2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 30-December 3, 2022
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Long Course Meters (50 meters)
- Start Times:
- Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
- Finals: 6PM (ET)
- Psych Sheets
- Live Results
WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
- World Record: 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2016)
- American Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff (2008)
U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:37.34 – Melanie Margalis, USA (2019) U.S. Open Record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2015)
- 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 4:49.89
Everyone, we just witnessed a 4:28 400 IM in-season.
Of course, the feat was done by none other than 16-year-old teenage phenom Summer McIntosh, who torched past her competition at the 2022 U.S. Open and won her race by 16.24 seconds. Her time of 4:28.61 beats out her former Commonwealth, Americas, World Junior, and Canadian Record time of 4:29.01 set at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and is the fourth-fastest performance in the history of the 400 IM.
Top 5 Performances, Women’s 400 IM
- Katinka Hosszu, Hungary — 4:26.36 (2016)
- Ye Shiwen, China — 4:28.43 (2012)
- Katinka Hosszu, Hungary — 4:28.58 (2016)
- Summer McIntosh, Canada – 4:28.61 (2022)
- Summer McIntosh, Canada — 4:29.01 (2022)
As you can tell from the splits, where McIntosh was substantially faster tonight that she was in the summer was on fly. She opened in a blazingly fast sub-minute fly leg tonight (59.40), which was a full 1.14 seconds faster than what she opened in at the Commonwealth Games (1:00.54). To put into perspective just how fast her opening split was tonight, 59.40 would have finished fourth in the individual 100 fly at the U.S. Open.
McIntosh was also 0.53 seconds faster on back than she was at the Commonwealth games. So despite being slower on her back half tonight compared to her previous personal best, her improved speed on the front half was enough for her to drop time.
Comparative Splits, Summer McIntosh Commonwealth Games vs. U.S. Open
|SUMMER MCINTOSH, COMMONWEALTH GAMES (previous WJR)||Summer McIntosh, 2022 U.S. Open (current WJR)|
In 2022, McIntosh has been on a meteoric rise in the 400 IM. After coming into the year with a best time of 4:50.21, she first put the world on notice when she went 4:29.12 Canadian, World Junior, Americas, Commonwealth record at a Canadian trials prep meet in March. Then, she won the World and Commonwealth titles in the event, with her Commonwealth time of 4:29.01 resetting all of the previous records that she’s set in March.
Now, after breaking 4:29 for the first time, all eyes will be set on when McIntosh will approach that World Record time.