After Injuries Last Summer, Seliskar Says It was “Make or Break” (Video)



  • World Record: Paul Biedermann, 1:42.00, 2009
  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 1:42.96, 2009
  • Championship Record: Michael Phelps, 1:44.10, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps, 1:44.10, 2008
  1. GOLD: Andrew Seliskar– 1:45.70
  2. SILVER: Blake Pieroni– 1:45.93
  3. BRONZE: Conor Dwyer– 1:46.08
  4. FOURTH: Townley Haas– 1:46.15

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, who had never been under 1:50 before 2018, is your national champion. Olympipc relay champ Townley Haas was out with the lead in 50.61, but the field closed on him. Seliskar beat 100 free champ Blake Pieroni to the wall, clipping his best from prelims to win in 1:45.70. Pieroni posted his first sub-1:46, taking a close 2nd in 1:45.93.

Olympic medalist Conor Dwyer swam his fastest 200 free since 2016. Dwyer, who took bronze in the 200 free in Rio, touched 3rd in 1:46.08, just ahead of Haas (1:46.15). Haas already earned a likely spot at Pan Pacs with his 100 free last night. Dwyer only qualified to swim the relay at 2017 Worlds, but looks like a threat to take an individual spot at 2019 Worlds.

Junior star Jack LeVant came up just short of the top 4, touching just a few hundredths behind his prelims time in 1:46.44. He’s still the 2nd fastest 17-18 year old American ever behind Michael Phelps. After tying for 3rd in the 200 fly last night, Texas’ Jack Conger, who swam the 200 fly at Worlds last summer, is still not a lock for Pan Pacs. He took 6th tonight in 1:47.45.

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Love to Swim

Just wanted to point out that Dressel photo was featured in two main articles of Day 2.

Swimswam photo curse strike again?

We’ll see who’s gonna be featured in Day 3. Swimswam photo editor, choose wisely. US Pan Pacs and Worlds teams are at stake


And Lilly King was featured in the prelims preview yesterday morning…I suggested on that page, they need to just use a picture of the pool!

Jon Nap

Yeah for real… lets do a picture of the pool or a Nationals logo or something. Can’t have the curse strike again

Ha, maybe we’ll post someone who’s already on the team just to be safe.

JP input is too short

I can just see the headline later today then… “Michael Andrew tears ACL on 50 breast pullout!”


I’ll send you a picture, Braden. Don’t try to stop me, I’m willing to make this sacrifice for my country.


Great Job from this guy really impressed me, didn’t think he had a time like that in him on freestyle, I doubted him a little. Congrats Andrew.
I also said Lochte and dressel would beat Zane Grothe as he has no speed, don’t think Zane, Lochte or dressel won in that battle!


He’s been a man without a prime event , but who was elite at many of them for so long now. Good for him getting on this team. Excited to see his 2IM.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

I’m going to get the quote wrong because I can’t find it, but I always thought this quote from HS recruiting time was accurate:

“If someone was a 4:16 500 freestyler or a 1:41 200 flyer or a 1:41 200 backstroker or a 1:51 200 breaststroker or a 3:37 400 IMer they’d be the top recruit in 2015.

Andrew Seliskar is all of those.”


Don’t forget 51 breaststroker and 1:42 IMer and 46.1 flyer. Seliskar was such a beast in high school and I’m glad he’s his full potential is being realized lcm

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