Team Champions Named at 2022 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 1

December 07th, 2022 Club, College, News, SEC

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

USA Swimming named six separate team champions on Saturday to conclude the U.S. Open in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Awards were given to the top men’s teams, top women’s teams, and top combined-gender teams in two different categories: one for clubs or federations, and one for universities.

The Sarasota Sharks from Sarasota, Florida won the women’s club/federation title, beating out a visiting team from Ireland. Among the highlights for Sarasota was Michaela Mattes, who was 2nd in the 800 free behind only World Record holder Katie Ledecky, and Canadian Summer McIntosh, who won the 400 IM and had several runner-up finishes as well.

Top 5 Women’s Teams, Club or Federation:

  1. Sarasota Sharks – 194
  2. Ireland – 177.50
  3. Cougar Aquatics – 103
  4. Sun Devil Swimming – 100
  5. SwimMAC Carolina – 99

That Irish team included Mona McSharry, who represented her country and not her college team Tennessee at the meet. That resulted in some fun races where she swam on the Irish relay against her Tennessee teammates.

Tennessee, even without McSharry, still managed to win the women’s collegiate division.

Top 5 Women’s Teams, University

  1. Tennessee – 167
  2. Louisville – 105
  3. Stanford – 73
  4. Virginia Tech – 68.5
  5. Duke – 66

On the men’s teams, international squads led the way in the club or federation standings. Brazil, led by 400 free and 800 free champion Guilherme Costa, won the title, followed closely by a high performance squad from New South Wales in Australia. While these team awards are not heavily focused on at US National Championship meets, in Brazil, team awards are paramount in their domestic championships, so the honor will carry some weight at home.

The top American team in the club or federation category was SwimMAC Carolina. While they didn’t have any event winners, they did send a deep team with lots of individual scorers that added up to a 3rd-place team finish. The absence of many of the top American pros helped youth clubs rise to the top of the standings.

Top 5 Men’s Teams, Club or Federation

  1. Brazil – 193
  2. New South Wales Swim – 189
  3. SwimMAC Carolina – 114
  4. Cardinal Aquatics – 108
  5. Swim Ireland – 80

The University of Florida dominated the men’s university division scoring. They sent a big roster, especially of internationally-minded swimmers, to get some mid-season long course racing in. That includes names like Olympians Alfonso and Alberto Mestre (Venezuela), Jake Mitchell (USA), and Josh Liendo (Canada).

Top 5 Men’s Teams, University

  1. Florida – 307.50
  2. Tennessee – 168
  3. Auburn – 119
  4. NC State – 78
  5. Notre Dame – 64

Top 5 Combined, Club or Federation

  1. Brazil – 289
  2. Ireland – 257.5
  3. Sarasota Sharks – 226
  4. New South Wales Swim – 218
  5. SwimMAC Carolina – 213

Top 5 Combined, University

  1. Tennessee – 335
  2. Florida – 323.5
  3. Auburn – 150
  4. Louisville – 144
  5. Virginia Tech – 128.5

Individual High Point Awards

Alfonso Mestre, a senior at the University of Florida, and Regan Smith, a pro training out of Arizona State, won the men’s and women’s high point awards, respectively.

Mestre’s results:

  • 200 free – 1:48.90 (4th place)
  • 400 free – 3:49.63 (2nd place)
  • 800 free – 7:54.80 (2nd place)
  • 1500 free – 15:16.51 (1st place – PB)

Smith’s results:

  • 100 back – 57.95 (1st place)
  • 200 back – 2:05.28 (1st place)
  • 100 fly – 57.65 (1st place)
  • 200 fly – 2:07.30 (1st place)
  • 200 IM – 2:10.40 (1st place)

Individual High Point award winners Alfonso Mestre and Regan Smith, 2022 US Open. Courtesy: USA Swimming

Summer McIntosh was given a Performance of the Meet award for her 4:28.61 in the 400 IM.

 

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Paul G Hewett
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Queue Ira Klein having a full meltdown

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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