2020 U.S. Open – Sarasota: Friday PM Live Recap


The 2020 U.S. Open Swimming Championships is set to have its second session of racing this evening in Sarasota with the timed finals of the men’s and women’s 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.

2019 U.S. National event champion Emma Weyant is the top swimmer seeded in the 400 IM. Weyant already has won the 800 free, 400 free, and 200 IM here in Sarasota. On the men’s side, 800 free champ Bobby Finke will swim the middle lane in the 400 IM, where he is seeded 5 seconds over Florida alum Grant Sanders.

Weyant is also the top seed in the women’s 200 free at 1:58.36, with high school stand-out Micayla Cronk right next to her. Florida Gator Kieran Smith is the top seed for the men’s 200 free, featuring Olympian Ryan Lochte in lane seven. Lochte is also scheduled to swim the 100 back timed final, led by Florida’s Clark Beach.

More top seeds featured in Friday’s evening session include Sara Stotler (100 fly), Yusuf Tibazi (100 fly), Katherine Krustritz (100 breast), Jonathan Tybur (100 breast), and Natalie Mannion (100 back).

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  • American record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff (2008)
  • U.S. Open record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 4:51.79

Top 3:

  1. Emma Weyant (SYS)- 4:40.84
  2. Michaela Mattes (SYS)- 4:52.16
  3. Gracie Weyant (SYS)- 4:55.49

Touching in with another win here in Sarasota is Emma Weyant, clocking in a 4:40.84. Her best time is a 4:35.47, which helped her win the U.S. National title last year. At the 2019 U.S. Open, Weyant finished in third with a 4:39.64. Weyant’s time this evening currently puts her at #2 in the world.

Taking second place was Sarasota’s Michaela Mattes, touching in at 4:52.16. Finishing in third place was Sarasota’s 14-year-old Gracie Weyant, swimming a 4:55.49. Weyant was a second off her lifetime best of 4:54.23, which is #83 on the all-time women’s 13-14 age group rankings.


  • American record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Open record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 4:25.99

Top 3:

  1. Bobby Finke (FLOR)- 4:18.08
  2. Kevin Vargas (FLOR)- 4:21.03
  3. Miguel Cancel (FLOR)- 4:28.00

Taking his second win here in Sarasota is Florida’s Bobby Finke, stopping the clock at 4:18.08. At the 2019 U.S. Open, Finke finished in 6th at 4:20.84. His lifetime best lies at 4:13.15, which he swam to win the 2019 U.S. National title. Swimming a lifetime best was Florida’s Kevin Vargas, shaving more than a second to go 4:21.03. Teammate Miguel Cancel was just a half second off his own lifetime best to finish third at 4:28.00.


  • American record: 55.98 – Dana Vollmer (2012)
  • U.S. Open record: 56.38 – Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 1:00.69

Top 3:

  1. Lexie Mulvihill (TEAM)- 1:01.17
  2. Sara Stotler (PSA)- 1:01.57
  3. Heidi Smithwick (JDST)- 1:01.58

Swimming a new lifetime best to take the win was 17-year-old Lexie Mulvihill of Tampa Elite, touching in at 1:01.17. Her previous best of 1:01.42 was set at the 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals, where she finished in 15th place.

Taking second place was Sara Stotler of Planet Swim, touching in at 1:01.57. Finishing in third place by 0.01s was Jupiter’s Heidi Smithwick, hitting her lifetime best with a 1:01.58. 16-year-olds Jordan Agliano of Highlander Aquatics (1:01.88) and Summer Cardwell of Tampa Bay (1:01.96) also finished under the 1:02-barrier.


  • American record: 49.50 – Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • U.S. Open record: 50.22 – Michael Phelps (2009)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 54.19

Top 3:

  1. Yusuf Tibazi (GSC)- 54.14
  2. Steven Aimable (UN)- 55.09
  3. Rateb Hussein (UN)- 55.15

Taking the top time in the men’s 100 fly here in Sarasota was Gator Swim Club’s Yusuf Tibazi, touching in at 54.14. Tibazi represents Morocco internationally and holds the national record with a 53.89, which he set at the 2018 African Championships in Algeria.

Finishing in second was Steven Aimable of Senegal, who touched the wall at 55.09. His time this evening was just 0.15s outside of his own Senegalese national record of 54.94, set at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.

Taking third place was Rateb Hussein of Egypt, clocking in a 55.15. His lifetime best of 54.89 came from the 2018 African Youth Games in Algeria.


  • American record: 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • U.S. Open record: 1:54.40 – Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:01.69

Top 3:

  1. Emma Weyant (SYS)- 2:00.85
  2. Summer Cardwell (TBAC)- 2:01.93
  3. Addison Sauickie (SYS)- 2:03.09

This is now win #6 for Emma Weyant with her top 200 free time of 2:00.85. At the 2019 U.S. Open, Weyant finished in 22nd with a 2:03.49. Her current lifetime best is 1:58.36, which helped her win the B-final at the 2019 U.S. Nationals.

Taking second place was Tampa Bay’s Summer Cardwell, tying her seed time with a 2:01.93. Taking third place was 14-year-old Addison Sauickie with a 2:03.09.


  • American record: 1:42.96 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Open record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 1:50.70

Top 3:

  1. Kieran Smith (FLOR)- 1:47.29
  2. Robert Freeman (FLOR)- 1:49.66
  3. Julian Hill (GSC)- 1:50.55

Taking his second win here in Sarasota is Florida Gator Kieran Smith, who topped the men’s 200 free with a 1:47.29. His swim this evening was 0.03s off his time swam at the 2019 U.S. Open, where he topped the B-Final. At the 2019 U.S. Nationals, Smith took the runner-up title with a 1:46.25, the fastest swim by an American for the 2018-2019 season.

Finishing in second place with the only other sub-1:50 swim was Florida’s Robert Freeman, clocking in a 1:49.66. Taking third place was Gator Swim Club’s Julian Hill, where he touched in at 1:50.55.

Olympian Ryan Lochte took 8th in this event at 1:52.05, nearly two seconds off his seed time of 1:50.25. Lochte’s career best rests at 1:44.44, which he swam to win the 2011 World title in Shanghai, China.


  • American record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King (2017)
  • U.S. Open record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy (2009)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 1:10.99

Top 3:

  1. Petra Halmai (UN)- 1:09.48
  2. Gracie Weyant (SYS)- 1:11.49
  3. Taylor Grabenhorst (BD)- 1:12.36

Swimming the only sub-1:10 performance of the event was Hungary’s Petra Halmai, touching in at 1:09.48. That marks a new lifetime best for the 23-year-old, taking down her former best of 1:10.34 from May 2019.

Also swimming a new lifetime best was 14-year-old Gracie Weyant, who took second here in Sarasota with a 1:11.49. Her former lifetime best of 1:12.61 was set at Florida’s Swimming OT Qualifier meet back in February 2020. Her time this evening puts her at #47 all-time in 13-14 age group history.

Taylor Grabenhorst of the Blue Dolphins took third with a time of 1:12.36.


  • American record: 58.64 – Kevin Cordes (2017)
  • U.S. Open record: 58.74 – Kevin Cordes/Jaoa Gomes (2017)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 1:03.29

Top 3:

  1. Nils Wich-Glasen (GSC)- 1:02.43
  2. Amro Al-Wir (FLOR)- 1:02.44
  3. Jonathan Tybur (GSC)- 1:02.93

Gator Swim Club’s Nils Wich-Glasen, originally from Germany, took the top 100 breast time at 1:02.43 by 0.01s over Amro Al-Wir of Jordan. Al-Wir finished with a 1:02.44, which sliced just one one-hundredth off his own Jordanian national record of 1:02.45 from the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Taking third place was Gator Swim Club’s Jonathan Tybur, clocking in a 1:02.93.


  • American record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open record: 58.00 – Kathleen Baker (2018)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 1:02.69

Top 3:

  1. Natalie Mannion (UN)- 1:03.31
  2. Celina Marquez (AZFL)- 1:04.30
  3. Cassandra Wright (UN)- 1:04.45

16-year-old Natalie Mannion took the women’s 100 back top time this evening with a 1:03.31. Taking second behind Mannion was 21-year-old Celina Marquez at 1:04.30, representing Azura Florida Aquatics. Marquez is the current Salvadorian national record holder in this event, standing at 1:01.89 from the 2019 Pan American Games.

Cassandra Wright of New Zealand took third place with a 1:04.45, which is two seconds off her personal best of 1:02.62 from the 2018 New Zealand Open Championships.


  • American record: 51.85 – Ryan Murphy (2016)
  • U.S. Open record: 51.94 – Aaron Piersol (2009)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 56.59

Top 3:

  1. Clark Beach (FLOR)- 55.77
  2. Yeziel Morales (AZFL)- 56.24
  3. Ryan Lochte (GSC)- 57.41

Winning the final event of the day was Florida’s Clark Beach, touching in at 55.77. At the 2019 U.S. Open, Beach finished in 12th with a 55.54. His lifetime best was set at the 2019 U.S. National meet, where he placed third at 53.95.

Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales, representing Azura Florida Aquatics, took second place at 56.24. Morales owns the Puerto Rican national record with a 55.78 from the 2019 Pan American Games.

Taking third place was Olympian Ryan Lochte, clocking in 57.41, just off his seed time of 55.08.

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3 years ago

Kieran is cute

Corn Pop
3 years ago

Emma is no t the WJ record holder . It is sad t o be aged out of GLORY at 17 but it there it i s .

3 years ago

Lochte needs a taper

Justin Thompson
Reply to  MX4x50relay
3 years ago

Peak Lochte wasn’t a good in season swimmer so maybe a taper is needed. Could mean he’s putting in the work.

3 years ago

Gotta love Lochte in season.
Kieran smith 1.47.2 that’s scary, outdoors and the meets hardly bouncing.
1.44 for this boy in the summer.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
3 years ago

I think his 200 IM was amazing considering Lochte said he’s completely unrested. For some reason, he asked me for some tips on his 100 backstroke.

Last edited 3 years ago by Mr Piano
Justin Thompson
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

Did he swim an exhibition 200IM? That 200 free wasn’t good. Hopefully he just finished up a workout prior to the swim.

3 years ago

“Taking third place was Olympian Ryan Lochte, clocking in 57.41, just a second-and-a-half off his seed time of 55.08.” Lochte math?

Reply to  Walter
3 years ago


Reply to  Walter
3 years ago

which is just off his best of what 52.high/53.low?

3 years ago

Smith @ 147 is highlight!

3 years ago

I get serious Ricky Berens vibes when I watch Kieran Smith swim.

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Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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