It didn’t take long for things to heat up in prelims in Indianapolis at the 2012 U.S. Open Swimming Championships. Even in prelims on Tuesday morning, there were plenty of big swims to establish this meet as still one of the best meets in the world, even without Olympians.
In the women’s 100 free, 34-year old Erika Erndl took the top seed in 54.86. She was one of T2’s best performers at the Olympic Trials, and here is again just .05 from her time at that meet. She closed especially well, going out in 26.6 and coming home in 28.2.
Behind her were Megan Romano (55.62) and Chelsea Chenault (55.77). Also notable in this final is Cal sophomore Catherine Breed in a best time of 55.86 for the 4th seed and her teammate Liv Jensen in 55.89.
Perhaps the most notable swim, though, came from 13-year old Australian Shayna Jack. She took the 6th seed in 55.92, making her just the 2nd 13-and-under in Australian history to go under 56 seconds in the race. The only other is future Olympian Yolane Kukla – one of the best 13-year old swimmers the world has ever seen.
Otherwise, future USC Trojan Jasmine Tosky was the fastest in the heats of the women’s 200 fly in 2:10.23, followed by Tennessee’s Kelsey Floyd and Kim Vandenberg: the expected top three of this event. UCLA/Bluefish swimmer Anna Senko knocked two full seconds off of her best time to stand as the 4th seed in 2:12.49, with Emma Nunn from the great NOVA of Virginia 200 fly tradition a few hundreths behind her.
A trio of men cleared the two-minute mark in the 200 fly, topped by Thomas Luchsinger in 1:59.61. Iain McMillan, part of the British roster, was 2nd in 1:59.88, and Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker was 3rd in 1:59.954.
The only junior swimmer in the A-Final is Britain’s Matthew Johnson in 2:00.50, though that’s still a full two seconds off of his National Age record in the event.
Finally, in the men’s 100 free prelims, Australian Kenneth To earned top honors in 48.88, followed by teammate Matthew Abood (49.33). After hitting a bit of a plateau between 2011 and 2012, this is again easily a best time for the 20-year old To.
France’s Meghdy Metella was 3rd in 50.01, with the top-finishing American in the heats being Minnesota’s Derek Toomey in 50.12. Kyle Owens (50.20) and Tyler Reed (50.22), the two other big candidates to grab the spots on the World University Games team, also made this final.