2018 US WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- November 28th-December 1st, 2018
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Psych Sheets
- Short Course Time Trial Info
- Live Stream
- Wednesday Finals Heat Sheet
- Prelims/Finals at 9 am / 6 pm ET
- LCM (50m)
The 2018 U.S. Winter National Championships kicked off in Greensboro Wednesday night with the men’s and women’s 800 freestyle. Watch below as Katie Ledecky and Jordan Wilimovsky lead the 14 total swimmers who clocked a 2020 Olympic Trials cut. You can watch all Wednesday night heats on USA Swimming’s YouTube channel.
Originally reported by James Sutherland.
WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE TIMED FINAL
- 2020 Olympic Trial Cut: 8:48.09
To no surprise Katie Ledecky led the first heat of the women’s 800 free wire-to-wire to win by almost 14 seconds in 8:14.40, negative-splitting the race 4:07.27/4:07.13. This is her 20th fastest swim ever, and makes her the first swimmer to hit a 2020 Olympic Trials cut.
15-year-old Paige McKenna (8:46.76) put herself into 8th overall and under the Trials standard from the second fastest heat.
MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE TIMED FINAL
- 2020 Olympic Trial Cut: 8:12.99
Jordan Wilimovsky of Team Santa Monica was the lone man to break eight minutes as he won easily in 7:56.88, his 3rd fastest swim ever only trailing his performances this summer at Pan Pacs and US Nationals.
18-year-old Brennan Gravley chopped four-tenths off his best time to take 2nd in 8:09.95, while 17-year-old Ross Dant (8:10.99) and 16-year-old Lleyton Plattel (8:12.02) also got under the Trials cut of 8:12.99.