Erica Sullivan Breaks Down Going from the Chaser to Being the Chased (Video)


Reported by Nick Pecoraro.


  • PSS Record: Katie Ledecky, 2018, 3:57.94
  • Trials Cut: 4:16.89

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19-year-old Erica Sullivan blasted away from 2012 Olympic runner-up Allison Schmitt in the final 50 to win the 400 free in a new lifetime best of 4:06.36. Sullivan is now No. 3 in the world this year and the 2nd-fastest American behind Katie Ledecky. Sullivan is also the 12th-fastest US performer in history.

Schmitt’s sub-4:10 time of 4:09.98 is now No. 13 in the world. Third-place finisher Sarasota YMCA Shark Emma Weyant clocked in at 4:10.65, just three-tenths off her World No. 17 season best of 4:10.33.

Badger Aquatics’ Kaersten Meitz won the B-final in a 4:09.32, which puts her at No. 9 in the world this year. The time would have also placed second in the A-final.

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3 years ago

Allison Schmitt did go under 4:10 . Good sign. But maybe because of fast finishing Sullivan it looked like after 300m it was too much for her. But splits tell kind of different story. It was a usual for 200 race curve at first half and then it jumped a half of a second up to the steady 32 sec for the rest of the race. Don’t really know what to read into it.
Still plenty of reasons to believe in possibility of 1:55 middle or even 1:55 low form. How stable this form can be is still an open question. This 400 race didn’t answer at what level her endurance is. And that is actually could be a… Read more »

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

It tells us she wasn’t rested for the meet so that1:56 was pretty impressive

3 years ago

In days when we have several under 4 min swimmers, several 4:01 swimmers and several 4:03 swimmers the 4:06 result looks slow. But it isn’t actually.

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

especially for someone who’s probably strongest in the 10K… if not 25K!

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Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Say hullo 1978 . Tracey Wickham 15 , 1936 pool . Lycra t back toddler style swimmers , rubber cap , basic gog gles & a 4 .0.6.29. . Ditto Sippy 14 just behind .

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