2019 US National Championships: Day 4 Finals Preview


Day 4 of the 2019 US National championships is almost here. Tonight, the A-B finals of the men’s and women’s 400 free, 100 breast, and 100 back will be contested along with the men’s 4×200 free relay finals. Later, the C and D finals of the remaining individual events will swim. The D finals will consist of the 8 fastest 18&U swimmers that finished 25th or lower in prelims.

Click here for the Saturday finals heat sheet.

Day 4 Finals Events:

  • Women’s 400 Free- Finals
  • Men’s 400 Free- Finals
  • Women’s 100 Breast- Finals
  • Men’s 100 Breast- Finals
  • Women’s 100 Back- Finals
  • Men’s 100 Back- Finals
  • Men’s 4×200 Free Relay- Finals

This morning was relatively quiet, so tonight is when the swimmers will bring on the fireworks. Here’s some storylines, races, and swimmers to watch on night 4.

Top Storylines to Watch on Night 4:

  • Breeja Larson, led the women’s 100 breast prelims with a 1:07.04, her second-fastest performance since the 2014 Pan Pacs. The 2012 Olympian has not given up yet after failing to make the 2016 Olympics. Still maintaining national team status, Larson could be showcasing what she has left to do in 2020.
  • Shaine Casas, already established himself as the 10th-fastest American man ever in the 100 back. With his prelims-leading time of 53.26, how much faster than the Texas A&M Aggie swim?
  • Elijah Winnington, after missing the World championships team for Australia, Winnington has been having quite a bounceback meet in Stanford. Winnington won the 200 free earlier and will be aiming for another title in the 400 free.
  • Men’s 100 Breast, with 5 of the 8 A-finalists all foreigners, an exciting race could be on the prowl. No one in the entire field broke a minute, yet all of the men are sub-1:00 capable. 200 breast champ Reece Whitley will be featured in the final alongside Americans Devon Nowicki and Trent Pellini. Out of the B-final, SCY American record-holder Ian Finnerty and comeback swimmer Brandon Fischer could shine on their brights later this evening.
  • Claire Tuggle, alongside top seed Ally McHugh, will lock in her second individual event for the upcoming World Junior Championships. At 15 years old and a lifetime best at 4:10.11, Tuggle could become the 5th 15-year-old female swimmer ever to break 4:10 in the event.
  • Claire Curzan and Annabel Crush, both will be competing for the automatic World Juniors spot in the event. Both Curzan and Crush are the #8 and #12 performers in age group history of the event as well and could join and elite 6 swimmers to break a minute in the age group.

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Nick Pecoraro

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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