Reported by Jared Anderson.
400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – PRELIMS
- NCAA record: Chase Kalisz, 3:33.42, 2017
- American record: Chase Kalisz, 3:33.42, 2017
- U.S. Open record: Chase Kalisz, 3:33.42, 2017
- 2017 NCAA Champion: Chase Kalisz (Georgia)
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Andrew Seliskar, Cal – 3:37.84
- Jonathan Roberts, Texas – 3:38.64
- Gunnar Bentz, Georgia – 3:38.90
- Jay Litherland, Georgia – 3:38.92
- Abrahm Devine, Stanford – 3:39.29
- Nick Thorne, Arizona – 3:39.39
- Charlie Swanson, Michigan – 3:39.41
- Brandonn Almeida, South Carolina – 3:39.52
It was a lightning-fast 400 IM this morning. Last year, 7 of the top 8 qualifiers broke 3:40. This year, a dozen swimmers broke that barrier as it took a 3:39.52 just to make the championship heat.
Cal’s Andrew Seliskar took the top spot as he did in the 200 IM yesterday. His 3:37.84 is the top time by eight tenths of a second. Three of the next four times actually came out of the last heat before the circle seeds. Texas’s Jonathan Roberts was 3:38.64, Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz 3:38.90 and Stanford’s Abrahm Devine 3:39.29. It took until the last heat for Georgia’s Jay Litherland to split that trio with a 3:38.92.
A brutally tight finish in the middle circle-seeded heat saw Arizona’s Nick Thorne rocket from 4th to 1st over the final 50 – he now sits 6th. Michigan’s Charlie Swanson also got in from that heat, but Stanford’s Curtis Ogren and Florida’s Mark Szaranek both missed the top 8.
South Carolina’s Brandonn Almeida, a long course junior world champ and former junior world record-holder for Brazil, rounds out a stellar A final in 3:39.52.
Top-seeded Hugo Gonzalez of Auburn added ten seconds and missed scoring entirely, fading to 30th in 3:46.19.