WATCH: All The Record-Breaking Swims at the 2022 U.S. Open Championships

2022 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • November 30-December 3, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times:
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6PM (ET)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results

It was an exciting four days of competition at the 2022 U.S. Open Championships in Greensboro, NC. From World Junior records, meet records, and National Age Group records, there were seven different major records broken. Four of those record-breaking swims belong to Regan Smith and Chase KaliszThat’s notable because this was both of their first major meets in ASU caps; earlier this year, they moved their training bases to join Bob Bowman‘s pro group.

The calendars changed to December in the middle of the meet but it was still Summer time in Greensboro, as 16-year-old Summer McIntosh continued to impress, throwing down a blistering 4:28.61 in the 400 IM. That swim marks new World Junior, Commonwealth, Americas, and U.S. Open records as well as makes her the #3 all-time performer. The butterfly leg of her swim is particularly impressive–she split 59.40, which would have finished fourth in the individual 100 fly.

You can watch these record-breaking races and more below.

Note: All videos courtesy of USA Swimming

Katie Ledecky Out-Touches Summer McIntosh in 400 Free for New U.S. Open Meet Record

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:56.40 – Ariarne Titmus (2022)
  • American Record: 3:56.46 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:00.51 – Katie Ledecky (2021)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 4:15.49

PODIUM:

  1. Katie Ledecky (GSC) – 3:59.71 CR
  2. Summer McIntosh (SYS) – 3:59.79
  3. Michaela Mattes (SYS) – 4:09.53

The rematch between Katie Ledecky and McIntosh lived up to the hype. After McIntosh out-touched her by .08 at the Toronto stop of the FINA World Cup, Ledecky got her revenge, winning by that same margin in Greensboro. Both swimmers dipped under 4:00, with Ledecky resetting her own championship record, which she had set in 2021.

Chase Kalisz Sets U.S. Open Meet Record in 200 IM

MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • American Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 1:57.28 – Chase Kalisz (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte (2009)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 2:03.49

PODIUM:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 1:56.52
  2. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 1:59.14
  3. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 1:59.89

Many were expecting a tight race between veteran Chase Kalisz and teenager Baylor Nelson, but Kalisz earned this win decisively, finishing 2.62 seconds ahead of the field for a new championship record. Kalisz owned the old record as well, which he’d set in 2019.

Summer McIntosh Sets WJR, Commonwealth, Americas, and U.S Open Records in 400 IM

WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2016)
  • American Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff (2008)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:37.34 – Melanie Margalis, USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2015)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 4:49.89

PODIUM:

  1. Summer McIntosh (SYS) – 4:28.61 WJR
  2. Emma Weyant (SYS) – 4:41.85
  3. Kathryn Hazle (NCA) – 4:47.56

Coming out of prelims, it was clear that this was McIntosh’s race to lose. Not only did she win by a huge margin, she swam a sizzling 4:28.61. That swim is the fourth fastest performance all-time, and makes her the third fastest performer in history. It also rebreaks her world junior record which she set in summer 2022, and earns her Commonwealth, Americas, and U.S. Open records.

Chase Kalisz Sets Second U.S. Open Meet Record in Two Days

MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps, USA (2008)
  • American Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:11.11 – Sebastien Rosseau, RSA (2013)
  • U.S. Open Record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps, USA (2008)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 4:25.19

PODIUM:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 4:10.09 CR
  2. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 4:18.38
  3. Landon Driggers (TENN) – 4:20.85

Following McIntosh’s swim, Kalisz continued his winning and record-breaking ways by setting another championship record in the 400 IM. There were rumors this summer that Kalisz was done with the 400 IM and wanted to focus on other events, but he clearly isn’t done with it quite yet.

His swim breaks Sebastien Rosseau‘s record in 4:11.11, which had stood for nine years.

Regan Smith Goes Sub-58 Seconds in 100 Back for New U.S. Open Meet Record

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown, AUS (2021)
  • American Record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 58.63 – Phoebe Bacon, USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 57.76 – Regan Smith, USA (2022)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 1:01.89

PODIUM:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 57.95 CR
  2. Katharine Berkoff (NCS) – 59.87
  3. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 1:00.00

Earlier in the session Regan Smith took the win in the women’s 100 fly. She was back for more in the last women’s individual event of the day: her signature 100 backstroke. She blazes to a new U.S. Open record, going 57.95 to come within .38 seconds of her American record. When asked after the race what her results were showing her, Smith responded that it showed her that she made the right decision moving to train with Bob Bowman and the ASU pro group.

Daniel Diehl Resets 17-18 Boys’ 100 Back NAG Twice In One Day

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record: 51.60 – Thomas Ceccon, ITA (2022)
  • American Record: 51.85 – Ryan Murphy (2016)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 52.51 – Nick Thoman, USA (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 51.94 – Aaron Piersol, USA (2009)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 55.69

PODIUM:

  1. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 53.07
  2. Evangelos Makrygiannis (UN) – 54.41
  3. Tommy Janton (ND) – 54.96

After swimming 53.11 in prelims and breaking the boys’ 17-18 100 back NAG, the newly 17-year-old Daniel Diehl lowered the record again in finals. He popped 53.07, taking .04 seconds off his mark. He was out a bit slower than he was in prelims, turning in 26.00 before coming home in 27.07.

Regan Smith Swims Fastest 200 Back Since 2019, Breaks U.S. Open Meet Record

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • American Record: 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:07.09, Regan Smith (2021)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.08, Phoebe Bacon (2022)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 2:13.59

PODIUM:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:05.28 CR
  2. Summer McIntosh (SYS) –  2:07.15
  3. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 2:09.77

Smith continued to prove that her move to ASU had paid off, posting her fastest 200 back since 2019 to win the event in 2:05.28. She got the final session started with a bang, and closed out the night with her fifth U.S open title of the meet in the women’s 200 fly.

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Alex Wilson
2 months ago

Congratulations to Regan Smith! Three first places! And a course record! The move to ASU pro group and ASU coach Bob Bowman is paying off!

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Alex Wilson
2 months ago

I got it wrong! Regan Smith won the 100 back, the 100 fly, the 200 back and the 200 IM! Way to go Regan!

Alex Wilson
Reply to  Alex Wilson
2 months ago

I still got it wrong 5 wins, two CRs 200 fly, 200 back, 100 fly,100 back, 200 IM!

Alex Wilson
2 months ago

Chase shows it how it is done in IM! As he said after both races, it goes best if you have the best IM coach! ASU’s Bob Bowman! Who, for you young swimmers, was also Michael Phelps coach and is also currently Leon Marchan’s coach! One coach two of the top current IM swimmers and Michael Phelps!

David
2 months ago

Reagan Smith having an impressive meet

Swimpop
2 months ago

“She’s 16 dude”

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