U.S. Nationals Psych Sheets Released

2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The psych sheets for the 2018 U.S. National Championships have been released. You can check them out here.

The competition will run from July 25-29 in Irvine, California, and act as the qualifier for the Pan Pacific Championships in August. The selection criteria for the meet is very crucial to understand, as once a swimmer qualifies for Pan Pacs in one event, they’re free to swim whatever they like in Tokyo. This could lead to swimmers scratching out of events later in the program once they’ve already made the team.

Selection for the Junior Pan Pacs, 2019 World University Games, Pan Am Games and World Championships will also be used at this meet. You can read about all that here.

Notably, Caeleb Dressel has entered a whopping eight events: the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 and 100 butterfly, and the 200 IM. His fellow Florida Gator Ryan Lochte has only entered four: the 200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.

On the women’s side, Katie Ledecky has entered all five of the freestyle events from 100 up to 1500, leaving out the 400 IM. Leah Smith has also entered five, the 200-1500 freestyles and the 400 IM.

It was up in the air whether or not Missy Franklin would be entered here, but she is in just the 100 and 200 freestyle.

Another notable entrant is multi-event threat Jack Conger, who hasn’t entered the 100 free at all with it falling on the same day as the 200 fly. He’s slated to swim the 50 and 200 free, and the 100 and 200 fly. Kelsi Dahlia has made the opposite decision, leaving out the 200 fly in favor of the 100 free. She’ll also swim the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly.

Just as he said last week, Michael Andrew has entered seven events: 50/100 free, 50 back, 50/100 breast, and 50/100 fly.

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WV Swimmer
3 years ago

Dressel….200 IM👀👀👀👀

swimfan01
Reply to  WV Swimmer
3 years ago

right before 50 Free

swimcoach24
Reply to  swimfan01
3 years ago

he wins the 50 free pretty easily here in my opinion. I really want to see him tackle that 2 IM.

Kristiina
Reply to  WV Swimmer
3 years ago

Oh no. Ryan Lochte WC 2019 qualifing is now hardest. This two guys is swam same times but Dressel is explosive and seedy guy. He compete with large program but young man recovering quikly. Dressel is only 21. Lochte very nearly 34

taa
3 years ago

its christmas in july

EMH16
Reply to  taa
3 years ago

exactly what i was thinking!

Pvdh
3 years ago

Caelebs entered in:
50 free/fly/breast
100 free/fly/breast
200 free/IM

I wonder what he drops.

Horninco
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I’m going to guess prelims only of the 200IM and/or 200Free and/or 100 Br

Hswimmer
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

He will do them all he’s a gator 😛

nuotofan
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Right the plural (Caelebs). Would be necessary two swimmers to swim, at the highest level, every round of the 8 events (northeless 3/8 are 50s).
Like also the best Lochte (a Gregg Troy’s strategy?) did in 2010-2012, too many entries.
I understand the will of inspiring comments and the fancy of swimming fans, but why not declare, at the eve of Nats, the real schedule of races?

Hswimmer
3 years ago

Missy franklin not in 200 back as far as I saw but in 100/200 free.

Pvdh
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

She’d get rolled in the backstrokes these days. 100/200 free relays and 200 free individual are her best bets. I think she can definitely make the relays.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

She should try out 200 IM

HOYA13
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

I’d be interested to see what she can do. She did throw down a 1:52.1 at NCAAs after all.
Looks like she hasn’t swum it LCM since 2013, but she was a 2:11-2:12 back in the day, which isn’t too shabby.

dmswim
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

I wonder if her shoulders are in good enough shape to do fly. While it’s only a 50, training fly might be difficult after double shoulder surgery.

Yozhik
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Despite this meet is The Trials by some of its purposes it is not the place to try it’s a meet to perform.

Ervin
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Baker too!

Yozhik
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

I think she won’t make finals in neither events she entered. Too many competitors for whom getting on relay is the only chance to be on the team. And for those who do have other way to be selected like Smith or Margalis, they may compete strongly to win PSS prize.

Jump
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

With the size of her feet in the picture, she should be able to walk on top of the water.

SwimFan01
3 years ago

Think Dressel does all of them?

MTK
Reply to  SwimFan01
3 years ago

I’d be shocked if he actually went for 50br and 100br all the way. Not saying he can’t do it (there are few things that I would bet against him being able to do), but energy-wise, 50-200free, 50 and 100fly, and 200IM is a LOT already.

swim4fun
3 years ago

Cool picture! Looks like Missy is standing on water! Hope she swims fast, but more importantly, having fun!

Yozhik
Reply to  swim4fun
3 years ago

Or this picture can have another capture: “No more backstroke entry” 😀

Mr G
Reply to  swim4fun
3 years ago

Its a great picture: her feet look very propulsive!

Don
3 years ago

No Cassidy Bayer?

Ragnar
3 years ago

Conger is already a top 6 100 freestyler, swimming it here would be pointless. Honestly I bet Murphy is a top 6 100 freer if it’s his first race of the day. Crazy thought, but on the PAN PAC year cycle, starting 2022, let’s cancel the games, have all countries just taper for the nationals, then have a straight up “Relay Championship”. It would be a crazy good TV event, and the following year USA nationals would actually count as the qualifier for the world champs. ESPN would eat it up, and imagine dressel conger haas and the gang rested for relays only. World records galour. Chants of USA, USA, USA at every dive bar because people would watch it

swimlover
Reply to  Ragnar
3 years ago

no one would. ESPN would probably not care. Athletes would not fully rest for relays, especially the Americans since they do not need to be fully rested to win. It would not be a success in my opinion. Except everyone here, the swim fans, no one would care, as usual ahahaha

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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