2022 U.S. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS
- April 26-30, 2022
- Greensboro, NC
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Former American Record holder in the 100 free Mallory Comerford qualified 4th into the finals of the same event on Tuesday to open up her 2022 US World Championship Team Trials in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Normally, a 24-year old former World Record holder qualifying for an A-Final would not be that newsworthy. In this case, though, Comerford’s 54.18 was a significant bounceback from what we’ve seen out of her over the last several years in this race.
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Natalie Hinds (Unattached): 53.77
- Claire Curzan (TAC)/Torri Huske (Unattached): 54.16
- Mallory Comerford (CARD): 54.18
- Abbey Weitzeil (CAL): 54.19
- Erika Brown (TNAQ): 54.27
- Olivia Smoliga (SUN): 54.32
- Kate Douglass (UVA): 54.58
Comerford went into the COVID-19 shutdown with a firey swim at the Des Moines Pro Swim Series in March – where so many famously swam fast in their last shot before the Olympics were called off.
When racing resumed after the pandemic, though, she was well off her paces. Comparing her racing since a post-Olympic Trials break, though, she’s well ahead of the curve she had going into Trials.
Comerford wasn’t out of the water for long during COVID-19: her boyfriend Clark Burckle manages swim, tennis, and fitness clubs in the Louisville area, so she had access to water more than most did in the early parts of the pandemic – but she seemed to have trouble finding her pacing when she got back in the water. After a couple of slow swims in November of 2020 and January of 2021, she went to a local invite in Nashville and was aggressive on the front-half, the way she needs to be when at her best, but suffered for it big-time on the back-half.
But on Tuesday morning, she was able to both push her front-half and her back-half, which is how she swims this race when she’s at her best.
A 54.18 isn’t the ‘game-changer’ that the U.S. needs for a Simone Manuel-less relay to challenge the Australians, and that weight is not on Comerford alone, but it is a big step in the right direction for her. At 24-years old, she’s still young enough to recapture her peak performance, which would be a massive leap for the American relay.
Time Progression, Mallory Comerford, 100 LCM Freestyle:
|Meet||Date||1st 50||2nd 50||Final Time|
|US International Trials||April 26, 2022||26.28||27.90||54.18|
|PSS – San Antonio||April 2, 2022||26.56||28.39||54.95|
|PSS – Westmont||March 3, 2022||26.58||28.27||54.85|
|US Open||Dec 4, 2021||26.24||28.50||54.74|
|US Olympic Trials||June 17, 2021||26.28||28.15||54.43|
|PSS – Indy||May 13, 2021||26.81||28.56||55.37|
|PSS – San Antonio||Mar 4, 2021||26.78||28.58||55.31|
|NAC January LC Invite||Jan 23, 2021||26.13||29.28||55.41|
|PSS – San Antonio||Jan 17, 2021||27.20||28.82||56.02|
|US Open||November 14, 2020||26.77||28.44||55.21|
|PSS – Des Moines||March 5, 2020||26.18||27.69||53.87|
|2019 World Championship||Personal Best||25.51||27.08||52.59|
Comerford is also entered in the 50 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly this week.