Emily Escobedo Resurfaces with 2:23 200 Breast, Makes National Team

2017 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

With the summer wrapping up soon, the USA National Team will be named after the conclusion of all four selection meets. Two meets have finished– Worlds Trials (US Nationals) and the World Championships. The next meets up are the U.S. Open, which began on Wednesday, and the World University Games.

This means that there are just two chances left for a swimmer to make the National Team. Simplified, the team consists of the top 6 finishers in every Olympic event from combined results of the four selection meets. National Team members gain access to USA Swimming financial stipends, athlete health insurance and a number of other USA Swimming perks. A broader and more detailed explanation of National Team benefits can be seen here.

Below is the selection criteria, verbatim, from USA Swimming:

  • The top six athletes in Olympic Events from the combined results of the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships (World Championship and World University Games Trials), 2017 FINA World Championships, 2017 World University Games, and the 2017 USA Swimming U.S. Open.
  • Times from Prelims, Semi-Finals and Finals (A, B and C) only will be used.
  • Relay lead offs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits will not be included.

NATIONAL TEAM TRACKER

Below are the swimmers who have swum times fast enough to be selected to the 2017-18 National Team, if the team were to be chosen today. Remember that relay lead-offs and time trials DO NOT COUNT, which is why times for some events (like 100 free and 100 back) aren’t the fastest times that a swimmer has gone at a selection meet. We’ll be keeping these lists updated as we get through the US Open and then WUGs.

DAY 2 MOVEMENTS

This morning, Emily Escobedo (who was absent at Worlds Trials) went a lifetime best 2:23.88 in the 200 breast. Though she DQ’d in the final (she would’ve been 2:22, however), her prelims time does count for national team selection, and she moves into 3rd on the list for that event behind Bethany Galat and Lilly King. With her being in third, even if both WUGs Americans in this race go faster than her at that meet, she will definitely be selected with that time. Both WUGs swimmers (Kayla Brumbaum and Miranda Tucker) are already in the top 6 anyways.

Lisa Bratton went 2:08.78 tonight to take 2nd overall at the US Open, and she now moves into the top 6 of the 200 back, along with Kylie Stewart who swam a 2:09.68 this morning. Jonathan Roberts‘ time from tonight, a 1:56.88, makes him the third-fastest 200 backstroker this year for the Americans, and he locks up his spot for national team selection with only one meet left to qualify in this race (WUGs) and only 2 people to race the event there (both are already in the top 6 this year– Robert Owen and Austin Katz).

WOMEN

Rank 200 FLY 100 FREE 800 FREE
1 Hali Flickinger 2:07.60 Simone Manuel 52.27 Katie Ledecky 8:11.50
2 Dakota Luther 2:08.71 Mallory Comerford 52.77 Leah Smith 8:17.22
3 Sarah Gibson 2:08.75 Lia Neal 53.59 Hannah Moore 8:27.58
4 Cassidy Bayer 2:09.21 Kelsi Worrell 53.87 Ashley Twichell 8:30.63
5 Ella Eastin 2:09.24 Olivia Smoliga 54.31 Cierra Runge 8:32.16
6 Vanessa Krause 2:09.54 Katie Ledecky 54.35 Joy Field 8:33.95
Rank 400 FREE 200 BREAST 200 BACK
1 Katie Ledecky 3:58.34 Bethany Galat 2:21.77 Kathleen Baker 2:06.38
2 Leah Smith 4:01.54 Lilly King 2:21.83 Regan Smith 2:07.19
3 Sierra Schmidt 4:07.92 *Emily Escobedo 2:23.88* *Lisa Bratton 2:08.78*
4 Kaersten Meitz 4:08.38 Miranda Tucker 2:25.82 Asia Seidt 2:08.99
5 Cierra Runge 4:08.43 Kayla Brumbaum 2:25.87 Bridgette Alexander 2:09.44
6 Hannah Moore 4:09.35 Vanessa Pearl 2:25.97 *Kylie Stewart 2:09.68*
Rank 400 IM 100 BUTTERFLY
1 Leah Smith 4:33.86 Kelsi Worrell 56.37
2 Elizabeth Beisel 4:36.18 Sarah Gibson 57.96
3 Brooke Forde 4:39.19 Mallory Comerford 57.97
4 Ally McHugh 4:40.25 Hellen Moffitt 58.24
5 Madisyn Cox 4:40.39 Amanda Kendall 58.32
6 Ella Eastin 4:40.56 Katie McLaughlin 58.49
Rank 200 FREE 100 BREAST 100 BACK
1 Katie Ledecky 1:54.69 Lilly King 1:04.13 Kathleen Baker 58.57
2 Leah Smith 1:56.06 Katie Meili 1:05.03 Olivia Smoliga 58.77
3 Melanie Margalis 1:56.58 Bethany Galat 1:06.72 Regan Smith 59.70
4 Mallory Comerford 1:56.95 Molly Hannis 1:07.11 Hannah Stevens 59.74
5 Simone Manuel 1:57.11 Breeja Larson 1:07.43 Ali Deloof 59.77
6 Cierra Runge 1:57.71 Miranda Tucker 1:07.62 Elise Haan 1:00.02
Rank 1500 FREE 200 IM 50 FREE
1 Katie Ledecky 15:31.82 Melanie Margalis 2:08.70 Simone Manuel 23.97
2 Leah Smith 16:01.02 Madisyn Cox 2:09.69 Abbey Weitzeil 24.74
3 Hannah Moore 16:08.68 Ella Eastin 2:10.89 Lia Neal 24.77
4 Ashley Twichell 16:10.63 Alex Walsh 2:12.36 Kelsi Worrell 24.79
5 Ally McHugh 16:16.20 Bethany Galat 2:12.66 Olivia Smoliga 24.84
6 Sierra Schmidt 16:19.59 Katie Drabot 2:12.82 Mallory Comerford 24.88

MEN

Rank 200 FLY 100 FREE 1500 FREE
1 Jack Conger 1:54.47 Caeleb Dressel 47.17 True Sweetser 14:59.73
2 Pace Clark 1:54.58 Nathan Adrian 47.85 Robert Finke 15:01.31
3 Chase Kalisz 1:54.79 Zach Apple 48.14 Logan Houck 15:01.70
4 Gunnar Bentz 1:55.51 Townley Haas 48.20 PJ Ransford 15:01.82
5 Justin Wright 1:56.11 Michael Chadwick 48.48 Andrew Abruzzo 15:07.97
6 Zach Harting 1:56.65 Blake Pieroni 48.49 Michael Brinegar 15:10.66
Rank 400 FREE 200 BREAST 200 BACK
1 Zane Grothe 3:44.43 Kevin Cordes 2:07.41 Ryan Murphy 1:54.21
2 Clark Smith 3:45.91 Nic Fink 2:08.56 Jacob Pebley 1:54.78
3 Townley Haas 3:46.41 Andrew Wilson 2:08.64 *Jonathan Roberts 1:56.88*
4 Grant Shoults 3:48.73 Josh Prenot 2:08.72 Sean Lehane 1:57.07
5 Kevin Litherland 3:50.24 Will Licon 2:09.29 Robert Owen 1:57.17
6 Jay Litherland 3:50.36 Jonathan Tybur 2:10.94 Austin Katz 1:57.60
Rank 400 IM 100 BUTTERFLY
1 Chase Kalisz 4:05.90 Caeleb Dressel 49.86
2 Jay Litherland 4:09.21 Tim Phillips 51.30
3 Gunnar Bentz 4:11.66 Jack Conger 51.33
4 Jonathan Roberts 4:15.50 Tom Shields 51.55
5 Sean Grieshop 4:17.49 Justin Lynch 52.20
6 Sam McHugh 4:18.66 Maxime Rooney 52.28
Rank 200 FREE 100 BREAST 100 BACK
1 Townley Haas 1:45.03 Kevin Cordes 58.64 Matt Grevers 52.48
2 Blake Pieroni 1:46.30 Cody Miller 59.08 Ryan Murphy 52.59
3 Zane Grothe 1:46.39 Nic Fink 59.40 Justin Ress 53.37
4 Clark Smith 1:47.10 Andrew Wilson 59.65 Jacob Pebley 53.72
5 Conor Dwyer 1:47.25 Will Licon 1:00.34 Sean Lehane 54.21
6 Caeleb Dressel 1:47.45 Jacob Montague 1:00.39 Taylor Dale 54.33
Rank 800 FREE 200 IM 50 FREE
1 Clark Smith 7:50.43 Chase Kalisz 1:55.56 Caeleb Dressel 21.15
2 Zane Grothe 7:50.97 Abrahm Devine 1:56.79 Nathan Adrian 21.83
3 True Sweetser 7:55.29 Josh Prenot 1:57.14 Cullen Jones 21.89
4 Andrew Abruzzo 7:57.67 Gunnar Bentz 1:58.31 Zach Apple 22.00
5 Grant Shoults 7:57.84 Jay Litherland 1:58.46 Michael Andrew 22.03
6 Robert Finke 7:59.31 Will Licon 1:58.54 Anthony Ervin 22.09

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Nswim

Is there a prediction for the Junior National Team?

CountryOldTimer

I believe Blake Pieroni was faster in the 100 Free at WC leading off a relay

Domino

Relay lead offs don’t count.

bobo gigi

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bobo gigi

Why they don’t use world juniors as another selection meet? We’ll see some great times there and probably a few US teens who will be in the top 6 performers.

bobo gigi

Even junior nationals next week should count. Every big meet should count.

Hannah

I agree. Alex Sumner went a PB of 2:09.84 at NCSAs in the 200 back, which is just outside of the times needed to make the national team. She is also swimming at World Juniors and could drop time there, which means she has a legitimate chance of being in the top 6 times. Maybe they don’t count the junior meets because the swimmers there are usually eligible for the junior national team, and are also not eligible for most of the monetary benefits because of their amateur status.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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