2022 Futures – College Station: Sam Stewart Rips 1:56.91 200 IM, #9 U.S. All-Time

2022 USA Swimming Futures Championships – College Station

  • July 27-30, 2022
  • Texas A&M Natatorium, College Station, TX
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results on MeetMobile

Sam Stewart closed out the 2022 Futures Championship in College Station with bang, roaring to a huge new personal best of 1:56.91 in the 200 IM. Stewart won the event decisively, blowing away his personal best of 1:57.70, which he had just swum at the International Team Trials in late April. He swam a great race all around, but was particularly strong on the middle 100 last night, splitting 29.09 on backstroke and 33.92 on breaststroke. He was 25.02 on fly and 28.88 bringing it home on freestyle.

Stewart is now the #9 American all-time in the event, suddenly bringing himself into the conversation to make international rosters in the event. SwimSwam reached out to Stewart to ask about his training. He began training at Texas A&M two months ago, after spending the last couple years training under his mom at his home club – the YMCA Hub Fins in Mississippi.

Yes, I’ve been doing a mix of Jay’s and Jason’s practices. I think the change of training environment. I have been training at home in Mississippi with my mom since 2019. We spent those years improving my technique on all four strokes and my strength in the weight room. I think I’ve had big swims in me for a while but it took a change of environment to pull it out. I improved as an athlete under my mom and Jason and Jay were able to sharpen the edges. – Sam Stewart on his current training

The women’s 200 IM was won by Canadian Olympian Sydney Pickrem, who swam a 2:13.33. Pickrem’s personal best stands at 2:08.61, a time which she swam back in 2019. Though she was off her personal best by a bit, Pickrem was still strong on the breast leg, splitting 37.90.

Mansfield Aquatic Club 17-year-old Ava Topolewski had a phenomenal race, winning the women’s 1500 free in 16:47.93. The George Washington recruit dominated the field, taking 8 seconds off her previous best with the performance. The men’s 800 free was won by Texas A&M’s Treu Dickey, clocking an 8:15.06.

Texas A&M swept the 50 freestyles, seeing Kraig Bray take the men’s 50 in 22.89. That performance marked Bray’s first time under 23 seconds in the event. Bryony Kennett took the women’s 50 free in 26.12.

Highlands Ranch Aquatics 17-year-old Mary Macaulay took the women’s 200 back in 2:16.16. That time comes in just off Macaulay’s personal best of 2:15.09. She was incredibly consistent last night, splitting 32.09, then 34.54, 34.64, and 34.89.

Swim Neptune’s Keaton Jones took the men’s 200 back in 2:00.37, coming in just a bit off his personal best of 1:57.97. He was still out quick last night, splitting 57.65 on the opening 100.

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Thomas
3 months ago

Feels like an appropriate place to ask this. Anyone know why Track & Field will bring 3 athletes per event but swimming only brings 2?

Admin
Reply to  Thomas
3 months ago

As far as anybody can tell, because track & field never had the problems that swimming did of one country being so dominant that giving them a shot at all of the medals stymied development of other countries’ swimming systems.

I kind of like the Euros system myself, where they can take more swimmers, but only 2 can advance.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

And does track open it up to having 4 athletes if you’ve got a defending champ? There were 4 American men in the 100m final, for instance.

And idk would the Euro system really be better? Sorta just pushes off the biggest stakes for that second spot to the earlier rounds at the actual meet, when it could just be at the qual meet.

Backstrokebro
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

Yeah, all defending world champs auto qualify. USA had 4 guys entered in the 100/200, sweeping the podium there, and 4 guys in the 800. US went 1/3/4/5 in the womens 400 hurdles as well

JeahBrah
3 months ago

He’s had such an interesting/unique swimming career path

Horninco
3 months ago

Would have made the Olympic team 12 months ago

Event has gotten crazy fast

Yaboi
3 months ago

Men’s 200 IM continuing to heat up- Foster, Kalisz, Casas, Stewart, etc. Might be possible to see multiple 1:56s not making international teams soon

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Reply to  Yaboi
3 months ago

Definitely wouldn’t count Andrew out – he noted that the 200 IM was a prime focus of his for Paris, and I wouldn’t count him out of the WR race with better conditioning and a return to full training