues his dominant performance in Stanford with a 21.88 prelims-leading time to now become the 14th-fastest American all-time in the 50 free. Behind Held are elite college swimmers BYU’s Payton Sorenson, Alabama’s Robert Howard, and Minnesota’s Bowe Becker.

Scot Jack Thorpe tied with YMCA national record-holder David Curtiss, who locked in his World Juniors spot, for 5th. Puerto Rico’s Erik Risolvato and Brazil’s Gus Borges round out the top 8.

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ryan Held, 21.88
  2. Payton Sorenson, 22.23
  3. Robert Howard, 22.25
  4. Bowe Becker, 22.36
  5. Jack Thorpe/David Curtiss, 22.37
  6. Erik Risolvato, 22.42
  7. Gus Borges, 22.44

18&Under Qualifiers:

  1. Hunter Armstrong, 22.91
  2. Matt Brownstead, 22.93
  3. Cam Peel, 23.02
  4. Jack Alexy, 23.04
  5. Noah Henderson/Jack Armstrong, 23.12
  6. Matt King, 23.14
  7. Jack Dolan, 23.18


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2 years ago


Reply to  Vandy
2 years ago

Do you want a medal or a monument?

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

For vandy, it’s all they got….

Reply to  Wow
2 years ago


Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Vandy
2 years ago

Casas with some really weird splits.

Reply to  Vandy
2 years ago

This isn’t Instagram.

2 years ago

Lochte’s breaststroke was his best leg….

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Wow
2 years ago

Always has been. At his peak his last 25 meters of breast was spectacular.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

even the Goat could not keep it up with him …..

2 years ago

I remember the 2008 OT race…Phelps looked like he was putting Lochte away after Phelps held off Lochte on the backstroke rather easily. Then the breaststroke leg happened and all of a sudden Lochte was a little ahead

Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

I’m thinking it’s just how Lochte has to swim now to not die, but he did swim very smooth this morning. I’d like to see him take it out tonight just to see him try different race strategies

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

That fly and die 400 IM at 2016 OTs when his groin was injured might have killed off a few neurons.

The Original Tim
2 years ago

Making a wildly premature and likely inaccurate prediction…seeing how Kalisz laid an egg at Worlds in the 200 IM, and seeing how Lochte has swum it twice now at Nats, I’m gonna say Lochte gets one of the two individual spots in it next year and Kalisz is on the bubble.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Dressel has the first spot locked up, or so I’ve heard.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

not sure about that …..but u can still dream high

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Kalisz has to be favored over Lochte. Don’t overreact to 10 days while ignoring the big picture. An extra year from 35 to 36 isn’t going to do Lochte any favors. He’ll train more and swim worse. That’s simply the reality of that age range. There’s a reason the legends like Phelps and Bolt stayed through early 30s Olympics but got out of dodge before risking one in their mid 30s. Likewise I remember Sugar Ray Leonard’s comeback against Hagler in 1987. When reporters asked Leonard if he was concerned about physical decline due to his layoff, Leonard scoffed and said. “I’m not worried. I’m 30. If I were 35, then I’d be worried.”

The Original Tim
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 years ago

Yeah, as a swimmer in Lochte’s age group, I’m gonna go ahead and say that’s not necessarily true. I’m obviously not anywhere remotely close to his ability level, but I’ve dropped my PR from my age group days in the 200 breast by over 2 seconds in my 30s, it’s still trending downward, and I reasonably expect to have another 3-4 seconds in me over the next few years. I’m also within a second of my age group PR in the 200 free and most likely would have surpassed it this year but for a bad race at the end of a hard program at USMS spring Nationals this year. One of my Masters swimmers hit his lifetime PR in… Read more »

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  The Original Tim
2 years ago

Don’t get me wrong. I’m rooting for Lochte. But the likelihood of this succeeding is very small. For one thing, back to back top performances would be unlikely. Even if Lochte managed to make the team in this event, he could easily level off and flop in Tokyo, given renewed spotlight and expectations. We already see the wild fluctuation from Allison Schmitt from meet to meet and race to race. She’s much younger but also has a layoff on her resume, and obviously female swimmers peak earlier but also decline earlier. I’m never surprised when her results vary so much.

2 years ago

Glad to see Ryan post another good IM time, this one official — should get him national team status, yes?

Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

Natalie Hinds having a pretty good comeback meet. She could be a player in a year.

Lane 8
2 years ago

Don’t scratch the finals, Ryan Lochte. Seriously.

Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

No. 200IM is main event.

2 years ago

Ryan Lochte Breastroke and freestyle was good. First half is not very good but second half was very good. Time was 1:58,77 and number one qualifier age at 35. Biggest rival John Shebat is 22

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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