Ledecky, College Stars Highlight 2021 US Open Psych Sheets

2021 US Open Championships

Katie Ledecky headlines a talented field set to descend on the Greensboro Aquatic Center this week for the 2021 US Open, which will be held in just one location this year after nine pools hosted the multi-site event in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Ledecky, who announced a move to train at the University of Florida just over two months ago, is the biggest name entered in the event, along with a plethora of NCAA athletes that are coming off of competing in their respective invitational meets just over a week ago.

Ledecky is entered in the women’s 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle, with fellow pros Leah Smith (200, 800 free) and Paige Madden (200, 400 free) joining her in a few of those events. Smith, who recently changed training bases to the University of Texas, will tackle a wider variety of events with entries in the 200 back, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM in addition to the two freestyle races.

Among the other noteworthy professional swimmers entered in the meet includes Kathleen Baker, who was representing the LA Current in the ISL this season but didn’t race in the club’s final playoff match. Fellow LA Current swimmer Maxime Rooney is also on the psych sheets, as is Cali Condor swimmer Coleman Stewart. Both Rooney and Stewart were competing in the ISL last week and are expected to remain in Eindhoven for the league final, which coincides with the US Open (Dec. 3-4).

Other pros entered include Mallory ComerfordBruno Fratus and Madison Kennedy.

In terms of collegiate athletes, several top names from Virginia, NC State, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee are competing, along with Stanford freshman Regan Smith. Smith is the top seed in the women’s 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly and 200 fly, and is also entered in the 200 IM.

Highlighting the other NCAA standouts entered include individual Olympic medalists Bobby Finke (Florida) and Alex Walsh (Virginia).

We’ll also see members of the Korean National Junior Team in attendance.

EVENT SCHEDULE

The meet will kick off on Wednesday evening with timed finals of the 800 freestyle, and will follow a schedule very similar to that of the NCAA Championships (or an NCAA invite) for the remaining days.

Wednesday, December 1

  • 800 freestyle

Thursday, December 2

  • 400 freestyle
  • 200 IM
  • 50 freestyle

Friday, December 3

  • 400 IM
  • 100 butterfly
  • 200 freestyle
  • 100 breaststroke
  • 100 backstroke

Saturday, December 4

  • 1500 freestyle
  • 200 backstroke
  • 100 freestyle
  • 200 breaststroke
  • 200 butterfly

The meet will feature ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ finals, with all of the ‘C’ finals swimming after the ‘A’ and ‘B’ heats have concluded.

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Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

What times will Katie have to go for this meet to be considered a sign of improvement at UF

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

It’s really hard to say without knowing where she’s at in her training, for example if she’s going to full rest or taper or drop taper. My hunch is ‘no,’ given the short timeline with Florida + the early timing of Trials next season, but that’s just a guess until we hear from her directly.

She was 4:00.81 at the 2019 US Open in the 400. So I think another 4:00 would be a great sign. She’s shown that she’s capable of 3:59s in season, so a 3:59 would be an even better sign.

I suspect, though, 4:00 or 4:01 is the best we can hope for, in context.

Coleman Hodges(@colemanhodges)
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Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

It’s also just so hard to gauge where ledecky will be based off of where she is at at any given meet.

Example: May 2018, goes 15:25 and 3:57 at Indy pro swim… for no reason other than she was feelin it. Did not go that fast at “taper” meets in august

April 2021, drops us open record 1:54 200 free. Didnt do that again that season, although that could be she was focused on winning the mile at Olympics

Yozhik
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

For no reason? It is my guess of course, but it WAS a very strong reason in my opinion. Money.
She just went pro and was on the Market for great sponsorship. She got a seven year deal (very long compare to the length of average swimming career) and the world record in 1500 helped for sure to have it.

MCH
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Relax. She’s been there all of 8-9 weeks. Before that she had 8ish weeks of no or sporadic training.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  MCH
1 month ago

yeah but speculating would be fun, its just exciting because this is her first race in four months

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

You’re weird.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I’m weird for wanting to see a swimmer I like race?

Katie
Reply to  MCH
1 month ago

It also seems that she’s been traveling a lot. She and her brother seem to have been visiting family a few times in that seven weeks and their grandmother died a couple of weeks ago.

Georgia Rambler
Reply to  Katie
1 month ago

Agree. I also think at this stage in her career, Katie is between a rock and a hard place. She has a giant target on her back as many swimmers want to beat her both in short and long races. On the other hand, she has set several amazing records, that even she hasn’t matched in the last few years. Oh yes, and there are those that say she is already too old and will lose to younger swimmers. If nothing else, her times at this meet will tell here what she needs to accomplish.. And she will lock in and try to reach those goals, whatever they might be.

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Just give the trophy to the condors already
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

200 free : 1.55.2
400 free : 3.59.6
800 free : 8.19.0
1500 free : 15.45.5

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris

Why are the 2 and 4free times so fast and the distance events so slow

Swimmerfromjapananduk

Totally unrealistic

Georgia Rambler

Looked pretty smooth in the 800, high in the water, one difference I noticed, more kick almost all the way. 8: 12 and change…And very serious – course record

applesandoranges
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Seriously. Nesty is a great coach but don’t you think it will take a bit of time for Ledecky to become acclimated to the training?

Lil Swimmy
1 month ago

omg mimi watts i’m your biggest fan

Sharet
1 month ago

Where should Leah be to show that Texas is helping? Trials were not blazing in the freestyle events, most likely because of an increased training for the 400 IM in AZ. Would love to see her make another team!

Charlotte
Reply to  Sharet
1 month ago

Wondering the same thing! Leah is an excellent talent, any thoughts on where she should be right now?

Stan Crump
1 month ago

Seems to me that she could drop a sub-4:00 if she has one of those “I’m feeling it” meets, or if she isn’t too far down in the hole yet.

It all depends on where she is.

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  Stan Crump
1 month ago

I don’t know for certain, but my *educated guess* is that she’s doing more yardage with Nesty than she did with Meehan.

Swimmer A
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

How many yards per day or per week do the distance groups do under Nesty? And how would you guess it compares to Troy?

swimfan27
1 month ago

Really wanted to see Alex Walsh in a long course 400 IM

Ensalada
1 month ago

So this must be why Regan declined the short course worlds. Makes sense now.

Are Short Course Worlds the red-headed step-child of elite swimming?

Katie
Reply to  Ensalada
1 month ago

Short Course Worlds is the scapegoat half-sibling of elite swimming who shows up at the occasional family event every few years and isn’t acknowledged because the younger “golden child” children of the second marriage are all anyone cares about.

Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Too many big names missing from the women’s side:

Bacon
Brown
Curzan
Douglass
Flickinger
Forde
Grimes
Huske
Jacoby
King
Lazor
Manuel
McLaughlin
Schmitt
Sims
Smoliga
Sullivan
Weitzeil
Weyant
White

I want my Sandpipers of Nevada!

Hswimmer
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Is manuel even swimming anymore?

Taa
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Well she is not doing any meets this fall so there is your answer. I’d just assume she is not swimming until she decides to show for a meet

Charlotte
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

McHugh (8:23/15:59 as well). Sandpipers are going to be at SC JR’s I’m pretty sure

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Charlotte
1 month ago

They will race at LA Super Finals in early December.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pacific Whirl
Hswimmer
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Are Manuel and Schmitt still swimming?

Ghost
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

No on Allison I am pretty sure.

HJones
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

She is still in the USADA testing pool, as of Q3 2021 (which is post-Tokyo, I believe). Same with Manuel.

Canuswim
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Agree & seems many who are heading to scm Worlds are not doing US Open.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Sullivan will be like the Minnesota invite, grimes is prob tapering for worlds, and idk about sims

Almost all the people you listed will be at worlds or isl or mid season invites

Willswim
Reply to  Smith-Jacoby-Huske-Weitzeil
1 month ago

Looks like no G. Walsh either. Surprised you missed her because soon you’ll probably have to change your name again to add her on the end.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Willswim
1 month ago

She’s missed the Tennessee invite and she’s missing this, I wonder if she’s ok because it doesn’t seem to be illness, hopefully not an injury?

HJones
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Not really my business, but some comments on the article regarding her absence from the Tennessee invite seemed to indicate she had some kind of breakdown before the start of the meet. As far as I know, no injury.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  HJones
1 month ago

I think you waaaaaay misread that comment.

trswimmer2
1 month ago

I really wish she was up for another ISL season. I have no doubt she knows herself best, but I would love to see her take down those 800/1500 SCM records in a SC championship meet! Hoping Florida has been good for her thus far ❤️

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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