2022 U.S. Open Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The second finals session of the 2022 U.S. Open features some intriguing showdowns between a trio of American Olympic medalists and the next generation of star swimmers.

The night will kick off with the women’s 400 free, where top qualifier Katie Ledecky (4:02.51) will attempt to avenge her narrow loss to Canadian phenom Summer McIntosh (4:06.68) at the Toronto stop of the World Cup series. In the women’s 400 IM, Regan Smith will try to build on her personal best from prelims (2:11.66) against 17-year-old Leah Hayes (2:11.91). The two were separated by just .25 seconds during this morning’s session.

Chase Kalisz, the defending Olympic champion in the men’s 200 IM, is set for a challenge from a pair of teenagers who barely qualified ahead of him this morning. Texas A&M freshman Baylor Nelson (2:00.38), high school junior Daniel Diehl (2:00.50), and Kalisz (2:00.68) had just a few tenths between separating them in prelims.

There should also be an intriguing battle in the men’s 400 IM, where NC State senior Ross Dant (3:52.56) is up against the Brazilian duo of Guilherme Costa (3:52.13) and Stephan Steverink (3:52.78).

The evening will wrap up with the 50 free individual events and 4×100 medley relays. Check below for live updates throughout the night.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:56.40 – Ariarne Titmus (2022)
  • American Record: 3:56.46 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:00.51 – Katie Ledecky (2021)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 4:15.49

Top 8:

  1. Katie Ledecky (GSC) – 3:59.71
  2. Summer McIntosh (SYS) – 3:59.79
  3. Michaela Mattes (SYS) – 4:09.53
  4. Emma Weyant (UN-FL) – 4:10.12
  5. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 4:10.15
  6. Cavan Gormsen (LIAC) – 4:10.15
  7. Katrina Bellio (UCLA) – 4:16.77
  8. Kate Hurst (SCAR) – 4:17.03

After Summer McIntosh edged Katie Ledecky by .08 seconds in their SCM showdown a month ago, Ledecky returned the favor here in thrilling fashion. The two were neck and neck the whole race as Ledecky held a slim .06-second lead at the midway point before the 16-year-old Canadian evened the race at the 300-meter mark (3:00.32). McIntosh jumped ahead by .04 seconds with 50 meters to go, but Ledecky roared home in 28.99 to seal the victory ahead of McIntosh’s 29.11 on the final length of the pool.

Ledecky and McIntosh were nearly 10 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Both were under the previous U.S. Open meet record of 4:00.51 set by Ledecky last year, and both would have placed eighth in the men’s final. Third-place finisher Michaela Mattes clocked a new personal best of 4:09.53, slightly quicker than her previous-best 4:09.80 from April.

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 3:45.63 – Zane Grothe (2016)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 3:55.59

Top 8:

  1. Guilherme Costa (BRA) – 3:48.13
  2. Alfonso Mestre (FLOR) – 3:49.63
  3. Jake Mitchell (FLOR) – 3:49.65
  4. Zane Grothe (BCH) – 3:50.74
  5. Stephan Steverink (BRA) – 3:51.60
  6. Ivan Puskovitch (TSM) – 3:56.10
  7. Norvin Clontz (MAC) – 3:59.66
  8. Ryan Wilkes (NSW) – 4:02.05

Worlds bronze medalist Guilherme Costa took the lead at the 100-meter mark and never relinquished it, running away with a 1.5-second win. Florida senior Alfonso Mestre dropped more than five seconds off his prelims time to touch second just .02 seconds ahead of Gator teammate Jake Mitchell, who also dropped nearly five seconds from his morning swim.

Ross Dant scratched out of the final after qualifying second beind Costa in prelims this morning. Notably, Dant also scratched out of the 800 freestyle last night, which was his only other entry for the meet. 

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • American Record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors (2009)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:08.84 – Melanie Margalis (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:07.84 – Alex Walsh (2022)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 2:16.09

Top 8:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:10.40
  2. Leah Hayes (TIDE) – 2:10.67
  3. Zoe Dixon (FLOR) – 2:14.37
  4. Miranda Tucker (TFA) – 2:15.76
  5. Alexis Yager (TNAQ) – 2:16.02
  6. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 2:16.07
  7. Avery Klamfoth (MAC) – 2:16.36
  8. Gracie Weyant (SYS) – 2:16.54

After losing a big lead on the breaststroke leg, Regan Smith rallied past Leah Hayes on the freestyle anchor to secure first place by just .27 seconds.

The 17-year-old Hayes split 37.72 on the breaststroke leg, 3.5 seconds faster than Smith, but Smith rebounded with a blazing 29.93 to close it out ahead of Hayes’ 31.29 split.

“I knew that Leah (Hayes) has an amazing breaststroke and she was gonna fly right by me on the third 50,” Smith said afterward. “I just wanted to make it a good race on that last 50. I had a lot of fun on that last 50.”

Smith’s final time of 2:10.40 marked a new personal best, more than a second faster than her previous-best 2:11.66 from prelims. Training with Bob Bowman and an Arizona State pro group including men’s 200 IM champion Chase Kalisz seems to be paying dividends for the 20-year-old Smith so far.

“It has been absolutely incredible,” Smith said of training with the pro group at ASU. “It has been such a dream. I’ve loved every aspect of being under Bob (Bowman) and being a pro at ASU. I’m very happy and having a lot of fun.”

“I would say Regan is adapting really well,” Kalisz added after his victory two events later. “She’s an animal in practice.”

MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • American Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 1:57.28 – Chase Kalisz (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte (2009)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 2:03.49

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 1:56.52
  2. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 1:59.14
  3. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 1:59.89
  4. Landon Driggers (TENN) – 2:02.27
  5. Mark Szaranek (GSC-FL) – 2:02.57
  6. Danny Berlitz (UN-WV) – 2:03.01
  7. Gabriel Borgas (NSW) – 2:03.50
  8. Daniel Sos (CARD) – 2:03.94

After qualifying third in prelims, Chase Kalisz left no doubt about the outcome with a comfortable victory in 1:56.52 ahead of teenage talents Baylor Nelson (1:59.14) and Daniel Diehl (1:59.89), who were the only other swimmers sub-2:00 in the final.

Kalisz took down his own U.S. Open meet record of 1:57.28 from 2019. He was only about a second slower than his personal-best 1:55.40 from 2018.

Nelson was just .o1 seconds behind his personal best from July. Diehl was close behind with a new personal best, .61 seconds faster than his previous best from prelims.

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 23.67 – Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • American Record: 23.97 – Simone Manuel (2017)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 24.43 – Simone Manuel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 24.08 – Pernille Blume (2019)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 25.69

Top 8:

  1. Gabi Albiero (LOU) – 25.06
  2. Erika Pelaez (EA-FG) – 25.29
  3. Camille Spink (NCAP) – 25.36
  4. Lily King (MPAC) – 25.41
  5. Beata Nelson (WA) – 25.42
  6. Kaitlyn Johnson (UN-WV) – 25.51
  7. Danielle Hill (IRL) – 25.51
  8. Lorrane Cristina Ferreira (SESI) – 25.59

Louisville junior Gabi Albiero claimed the 50 free crown .23 seconds ahead of NC State commit Erika Pelaez. Albiero was just a bit off her personal best of 24.89, which she swam this past summer at U.S. Nationals.

The 16-year-old Pelaez clocked a new personal best of 25.29, .02 seconds faster than her previous best. Third-place finisher Camille Spink matched her personal best from this meet last year.

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo (2009)
  • American Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 21.59 – Bruno Fratus (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 22.79

Top 8:

  1. David Curtiss (NCS) – 21.92
  2. Josh Liendo (FLOR) – 21.99
  3. Victor Alcara (BRA) – 22.11
  4. Ali Khalafalla (EA-OK) – 22.13
  5. Matt King (UVA) – 22.13
  6. Alberto Mestre (FLOR) – 22.26
  7. Andrej Barna (CARD) – 22.63
  8. Kevin Gillooly (MVN) – 22.67

David Curtiss‘ goggles filled up with water at the start of the race, leaving him without any vision, but the NC State sophomore relied on muscle memory and barreled into the wall in 21.92 to edge Florida newcomer Josh Liendo (21.99).

“I lost all vision and swam off muscle memory,” Curtiss said after the win. “It was a battle against my goggles there.”

Curtiss was just off his personal best of 21.76 from June. Liendo was a few tenths off his personal best of 21.61 from Worlds.

Brazil’s Victor Alcara took third place in 22.11, just off his personal-best 22.04 from April. Egypt’s Ali Khalafalla finished fourth in 22.13, tied with Virginia’s Matt King.

WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:50.40 — USA (2019)
  • American Record: 3:50.40 — USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:04.64 — AUS (2013)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:55.23 — USA (2010)

Top 6:

  1. Ireland – 4:07.69
  2. University of Tennessee – 4:09.55
  3. Duke University – 4:12.39
  4. Cougar Aquatics – 4:14.36
  5. SwimMAC Carolina – 4:16.39
  6. University of Arkansas – DSQ

Ireland’s Mona McSharry posted a 1:07.12 split on the breaststroke leg, more than two seconds faster than any other swimmer in the field, to power her national squad past her college team, Tennessee, by about two seconds. McSharry competed for Ireland despite currently being a junior in Knoxville.

The Volunteers held the lead after the opening leg thanks to a 1:01.11 backstroke split by Josephine Fuller, who was just a couple tenths off her personal best. Sarah Foley threw down an impressive 55.73 freestyle anchor split for third-place Duke, slightly faster than the 55.84 swam by Ireland’s Victoria Catterson. Danielle Hill (1:02.98 backstroke split) and Molly Mayne (1:01.15 butterfly split) joined McSharry and Catterson on Ireland’s winning relay team.

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:26.78 — USA (2021)
  • American Record: 3:26.78 — USA (2021)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 3:36.55 — GBR (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:32.48 — USA (2010)

Top 8:

  1. Auburn University – 3:40.72
  2. University of Tennessee – 3:43.44
  3. NSW Swim – 3:44.05
  4. Ireland – 3:45.60
  5. West Virginia University – 3:47.38
  6. Purdue – 3:47.61
  7. SwimMAC Carolina – 3:51.52
  8. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 3:57.42

Aidan Stoffle went two seconds faster than the field on his opening backstroke split (55.21) to help Auburn cruise to an easy victory over Tennessee. Stoffle was less than half a second slower than his personal best from July.

Reid Mikuta (1:01.41 breaststroke split), Sohib Khaled (54.28 butterfly split), and Kalle Makinen (49.82 freestyle split) joined Stoffle on the Tigers’ winning squad.

Lyubomir Epitropov, Landon Driggers, Griffin Hadley (55.15 fly), and Michael Houlie (50.96 free) rounded out the Volunteers’ team.

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lilswimmyjr
2 months ago

Cracked 50 free time to swim with googles filled up w water

Eli
2 months ago

I’ve got to say, I’m extremely excited to see Smith’s 200 fly. With Flickinger training along side her, what’s she going to have in store? Although she has a better life time best, Hali has been the more reliable flyer through her career. I’m excited to see where the two push each other

WahooWah
2 months ago

Ledecky would have finaled and placed 7th in the MENS 400 free? Insane.

Swim guy
2 months ago

Epitropov did not split 59.0 on the 400 medley, nor did the Tennessee backstroker go 58. It was closer to a 56 back and a 1:01-:02 100 breast. The pads didn’t register

Last edited 2 months ago by Swim guy
OldNotDead
2 months ago

US Open Record listed for Lochte is his time from WC in Shanghai. I think the actual US Open Record swum on US soil is Lochte’s 1:54.56 from 2009 Nationals.

eliemsy
2 months ago

Bowman is god.

Curious
2 months ago

Cool to see Tennessee’s McSharry representing Ireland against Tennessee and both teams going 1 and 2

PFA
2 months ago

People have doubted bowman in the past but he has learned from his mistakes and what he’s doing now looks to be working as we’re seeing Regan smith go 2 PB’s in her IM race as well as kalisz swimming his fastest 2 IM ever in December. All I have to say is bowman is legit.

I still think Kalisz pursues the 4IM in for Paris but at the end of the day that’s gonna end up depending on how he and bowman feels his body will be by then.

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