2019 US National Championships: Day 1 Prelims Live Recap

2019 PHILLIPS 66 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday Morning Heat Sheets.

Today’s morning session begins with heats of the 200 fly and 100 free, and timed finals of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free. The fastest heats of the distance events will swim with finals tonight. Swimmers need to finish in the top 24 in order to get a second swim this evening, though there will be an under-18 ‘D’ final for all 18-and-under swimmers that qualify that have not already made it into the ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’ final.

We probably won’t see any new World Records in Palo Alto today, but Team USA will still showcase some firepower with Regan Smith, Katie Drabot, and Dakota Luther in the women’s 200 butterfly. Luca Urlando will swim the men’s 200 butterfly, alongside veteran Tom Shields and a handful of other high-caliber 2-flyers, including Jack Levant, 2018 U.S. National Champion Justin Wright, and Australia’s Matthew Temple.

Dean Farris, Tate Jackson, and Jack Conger will race the 100 freestyle. Without Caeleb Dressel or 2018 National Champion Blake Pieroni, this race is wide open. France’s Jordan Pothain will also race the men’s 100, as will 2016 Olympic relay gold medalist Ryan Held. The women’s 100 free will be headlined by Allison Schmitt, Gabby DeLoof, Amy Bilquist, Abbey Weitzeil, Gretchen Walsh, and Erika Brown. Weitzeil, DeLoof, and Schmitt all just returned from Korea.

The session will wrap up with timed finals of the women’s 800 freestyle and men’s 1500 freestyle. The women’s 800 will feature Sierra Schmidt, Paige Madden, Hannah Moore, and Emma Weyant for this morning’s heats. The heats of the men’s 1500 will showcase Ross Dant, Christian Imbus, Eric Knowles, and Matthew Hirschberger.

The fastest heat of the women’s 800 and men’s 1500 will swim in the evening session with the rest of the finals.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Prelims

  • World Record: Liu Zige (China), 2009, 2:01.81
  • World Junior Record: Suzuka Hasegawa (Japan), 2017, 2:06.29
  • U.S. Open Record: Hali Flickinger (USA), 2018, 2:05.07
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.59

Hannah Miley from Scotland dropped a 2:11.19 in heat 6 to win the heat as well as post the fastest time going into the circle-seeded heats.

Heat 7 saw Dakota Luther charge over the final 50 meters to take the lead and touch 1st in 2:09.49. Megan Kingsley touched 2nd in 2:09.73, the only other swimmer so far under 2:10.

Cassidy Bayer blasted out to an early lead in heat 8, but by 100 meters Regan Smith had taken the lead, turning in 1:01.54. By 150 meters Smith had conceded her lead to Charlotte Hook by .02, but Smith charged down the final 50 to touch first in 2:09.04. Taylor Pike finished 2nd in 2:10.34, and Hook 3rd in 2:10.36.

Katie Drabot led at 100 meters, touching in 1:01.53, .01 faster than Smith was in the heat before. Lillie Nordmann passed Drabot over the next lap to touch .70 ahead of Drabot at 150, and then extended her lead over the final stretch to touch 1st in the heat in 2:09.21, the second-fastest time of the morning behind Smith. Drabot finished 2nd in the final heat in 2:09.53. Five women finished under 2:10 in this morning’s prelims of the women’s 200 fly: Smith, Nordmann, Luther, Drabot, and Kingsley.

Championship Finalists (Top-8):

  1. Regan Smith, 2:09.04
  2. Lillie Nordman, 2:09.21
  3. Dakota Luther, 2:09.49
  4. Katie Drabot, 2:09.53
  5. Megan Kingsley, 2:09.73
  6. Olivia Carter, 2:10.12
  7. Emily Large, 2:10.13
  8. Taylor Pike, 2:10.34

18-And-Under Final:

  1. Abby Harter, 2:12.64
  2. Allie Piccirillo, 2:13.57
  3. Justina Kozan, 2:13.77
  4. Amanda Ray, 2:14.18
  5. Ashlyn Fiorilli, 2:14.21
  6. Tess Howley, 2:14.31
  7. Lucy Bell/Tristan Ulett, 2:14.39

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Prelims

  • World Record: Kristof Milak (Hungary), 2019, 1:50.73
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (Hungary), 2017, 1:53.79
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA), 2008, 1:52.20
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:01.19

Tom Shields was out fast in the first of the circle-seeded heats, rounding the 100 at 54.41. By 150, Shields was at 1:24.72, more than a body length ahead of the field. Shields posted a 1:56.12 to take the top time of the morning. Brooks Fail came 2nd in the heat in 1:57.42.

Trenton Julian led a the half-way point in 54.59, but Nicolas Albiero and Justin Wright started to make up the ground on the third 50. Albiero ended up touching first in 1:56.91 to Julian’s 1:57.18. Wright, the 2018 U.S. National Champion, finished 3rd in the heat in 1:57.40.

Miles Smachlo of Michigan took the race out just ahead of Luca Urlando at 50 meters, but Urlando turned 54.77 at 100 meters, making him the first to the wall there. Urlando was 1:24.36 at 150 and pulling away from the field. Urlando touched 1st in in 1:55.55. Smachlo finished 2nd in the heat in 1:56.95. Dare Rose was disqualified for a non-simultaneous touch.

Barring a scratch, Justin Wright will race out of lane 1 in tonight’s final. In the finals last year Wright came on strong in the final 50 from an outside lane to win the title. It’s unlikely anybody will upset Urlando, but there could be a show from the outside lanes.

Championship Finalists (Top-8):

  1. Luca Urlando, 1:55.55
  2. Tom Shields, 1:56.12
  3. Nicolas Albiero, 1:56.91
  4. Miles Smachlo, 1:56.95
  5. Trenton Julian, 1:57.18
  6. Bowen Gough, 1:57.23 (Australia)
  7. Justin Wright, 1:57.40
  8. Brooks Fail, 1:57.42

18-And-Under Final:

  1. Ben Miller, 1:59.83
  2. Preston Forst,2:00.04
  3. Jake Foster, 2:00.18
  4. Coby Carrozza, 2:00.20
  5. Jason Louser, 2:00.23
  6. Noah Henderson, 2:00.27
  7. Dillon Hillis, 2:00.82
  8. Alex Colson, 2:01.31

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden), 2017, 51.71
  • World Junior Record: Penny Oleksiak (Canada), 2016, 52.70
  • U.S. Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA), 2018, 52.54
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 56.29

Veteran Amanda Weir of Swim Atlanta took heat 5 in 55.38, well ahead of Isabella Garofalo who touched 2nd in 55.99. Claire Curzan was 3rd in heat 5 in 56.22.

Beata Nelson took heat 7 in 55.90, just ahead of Erin Gemmell of Nation’s Capitol, who touched 2nd in 56.05.

Aly Tetzloff of Auburn won heat 8 with the first sub-55 swim of the day, hitting in 54.93. Wolfpack Elite’s Kylee Alons was 2nd in the heat in 55.32. Allison Schmitt answered Tetzloff with a 54.91 in heat 9, while Gabby DeLoof, who swam at the World Championships in South Korea and World University Games in Italy before that, touched in 55.19.

Abbey Weitzeil dominated the 11th and final heat of the women’s 100 freestyle. At 50 meters, Weitzeil was already a body length in front of the field, flipping in 25.45. She delivered a 28.02 over the second 50 to win the heat with the only sub-54 swim of the morning in 53.47.

Championship Finalists (Top-8):

  1. Abbey Weitzeil, 53.47
  2. Catie DeLoof, 54.67
  3. Erika Brown, 54.75
  4. Gretchen Walsh/Natalie Hinds/Linnea Mack, 54.78
  5. Allison Schmitt, 54.91
  6. Isabel Ivey, 54.97

18-And-Under Final:

  1. Maxine Parker, 55.97
  2. Micayla Cronk, 56.01
  3. Erin Gemmell, 56.05
  4. Kelly Pash, 56.08
  5. Julia Cook, 56.13
  6. Zoie Hartman, 56.18
  7. Janelle Rudolph, 56.21
  8. Claire Curzan/Christiana Regenauer, 56.22 — SWIM-OFF REQUIRED

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 2009, 46.91
  • World Junior Record: Kyle Chalmers, 2016, 47.58
  • U.S. Open Record: Jason Lezak (USA), 2008, 47.58
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49

Bowen Becker won heat 10 in a new personal best time of 49.21.

Dean Farris took it out fast in heat 23.19 for an overall time of 48.21, a new lifetime best by a quarter-second. Jack Conger finished 2nd in the heat in 48.47.

Maxime Rooney won heat 10 with a massive best time of 47.75, easily the fastest time of the morning to that point.

In the 11th and final heat, Ryan Held put up a huge 47.43 to lower both the U.S. Open Record and National Championships Meet Record in the event. The former U.S. Open Record was held by Jason Lezak at 47.58. Tate Jackson touched 2nd in the heat in 48.12, and Daniel Krueger 2rd in 48.66.

Championship Finalists (Top-8):

  1. Ryan Held, 47.43
  2. Maxime Rooney, 47.75
  3. Tate Jackson, 48.12
  4. Dean Farris, 48.21
  5. Robert Howard, 48.37
  6. Jack Conger, 48.47
  7. Daniel Krueger, 48.66
  8. Bowe Becker, 49.21

18-And-Under Final:

  1. Jake Magahey, 49.94
  2. Matt Brownstead, 50.02
  3. Jack Dolan, 50.11
  4. Hunter Tapp, 50.20
  5. Colton Paulson, 50.22
  6. Jack Alexy, 50.41
  7. Hunter Armstrong, 50.47
  8. Jack Armstrong, 50.55

Men’s 200 IM – Time Trial

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (United States), 2011, 1:54.00
  • World Junior Record: Qin Haiyang, 2017, 1:57.06
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Lochte (United States), 2009, 1:54.56
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:04.09

In a time trial of the 200 IM, World Record holder Ryan Lochte, in his first swim since completing a 14-month suspension, blasted off a time of 1:57.88. Official splits have yet to be posted. Lochte’s best time since Rio before today was 1:58.90. The swim qualifies Lochte for the 2020 Olympic Trials, though to officially make the National Team in the 200 IM he will still have to race it–and produce a fast enough time–on Sunday. Lochte is now the 4th-fastest American man this year in the 200 IM behind only Chase Kalisz, Michael Andrew, and Abrahm DeVine.

Women’s 800 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA), 2016, 8:04.79
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014, 8:11.00
  • U.S. Open Record: Katie Ledecky (USA), 2016, 8:06.68
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 8:48.09

 

Men’s 1500 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • World Record: Sun Yang (China), 2012, 14:31.02
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (Australia), 2014, 14:51.55
  • U.S. Open Record: Peter Vanderkaay (USA), 2008, 14:45.54
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 15:44.89

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DMacNCheez

Can you please include what time the session starts in these and the preview articles? I think it would helpful to have near the top with the meet info

jim

Literally the 1st part of the article is a link for the schedule (with dates/times for the entire meet by day). Just a reminder that the times are pacific Standard time so us east coasters have to add 3 hrs.

DMacNCheez

I literally saw the link, I just also think it might be helpful to stick it in the article somewhere

Wahooswimfan

Uhg..another odd time zone meet

Michael Schwartz

Not odd for the 50 million or so Americans that live in that time-zone.

Yabo

You’re off by a factor of 7 there buddy

eagleswim

no, he isn’t.

Awsi Dooger

Take it easy. Maybe he’s never heard of California

Yabo

Oof did read the last part, thought he was just talking about america

Michael Schwartz

The Pacific Time Zone includes the states of California, part of Idaho, Nevada, most of Oregon, and Washington. Populations of each state according to World Population Review:

California: 39,747,267
Nevada: 3,087,025
Oregon: 4,245,901
Washington: 7,666,343

Total population amounting to 54,746,536 based on this data. Since parts of Idaho also observe PST, but not all of Oregon does I figured that they would cancel each other out (more or less) and opted for an approximate number of 50 million people. But that figure is conservative if anything.

Snarky

Nerd award for the day.

Sccoach

Anyone know how Kalisz is doing? I’m worried?

Taa

I just think he is intentionally just laying low this year with a scaled back schedule. You can’t pound out 400IMs meet after meet unless you are Hozzsu.

MKW

Sato seems like he can

Tim

Not that last 50 he didn’t

Ol' Longhorn

Last day.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Lochte is there to take care of the 200 IM anyway …..Litterland the 400 IM

Siphiwe Baleka

I notice how no one is dogging Kalisz for his sub-par performance they way they did Ledecky….. just saying

Ol’ Longhorn

He was pretty dogged in real time that night.

radbay

Yes, I can’t remember another instance where a U.S. swimmer was so thoroughly trashed following a poor swim.

The Ready Room

Oh yeah, we weren’t easy on him…

m d e

In comparison to Ledecky no one cares about Kalisz.

Yabo

I am, they both performed pretty not great for them. I know Ledecky was sick but she’s been on a downward trend ever since rio. Not saying either them of don’t have the ability to return to form but I’m a little worried now

E Gamble

He’s not sick. He just lost a race he wasn’t prepared to swim. He’ll bounce back.

SeanSwim

I feel Erika Brown is going to breakthrough in the 100 free

ERVINFORTHEWIN

they need her for Tokyo 400 free relay

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