2020 U.S. OPEN
- Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14
- Indianapolis, IN
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- Thursday Night Results
Action at Indianapolis’s site of the 2020 U.S. Open kicked off this afternoon with the 800 free.
Indiana Swim Club’s Marwan El Kamash shot out to a lead in the men’s top-seeded heat and never relinquished it, winning in the only sub-8:00 time of 7:52.19, a lifetime best by over three seconds. That brings him within three seconds of the Egyptian national record.
Indiana University sophomore Michael Brinegar led the pack in a tight race behind El Kamash, going 8:03.00 and coming eight seconds off of his best. University of Michigan freshman Jake Mitchell was third in 8:03.11, followed by Louisville University junior Hayden Curley (8:04.06) in a lifetime best.
Notre Dame sophomore Jack Hoagland had a great swim out of the second heat, going under nine minutes for the first time with an 8:07.36.
Ally McHugh of Wisconsin Aquatics led the women’s 800 free wire-to-wire, hitting an 8:29.36 to win easily. That time comes in about five seconds off of her lifetime best of 8:24.22 from the 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals, and it’s her third-best performance ever. It’s an improvement from this meet last year, the 2019 U.S. Open, where she clocked an 8:33.24.
Lakeside Swim Team’s Mariah Denigan, an Indiana University commit, took second place with an 8:36.72. That’s her fifth-best outing ever in this event, off of her lifetime best of 8:28.15 from the 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals. She’s almost two seconds better than she was at this meet in 2019.