Adrian’s Confidence Shows in 100 Free Prelims Swim

  143 Braden Keith | July 31st, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News, Previews & Recaps

The highlight of the prelims of day 4 at the 2012 London Olympics will be the beginning of the men’s 100 freestyle, where Australian James Magnussen looks to atone for a disappointing relay swim from earlier in the meet, and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo will make his debut at this meet: the last swimming superstar to kick off their quest for gold.

Full results are available here (with relay splits – PDF).
Live video stream via NBCOlympics.com (US Only).

Men’s 100 Free – Prelims

A very slow couple of heats left the cutoff to make the semi-finals in this men’s 100 free at just a 48.99, and that’s a good thing for many of the biggest names, as they needed every tenth of that to slide in. That includes Yannick Agnel of France and James Roberts of Australia in 48.93, both of whom should be 47-second medal contenders. Agnel would say after the race that he “felt like a zombie” this morning, after a presumably late night following his win in the 200 free on Monday.

The United States’ Nathan Adrian had no such problems, though, as he was the top seed in 48.19, splitting 22.99-25.20. He can easily be better on both halves of that race.

He was followed by former Auburn Tiger Gideon Louw, representing South Africa, in 48.29. Louw will push through, while his teammate Graeme Moore will not (49.29). Moore had a disappointing South African trials, and missed again here. The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Vershuren was 2nd in 48.29, followed by a much-improved swim from James Magnussen, the world’s fastest this year, in 48.38. He looked much better than he did in the relay finals.

Canada’s Brett Hayden was next followed by a 6th-place tie between the Cayman Islands’ Brett Fraser and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers. The Belgian sprinters have been outstanding this meet – their 400 free relay was a surprise finalist.

Cullen Jones and Cesar Cielo were also through; Cielo, the master of the early-round slow play, was a 48.67.

Neither Italian swimmer will earn a 2nd swim, with former World Champion Filippo Magnini 19th in 49.18. Germany’s Marco di Carli doesn’t seem to have recovered from a bad trials, and was 18th in 49.03.

Women’s 200 Fly – Prelims

American Kathleen Hersey already looks in spectacular form in this women’s 200 fly after leading all prelims heats with a 2:06.41. That’s already more than a second better than she was at the Olympic Trials, and given her strength she should do well to continue fast swims through all three rounds.

The competition will be better, though, so she’ll have to keep fighting throughout the afternoon. The defending silver medalist, and 2011 World Champion, Jiao Liuyang of China sits 2nd in 2:07.15, followed by Britain’s Jemma Lowe in 2:07.6 and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the NCAA Champion, in 2:07.7.

Lowe’s is one of the better swims we’ve seen from the Brits at this meet, though her teammate Ellen Gandy’s 2:09.92 was not: she was out fairly well through the 150, but was sunk by a 35.61 split on the last 50. That left her out of the final by six-tenths with a 2:09.92: four seconds from her season-best. Gandy is the defending World Championship silver medalist.

Other top qualifiers include Hungary’s Zsu Jakabos, having a breakout year, in 2:07.75 – just .04 back of her more accomplished teammate Hosszu.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi is the 6th seed in 2:08.04, though she won her heat. American Cammile Adams (2:08.18) and both Spaniards in similar times. China’s Liu Zige, the defending Olympic champion and World Record holder, was 11th in 2:08.72 – fairly pedestrian for her.

Aside from Gandy, there were no significant medal contenders to not make it through.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Prelims

The Brits have finally put a charge into the home-town fan base, as Michael Jamieson (2:08.98) and Andrew Willis (2:09.33) took two of the top three seeds. With that, Jamieson blows-away his best time, and Willis ties his.

Willis lit up the arena when he topped two-time defending champion Kosuke Kitajima (2:09.43) in the final heat of the morning by a tenth as Kitajima glided to the wall, while Willis had a near-perfect finish.

Both men were upended, though, by Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, who’s won just about everything since Beijing (including both World Championships). He will be the top seed in 2:08.71, and should be able to show-off his new-found top end speed a little bit more in the later rounds.

After the Brits came the Japanese, Ryo Tateishi (2:09.37) and the aforementioned Kitajima. It looks like Tateishi is holding things together pretty well on his second taper of the season: something he’s not always able to do. Those two swimmers are the two fastest in the world this year as well.

Next up were the Americans. Clark Burckle is the 6th seed in 2:09.55. He seems to have hit his taper perfectly, as that’s a best time and a second better than his swim from Trials. Weltz was juts after him in 2:09.67 to round out the swimmers under 2:10.

Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis did pretty well with a 2:10.36, but swimming well in prelims hasn’t been his issue. Other swimmers of note include Luxembourg’s Lauren Carnol in 12th in 2:10.83, Canada’s Scott Dickens in a best time of 2:10.95, Brenton Rickard from Australia, and both of the Germans. Marco Koch barely snuck through in 16th. There won’t be any notable absences from the semi-finals.

Men’s 800 Free Relay – Prelims

The American men dominated the prelims of this 800 free relay, but that’s no big surprise given their far-superior depth in the 200 free. Their splits included:

Charlie Houchin – 1:48.22
Matt McLean – 1:46.68
Davis Tarwater – 1:46.33
Conor Dwyer – 1:45.52

That would seem as though the one vacancy in finals would be the spot of Florida Gator Conor Dwyer to lose, unless the American coaches are intending to use Peter Vanderkaay tonight. Both swimmers are coached by Olympic men’s head coach Gregg Troy. Initial indications are that it will be Dwyer’s spot, though we’re unlikely to hear official word until shortly before finals.

The United States ran away with this relay in 7:06.75, followed in 2nd by a French team that was without their best swimmer Yannick Agnel, the individual 200 champion. The best swim was Jeremy Stravius in a 1:47.42 leadoff. He has only relay swims this year, and after being left off of the finals group in the gold-medal winning 400 free relay, he all-but-assured himself of an evening race with that time. Clement Lefert, who was so good in the shorter race, was a 1:46.33, so he’ll definitely be deserving of a finals spot too.

Germany, using Paul Biedermann early as he’s done with individual racing, is 3rd in 7:09.23. Biedermann anchored in 1:45.6, and they also got a very strong 1:47.4 from American-trained Dimitri Colupaev on the 2nd leg.

Australia, a balanced Great Britain lineup, China, South Africa, and Hungary will round out the top 8. China should have one big change to make by putting Sun Yang on this relay in the final, which would improve their time by three seconds or so.

Hungary was led-off by an outstanding 1:47.23 from Dominik Kozma, the fastest leadoff of the field. He scratched the 100 free, as the National Record holder, to focus on this relay, and that seemed to have been a prudent move as they nipped the Japanese by a tenth for the last spot in finals.

The Russians sloughed this prelims relay big-time, and it hurt bad as they were 10th in 7:11.86. That makes for a waste of Danila Izotov’s scratch in the 100 free prelims, as he could have been through to the semi’s. They had a 1:48.8 from Mikhail Polishchuk on the 3rd leg that put them too far behind even for a solid 1:47.3 anchor to make up.

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143 Comments on "Adrian’s Confidence Shows in 100 Free Prelims Swim"


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Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Robertson is not looking so good to the afternoon..

4 years 24 days ago

He and Agnel almost missed the semis. (Which would’ve been fantastic for Adrian.)

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Agnel is in a difficult situation now because of 4×200..

Fenster
4 years 24 days ago

Adrian looked good, Cielo looked like he was struggling a little.

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Cielo had a discliplent finish.. he glided too much,, the bad part about than being the first swim of the games..

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Just found the interview

Cielo said he held at the end,. and that his body was still a little stiff.. but it felt good for a first swim..

Eve
4 years 24 days ago

Thought Nathan looked good-having an empty lane next to him wasn’t bad either.

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Pereira should not have dropped at all his 200 breast..

4 years 24 days ago

Why did he?!

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

don´t know why.. he had a 2:10 flat from that BAD 2011 year.. and he improved his breast amazingly.. on maria Lenk he decided he would only swim IM and Medley Relay..

4 years 24 days ago

Thats a bummer…

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

His coach decision

Considering his actual form.. I would think he coud be a 2:08 breast swimmer…

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

Yup, Pereira breast was very very good in 400 IM, it was the breast that won him silver.
He should have swum 200 breast, especially with the endurance that he has.

4 years 24 days ago

yeah I’ve been a fan of pereira for awhile… Would’ve liked to see that

4 years 24 days ago

Conor Dwyer’s in the 4×200 this morning – anybody else think they’re gonna switch out the whole relay again and swim PVK instead of Dwyer in the final? (Along w/ Phelps, Lochte and Berens.)

4 years 24 days ago

Is berens in for sure?

4 years 24 days ago

Dwyer just split a 1:45.3 – a lot faster than both of Berens’s swims…so maybe not.

Wonder if they’ll reason PVK > Dwyer in the 400m gives a spot to PVK over Dwyer, as well as this split is reason to give Dwyer a spot over Berens.

swimfan50
4 years 24 days ago

Forgot that the 400 IM decides the relays…..maybe Lockte will anchor again and have a better outcome….they should have a sizable lead going into the last leg.

Aquaphobic
4 years 24 days ago

I understand the argument tp put PVK in the finals, but after putting an unproven swimmer on the 4 free relay (Lochte) and having that turn out poorly, I wonder if the head coach will second guess putting PVK over Berens

Huh?
4 years 24 days ago

It will be interesting… Anyone get splits??? Tarwater swam well… Dwyer looked good too… Phelps and Lochte are solid locks, and we have to assume Berens is in based on his individual swim…. Houchin was off…

So it comes to PVK vs the fastest split from the morning… Tough call…

All in all, a solid morning… Did what we had to do… Exciting night tonight!

Huh?
4 years 24 days ago

For the record… I’d go Phelps, Dwyer, Lochte, PVK in that order… (now that I’ve seen splits).

It’s clear Dwyer and PVK are feeling it…

4 years 24 days ago

No way you can leave Berens off the relay. He is a solid 1:46 with a flat start and probably 1:45 with a relay start. Dwyer has to be on the relay after a 1:45.3 morning swim. I predict Phelps, Berens, Dwyer, Lochte.

swimfan50
4 years 24 days ago

This is who I think will swim too and in the order you listed. Surely Lockte can finish this time.

jean michel
4 years 24 days ago

i predict that option is the fastest , safest team they can put to keep the french at a good distance . This relay is for USA > Period > Same for the women`800 free relay >

Kirk
4 years 24 days ago

Solid 1:46 with a flat start? Well, he was 1:46.87 in the individual event semis. Give him half a second for the relay exchange and he’s 1:46 low. I think you can certainly make the argument to put Vanderkaay in over Berens. It’s not like Berens tanked, but he didn’t great swims in the individual event. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Lochte, Dwyer, Phelps and Vanderkaay in the relay tonight.

Philip Johnson
4 years 24 days ago

Unless Roberts shows something, it looks like his 47.6 was a fluke.

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

I think Roberts won´t pass to final..

Cielo and Agnel still has a lot reserved, but will Agnel throw everything having the 4×200 later?

Jg
4 years 24 days ago

Hang on . Weren’t you ever 21 & 3 months old ? 4 years ago he was swimming in the jr Aust vs NZ series .

You seem to want to believe he will never do anything again ever. Would you like him to give up & retire?

You need a cup of tea & a good lie down.

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Age is not an excuse for succumbing to pressure.. or to show he had a once in a lifetime swim…

Phelps Fan
4 years 24 days ago

Roberts and Magnussens swims in the past year were not flukes guys. WADA and the British anti doping are just keeping a close on on them. As such they are refraining from taking their daily vitamins.
Lets hope the worlds genuine best 100m freestyler Adrian wins this. I do suspect the other suspicious come from nowhere world beater Agnel is gonna win it all though.

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

Poor Phelps. What did he ever do to deserve a “fan” like you?

Philip Johnson
4 years 24 days ago

Russia not in the 800 free relay final? what’s going on with them?

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Izotov must be PRETTY HAPPY for dropping the 100 free for NOTHING

4 years 24 days ago

Splits for prelims relay??

4 years 24 days ago

Dwyer 1:45.5 they should give him a spot

Philip Johnson
4 years 24 days ago

Ellen Gandy the silver medalist in the 200 fly in Shanghai also did not advance.

Jg
4 years 24 days ago

Yes the Brits are feeling some Wimbledon Center Court freezes.I feel for them.

Jean Marie
4 years 24 days ago

That’s disappointing – I picked her for gold.

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

I am truly shocked.
And she messes up my pick lol.

But seriously, this is shocking.
anyone know what went wrong?
I didn’t watch the prelims.

Keith
4 years 24 days ago

I’m more shocked than you are! 8-(

The Brits need a result in the Men’s 200 Breast or from Lowe to lift their spirits tomorrow.

Old school
4 years 24 days ago

I was gone for a bit, did Steve Lunquist make the 200 breastbone back to Semi’s?

Josh
4 years 24 days ago

Houchin 1:48.30
McLean 1:46.68
Tarwater 1:46.33
Dwyer 1:45.52

With PVK in form, it’s hard to argue against him, and no way you leave Dwyer off when he’s a second and a half clear of Berens’ prelim/finals time in the 200 even if you give half a second for rolling starts, Dwyer is a second faster.. Controversial call, but I think Berens is the weakest link. Dwyer, Lochte, Phelps, and PVK should be your night relay.

4 years 24 days ago

PVK did not swim the 200 in London so I think it is a gamble just because he had a great 400. What was PVK’s time from Trials?

4 years 24 days ago

Trials 200 Free for PVK:

Vanderkaay, Peter 28 OLY-MI/Florida 1:48.12
25.85, 27.50, 27.43, 27.34

4 years 24 days ago

I agree exactly because Berens was a little off in his 200

Keith
4 years 24 days ago

Berens had a chance to make his case in the individual 200. I think he was slower than we want to see. Troy may be a little gun shy after the 4×100 debacle to place two of his swimmers on the relay even though the coaches would be justified to do so in this instance.

Paella747
4 years 24 days ago

This is going to be a great finals session! I’ll be waking up at 3:00am here in Seoul to watch them live!!

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

And I have to wake up 1:30 am every night for 8 days.

Paella747
4 years 24 days ago

🙂 SE Asia?

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

yup. Indonesia.

Paella747
4 years 24 days ago

Niceeeeee!!
My favorite ‘coffee country’!!!
Yum!
🙂

wannaswim
4 years 24 days ago

And NBC will just control our lives here in USA.

aswimfan
4 years 24 days ago

If you are into coffee, you need to try the Toraja (arabica) variety, one of the best if not the best from Indonesia, or the Aceh Gayo.
Have also tried Kopi Luwak (civet coffee)? the most expensive coffee in the world, although here it only costs 1/10th as it does n the USA.

Paella747
4 years 24 days ago

Is that the one that is (sorry to be off-topic) pooped out from a cat (i think…. or some animal)? I’m up for it! I’m calling Garuda now! 😉
I just like Indonesian coffees because they tend to be less acidic/floral and more full-bodied/earthy than most Latin American and African ones…
Now…. swimming….. Uhhhh…. GO NATHAN ADRIAN!!!
aswimfan, if you ever head to Seoul, gimme a heads up at [email protected].

Josh
4 years 24 days ago

PVK went a 3:44.8 at Worlds last year and came back right after to win Nationals in 1:46.45 in the 200. He went a 1:48.1 at Trials in semis just missing the final. He went a 1:47 by himself in cold rain early on in taper camp at Vichy. He’s probably 1:46 mid to low from a flat start now based on his drop in the 400.

4 years 24 days ago

If anything you replace berens with PVK. Dwyer was too good in his prelims

Jg
4 years 24 days ago

Dwyer Berens Phelps & Ye 🙂

4 years 24 days ago

Ha ultimate relay

CARDINAL
4 years 24 days ago

100m free prelim times were brutally slow. No world record tomorrow night, it appears.

DanJohnRob
4 years 24 days ago

I know I’m going to make some enemies here by saying this, and honestly I have nothing against the man (I was rooting for him to qualify in the 200 fly), but they should not have added Tarwater to the team for this relay. The coaches knew they already had PVK in the line-up. PVK and Dwyer should have been in the prelim to “swim-off” for the final!

4 years 24 days ago

I like Tarwater 🙁 but I have to agree because now they have to leave either PVK, Dwyer, or Berens off. Dwyer was so good that it’ll make me mad if he isn’t on it. If it doesn’t go well people will say PVK was on his game and they made a mistake. If they leave berens off itll make people talk because he qualified individually

Tea
4 years 24 days ago

Agree as well. I like Tarwater, but he got a charity spot. There are 5 swimmers who could likely be on the final – Phelps, Lochte, Berens, PVK, and Dwyer. At least two of those swimmers should have been on the prelims race. The coaches showed they’re willing to take a gamble by putting Lochte on the 4×100, but they have to decide if they want to do that again now.

Assuming USA wouldn’t pull a Russia and blow their medal contention in the prelims, filling out the relay spots should be based on who is most likely to be top 4 on game day. Trials notwithstanding, PVK is more likely to be that guy than Tarwater.

gosharks
4 years 24 days ago

The difference is that adding Lochte to the 4 x 100 didn’t DENY anyone a medal opportunity. Leaving Berens off the relay would do that. He “earned” it at Trials with a 3rd place finish, and he’s not ill or injured.

Rafael
4 years 24 days ago

Hope troy won´t “Force” locthe on the medley relay and take probaby the only REAL medal opportunity of Jones or Mcgill..

Coach
4 years 24 days ago

I hate to point out the obvious, but Tarwater was 2 full seconds faster than Charlie (even with a relay start for Tarwater, he clearly outswam Charlie) and a full second faster than McLean.

I think Dwyer threw a kink into things. What does Coach Troy do with this one? Lots of coaches on staff in London, and they all have a player in this.

gosharks
4 years 24 days ago

Looks like Lefert was 1:46.33 not 1:47.9

Mark
4 years 24 days ago

I think we should remember that Berens didn’t qualify for mthe individual 200 free initially, it was only when MP scratched that Berens got the spot, making him the 3rd fastest American at trials, therefore not guaranteeing himself a finals spot.

gosharks
4 years 24 days ago

Not guaranteed a finals spot, no, but definitely guaranteed a spot.

Coach
4 years 24 days ago

Ask Jon Olsen about guarantees and 800 free relays.

Coach
4 years 24 days ago

Ask Jon Piersma about guarantees and 800 free relays.

gosharks
4 years 24 days ago

I don’t know who you’re talking about, but if he was denied a medal, then I feel angry for Jon Olsen/Piersma!

drdov
4 years 24 days ago

berens is always slow
he’s always the weak link

ATX
4 years 24 days ago

Saying that Berens is always the weak link is not only uncalled for, its not true

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