2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 31 – August 4, 2019
- Prelims 9:00 AM/Finals 5:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time)
- Avery Aquatics Center
- Stanford, CA
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- 5 storylines to follow at the 2019 US Nationals
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The U.S. Nationals are an open competition, which means we’re treated to an array of different nations intermingled with Americans over the 5-day meet taking place in Stanford, California.
As background for this star visiting from down under, the swimming community was left stunned by the Bond University’s lackluster performance at this year’s Aussie World Trials held in June, with his swims there well out of character from what he had been putting on the board leading up to the Brisbane competition.
Winnington wound up with the bronze in the 400m free (3:48.45), but missed the main goal of Gwangju qualification. The 400m free is an event in which the 19-year-old Bond athlete took the Aussie National title just 2 months prior in the then-5th fastest time of the world in 3:44.68, marking his first senior national title.
Despite owning the World Junior Record with his lifetime best of 1:46.13 registered at the Queensland Championships last December, Winnington clocked a mark of 1:47.86 in the final at Aussie World Trials relegated to 8th place.
Winnington scratched the 800m free and the 200m fly, but gritted out swims in the 50m free, 100m free and 100m fly finishing in respective places of 14th, 13th, and 13th, when he’s used to making the final in each.
Flash forward to tonight in California, however, and Winnington powered his way to the 200m free wall first in a winning time of 1:46.19. Splitting 51.83/54.36, Winnington held off the likes of Dean Farris and Maxime Rooney, along with runner-up Kieran Smith, all Americans racing on their home turf.
The Richard Scarce-trained Winnigton just produced the 2nd fastest time of his career and a result that would have finished 3rd at the Aussie World Trials, placing him on the men’s 4x200m free relay.
Immediately after his race tonight, Winnington stated, “I turned off the last wall and just gave it everything I had on that last lap.”
He says of racing stateside, “It’s incredible. Racing here is insane. America really knows how to put on a competition. It’s an honor to race here.”