Sleepy 100 Free Prelims Leaves Sprinting Concern

  53 Braden Keith | June 28th, 2012 | Featured, News, Previews & Recaps, U.S. Olympic Trials

We’re at the halfway point of the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, and it’s another quick prelims session with the men’s 100 free, the women’s 200 fly, and the men’s 200 breast. This one is an exciting one, as we’re finally going to see our first sprint freestyle races, which are always a gas.

Check back as we update with observations from throughout the meet.

10:03 AM – how about Nicholas Soedel from Utah. Tiny reaction time of .65, takes an early lead. Finishes just off of seed, but that’s something for the young freshman to build off of.

10:09 AM – Austin Surhoff, who knew, still leads the way after 6 heats with a 50.48 from heat 1. Who knew the former NCAA Champion in the 200 IM had that kind of speed? Best time by a full second, a little George-Bovell-esque.

10:13 AM – Matt McLean from FAST in 50.93 to take heat 8. He doesn’t have any more “primary” events, so this was more of a just-because swim. Not a best time, but fastest that he’s been since 2009.

10:15 AM – Austin Staab is in the house! Started out strong, but didn’t look like he had enough shape to finish the race well. 8th in his heat in 51.70, well out of semi-final contention. Neil Caskey from Texas with a nice swim of 50.50. Through 10 heats, Longhorns 1-2.

10:24 AM – Lots of big names in heat 14, but nobody broke 50 seconds as we head into the circle-seeded heats. That includes Tyler Messerschmidt, my big upset pick to make the final.

10:25 AM – Davis Tarwater NOT in the men’s 100 free. Josh Schneider goes out in 22.99, holds on pretty well in 49.37.

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

The competitors in the prelims of the men’s 100 free played dangerously with fire. In a race where only 7-tenths of a second separated first from a one-way ticket to alternate-town, not a single competitor put out enough gas to break 49 seconds.

As it was, Scot Robison took the top seed in 49.08, which is by far his 2012 best in a year where he’s really struggled. That, in fact, is as fast as he was at Summer Nationals in prelims. Not that he’s maxed out either, but there’s a lot of competitors who would seem to have a lot more left to give in later rounds than he does, so he needs to keep working.

Nathan Adrian, meanwhile, in his first event swam a 49.17 for the 2nd seed. He’s been able to go 48’s so easily this year it seems like, that this was an interesting pace for him. Matt Grevers (49.24), Jimmy Feigen (49.29), and Ryan Lochte (49.33) closed out the top 5.

Josh Schneider took this race out very fast, the only swimmer under 23-seconds with a 22.99 on the first 50. But unlike previous swims, he held onto this one fairly well to make the semi-final in 8th in 49.37.

Cullen Jones looked great for about 85 meters, and pulled up in the last 15. He’s still got a chance at being a factor in this race if he finishes better. Anthony Ervin also made the semi’s, as did another of the wily veterans Jason Lezak in 9th in 49.40.

In a race like this, there’s always some finals candidates who don’t make it out of the morning heats. This time, that includes Dax Hill, who was 21st in 49.96, which ends his shot at the Olympics without even making an evening swim; Eugene Godsoe; and Conor Dwyer. We did see Austin Staab get a nice warmup for his 100 fly later in this race, though a lot of people weren’t sure if he was going to show up at all.

10:48 AM – After a great senior year at LSU, Audrey Lawson wins heat 4, easily becomes fastest overall in 2:14.52.

11:05 AM – Megan Kingsley from the Mountain Pacific Swim Club, just 16, broke out with a 2:11.83 to lead headed into heat 10 (of 14). 

11:10 AM – Harvard’s Courtney Otto attacked the front of this 200 fly, and still looked fresh up until the last 2-3 strokes. 2:12.22, 2nd as we enter the circle-seeded heats.

11:12 AM – Remedy Rule DQ’ed for pushing off a turn on her back from lane 3.

11:17 AM – Good to see Kim Vandenberg in the mix, wins heat 12 in 2:08.78. Teresa Crippen was dreadful on the front-half, but cleaned that up and was 2nd in 2:09.48.

 11:20 AM – Kara Kopczso from Franco’s Fins DQ’ed for a one-handed touch in heat 13. Probable semi-finalist, but will have more opportunities at only 16 years old.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

Kim Vandenberg, back training in California (with the group in Berkeley) after spending some time overseas living in France, is back in the mix for the US Olympic Team. After sort of silently doing her work for four years after making the 2008 team in just a relay, she’s now once again in position for a spot in this 200 fly after finishing 3rd in 2008.

There’s an interesting little parallel between her and SwimMAC’s Davis Tarwater going on in the men’s and women’s 200 butterflies. Tarwater (who will be the 2nd seed in tonight’s final) was also third in his edition of this race at the 2008 Trials, and also spent a big chunk of time living and training in Europe (he was at Oxford in the UK). Now, both have looked great in early rounds and will have a chance at redemption.

Cammile Adams, the top seed coming in, finished 2nd in the morning heats in 2:08.84. She closed as well as anybody, which implies either she had more to give, or she was more efforted than much of the competition was in the race. Kelsey Floyd, 4th in the 100 fly, continued to excel by finishing as the number-three seed in this prelim in 2:09.02 – her best time by almost two seconds.

Teresa Crippen, who has been sick all week, finally showed some significant improvements in this 200 fly final. She was out in only 1:02.0, but finished very well for a 2:09.48 and the 4th seed. Those were the only four who cracked 2:10.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Hersey, who is one of the favorites in this race, looked extremely relaxed in this swim. She held her rhythm perfectly through the 200 meters, and didn’t even breather about her last 5 strokes. Only a 2:10.25 as the final result, but she’s got much more to give in the final.

SwimMAC’s Kate Mills continued to have a good long course season, with a 2:11.68. Becca Mann took 7th in 2:11.19,

There were a lot of huge misses in this final, including 2008 Olympian in the event Elaine Breeden. That means she, who was on the team in two individuals in 2008 at only 19, seems to be off of the team this year.

Jasmine Tosky missed this final as well – after showing a little bit of life in the 200 IM semi’s to make the final, she’s going backward again. But that will avoid a double for her in tonight’s evening session. Claire Donahue, runner-up in the 100 fly, was 19th here in 2:13.01 and also miss the final.

11:43 AM – We’re into the men’s 200 breaststroke, Purdue’s Wyatt Hodges first DQ for multiple dolphin kicks.

11:44 AM – Brendan McHugh from Philly with a nice swim of 2:13.87. That’s a best time by over 6 seconds. Huuuge.

11:52 AM – Max Cartwright from the Aquajets DQ’ed for dolphin-kicking before he initiated his pull. Still nobody close to McHugh.

12:05 PM – Great 200 for Nic Fink in 2:13.89, 2nd seed after pre-circle seeded heats. He didn’t have a great 200 IM, but has built since then.

12:09 PM – Mark Gangloff scratched the men’s 200 breast. That probably means that his career is about over.

Men’s 200 Breast Prelims

Clark Burckle looked outstanding in the prelims of the men’s 200 breaststroke with an easy 2:10.30 to cruise into the top seed. Between this casual performance, combined with his drop in the 100, I don’t think there’s much of a concern anymore than his 2:09.7 from the Indy Grand Prix.

That swim wasn’t a big surprise, but Scott Weltz taking the second spot in 2:10.90. That’s another monster drop for him – it seemed initially that the 100 was his best opportunity for London, but now he’s seriously in the mix for this 200 as well. Eric Shanteau comfortably cruised to 3rd in 2:11.57.

Elliott Keefer went out very well in his 200, and will be the 4th seed in 2:11.90. He’s been doing some great things in practice, but this is the first time we’ve seen it show up in a meet. That time is already better than the one that put him on the World Championships Team .

An admirable effort goes to Indiana’s Cody Miller, the two-time defending Big Ten Champion in this race. His FastSkin 3 ripped just before the start of this 200 breaststroke. He ran up the stars at the CenturyLink Center, deck-changed on the concourse into a LZR Elite, ran back down the stairs, and then took one more trip back up and down. Riding on Adrenaline, he still went a 2:13.61 which is a best time. Assuming all goes better in the semi-finals; he’s tied for 12th in 2:13.81.

Ed Moses was better in this 200 than his 100, but in 18th in 2:14.32, he missed the final. Arizona’s Carl Mickelson was 20th in 2:14.45. Other swimmers who missed were John Criste, who couldn’t recreate his early-round magic from the 100; Michael Phelps’ training partner Chase Kalisz who was only a 2:15.81; and Mark Gangloff who declared a false start.

Day 4 results available here.

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  1. Ole 99 says:
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    Adrian, Feigen and Weber-Gale in the first heat tonight. Grevers, Lochte, Berens and Lezak in the second.

  2. swim101 says:
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    what’s lochte’s goal? is he going to swim tonight?

  3. Neptune says:
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    This was incredibly slow. Think that last heat had a big advantage being able to see the times being put up and knowing it would not take much to advance. This needs to be way faster tonight.

    • BillyGK says:
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      It only goes to show everyone that swimming a 47 or 48 second without the high tech suits is very tough to do.

      Tonight should be a little faster.

      • Neptune2029 says:
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        Very true, but the Aussies don’t seem to have trouble doing it. Tonight should be faster!

        • aswimfan says:
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          With the exception of Magnussen and Targett, the aussies’ prelims were actually similar, and in fact slower at the bottom, to the prelims this morning.

  4. Ole 99 says:
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    Good to see at least one youngster born in the 1990’s make it back for semis in the 100 free (Matt Ellis).

    • aswimfan says:
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      I’ve just noticed that.
      The men sprints do not seem to regenerate fast enough in the USA. Which is very very surprising as NCAA events put more emphasize on sprints than middle/distance.

      • bobo gigi says:
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        Yes, young american sprinters struggle to improve as fast as young australian sprinters. You should copy their training methods. It works very well for them.

      • Lea says:
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        “Which is very very surprising as NCAA events put more emphasize on sprints than middle/distance.”

        It doesn’t help when college scholarship opportunities are given to 20-21 yr-old international “freshman” over scrawny 17 and 18 yr olds. I realize college coaches have to play this game (for the most part) to stay competitive, but this makes it even more difficult to develop those young male sprinters.

    • PsychoDad says:
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      Go Matt Ellis! Go Nitro!

    • Tea says:
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      I just came on here to post about that… At ~18.5 years old, 14th place Matt Ellis is the youngest by 4 years in the semifinal. Only swimmer in the top 20 who isn’t a post-grad. I would say that’s great that post grads are doing so well, but with 49-point making the top seed, I think it’s more ominous about the future of US sprinting.

      Maybe our young sprinters are focusing too much on short course?

      • aswimfan says:
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        A comparison:

        In the top 16 prelims, the number of sprinters born in the 90s onward:

        USA —> 1 (Matt Ellis)
        Australia –> 9 (Magnussen, Roberts, McEvoy, D’orsogna, To, Kerswell, Andrew Abood, Barrett, Mahoney).

        • bobo gigi says:
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          Thank you for the news. Your comment is one of the most interesting of all time. It’s a little scary for the future of american sprint on the men’s side. And there isn’t the same thing on the women’s side. But it isn’t just a problem of this year. For many years now we don’t see many young american swimmers who can play at the international level. And young australian sprinters improve very quickly which isn’t the case for young american sprinters. Perhaps Jimmy Feigen with the australian sprint training methods would already be today around 47.50. I don’t know what they do in Australia but it works much better. The only thing I know is that unlike young americans they don’t swim most of the time in a bathtub or in yards if you prefer.

  5. Unlv says:
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    Big miss for Breeden

    • swimcoach24 says:
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      and Tosky.. I thought she would have been in the mix on this one.

      • Bobby says:
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        tosky has not done well all meet, it has been quite suprising

        • John Sampson says:
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          She got a best time in the 100 fly and a near best time in the IM, I would say that’s a decent meet. Granted her 200 free was a bit surprising that she didn’t make it back tonight

      • Tea says:
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        It’s tough for a young swimmer to perform at this level, and in her case she seems to have over-extended herself on events. If Tosky has what it takes to become a world-class swimmer, she’ll use this as a good learning experience, and become stronger for it. Coughlin bombed the 2000 trials, and turned out to be an okay swimmer.

        • Lea says:
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          Agreed. I think she carried a heavy burden of expectations as well, which makes it much more difficult to swim fast.

  6. Ann says:
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    OMG!!Ryan is in 100 free?? What’s his goal??!!

    • aswimfan says:
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      his goal is to post time fast enough to be considered for at least a prelims 4×100 free, so that when USA wins the relay he can claim it as well.

    • Tea says:
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      Lochte’s swimming ok at this meet, but not shooting the lights out. Might not be fully tapered.

      Maybe he’ll be able to say “at Trials, I was 1:45 in the 200, and 49 low in the 100. Now at the Olympics, I just went 1:43 in the 200, so you should put me on the 400 FreeRelay.”

  7. joel lin says:
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    The 100 free swims for the men were beyond pedestrian, they’re just awful. It is understandable to see Adrian kicked back, but it just looked like more than just playing Perkins possum. 48.8 might make the Olympic top 6 here. Wide open for spots after Adrian and Grevers I think. Maybe we see 2-3 Unheralded and new faces on this relay.

    • aswimfan says:
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      It’s only prelims.

      Semis and Final should be a lot faster.

    • Ole 99 says:
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      Adrian will be good for at least a 48 flat. Feigen is probably good for a 48.25. After that… who knows. Berens, Grevers, Lochte, Robison, and Weber-Gale will all probably be in that 48.5 to 48.7 range. I don’t want to let a slow prelim overly influence my opinion, but the 4 x 100 Free relay could be in trouble. With those times, a medal is not a given. Any way Obama can grant Morozov emergency citizenship?

  8. Kirt says:
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    Prenot breaks NAG with a 2:13 in the first circle seeded heat, then Cordes comes right back and breaks it in the next.

  9. bbrswimmer says:
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    Moses is now done

    • bigNowhere says:
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      Yup, he’s done. Interestingly, his times here are similar to what he went at the OT’s back in 2004. Only back then, they were fast enough to final (but not make the team).

  10. ryan says:
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    Phelps scratches the 100 free. He assumes the relay position is a lock? Is this a fair assumption?

    • aswimfan says:
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      Unless there are four swimmers go sub 48, Phelps’ place in the 4×100 free final is secure.

    • bobo gigi says:
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      It’s incredible that after everybody has seen Michael Phelps during 10 years at the highest level there’s still someone who can ask a question like that. He prefers more a win in a relay than on individual. He has always given his best for his country. And you must forget that without Michael Phelps USA would lose the 3 relays this summer.

      • ryan says:
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        The question is outrageous only insofar as the field, up to this point, looks uninspired. Phelps is a different swimmer this time around (see lastnight’s 200 free); his coach would admit as much. For this reason, it makes sense that Phelps of ’12 has something to prove that Phelps of yesteryear didn’t.

        Also, I don’t see the connection between Phelps’ preferance for relays and the larger point you’re trying to make. Consider that Phelps’ most outstanding 100 fly swims (all things considered) haven’t come in relays.

        • bigNowhere says:
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          Phelps relay leadoffs, for the 800 relay, have always been slower than what he goes individually. Of course, the 800 relay happens after the 200 free, so that’s part of the reason.

          • Liliana says:
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            4×200 relay is on the same day as 200 fly final and Phelps has no more than 30-40 min to prepare for the relay.

    • Tea says:
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      In 2004, 19-year old Phelps caused a stink by getting put on the relay over Gary Hall, without having an official time to back it up. In 2008, he swam a fast prelim race at OT to avoid the same controversy. At this point, I think he’s very securely on the relay, and doesn’t need to do a song and dance to prove it.

  11. Brian says:
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    Men’s 200 BR. Look for Weltz to go far in this one. Best event, he challenged Kitajima at Santa Clara in this event. Depending on how well he does I could see him easily competeing for a spot against Hansen or Shanteau.

  12. aswimfan says:
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    In general, the men 100 free prelims are not that slow.
    But I am VERY suprised with such a slow swim from Lochte.
    I thought he would swim 100 free only in the prelims and throw down 48+ and scratch semis just to show he should be considered for the relay.

  13. RJCID says:
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    I am pretty torn on who to root for in tonights 2fly for second.

    On one side, i would like clary to get it because 1. he can, 2, redeem from 4IM.

    My other one is Davis Tar. simply for redemption sake. I know Clary has another shot in the 2back,so who knows.

    I dont beleive Bollier or the rest will go faster. I think Phelps wins in 1.53.9, CLary/Tar 1.54.6ish

    Also, I will go ahead and Say Grevers and Adrian will be top seeds after tonight, Lochte in 3rd and will get a spot on Olympic team, with PHelps. Lezak will reach final but we’ll see what he does then.

    But either way, I find it a up hill battle for US in the 4×100 in London. Aussies are looking stacked in the sprints.

    • Ole 99 says:
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      I think the top two times in the semis will come from Adrian and Feigen swimming right next to each other in the first heat. I see Lochte as a close third. Just don’t think Lochte has the top end speed to match Adrian and Feigen. Lochte will certainly go after it tonight since he won’t swim the final (hopefully he’s is not crazy enough to try and swim the 200 back, 100 Free, then 200 IM at night. He could probably make the finals of the 200’s and swim the 100 free, just think the effort wouldn’t be worth whatever reward there would be to swimming the 100 Free final).

    • SilverDollar says:
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      I am so wanting Lezak to take it. I get so emotional when I watch the tape of the ” Relay “. Obviously, if he does’nt have a Heroic swim, Phelps does not get the 8 golds. Jason c’mon WR time. We are pulling for you!

  14. kcswimjk says:
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    An observation and a question:

    1) Cody Miller’s suit malfunction does NOT look good for Speedo.
    2) Anyone know why Gangloff scratched the 200 breast?

  15. Bullddoze says:
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    Lochte has not earned a spot on the 400 FR.

  16. tkrichar says:
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    Blah blah blah blah blah American sprinting is blah blah blah… I love the armchair predictions about who can do what, but I hope you all have learned your lesson after semifinals last night. The U.S. will dominate the olympic swimming as we always have and we will do it training in a “bathtub” for a good portion of the year.

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