2022 U.S. Open Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • November 30-December 3, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times:
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6PM (ET)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results
  • Originally published Dec 3, 2022

Tonight is the final session of the 2022 U.S. Open in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tonight’s finals session will feature the top heats of the 1500, and the finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 freestyle relay.

Emma Finlin clocked a 16:43.89 to post the fastest time of the afternoon 1500 heats. The top heat tonight will feature Katie Ledecky, who owns the world record in this event. On the men’s side, Zane Grothe posted the top time of the afternoon with a 15:30.22.

Regan Smith posted the fastest time in prelims this morning in both the 200 back (2:08.50) and 200 fly (2:10.52). Smith is having an incredible meet so far, so we can probably assume she will be much faster tonight. Summer McIntosh, who is also swimming well, is seeded 2nd behind Smith in the 200 back after posting a personal best this morning (2:09.76).

17-year-old Daniel Diehl enters tonight as the top seed in the 200 backstroke. He tied his best time in the event this morning with a 1:57.62. He broke the 17-18 boys National Age Group Record in the 100m back twice yesterday, and could easily break into the all-time top ten for this event as well.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

PODIUM:

  1. Katie Ledecky (GSC) – 15:44.13
  2. Beatriz Dizotti (BRA) – 16:18.40
  3. Michaela Mattes (SYS) – 16:34.75

As expected, Katie Ledecky dominated this race from start to finish. She touched the wall at 15.44.13, marking her 22nd-fastest time in the event. Ledecky consistently held between 31.3 and 31.7 for the majority of the race before picking it up in the final 200.

Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil took second (16:18.40), followed by 17-year-old Michaela Mattes (16:34.75). Mattes trailed Caroline Pennington by over four seconds at the 1000 mark, but managed to overtake her in the final 100. Pennington took 4th with a time of 16:35.73.

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE – TIMED FINALS

  • World Record: 14:31.02, Sun Yang (2012)
  • American Record: 14:36.70, Bobby Finke (2022)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 14:55.46, Damien Joly (2017)
  • U.S. Open Record: 14:45.54, Peter Vanderkaay (2008)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 15:39.89

PODIUM:

  1. Alfonso Mestre (FLOR) – 15:16.51
  2. Pedro Farias (BRA) – 15:20.12
  3. Eric Brown (FLOR) – 15:26.67

Florida’s Alfonso Mestre separated himself early on from the rest of the field, and held off Pedro Farias from Brazil  to win with a personal best time of 15:16.51.

Farias and Florida’s Eric Brown swam neck and neck for about half of the race before Farias pulled away to take 2nd.

15-year-old Sean Green was the fastest junior of the event, as he placed 6th overall with a 15:36.17, only a few seconds off his personal best.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • American Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:07.09, Regan Smith (2021)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.08, Phoebe Bacon (2022)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:13.59

PODIUM:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:05.28 CR
  2. Summer McIntosh (SYS) –  2:07.15
  3. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 2:09.77

In her fastest 200 backstroke since 2019, Regan Smith posted a new U.S. Open Meet record of 2:05.28, marking the 19th-fastest ever time in the event. Smith was aggressive the first half of the race, taking the first 100 out in a quick 1:00.91.

Summer McIntosh dropped another two and a half seconds tonight to take second with a personal best time of 2:07.15. Tennessee’s Josephine Fuller took 3rd place, with a best time by almost two seconds to post a 2:09.77.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record: 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • American Record: 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 1:54.59, Nicholas Thoman (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:53.08, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:01.69

PODIUM:

  1. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 1:56.41
  2. Nico Garcia (VT) – 1:59.49
  3. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 2:00.98

After matching his personal best time this morning, 17-year-old Daniel Diehl moved to #5 all-time for the 17-18 boys 200 back, as he took first tonight with a best time of 1:56.41. Diehl only recently turned 17 in October, meaning he still has just under two years to continue to work his way up the list

Virginia Tech’s Nico Garcia was the only other athlete to dip below the 2:00 mark, as he dropped over a second and a half from his morning swim.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • World Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • American Record: 52.04, Simone Manuel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 53.42, Erika Brown (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 52.54, Simone Manuel (2018)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 55.79

PODIUM:

  1. Gabi Albiero (LOU) – 54.90
  2. Beata Nelson (WA) – 54.94
  3. Camille Spink (NCAP) – 55.47

In a tight race, Louisville’s Gabi Albiero out-touched Beata Nelson to win in a 54.90. Nelson was out just a few hundredths quicker than Albiero at the 50, but could not hold on coming into the wall and touched 2nd with a 54.94.

The race for third was close, with Camille Spink, Lillie Nordmann, Erika Pelaez, and Tristen Ulett all touching within half a second of each other.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • World Record: 46.86, David Popovici (2022)
  • American Record: 46.96, Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 47.69, Zach Apple (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 47.39, Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (2019/2021)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 49.99

PODIUM:

  1. Andrej Barna (CARD) – 48.45
  2. Josh Liendo (FLOR) – 48.97
  3. Matt King (UVA) – 49.05

Andrej Barna separated himself from the field by about half a second to get his hand on the wall first, touching at 48.45. Florida’s Josh Liendo improved on his prelims time out-touched Virginia’s Matt King to place 2nd with a 48.97.

16-year-old Kaii Winkler was the fastest junior of the event, as he posted a 6th place finish with a personal best time of 49.45. He dipped under his previous best of 49.47 by a few hundredths, which was set at Junior Pan Pacs this summer.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:18.95, Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • American Record: 2:19.59, Rebecca Soni (2012)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:22.00 Emily Escobedo (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni (2009)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:31.69

PODIUM:

  1. Gillian Davey (UKY) – 2:27.06
  2. Mona McSharry (IRL) – 2:27.59
  3. Ashleigh Oberekar (NSW) – 2:28.34

After trailing Ireland’s Mona McSharry by three tenths at the halfway point, Kentucky’s Gillian Davey had another strong back half to touch the wall first at 2:27.06, which is just off her personal best by about half a second.

New South Wales’ Ashleigh Oberekar improved on her prelims swim by over three seconds to take 3rd in a 2:28.34.

Summer McIntosh notably won the B-final from lane eight, posting a personal best time by over three seconds to clock a 2:30.85.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:05.95, Zac Stubblety-Cook (2022)
  • American Record: 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:09.67, Cody Miller (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:15.99

PODIUM:

  1. Aleksas Savickas (FLOR) – 2:09.68
  2. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 2:10.10
  3. Lyubomir Epitropov (TENN) – 2:11.74

In somewhat of an upset, Florida’s Aleksas Savickas took 1st with a personal best time of 2:09.68, only 0.01 off the U.S. Open meet record from 2016. Savickas was under world record pace at the halfway point, as he split a 1:01.79.

Chase Kalisz improved on his swim this morning to post a 2:10.10, but did not have enough speed tonight to chase down Savickas in the final 100.

WOMEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:01.81, Zige Liu (2009)
  • American Record: 2:04.14, Mary Descenza (2009)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:07.20, Susan O’Neill (1999)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.85, Hali Flickinger (2021)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:13.69

PODIUM:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:07.30
  2. Lindsay Looney (UN) – 2:10.25
  3. Charlotte Hook (STAN) – 2:10.64

Smith ended her U.S. Open meet by capturing her fifth overall title and second of the night, posting a 2:07.30 to win by almost 3 seconds. She was just a tenth off of breaking the U.S. Open meet record, set back in 2009 by Susan O’Neill.

The race for 2nd was much closer, but ASU’s Lindsay Looney was able to hold off Stanford’s Charlotte Hook to post a 2:10.25. Looney was out just a over a second faster than Hook at the 100 mark.

MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – FINALS

  • World Record: 1:50.34, Kristof Milak (2022)
  • American Record: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps (2009)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 1:55.60, Luca Urlando (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:00.49

PODIUM:

  1. Nicolas Albiero (CARD) – 1:56.32
  2. Zach Harting (CARD) – 1:57.06
  3. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz  (AGS) – 1:59.63

The Louisville duo of Nicolas Albiero and Zach Harting took the top two spots tonight, with very similar race strategies to this morning. Albiero was again out about a second faster than Harting, but Harting returned about half a second faster than Albiero.

Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz was the only other athlete to break 2:00.0 tonight, as he improved on his prelims time by almost a second to take 3rd.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY – TIMED FINALS

PODIUM:

  1. Swim Ireland – 3:46.83
  2. University of Tennessee – 3:48.14
  3. Cougar Aquatics – 3:48.22

Ireland’s team of Victoria Catterson (57.67), Danielle Hill (55.29), Mona McSharry (56.52), and Grace Davison (57.35) posted a 3:46.83 to edge the college teams for first place. Hill’s split of 55.29 was the fastest of the event.

Tennessee beat Washington State by just 0.08 hundredths. Brooklyn Douthwright was the quickest split for Tennessee with a 56.21, while Noelle Harvey anchored the Cougars with a 56.65.

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY – TIMED FINALS

PODIUM:

  1. New South Wales Swim – 3:24.23
  2. Swim Ireland – 3:25.13
  3. Auburn University – 3:26.57

NSW Swim’s team of Jack Wilson (52.36), James Koch (51.47), Joseph Hamson (50.19), and Thomas Hay (50.21) combined to win by almost a second over Swim Ireland. Hamson’s split of 50.19 was the fastest of the event.

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"we've got a boilover!"
2 months ago

205
207
230
154
=836 4*2 add up

Anyone ever have a 4*2 stroke add up faster than Summer? Katinka?? 204+206 first half…

Her other rediculas add up:
4 free 359
4 IM 428
827 total…

jeff
Reply to  "we've got a boilover!"
2 months ago

Hosszu adds up to exactly 2 seconds faster I think, not sure if there’s anyone else but I doubt it

Admin
Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

We can check it out. Should we add the 200 IM to make it a 5×200, or just keep it at the 5 strokes?

"We've got a boilover"
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Could… But leaving the 2im, and the 4, out of the equation means we can have fun speculating what the 4*2 stroke add up actually translates into 2 and 4 IM success compared to their actual times…;)

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

No.

Just keep it 4 strokes

M d e
Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

she wouldn’t be as fast because of fly, but kaylee mckeown has 2:04 2:27 1:57

never done a 2 fly that I’ve seen, but given her 100 is 1:00 you’d think you’re probably looking around 2:10 or so.

"We've got a boilover"
Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

Has Katinka gone faster than 230? I wouldn’t think her 2 free is faster than 156, maybe 155 once?

Brownish
Reply to  "We've got a boilover"
2 months ago

2:29.00 (2015), 2:29.12 (2015), 2:29.47 (2017), 2.29.64 (2015)
1:55.41 (2015), 1:55.81 (2015), 1:55.89 (2015), 1:55.98 (2017)

Brownish
Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

Hosszu: 204, 205, 229, 155, = 833

fish
2 months ago

Top 5 swims of the meet
1. 400 IM Summer
2. 100 bk Regan
3. 400 fr Katie/Summer
4. 200 IM chase
5. 200 bk Regan
Hm’s
Curtis 50 free, Chase 400 IM, Daniel Dehil 100/200bk

jpm49
Reply to  fish
2 months ago

Summer McIntosh : the Toyota US Open Performance of the meet !

Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

Is Susan O’Neill 2:07.20 from 1999 the oldest surviving US Open meet record? Is there an older US Open Meet record?

Sub13
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

And it survives another year!

PS I’m Aussie and I’ve never heard her called Susan in my life! I thought her official name with FINA was Susie.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sub13
Troyy
2 months ago

Murphy might have trouble making the team by the time Paris 2024 arrives.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

He may even have trouble making the 2023 World Championship team.

Obese Legend
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

I think he could at least qualify in 200 back? Which two swimmers could take him down?

GTS
2 months ago

Nice to see Regan Smith swimming so well. Seems to have landed in the right spot for her. Looking forward to seeing her hit on all cylinders in 2023.

jpm49
2 months ago

Her rising star status could have made Summer McIntoch scratch the B race of the 200m breaststroke, but what humility and what a taste for work for some world records in the 400m medley soon and (perhaps) in the 200m medley too.

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  jpm49
2 months ago

Indeed, a great point! This humility is also evident in Olivia Smoliga too I’ve noticed – even swimming in the B Final in her main events when she’s at an off meet.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  jpm49
2 months ago

McIntosh has the talent, the hard work, and the mental strength/maturity to become one of all time greats!

Calling it now!

Troyy
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

Super bold prediction.

REL
Reply to  Go Kamminga Go
2 months ago

McIntosh seems to really love to both train hard and race, whether she wins or loses, and she seems to particularly enjoy races that are close. She consistently says that she feels no outside pressure to swim well, regardless of the event (and, when asked, whether she had been nervous leading off a medal-contending 4×200 relay as a 14-year old in Tokyo, she simply said no). She doesn’t seem to get bothered by a loss (note her smile after losing the 400 free by 8 hundredths), but instead takes the view that it just shows she has room to improve. On top of everything, she has had to deal with multiple coaching changes the past few years caused by events… Read more »

Troyy
Reply to  REL
2 months ago

She does seem like a mental monster but the big test won’t come until Canadian media are promoting her as the star of Paris 2024 and predicting she’ll win X gold medals.

SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Just me or no interviews for tonight’s winners?

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

No Rowdy Gaines equals no mute button.

Ploki
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Its not broadcasted on Peacock (NBC), so no Rowdy commentary or interviews

Aquajosh
2 months ago

Massive drop from Aleksas Savickas, from a 2:13.3 to a 2:09.6.