Top 5 Biggest Time Drops From Seed At Day 2 Of U.S. Nationals


As we did yesterday, we’re bringing you the top 5 time drops from seeds on day 2 of U.S. Nationals.

This data comes courtesy of Barry Revzin, who has done excellent work crunching the numbers in a hurry after each night’s session. The time drops work off of seed times, and Barry has listed the top 5 drops (percentage-wise) from all swimmers and from the top 16 seeds, which shows which already-high-level swimmers found a way to jump to the next level this week.

Curtis Ogren had the biggest overall drop, soaring from the 44th seed into the B final of the 200 back. Meanwhile Kathleen Baker had the best drop among all women in the 200 back, winning in a world-leading 2:06.38. Baker was originally seeded with a short course yards time (which are not included in these rankings), but was reseeded with a time from early in 2016. Baker didn’t swim this event at Olympic Trials last summer, and had previously only gone 2:09.36 as a lifetime-best.

Top 5 Time Drops From Day 2


  1. 3.6% – Curtis Ogren (M 200 Back) 2:03.70 to 1:59.19
  2. 3.4% – Kathleen Baker (W 200 Back) 2:10.79 to 2:06.38
  3. 3.0% – Matthew Anderson (M 200 Breast) 2:18.54 to 2:14.33
  4. 2.9% – Charlie Swanson (M 200 Breast) 2:18.2 to 2:14.56
  5. 2.5% – Jonathan Tybur (M 200 Breast) 2:14.32 to 2:10.94

Among Top 16 Seeds:

  1. 3.4% – Kathleen Baker (W 200 Back) 2:10.79 to 2:06.38
  2. 2.5% – Jonathan Tybur (M 200 Breast) 2:14.32 to 2:10.94
  3. 2.1% – Bryce Mefford (M 200 Back) 2:01.21 to 1:58.63
  4. 2.0% – Kayla Brumbaum (W 200 Breast) 2:28.79 to 2:25.85
  5. 1.7% – Conner McHugh (M 200 Breast) 2:14.81 to 2:12.47


Other facts:

  • Average Time Change: +0.03%
  • Median Time Change: -0.06%
  • % Improved upon Seed Time: 52.5%

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I really hope Kathleen can get that 50 bk tomorrow to!!!

IMs for days

Anyone know where race videos are?

Only B and C finals are being posted on USA Swimming’s YouTube channel. Haven’t seen A finals anywhere.


On the USA Swimming homepage ( there is the spot for the live video. To the right of that are completed races, including the A finals.

bobo gigi

That’s a disaster so far. I used to watch all sessions free and live. Now it’s the case only for the prelims. All finals used to be posted on youtube. Only B and C-Finals so far. Last year for olympic trials they also posted the shows with Ariana Kukors on youtube. Nothing so far. A DISASTER! 😥

Captain Awesome

If you use a VPN and set it to US you can watch the finals sessions for free.


Little not , i have watched every show with Ariana Kukors on the Usaswimming page on Facebook . its available there , its about 25 mins . yesterday , they invited Zack Apple at the table . U can still check ….

NornIron Swim

Opera, the Internet Brower, has a built in VPN that you can set to the USA. Needed a computer restart but I can watch everything from the UK.

jay ryan

That’s a really good 200 bk swim for Curtis. PB by about 4 sec I think. He came out of St Francis HS as a Breaststroker and IM’er. Maybe his 400 IM will final this week.

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