2022 U.S. National Championships: Day 2 Finals Preview



Kicking off night 2 will be the women’s 200 freestyle. Katie Ledecky will be the favorite in the event after swimming a 1:56.75 this morning. Ledecky swam a 1:55.15 in the event at US International Team Trials in April to win the event and qualify for the individual event at Worlds. Ultimately, Ledecky scratched the individual event but had a huge split to help the American women’s 4×200 free relay win gold.

Also highlighting the women’s 200 free is 17 year old Erin Gemmell who swam a lifetime best of 1:57.12 this morning, a time that would have been third at US International Team Trials. Incoming freshman at Virginia Claire Tuggle swam a 1:58.74  to be the third seed heading into finals. That was her fastest time since 2019 Summer Nationals when she swam a 1:58.21.

Chloe Stepanek who swims collegiately for Texas A&M dipped under the 2 minute mark for the second time ever swimming a 1:59.49 this morning for the fourth seed tonight. Notably, sixth and seventh seeds Natalie Mannion and Anna Peplowski will be competing a tough double with the 200 free and 200 back tonight.

After swimming a best time this morning, Jake Magahey is the top seed in the men’s 200 free. Magahey swam a 1:46.88 making it the first time he swam under the 1:47 mark.

Kieran Smith swam a 1:46.90 this morning for the second seed. Notably, this was about what he swam in prelims at US International Team Trials in April as he swam a 1:46.78 then before swimming a 1:45.25 to win the final.

Jake Mitchell had a huge drop of over a second to be the fifth seed tonight after swimming a 1:47.29.  Luke Hobson of Texas swam a 1:47.13 this morning for the third seed tonight. Notably, that was faster than he was in finals at US International Team Trials as he swam a 1:47.43 to finish seventh then.

Mackenzie Looze took the top seed this morning in the women’s 200 breast after swimming a 2:27.49 dropping 0.11 off her seed time. Looze was sixth in the event at International Team Trials swimming a 2:27.60 in finals. Close behind Looze this morning was Anna Keating who swam a 2:27.59. Keating was fourth in the event at Trials swimming a 2:24.62 in finals after swimming a 2:25.20 in prelims.

Ella Nelson also looks to be a contender tonight after swimming a 2:28.21 in prelims. Nelson was faster here than she was at Trials as she swam a 2:29.10 in prelims and a 2:29.07 in finals there to finish seventh.

US National Teamer Matt Fallon was just off his personal best of 2:08.91 in the men’s 200 breast swimming a 2:09.05 for the top seed heading into tonight.

Will Licon swam a 2:09.86 this morning, which was already faster than he was at US International Team Trials as he swam a 2:11.03 to finish fourth then. Texas training partners Caspar Corbeau of the Netherlands (2:09.92) and Jake Foster (2:10.52) will also be in the A final tonight.

Josh Matheny of Indiana charged the last 15 meters this morning to post a 2:10.19 for the fourth seed tonight. That was his fastest time since swimming best time of 2:09.40 from 2019 World Junior Champs. AJ Pouch sits right behind Matheny swimming a 2:10.21 this morning already swimming faster than his previous personal best of 2:10.35.

Isabelle Stadden cruised to the top seed in the women’s 200 back swimming a 2:09.69 this morning. She was the only swimmer under the 2:10 mark.

After scratching the event at International Team Trials, teenager Claire Curzan swam a 2:10.84 for the second seed tonight. Curzan holds a best time of 2:07.31 which she swam in March of this year. Curzan swam a 2:09.95 in prelims then, so if she is able to replicate her prelims to finals drop it could be a very tight battle tonight.

Bronze medalist in the event at 2022 Worlds Rhyan White swam a 2:10.94 for the third seed tonight. Like Curzan, White typically drops from prelims to finals as shown by her drop from 2:08.11 to 2:05.13 at International Team Trials.

Anna Peplowski and Natalie Mannion will complete their tough double of the 200free and 200 back here as the sixth and seventh seeds respectively.

Ian Grum swam a personal best time of 1:58.05 in the men’s 200 back to be the top seed. Grum narrowly out-touched Jack Aikins who swam a 1:58.13.

NCAA Champion in the SCY version of the event Destin Lasco of Cal swam a 1:59.21 for the fifth seed tonight. Lasco swam a 1:57.31 to finish fifth in the event at International Team Trials.

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1 year ago

Ledecky 1:54.0
House 1:45.9
Nelson 2:25.2
Fallon 2:08.01
Stadden 2:07.25
Grum 1:56.24

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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