2019 US National Championships: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday morning heat sheets

This morning, the prelims of the men’s and women’s 400 free, 100 breast, and 100 back will be contested to determine the A, B, C, and junior D finalists. Among the top seeds, Aussie Elijah Winnington will be aiming for his second title here in Stanford after winning the 200 free earlier in the meet.

The men’s 100 breast will feature an array of talent aiming for spots in the A-final including top seed Devon Nowicki, WUGs champion Ian Finnerty, Scot Craig Benson, Wyoming alum Brandon Fischer, and 200 breast champion Reece Whitley.

More of this morning’s top seeds include Haley Anderson (400 FR), 2012 Olympian Breeja Larson (100 BR), Scot Kathleen Dawson (100 BK), and Frenchman Yohann Ndoye Brouard (100 BK).

Women’s 400 Free- Prelims

Still performing strong post-Worlds is Ally McHugh, who posted the first of two sub-4:10 swims with a 4:09.85. Taking second also sub-4:10 is Cierra Runge, followed closely behind 800 free runner-up Sierra Schmidt.

Claire Tuggle was right at her 4:10.11 seed time with her 4:10.37, which is in the top 20 times in 15-16 age group history. Lauren Pitzer and Worlds open water medalist Haley Anderson join in the top 8 along with 200 free champion Allison Schmitt and Kensey McMahon.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Ally McHugh, 4:09.85
  2. Cierra Runge, 4:09.94
  3. Sierra Schmidt, 4:10.10
  4. Claire Tuggle, 4:10.37
  5. Lauren Pitzer, 4:10.58
  6. Haley Anderson, 4:10.64
  7. Allison Schmitt, 4:11.09
  8. Kensey McMahon, 4:11.29

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Addison Smith, 4:16.11
  2. Olivia McMurray, 4:16.31
  3. Ashley Strouse, 4:16.86
  4. Isabel Gormley, 4:17.16
  5. Kaitlynn Sims, 4:17.55
  6. Abigail McCulloh, 4:17.66
  7. Michaela Mattes, 4:19.84
  8. Katie Crom, 4:20.34

Men’s 400 Free- Prelims

The top 3 qualifiers into the A-final were all under 3:50, led by Eric Knowles, 200 free champ Elijah Winnington, and Mitch D’Arrigo. Trenton Julian dominated his seed time of 3:54.97 to swim a 3:50.43, touching just ahead of Patrick Callan.

18-year-old Jake Mitchell secured his spot into the World Jrs roster with his 6th-place qualifying position in this event. 400 IM champ Bobby Finke and WUGs team member Zach Yeadon round out the top 8.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Eric Knowles, 3:49.41
  2. Elijah Winnington, 3:49.63
  3. Mitch D’Arrigo, 3:49.67
  4. Trenton Julian, 3:50.43
  5. Patrick Callan, 3:50.46
  6. Jake Mitchell, 3:50.63
  7. Bobby Finke, 3:50.76
  8. Zach Yeadon, 3:51.16

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Coby Carrozza, 3:54.91
  2. Julian Hill, 3:55.04
  3. Ivan Puskovitch, 3:55.67
  4. Will Gallant, 3:56.06
  5. Colton Paulson, 3:56.40
  6. Calvin David, 3:56.70
  7. Michael Petrides, 3:56.95
  8. Jack Wright, 3:56.97

Women’s 100 Breast- Prelims

  • World Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (USA), 2017
  • American Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King, 2017
  • Championship Record: 1:04.95, Lilly King, 2017
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:04.45, Jessica Hardy (USA), 2009
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 1:10.99

Breeja Larson leads the women’s 100 breast with a 1:07.04, tying her fastest performance (from 6/23/19) since the 2014 Pan Pacs. Zoie Hartman put up a monster lifetime best of 1:07.67, now the 8th-fastest time in 17-18 age group history. Miranda Tucker and Kaitlyn Dobler make up the remainder of the top 4 qualifiers.

WUGs team member Emily Weiss joins in alongside Ellie Andrews and Nikol Popov. 200 breast champion Madisyn Cox qualified 7th in the 100 breast as well.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Breeja Larson, 1:07.04
  2. Zoie Hartman, 1:07.67
  3. Miranda Tucker, 1:07.94
  4. Kaitlyn Dobler, 1:08.07
  5. Emily Weiss, 1:08.11
  6. Ellie Andrews, 1:08.12
  7. Madisyn Cox, 1:08.40
  8. Nikol Popov, 1:08.43

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Cecilia Porter/Anna Keating, 1:09.94
  2. Zoe Bartel, 1:09.99
  3. Sophia Zhang, 1:10.17
  4. Kylie Powers, 1:10.47
  5. Lilly Higgs, 1:10.51
  6. Janessa Matthews, 1:10.61
  7. Ashley McCauley, 1:11.03

Men’s 100 Breast- Prelims

Scot Craig Benson leads a quiet morning session for the men’s 100 breast with a top time of 1:00.18. Frenchman Theo Bussiere, Aussies Daniel Cave and Samuel Williamson, and dual Netherlands citizen Caspar Corbeau are among the forgieners in this A-final.

Looking to bring the fire for the US are 200 breast champ Reece Whitley, 2018 US National medalist Devon Nowicki, and Purdue swimmer Trent Pellini.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Craig Benson, 1:00.18
  2. Reece Whitley, 1:00.25
  3. Theo Bussiere, 1:00.40
  4. Devon Nowicki, 1:00.67
  5. Daniel Cave, 1:00.70
  6. Samuel Williamson, 1:00.72
  7. Caspar Corbeau, 1:00.87
  8. Trent Pellini, 1:00.88

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Jake Foster, 1:02.55
  2. Maxwell Reich, 1:02.80
  3. Tyler Babinec, 1:02.83
  4. Dillon Hillis, 1:03.29
  5. Jason Louser, 1:03.31
  6. Forrest Frazier, 1:03.39
  7. Dylan Rhee, 1:03.47
  8. Ben Dillard, 1:03.50

Women’s 100 Back- Prelims

Amy Bilquist leads the way with a 1:00.13, just ahead of 15-year-old Claire Curzan‘s 1:00.44. That lifetime best from Curzan is now #8 on the all-time 15-16 age group rankings. Tennessee’s Erika Brown and Stanford’s Lucie Nordmann round out the top 4.

Alongside Curzan, 17-year-old Annabel Crush (1:00.74) will be competing for the World Jrs automatic spot in the A-final. Rounding out the top 8 qualifiers are Cal’s Isabel Ivey, Kentucky’s Caitlin Brooks, and NC State’s Kylee Alons.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Amy Bilquist, 1:00.13
  2. Claire Curzan, 1:00.44
  3. Erika Brown, 1:00.64
  4. Lucie Nordmann, 1:00.67
  5. Annabel Crush, 1:00.74
  6. Isabel Ivey, 1:00.87
  7. Caitlin Brooks, 1:00.96
  8. Kylee Alons, 1:01.03

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Caroline Bentz, 1:02.16
  2. Ellie Waldrep, 1:02.26
  3. Julia Cook, 1:02.29
  4. Natalie Mannion, 1:02.43
  5. Emma Atkinson, 1:02.55
  6. Tea Laughlin, 1:02.97
  7. Charlotte Hook, 1:02.98
  8. Talia Bates, 1:03.00

Men’s 100 Back- Prelims

Shaine Casas leds the men’s 100 back final as the 10th-fastest American in history with a 53.26. Sitting a second behind him is 200 back champ Austin Katz. Frenchman Yohann Ndoye Brouard and Clark Beach also finished in the top 4.

As the only junior in the A-final, Wyatt Davis has locked in his spot on the World Jrs roster for this event with his 5th-place qualifying spot. Matthew Klotz rounds out the top 8 alongside Nicolas Albiero and Bryce Mefford.

Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Shaine Casas, 53.26
  2. Austin Katz, 54.46
  3. Yohann Ndoye Brouard, 54.62
  4. Clark Beach, 54.69
  5. Wyatt Davis, 54.73
  6. Matthew Klotz, 54.79
  7. Nicolas Albiero, 54.82
  8. Bryce Mefford, 54.84

18-Under Finals Qualifiers:

  1. Brendan Burns, 55.51
  2. Peter Larson, 55.61
  3. Destin Lasco, 56.01
  4. Harrison Lierz, 56.08
  5. Jack Dolan, 56.13
  6. Sean Conway, 56.18
  7. Josh Zuchowski, 56.48
  8. Hunter Tapp, 56.51

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mike in dallas

It ought to be a great swim morning.
After Worlds, I thought I wouldn’t see much here to get me excited,
but the quality of swimming — and the national/international emergence of new(er) talent — has been Great!

Taa

Nowicki stop teasing us

The Kraken

Grant really looked like he was hurting on his turns in the 400

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