Watch: Ledecky Holds Off McIntosh by .08 in the 400 Free (Day 2 Finals Race Videos)

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

Thursday Finals Heat Sheet

Night 2 of finals at the 2022 US Open Championships saw several dramatic finishes including Katie Ledecky narrowly holding off Canadian Summer McIntosh in the women’s 400 freestyle. 

After battling throughout the entire race, Ledecky and McIntosh charged down the stretch, hitting the wall almost simultaneously. In the end, Ledecky got her hand to the wall ahead of McIntosh by .08, the same margin by which McIntosh beat Ledecky during their most recent showdown at the World Cup a few weeks ago. The pair posted times of  3:59.71 and  3:59.79, respectively, both dipping under the US Open meet record of 4:00.51 set by Ledecky last year. 

The women’s 200 IM also saw a dramatic finish between Americans Leah Hayes and Regan Smith. With Smith ahead after the butterfly and backstroke legs, Hayes charged through the field on the breaststroke leg, splitting a blistering 37.72 to catch up to Smith. Ultimately, Smith managed to close in a 29.93 to fend off Hayes, finishing in a final time of 2:10.40. Hayes finished just behind with a time of 2:10.67. For Smith, the time marked a new personal best by over a second, bettering the time she swam in prelims. 

In both events, the women’s races ended up being a lot closer than the men’s races. Brazilian Guilherme Costa followed-up his 800 freestyle victory by winning the men’s 400 freestyle with a comfortable 1.5 second margin, finishing in a time of 3:48.13. In the men’s 200 IM, American Chase Kalisz posted a dominant performance, touching in a time of 1:56.52 to lead the field by nearly 3 seconds. With his performance, Kalisz set a new meet record, bettering his own mark of 1:57.28 from 2019. 

David Curtiss and Gabi Albiero maintained their top seeds in the men’s and women’s 50 freestyle events. Curtiss posted a winning time of 21.92 to fend off Josh Liendo, who touched second with a 21.99. Albiero, meanwhile, came into the wall with a time of  25.06, touching almost .2 ahead of her nearest competitor. 

The team from Ireland took the top spot in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, while Auburn’s men claimed the top spot in their event. 

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

Top 8:

  1. Katie Ledecky (GSC) – 3:59.71
  2. Summer McIntosh (SYS) – 3:59.79
  3. Michaela Mattes (SYS) – 4:09.53
  4. Emma Weyant (UN-FL) – 4:10.12
  5. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 4:10.15
  6. Cavan Gormsen (LIAC) – 4:10.15
  7. Katrina Bellio (UCLA) – 4:16.77
  8. Kate Hurst (SCAR) – 4:17.03

In what could be the race of the meet, American Katie Ledecky and Canadian Summer McIntosh remained even through the entire race, with Ledecky ultimately getting her hand to the wall .08 seconds ahead of McIntosh with a 3:59.71 to set a new meet record. 

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 3:45.63 – Zane Grothe (2016)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 3:55.59

Top 8:

  1. Guilherme Costa (BRA) – 3:48.13
  2. Alfonso Mestre (FLOR) – 3:49.63
  3. Jake Mitchell (FLOR) – 3:49.65
  4. Zane Grothe (BCH) – 3:50.74
  5. Stephan Steverink (BRA) – 3:51.60
  6. Ivan Puskovitch (TSM) – 3:56.10
  7. Norvin Clontz (MAC) – 3:59.66
  8. Ryan Wilkes (NSW) – 4:02.05

After winning the 800 freestyle last night, Brazilian Guilherme Costa comfortably won the men’s 400 freestyle, posting a time of 3:48.13 as the only swimmer in the field under 3:49. 

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • American Record: 2:06.15 – Ariana Kukors (2009)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 2:08.84 – Melanie Margalis (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:07.84 – Alex Walsh (2022)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 2:16.09

Top 8:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:10.40
  2. Leah Hayes (TIDE) – 2:10.67
  3. Zoe Dixon (FLOR) – 2:14.37
  4. Miranda Tucker (TFA) – 2:15.76
  5. Alexis Yager (TNAQ) – 2:16.02
  6. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 2:16.07
  7. Avery Klamfoth (MAC) – 2:16.36
  8. Gracie Weyant (SYS) – 2:16.54

Regan Smith, representing the Sun Devils for the first time, managed to hold off a late charge from Leah Hayes, touching in a new personal best of 2:10.40. Hayes finished 2nd with a time of 2:10.67. 

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

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

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 1:56.52
  2. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 1:59.14
  3. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 1:59.89
  4. Landon Driggers (TENN) – 2:02.27
  5. Mark Szaranek (GSC-FL) – 2:02.57
  6. Danny Berlitz (UN-WV) – 2:03.01
  7. Gabriel Borgas (NSW) – 2:03.50
  8. Daniel Sos (CARD) – 2:03.94

American Chase Kalisz dominated this race from start to finish, coming into the wall with a blazing 1:56.52 to break his own meet record of 1:57.28 from 2019. 

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

WOMEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 23.67 – Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • American Record: 23.97 – Simone Manuel (2017)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 24.43 – Simone Manuel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 24.08 – Pernille Blume (2019)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 25.69

Top 8:

  1. Gabi Albiero (LOU) – 25.06
  2. Erika Pelaez (EA-FG) – 25.29
  3. Camille Spink (NCAP) – 25.36
  4. Lily King (MPAC) – 25.41
  5. Beata Nelson (WA) – 25.42
  6. Kaitlyn Johnson (UN-WV) – 25.51
  7. Danielle Hill (IRL) – 25.51
  8. Lorrane Cristina Ferreira (SESI) – 25.59

Louisville’s Gabi Albiero posted a comfortable victory, swimming to a .2 second margin of victory over the field with a time of 25.06.

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

MEN’S 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo (2009)
  • American Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 21.59 – Bruno Fratus (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 22.79

Top 8:

  1. David Curtiss (NCS) – 21.92
  2. Josh Liendo (FLOR) – 21.99
  3. Victor Alcara (BRA) – 22.11
  4. Ali Khalafalla (EA-OK) – 22.13
  5. Matt King (UVA) – 22.13
  6. Alberto Mestre (FLOR) – 22.26
  7. Andrej Barna (CARD) – 22.63
  8. Kevin Gillooly (MVN) – 22.67

American David Curtiss held off a charging Canadian Josh Liendo to post a winning time of 21.92. 

Race Video Via USA Swimming:

WOMEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:50.40 — USA (2019)
  • American Record: 3:50.40 — USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 4:04.64 — AUS (2013)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:55.23 — USA (2010)

Top 6:

  1. Ireland – 4:07.69
  2. University of Tennessee – 4:09.55
  3. Duke University – 4:12.39
  4. Cougar Aquatics – 4:14.36
  5. SwimMAC Carolina – 4:16.39
  6. University of Arkansas – DSQ

The team of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Molly Mayne, and Victoria Catterson representing Ireland managed to touch ahead of a slew of collegiate squads with a time of 4:07.69.

Race video currently unavailable 

 

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: 3:26.78 — USA (2021)
  • American Record: 3:26.78 — USA (2021)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 3:36.55 — GBR (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:32.48 — USA (2010)

Top 8:

  1. Auburn University – 3:40.72
  2. University of Tennessee – 3:43.44
  3. NSW Swim – 3:44.05
  4. Ireland – 3:45.60
  5. West Virginia University – 3:47.38
  6. Purdue – 3:47.61
  7. SwimMAC Carolina – 3:51.52
  8. Nation’s Capital Swim Club – 3:57.42

Auburn’s team of Aidan Stoffle, Reid Mikuta, Sohib Khaled, and Kalle Mekinen combined for a time of 3:40.72, hitting the wall first by almost 3 seconds.

Race video currently unavailable

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Ledecky fan plus now McIntosh
2 months ago

That Ledecky-McIntosh race was incredible. Even the third replay is exciting to watch.

BUT: There are six other great swimmers in that heat. After Ledecky/McIntosh finished, the camera zooms in on those two congratulating each other. It seems that we could watch the finish of all eight swimmers (or at least see the race for 3rd, 4th, 5th), then you can give us the replay of the sportsmanship moment. Or, show the sportsmanship moment, but come back to show us the replay of the other great swimmers in that heat. This is my main beef with ALL swimming coverage. Close ups on the leaders, and ignoring the other swimmers.

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