2022 U.S. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS
- April 26-30, 2022
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Reported by Anne Lepesant.
WOMEN’S 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS
- World Record: 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu (2016)
- American Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff (2008)
- US Open Record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu (2015)
- Jr World Record: 4:38.53 – Alba Vazquez (2019)
- FINA “A” Cut: 4:43.06
- SwimSwam Preview – W400 IM
- Katie Grimes, Sandpipers of Nevada – 4:36.17
- Emma Weyant, Unattached – 4:37.72
- Hali Flickinger, Sun Devils – 4:39.50
- Leah Hayes, Fox Valley – 4:40.70
- Mackenzie Looze, Indiana University – 4:44.95
- Julia Podkoscielny, Pine Crest – 4:47.57
- Justina Kozan, The Swim Team – 4:48.04
- Alexis Yager, Tennessee – 4:50.63
Katie Grimes from Sandpipers of Nevada dropped more than 5 seconds from her seeding with a winning time of 4:36.17 in the championship final of the 400 IM. Grimes posted the third-fastest time in the world so far this season, behind only Canada’s Summer McIntosh (4:29.12) and Australia’s Kaylee McKeown (4:34.96).
Leah Hayes led at the first wall, followed by Hali Flickinger and Grimes. Grimes took over the lead at the 100 and held on through the first 50 of the breaststroke. Flickinger moved past Hayes and was about nine-tenths behind Grimes after the backstroke.
The breaststroke saw big moves from Hayes and Emma Weyant, who turned 1-2 into the freestyle, with Grimes in third place.
But Grimes, who placed fourth in the 800 free at the 2020 Olympic Games and won U.S. Open Water Nationals earlier this month, turned on the jets over the final 100 meters, powering home in 1:00.9 to win by 1.6 seconds ahead of Weyant.