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 200 IM and 50 free. We also saw the men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free.
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 5 UPDATES:
Ryan Lochte is in a position to potentially qualify for his first U.S. National Team since 2016. Lochte is now ranked #4 in that event after winning his first national title since 2014. Shaine Casas, who took 2nd tonight, is now the American #5 this year. Ryan Held picked up another sprint win to move to #3 among Americans. Bowe Beckerand Robert Howard are now tied for 5th in that event, with Becker swimming his first best time in the 50 free since 2016. Bobby Finkemoved to the top of the 800 free rankings ahead of Zane Grothe. Michael Brinegar, Ross Dant, and Eric Knowlesall made their way into the top 6 behind them.
Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She is now coaching for Loggerhead Aquatics in her hometown …