2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine

THURSDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

Day 3 – Thursday, August 5 

  • 400 Individual Medley
  • 100 Butterfly
  • Women’s 4 x 200 Free Relay

Day 3 Scratch Report:

USC’s Isabelle Odgers, the women’s 200 breast champion from last night, has scratched the women’s 400 IM in favor of the 100 fly this morning. Odgers was the #3 seed in the 400 IM, and is the #7 seed in the 100 fly.

In the men’s 400 IM, Metroplex 17-year-old Zhier Fan has scratched. Fan is coming off a stellar 200 breast final last night, in which he rose to #22 all-time in the 17-18 boys rankings. he was the #4 seed in the 400 IM. Evolution Racing 16-year-old Keller Morgan also scratched the men’s 400 IM, and was the #9 seed.

There are no top 16 scratches to report in the men’s or women’s 100 fly.

Day 3 Preview:

Today’s prelims session will feature only the 400 IM and 100 fly. Mission Viejo’s Justina Kozan will be chasing her 3rd title of the meet in the 400 IM. Just as she was in the 200 fly and 200 IM, Kozan is the top seed in the IM by a large margin. Kozan has a personal best of 4:40.57 in the 400 IM, which she swam to qualify for the final at the Olympic Trials Wave II meet in June. Kozan went on to finish 8th in those finals with a 4:42.72.

14-year-old Teagan O’Dell, who has already won the women’s 100 free and 200 back at this meet, is also in the 400 IM this morning. O’Dell also posted huge lifetime bests in the 100 free and 200 back, landing at #5 and #2 all-time in the 13-14 girls rankings respectively. We’ll look for her to carry that momentum into the IM today.

University of Texas’ David Johnston is the top seed in the men’s 400 IM by 6 seconds. Johnston was the men’s 1500 free champion on day 1, and did so in personal best fashion. He was also a finals qualifier at the Olympic Trials Wave II meet in June, finishing 6th with a 4:16.81. His personal best was swum in prelims at Trials – 4:16.74.

Rancho San Dieguito’s Mia Kragh is the top seed in the women’s 100 fly, coming in with the only sub-1:00 lifetime best. Kragh’s 59.08 best time is from just last weekend, so we’ll see if she can continue that speed into this week. 200 breast champion Isabelle Odgers is also in the women’s 100 fly, and is seeded 9th. Caroline Bricker, a 16-year-old COSA swimmer who swam a huge best time in the 200 breast last night, is seeded 3rd.

Trenton Julian is the top seed seed in the men’s 100 fly by 1.5 seconds, and will be chasing his 3rd title of the meet. After becoming the #9 American all-time in the 200 fly on day 1, Julian won the 200 free and was right on his personal best from Trials last night. He also swam the 200 breast, where he finished 8th in finals after posting a lifetime best in prelims.

 

Live Recap:

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Justina Kozan (MVN) – 4:47.91
  2. Katie McCarthy (EDI) – 4:50.37
  3. Kayla Han (RMDA) – 4:50.65
  4. Teagan O’Dell (NOVA) – 4:52.69
  5. Caroline Bricker (COSA) – 4:52.79
  6. Taylor McCoy (COUG) – 4:53.36
  7. Reese Tiltmann (EBSC) – 4:53.66
  8. Megan Van Berkom (UofM) – 4:54.67

Justina Kozan has taken another top seed for finals, swimming a very relaxed 4:47 to secure lane 4 tonight. Kozan was notably only a 1:05.57 on the freestyle leg of the race this morning, which we can expect to be significantly improved tonight. Her best is a 4:40.57, which she swam in prelims at the Olympic Trials to qualify for the final.

Katie McCarthy was just 1.24 seconds off her lifetime best this morning, swimming a very quick 1:03.85 on the final 100 of the race. McCarthy is the only swimmer other than Kozan in the field to have broken 4:50 before.

13-year-old Kayla Han chipped 0.05 seconds off her personal best to qualify 3rd for tonight’s final. Han’s previous best was the time she swam back at the end of May, which shattered the 11-12 girls NAG, which was held by Elizabeth Beisel. With the swim, Han is now ranked #39 all-time in the 13-14 age group. Han was blazing coming home this morning, splitting 1:03.43 on the freestyle leg.

14-year-old Teagan O’Dell took 4th this morning with a 4:52.69. O’Dell has been incredible to this point in the meet, winning the women’s 100 free and 200 back in massive best times. She’s now ranked #2 all-time for 13-14 girls 200 backstrokers, and #5 in the 100 free. O’Dell is currently #48 all-time in the 13-14 400 IM with her personal best of 4:51.46. If O’Dell were to break 4:50 tonight, it would vault her into the top 30.

Caroline Bricker, who had a sensational 200 breast yesterday, has qualified for the A final with her 5th-place finish this morning. Bricker was 2 seconds off her personal best, and will probably be a bit faster on breaststroke tonight than she was this morning.

Washington State’s Taylor McCoy swam a personal best of 4:53.56 to get into the A final.

MEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. David Johnston (TXLA) – 4:23.59
  2. Roberto Bonilla Flores (TWST) – 4:28.55
  3. Alec Enyeart (TST) – 4:29.20
  4. Michael Hochwalt (SWAT)/Ivan Puskovitch (TASC) – 4:29.29
  5. Ben Hayes (OAPB) – 4:29.79
  6. Mason Edmund (NTN) – 4:30.30
  7. Humberto Najera (MVN) – 4:30.50

David Johnston secured the top seed for tonight by 5 seconds, swimming a pedestrian 4:23.59. Johnston was 7 seconds off his personal best, and was the 6th-place finisher at the Olympic Trials. Johnston is an excellent distance freestyler, and will likely be home very quickly tonight.

Alec Enyeart swam a personal best to finish 3rd this morning. Enyeart, who posted a massive 30-second drop in the men’s 1500 on day 1, dropped 2 seconds with his 4:29.20 this morning. 15-year-old Michael Hochwalt also swam a personal best this morning, posting a 4:29.29. That marks a 0.51-second improvement from the 15-year-old’s previous best. He tied with Ivan Puskovitch this morning. Puskovitch has the 2nd-fastest lifetime best in the field.

Mason Edmund recorded a huge personal best to qualify 7th for tonight’s final. Edmund swam a 4:30.30, knocking nearly 4 full seconds off his previous best. He was home very fast on freestyle, splitting 1:00.85 on the final 100.

 

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Mia Kragh (RSD) – 59.24
  2. Campbell Stoll (EBSC) – 1:00.54
  3. Annika Parkhe (PAC) – 1:00.73
  4. Edie Simecek (FAC) – 1:00.79
  5. Caroline Bricker (COSA) – 1:01.14
  6. Hallie Kinsey (TASC) – 1:01.17
  7. Ava Collinge (BC) – 1:01.45
  8. Maggie Schalow (NOVA) – 1:01.48

Mia Kragh was just off her lifetime best of 59.08, which she swam just a week ago. Kragh has set herself up nicely for a personal best, and maybe even a sub-:59 tonight. She was the only swimmer in the field under 1:00 this morning, and is the only swimmer in the field with a sub-1:00 personal best.

Campbell Stoll was also right on her lifetime best of 1:00.46, which she established in May of this year. Being so close to her personal best this morning, Stoll has also set herself up nicely to potentially swim a lifetime best tonight, and possibly break 1-minute.

Annika Parkhe chipped 0.07 seconds off her personal best to finish 3rd this morning. Parkhe’s previous best of 1:00.80, which she swam just last weekend at the Illinois Senior Championships.

Ava Collinge and Maggie Schalow each chipped approximately 0.1 seconds off their personal bests to qualify for the A final.

Notably, Isabelle Odgers DFS’d (declared false start) this race, and will not be racing individually in finals tonight. Odgers was entered with a 1:00.67.

 

MEN’S 100 FLY – PRELIMS:

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Trenton Julian (ROSE) – 52.35
  2. Jarod Hatch (CAL) – 53.18
  3. Dare Rose (CAL) – 53.56
  4. Spencer Daly (TAC) – 53.69
  5. Will Hayon (MWWM) – 53.85
  6. Matthew Jensen (CAL) – 53.97
  7. Connor Foote (AAAA) – 54.08
  8. Harry Homans (TASC) – 54.16

Cal was all over this event this morning, accounting for 4 of the 8 A finalists, including the top 3. Trenton Julian swam a 52.35 this morning, touching just 0.65 seconds off his lifetime best, which was set at Trials. Julian separated himself from the field this morning thanks to his 2nd 50 split of 27.37. Tonight, it’s more likely that Julian takes the race out faster, as he’s done with each of his finals so far.

Cal’s Jarod Hatch established a new lifetime best this morning to finish 2nd. Hatch took 0.73 seconds off his previous lifetime best, getting out to a faster first 50 than Julian. Dar Rose was just off his personal best of 53.29, posting a 53.56.

Matthew Jensen, also a Cal swimmer, swam a 53.97 for 6th this morning. He was just off his personal best of 53.91.

Penn State’s Spencer Daly was right in the thick of it this morning, posting a 53.69. Daly was just off his personal best of 53.66.

 

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Keep it real
1 month ago

Mia Kragh is a Cal commit right?

Admin
Reply to  Keep it real
1 month ago

Correct.

Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

I’ve just watched the women’s 400 IM prelims.
Teagan O’Dell’s backstroke is beautiful. Her weakest stroke is breaststroke.
And Justina Kozan’s freestyle technique is great too. Cool to see her back after bad olympic trials. Maybe the pressure had catched up her in Omaha. She’s a great prospect for US swimming in both IM and freestyle. She could help a lot the women’s 4X200 free relay if she keeps improving regularly each year until Paris.

Sophie
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

It will be interesting to watch how Kozan progresses over the next year – since she switched clubs from BREA to Mission Viejo.

It looks like she is still matching her times from when she was swimming with BREA, but I suppose we will see if her stroke changes or she develops differently at Mission Viejo.

She definitely has the potential to be a great IM/Freestyle/Butterfly prospect in the coming years!

TeamRegan
1 month ago

Mia kragh is on fire lately, wouldn’t be surprised to see her do amazing things at CAL!

jeff
1 month ago

man, Kayla Han will have just turned 16 by the time Paris rolls around, basically the same age Beisel was Beijing. Excited to see how much time she can drop by then, or even just by Worlds 2022/2023, assuming 2023 is still happening? That seems really interesting actually, 3 years in a row of the highest level international LCM meets.

Taa
Reply to  jeff
1 month ago

I’m going to have to watch her tonight. Is she now wearing a tech suit?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Don’t think so I heard she prefers the regular suit.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

She has one on!!