U.S. National Team Tracker: Anderson and Twichell Tied for 6th in W. 400 Free


The race is still on for spots on the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team, and swimmers at the U.S. Nationals are trying to break the American top 6 in their respective events to qualify for the squad. To make the team, swimmers have to be in the top 6 of their individual events with times determined by the FINA world rankings from January 1st, 2019 to August 25th, 2019. Tonight, swimmers at Nationals competed in the men’s and women’s 400 IM and 100 fly.


Here’s a look at how the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team will be selected. You can see the full criteria here.

  • Top 6 athletes in each individual Olympic event
    • as determined by FINA.org’s World Rankings from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019
    • Rankings will be pulled from the FINA site on September 3 (giving swimmers a chance to make sure their time is included in the database)
  • Prelims, semifinals and finals (A, B, C and D) from all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets are eligible
  • Relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits are not eligible

Day 4 Updates:

Of the various shakeups on night 4 of the 2019 U.S. National Championships, perhaps none is more interesting than the tie for 6th in the women’s 400 freestyle between open water specialists Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell. Anderson won the silver medal in tonight’s ‘A’ final of the women’s 400 free, while Twichell won the ‘B’ final, though both clocked the exact same time: 4:07.77. Ally McHugh, the winner of the 400 free, alongside the Anderson-Twichell tie, bumped Hali Flickinger and Erica Sullivan from the top 6. Sierra Schmidt just missed making it a three-way-tie for 6th with her 4:07.79 to win the bronze medal in the ‘A’ final.

Jake Mitchell and Bobby Finke also join the ranks of the men’s National Teamers in the 400 freestyle with their silver and bronze medal performances tonight.

Kaitlyn Dobler knocks Molly Hannis out of the 6th position in the women’s 100 breaststroke by .02 thanks to her silver-medal effort tonight. On the men’s side, Devon Nowicki pushes Nic Fink out of the top-6 in the men’s 100 breaststroke with his 59.69 tonight.

Amy Bilquist forces out Isabelle Stadden in the women’s 100 backstroke with her 59.64 to win gold this evening, while the men’s side saw Shaine Casas post first a 53.26 in prelims and then a 52.72 in finals, which rocketed him to the 2nd position overall in the men’s 100 backstroke this year for the United States.

Women’s 400 Freestyle

Katie Ledecky 3:59.28
Leah Smith 4:01.29
Kaersten Meitz 4:05.80
Melanie Margalis 4:06.35
Ally McHugh 4:07.08
Haley Anderson/Ashley Twichell 4:07.77

Men’s 400 Freestyle

Zane Grothe 3:45.78
Jake Mitchell 3:48.08
Bobby Finke 3:48.17
Eric Knowles 3:48.34
Mitch D’Arrigo 3:48.39
Trey Freeman 3:49.16

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Lilly King 1:04.93
Annie Lazor 1:06.03
Breeja Larson 1:06.78
Bethany Galat 1:07.13
Melanie Margalis 1:07.20
Kaitlyn Dobler 1:07.23

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Andrew Wilson 58.95
Cody Miller 59.24
Ian Finnerty 59.49
Michael Andrew 59.52
Devon Nowicki 59.69
Brandon Fischer 59.86

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Regan Smith 58.45
Olivia Smoliga 58.73
Kathleen Baker 59.03
Katharine Berkoff 59.29
Elise Haan 59.62
Amy Bilquist 59.64

Men’s 100 Backstroke

Ryan Murphy 52.44
Shaine Casas 52.72
Matt Grevers 52.82
Michael Andrew 53.40
Jacob Pebley 53.40
Justin Ress 53.81

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2 years ago

“Swim-off!!!” – worlds prelims announcer guy

Reply to  Chris
2 years ago

Hahaha that was funny when he wanted a swim off for the 4 x 200 relay

Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

I think we all would’ve loved to see what kind of strategy would be used for a swim off of that relay

2 years ago

U.S. NATIONAL TEAM TRACKER: Tokyo OW Olympians straight-up goofin’ in a middle distance event

2 years ago

I don’t the Regan’s 1ba time is correct since it is from her relay lead off.

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

If you get a WR during a relay, make sure is only with women (no mixed relays) it’s fine. Same with the official times for USA swimming.

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

Seems according to the rules you are correct. Not sure which times are FINA times but she also has a 58.45 from Counsilman Classic. Still #1 this year.

Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

You can’t qualify for the national team with relay lead offs or time trials

2 years ago

Claire Tuggle (4.07.85) only needs to find another tenth of a second at World Juniors to teach the Top 6.

2 years ago

Bobby Hurley is here for the swim-off

CT Swim Fan
2 years ago

I think your time for Justin Ress in the 100 back is wrong. He did a 53.41 in the semis at WUG. It would seem that should count.

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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