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Top seed: Simone Manuel (53.25)
World record: 52.07 – Britta Steffen (Germany)
American record: 53.02 – Amanda Weir
U.S Open record: 53.30 – Cate Campbell (Australia)
U.S Nationals record: 53.43 – Missy Franklin
JR World record: 53.84 – Shen Duo (China)
2012 Winning Time: 53.96 – Jessica Hardy

Abbey Weitzeil led the way in the heats of the women’s 100m freestyle this morning, taking the win in heat five with a personal best time of 53.58. That time put Weitzeil ahead of American record holder Amanda Weir.

Weir won the final heat of the 100m freestyle with a 53.76, just slightly slower than Weitzeil’s time. In the process she took down Simone Manuel.

Manuel was second in the final heat in 5384 to take fourth overall.

Third overall went to Dana Vollmer, who competed side-by-side-by-side with Natalie Coughlin and Kelsi Worrell.

Vollmer ended up distancing herself from the two with a 53.80 performance. Worrell wasn’t that far behind however, rocking a swift 54.02 at the touch to take fifth overall.

Katie Ledecky finished sixth overall with a 54.04.

Both Missy Franklin and Coughlin made it back for a second swim. Franklin was a 54.41 which ranks her ninth heading into tonight’s semifinals. Coughlin was a 54.73 which ranks her 11th overall.

Reigning Olympic trials champion Jessica Hardy finished well back in 59th with a time of 56.80, almost three seconds slower than what she went to win trials back in 2012.

TOP 16

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (53.98)
  2. Amanda Weir (53.76)
  3. Dana Vollmer (53.80)
  4. Simone Manuel (53.84)
  5. Kelsi Worrell (54.02)
  6. Katie Ledecky (54.04)
  7. Lia Neal (54.06)
  8. Madison Kennedy (54.24)
  9. Missy Franklin (54.41)
  10. Olivia Smoliga (54.62)
  11. Natalie Coughlin (54.73)
  12. Shannon Vreeland (54.87) – TIE
  13. Margo Geer (54.87) – TIE
  14. Allison Schmitt (54.95)
  15. Mallory Comerford (53.14)
  16. Kirsten Vose (55.32)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Tyler Clary (1:54.73)
World record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
American record: 1:51.92 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Open record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Nationals record: 1:53.08 – Aaron Peirsol
JR World record: 1:56.79 – Li Guangyuan
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.54 – Ryan Lochte

Jacob Pebley of Cal made a statement this morning that he was in the mix to win the 200m backstroke tomorrow night after dropping a smooth 1:56.39 in prelims.

Pebley was out quick and came back strong and smooth before turning off the jets down the final stretch. His time leads the way to tonight’s semifinals ahead of reigning Olympic gold medallist Tyler Clary.

Clary hasn’t had a great meet thus far, scratching from the 400m IM final, missing a relay spot in the 200m freestyle, and missing the final of the 200m butterfly.

The 200m backstroke might be has last chance to qualify for the team, and Clary isn’t wasting it. He was a 1:56.85 this morning to take the second seed behind Pebley.

Ryan Murphy swam what appeared to be an easy 200m backstroke, throwing down a 1:57.35 which easily qualifies him for the semifinals. In the lane beside him Michael Taylor was churning away to almost go par with the 100m backstroke champion, clocking in a 1:57.92.

Reigning 100m backstroke Olympic champion Matt Grevers qualified in 14th overall. The 200m backstroke will be Grevers’ last chance to make the 2012 Olympic team.

TOP 16

  1. Jacob Pebley (1:56.29)
  2. Tyler Clary (1:56.85)
  3. Ryan Murphy (1:57.35)
  4. Michael Taylor (1:57.92)
  5. Robert Owen (1:58.01)
  6. Sean Lehane (1:58.04)
  7. Hennessey Stuart (1:58.32)
  8. Austin Katz (1:59.05)
  9. Jay Litherland (1:59.30)
  10. Joey Reilman (1:59.55)
  11. Justin Ress (1:59.60)
  12. Carter Griffin (1:59.74)
  13. Patrick Mulcare (1:59.86)
  14. Matt Grevers (2:00.03)
  15. Drew Cosgarea (2:00.04)
  16. Jake Taylor (2:00.31)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Micah Lawrence (2:22.04)
World record: 2:19.11 – Rikke Moeller-Pedersen (Denmark)
American record: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Open record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
U.S Nationals record: 2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni
JR World record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes (Turkey)
2012 Winning Time: 2:21.13 – Rebecca Soni

Top seed Micah Lawerence led the way this morning in the heats of the 200m breaststroke. Coming home strong Lawrence dropped a 2:26.27 to be one of two swimmers under the 2:27 mark.

Bethany Galat of Texas A&M dominated her heat from an outside lane, coming back strong on 100m breaststroke champion Lilly King, Laura Sogar, and Molly Hannis. Galat touched in for a swift 2:26.72.

Annie Lazor grabbed the third overall seed in 2:27.48, clocking in just slightly ahead of King’s 2:27.55. A huge clump of swimmers were in the 2:27.5 range. Tennessee’s Hannis was a 2:27.62, Breeja Larson was a 2:27.65, and Andee Cottrell was a 2:27.67.

Laura Sogar and Emmea Reaney finished ninth and 10th overall respectively. Last night’s 200m IM runner up Melanie Margalis was 15th in 2:29.03.

Surprisingly 100m breaststroke runner-up Katie Meili missed the semifinal, finishing 23rd overall with a 2:30.66.

TOP 16

  1. Micah Lawrence (2:26.27)
  2. Bethany Galat (2:26.72)
  3. Annie Lazor (2:27.48)
  4. Lilly King (2:27.55)
  5. Molly Hannis (2:27.62)
  6. Breeja Larson (2:27.65)
  7. Andee Cottrell (2:27.67)
  8. Emma Schoettmer (2:28.01)
  9. Laura Sogar (2:28.15)
  10. Emma Reaney (2:28.57)
  11. Olivia Anderson (2:28.60)
  12. Sarah Henry (2:28.74)
  13. Zoe Bartel (2:28.94)
  14. Taylor Vargo (2:28.98)
  15. Melanie Margalis (2:29.03)
  16. Emily Escobedo (2:29.12)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Michael Phelps (1:54.75)
World record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
American record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Open record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
U.S Nationals record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte
JR World record: 1:59.44 – Joseph Bentz
2012 Winning Time: 1:54.84 – Michael Phelps

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps are set up for one more showdown. The dynamic duo took the top two seeds in prelims and look to lead things heading into tonight’s semifinals.

Both Lochte and Phelps demonstrated a strong 150-meters before shutting things down towards the end of the race. Lochte was a 1:58.05 to take the top seed.

After missing the team in the 400m IM earlier in the meet, Lochte claimed that a “pulled groin” injury had occurred effecting his breaststroke. Today, Lochte showed no signs of pain during or after his race on the breaststroke leg.

Splitting a swift 34.24, Lochte looked smooth on his breaststroke. From SwimSwam’s point of view, it appeared as though Lochte had somewhat altered his kick, shortening it and keeping it tighter.

Phelps took the second seed behind Lochte in 1:58.95. Gunnar Bentz was third overall in 1:59.46, Andrew Seliskarwas fourth in 1:59.89.

Jay Litherland, who ran down Lochte to qualify for the team in the 400m IM earlier this meet, qualified for tonight’s semifinal sixth in 2:00.35.

Both Will Licon and Chase Kalisz no-showed their heats this morning.

TOP 16

  1. Ryan Lochte (1:58.05)
  2. Michael Phelps (1:58.95)
  3. Gunnar Bentz (1:59.46)
  4. Andrew Seliskar (1:59.89)
  5. Austin Surhoff (2:00.26)
  6. Jay Litherland (2:00.35)
  7. Kyle Whitaker (2:00.36)
  8. David Nolan (2:00.50)
  9. Michael Andrew (2:00.79)
  10. Christian McCurdy (2:01.19)
  11. Max Williamson (2:01.46)
  12. Abrahm Devine (2:01.51)
  13. Nick Thorne (2:01.61)
  14. Adam Hinshaw (2:01.72)
  15. Brandon Fiala (2:01.91)
  16. Michael Weiss (2:01.96)

For official results click here.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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