Top (Almost) 20 Quotes from DAY 4 Prelims (Video)

Reported by Mitch Bowmile.


Top seed: Nathan Adrian (48.00)
World record: 46.91 – Cesar Cielo (Brazil)
American record: 47.33 – David Walters
U.S Open record: 47.58 – Jason Lezak
U.S Nationals record: 47.58 – Jason Lezak
JR World record: 48.25 – Matheus Santana (Brazil)
2012 Winning Time: 48.10 – Nathan Adrian

Top seed Nathan Adrian showed his speed this morning in the heats of the men’s 100m freestyle with a 48.43 performance which leads the way to tonight’s semifinals.

The most impressive swim came from NC-State’s Ryan Held who dropped a 48.46 to almost come par with Adrian and take the second seed overall.

American record holder in the short course 50 and 100m freestyles, Caeleb Dressel, was also sub 49-seconds this morning with a swift 48.69. He looked very strong on the first 50, appeared to ease up a bit, and then finished strong into the wall.

Anthony Ervin was the last swimmer to go under 49-seconds with a 48.73 performance.

Matt Grevers, who missed the team last night by placing third in the 100m backstroke, just squeaked through to the semifinals, touching 16th overall. Grevers was a 49.55

Although Grevers made it in, 2015 Pan American Games team member Michael Chadwick is out.

TOP 16

  1. Nathan Adrian (48.43)
  2. Ryan Held (48.46)
  3. Caeleb Dressel (48.69
  4. Anthony Ervin (48.76)
  5. Jimmy Feigen (49.03)
  6. Ryan Lochte (49.13)
  7. Maxime Rooney (49.14)
  8. William Copeland (49.16)
  9. David Williams (49.28)
  10. David Nolan (49.31)
  11. Seth Stubblefield (49.35)
  12. Blake Pieroni (49.39)
  13. Josh Schneider (49.45)
  14. John Murray (49.46)
  15. Conor Dwyer (49.51)
  16. Matt Grevers (49.55)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Cammile Adams (2:06.33)
World record: 2:01.81 – Zige Liu (China)
American record: 2:04.14 – Mary Descenza
U.S Open record: 2:05.96 – Mary T. Meagher
U.S Nationals record: 2:05.96 – Mary T. Meaghe
JR World record: 2:06.51 – Yufei Zhang (China)
2012 Winning Time: 2:06.52 – Cammile Adams

In a surprising turn of events defending Olympic trials champion Cammile Adams was disqualified after putting up the fastest time this morning in the heats.

With Adams out of the picture, Hali Flickinger took the top seed in a 2:09.20 just ahead of Cassidy Bayer‘s 2:09.29. 100m butterfly champion from day two, Kelsi Worrell, took the third seed overall in 2:09.40.

Katie McLaughlin, who went into this meet as the second seed behind Adams, squeezed into the semifinals with a 2:12.41.

Following the announcement of Adams disqualification it appeared as though her coach and head women’s coach of the U.S Olympic team, David Marsh, was on deck with Adams attempting to protest the decision.


Cammile Adams disqualification was overturned, making her the top seed at 2:08.29 and pushing Dakota Luther out of the top 16. The results below have now been updated.

TOP 16

  1. Cammile Adams (2:08.29)
  2. Hali Flickinger (2:09.20)
  3. Cassidy Bayer (2:09.29)
  4. Kelsi Worrell (2:09.40)
  5. Hannah Saiz (2:10.07)
  6. Lauren Case (2:10.36)
  7. Taylor Pike (2:10.84) TIE
  8. Sarah Gibson (2:10.84) TIE
  9. Jen Marrkand (2:11.26)
  10. Christina Betchel (2:11.41)
  11. Ruby Martin (2:11.62)
  12. Kate Mills (2:11.89)
  13. Noelle Tarazone (2:11.94)
  14. Maddie Wright (2:12.31)
  15. Katie McLaughlin (2:12.41)
  16. Megan Kingsley (2:12.54)
  17. Dakota Luther (2:12.60)

For official results click here.


Top seed: Kevin Cordes (2:07.86)
World record: 2:07.01 – Akhiro Yamaguchi (Japan)
American record: 2:07.42 – Eric Shanteau
U.S Open record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes
U.S Nationals record: 2:07.86 – Kevin Cordes 
JR World record: 2:09.84 – Anton Chupkov (Russia)
2012 Winning Time: 2:09.01 – Scott Weltz

It’s not often that you’re on world record watch during the prelims, but Kevin Cordes took the crowd for a ride down world record lane this morning.

For 150-meters, Cordes was right on pace. His 150-meter split was the exact same as the world record, but he shut things down on the way home to ultimately go a 2:08.54. That time leads the way to the semifinals ahead of Texas’ Will Licon.

Licon was a 2:09.43 this morning to be the only swimmers besides Cordes to go under 2:10. He took down Nic Finkwho dropped a 2:10.10 right beside him to take the third seed overall.

Josh Prenot is fourth in 2:10.68. Andrew Wilson is fifth in 2:11.27.

Cody Miller, who already made the Olympic team, finished well behind Cordes in their heat in order to take sixth overall with a 2:12.80.

TOP 16

  1. Kevin Cordes (2:08.54)
  2. Will Licon (2:09.43)
  3. Nic Fink (2:10.10)
  4. Josh Prenot (2:10.68)
  5. Andrew Wilson (2:11.27)
  6. Cody Miller (2:12.80)
  7. Reece Whitley (2:12.85)
  8. BJ Johnson (2:12.92)
  9. Brandon Fischer (2:13.72)
  10. Brendan McHugh (2:13.85)
  11. Alex Evdokimov (2:14.00)
  12. Ethan Browne (2:14.33)
  13. Sam Tierney (2:14.46)
  14. Jacob Montague (2:14.65)
  15. Nick Zito (2:14.67)
  16. Daniel Roy (2:14.70)

For official results click here.

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Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

Speaking of quotes, here’s my very favorite quote on the entire SwimSwam site:

“The most common question asked about Braden Keith is ‘when does he sleep?'”

So, when do you sleep, Braden?

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

BTW, you and the whole SwimSwam team are doing a bang-up job of covering the Oly Trials. Many thanks!

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
5 years ago

I took a 15 minute nap last night in the media seating before finals. Does that count?

5 years ago

omg just listening to kevin made me laugh just how tired he looks lol, I really hope he breaks the world record here or at Rio he can so do it

5 years ago

Late to the fiesta, but is that Nick Zito who qualified for semifinals? Former University of Iowa swimmer?

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