Katie McLaughlin Swims Top 25 World Ranking In The 200 Freestyle At SMOC



Katie McLaughlin secured a big win over a tough field in the women’s 200m freestyle final, sporting a 1:57.55 at the touch to give her the win by over a second and a half. Her closest competitor was 20-year-old Allie Davis in 2:00.10. Stanzi Moseley rounded out the top three with a 2:01.42 performance. The time for McLaughlin cracked the top 25 in the world rankings, ranking her 24th in the world in the event.

That win for McLaughlin comes after setting a new personal best of 55.30 in the 100m freestyle Friday night, and putting up the 10th fastest time in the world in the 200m fly prelims Friday morning.

The Mission Viejo swimmer did amount to a new personal best with her 1:57.55 in the 200 free. Previously, McLaughlin’s best time was a 1:58.00 from earlier this season.


In the men’s 200m freestyle Trojan swimmer Cristian Quintero was the only man to dip under 1:50 with a 1:49.09 to win the race by over a second. The race for second was arguably where the excitement was, as Reed Malone and Mads Glaesner battled to the wall behind Quintero.

Ultimately it was Malone who touched in 1:50.75 to Glaesner’s 1:51.00. Malone passed him heading into the halfway point, and even though he let up a bit to Glaesner on the last 50, he managed to come out on top.



Canadian breaststroker Tera Van Beilen struck gold in the 200m breaststroke, rocking a time of 2:30.04 at the touch. That time gave Van Beilen the win by over a second and a half, as 16-year-old Kelsey Wog, who happens to be Canadian as well, put forth a great last 50 effort to claim silver in 2:31.61.

Van Beilen faded on the last 50, splitting a 39.50 despite hitting consistant 38s in the middle of her race. Wog’s last 50 was her strong point, coming home in a 38.94.


Nitro’s Will Licon got to step it up in one of the fiercest breaststroke races he has ever raced in, going up against the former breaststroke king himself: Kosuke Kitajima.

Also in the race, making the final extremely competitive, were Sean Mahoney, Cal’s Chuck Katis, and former Calgary swimmer Jason Block.

Licon owned the race from start to finish, heading out to the halfway point in 1:03.13 and coming home to touch first in 2:12.92. Amazingly, he was faster than every single swimmer in the final on every single split of the race.

Kitajima was second in 2:16.67 just getting to the wall ahead of Sean Mahoney. Mahoney was a 2:16.86, and almost chased down a fading Kitajima who only managed to put up a 36.56 on the final 50 as opposed to Mahoney’s 35.62.

Katis was fourth in 2:17.12 followed by Block in 2:18.88.



After winning the 100m freestyle on Friday night, Abbey Weitzeil came home swinging once more to claim the sprint freestyle crown with a 25.19 victory in the final.

That came after Weitzeil was a 25.15 in prelims.

Tonight, it was Weitzeil against the clock, putting together a run-away victory over the rest of the field. Roadrunner Aquatics’ Stanzi Moseley was second behind Weitzeil in 26.01. Eva Merrell, 15, from the Aquazot Swim Club put up a strong effort for third, swimming to a 26.07.


Danny Tucker was the man to beat in the men’s 50 free, taking down two Canadian sprinters in the process. Tucker swam to a winning 22.68 in finals, bettering his 22.95 prelims time by a sizable amount.

Alex Loginov was second in 22.84 followed by his Canadian teammate Santo Condorelli in 22.95.

400 IM


After winning two events on Friday night, Haley Anderson of the Trojan Swim Club came back for second helpings with a 400m IM victory. Anderson swam to a 4:44.64, taking off almost 10-seconds from her prelim swim.

With that swim Anderson was just shy of her personal best which currently sits at 4:43.17. Anderson swam that at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha. The time was however the fastest she’s been since the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Canadian Erika Seltrenreich-Hodgson was second to Anderson in the final in 4:45.04. She was ahead at the 350-meter mark, but Anderson came home very strong on the last 50 in 30.88 to pass her in claim gold.


Nitro Swimming’s Sean Grieshop put together an extremely impressive performance en route to a 400 IM win, taking the event with a time of 4:21.08. That’s the third fastest that Grieshop has ever been in the event. Both times that he went faster than that in his career were at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

This time marks steady improvement for Grieshop. He was very close to his personal best time of 4:20.25 from Junior Pan Pacs, and it can be assumed that he wasn’t fully rested for this meet.

The closest competitor for Grieshop was Aquazot Swim Club’s Corey Okubu who swim a 4:23.94, dipping under the Olympic Trials cut, and taking home the silver medal.

For full meet results click here.

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7 years ago

Did KM just break the 17-18 nag in the 100 fly?? 57.8? SO Amazing!

7 years ago

Haven’t seen Danny Tucker’s name in a while. Good to see him rise back from the dead.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Talking about Katie McLaughlin, what happened to her in the 50 free final? 😯
She was last in 28.35! 😆
Ok, let’s investigate. 🙂
4 options:
1. She swam on butterfly. No, it’s well too slow for her butterfly level.
2. She swam on backstroke. No, it looks too fast for her backstroke level.
3. She swam on breaststroke. No, she would have destroyed the world record.
4. She has been attacked by a bee during her race.

If someone can help me to solve that mystery…. 🙂

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

She did backstroke.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

bobo – she swam the race backstroke. Apparently there was a wager with her coach that if she broke the record in the 200 free, she got to swim backstroke.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

she must have dove in and turned over for backstroke.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Thanks for the info Braden.

So as Weirdo said, she has dove, turned over and swum backstroke? Curious but why not? Next time she will swim the 4 strokes in the same 50 free race! 🙂

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Interesting 2.12.92 by Will Licon in the 200 breast. Was in 2.16.66 last year at the same period. It supports my view that he can swim 2.08 fully tapered in August. He has so much improved since last year. We have seen it in SCY. We’ll see it in LCM too.

Young US 200 free talents like Pieroni at the Indiana meet and Malone here in California have to be better. 1.50 high/1.51 this week for both guys, even not rested, that’s not impressive. Time to reach the next level guys. You have the talent.

Great meet so far for Katie McLaughlin. She swims best times not tapered.
Last year at the same meet she was in 56.73 in… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Bad news.
I’ve just remarked that the women’s 200 fly final will be on the same evening as the women’s 4X200 free relay final at world championships. And it was the same in London 2012.
It’s not good at all for Katie McLaughlin and the perspective of the relay. 😥 😥 😥 😥
Suddenly I hate that schedule! 😡

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I actually don’t have a problem with them scheduling the 200 fly and 4×200 on the same day. That’s probably never going to be one of the more common conflicts. There are other more problematic conflicts and it’s unavoidable you will have some especially with regard to relays. There is 45 minutes between the races. I remember Susie O’Neill handled a short turnaround from the 200 fly to the relay once. I don’t remember if it was the Olympics…I think it was. Anyway if McLaughlin is good enough to make the finals that means she’s in pretty decent form…so her 200 free might be well ahead of the others enough to consider her anyway.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Doesn’t mean she can’t do it, just means she’ll be a bit tired. It’s not the worst double due to the time in between, and McLaughlin is still young, meaning if she were to make both next year there wouldn’t really be too much of a problem.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Bobo, If I recall correctly, Will was 2:12 at Nationals too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

7 years ago

I wonder if team USA will give McLaughlin an opportunity to swim in the heats of the 4x200m free? Possible heat line up could include Cierra Runge, Chelsea Chenault, Leah Smith and McLaughlin. Top swimmer from heats will join Ledecky, Franklin and Vreeland (assuming she is good form).

Reply to  petriasfan
7 years ago

Great point . Usa has it seems the best contingent for the 800 free relay ( prelims and final ) . It’s gonna be so fun to watch .

Reply to  petriasfan
7 years ago

They may end up having to swim a few time trials. Simone Manuel is also a possibility, especially after how quick she was at NCAAs (LC PB is 1:58 but she could be much faster this year). I’d hope they would put McLaughlin in prelims simply because she looks to be a currently in form swimmer. I wouldn’t promote Vreeland to the finals either unless she can demonstrate where she’s at this year.

Reply to  KeithM
7 years ago

Have to agree.

Katie Ledecky! Simone Manuel!
Both represent the exciting present & bright future of USA Swimming.

Wouldn’t promote Vreeland either.
Won’t be able to maintain her taper after WUG.

McLaughlin needs to stick to her specialty where she has a chance of making finals.
Taking about the 200 Fly.

Runge isn’t in the same class as Ledecky but is decent enough in the longer distances. 200 is too short for her.

Franklin used to be good but doesn’t have what it takes last year or this year.
Already saw that in Santa Clara where she got crushed by Heemskerk & Hosszu.

So the most logical lineup for finals would be Ledecky, Manuel,… Read more »

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