U.S. National Team Tracker: Kieran Smith Moves to #1 in American 200 Free Ranks

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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 free, 200 breast, and 200 back.

SELECTION CRITERA:

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 2 UPDATES:

Kieran Smith moved up to #1 in the rankings with his prelims swim in the 200 free today. He was only hundredths shy of that in the final. Also making their way into the top 6 in that event were Dean Farris, Luca Urlando, and Maxime Rooney. With his win in the 200 breast and first swim under 2:10, Reece Whitley is now ranked #6 in the 200 breast. In the 200 back, Shaine Casas shattered his best time to move to #3 in the rankings, while Bryce Mefford takes the #6 spot.

On the women’s side, Allison Schmitt topped her Worlds performance to win the 200 free and is now ranked #3. Madisyn Cox dropped almost 2 seconds in the 200 breast to move up to 4th in the rankings.

Note that a handful of swimmers who competed tonight may have been faster earlier in the season. For example, Asia Seidt and Austin Katz were faster in the 200 back at World University Games. Below is a full list of the current top 6 for each of tonight’s individual events.

MEN’S 200 FREE

Kieran Smith 1:46.21
Townley Haas 1:46.37
Dean Farris 1:46.45
Luca Urlando 1:46.51
Andrew Seliksar 1:46.74
Maxime Rooney 1:46.78

MEN’S 200 BREAST

Andrew Wilson 2:07.86
Josh Prenot 2:08.77
Will Licon 2:08.88
Cody Miller 2:08.98
Daniel Roy 2:09.50
Reece Whitley 2:09.69

MEN’S 200 BACK

Ryan Murphy 1:54.12
Austin Katz 1:55.57
Shaine Casas 1:55.79
Jacob Pebley 1:56.35
Clark Beach 1:57.14
Bryce Mefford 1:57.39

WOMEN’S 200 FREE

Katie Ledecky 1:55.78
Katie McLaughlin 1:56.48
Allison Schmitt 1:56.97
Simone Manuel 1:57.24
Leah Smith 1:57.40
Gabby DeLoof 1:57.62

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

Annie Lazor 2:20.77
Lilly King 2:21.39
Emily Escobedo 2:22.87
Madisyn Cox 2:23.84
Micah Sumrall 2:23.88
Bethany Galat 2:24.33

WOMEN’S 200 BACK

Regan Smith 2:03.35
Lisa Bratton 2:07.91
Kathleen Baker 2:08.08
Hali Flickinger 2:08.36
Asia Seidt 2:08.56
Isabelle Stadden 2:08.67

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DresselApologist

Seli went 1:45 twice at worlds… smh

SeanSwim

They were relay lead-offs

DresselApologist

Why on earth would a relay lead off not count?

Edit: I will take this L but whoever made this rule on some bs.

Superfan

You obviously have not been following these threads where logical points on why leadoffs and time trials don’t count!

DresselApologist

Give me any legitimate difference between an individual 200 free and a 4×200 relay leadoff and I will give you everything I own.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON

well then, would not have picked Kieran Smith to be #1 in the 200 free for this season

Klorn8d

Smiths 200 back time looks like a typo it’s so fast

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