Phelps Makes it Two-Straight on Day 4; Clary Finally In

  74 Braden Keith | June 28th, 2012 | Featured, News, Previews & Recaps, U.S. Olympic Trials

It’s unlikely that Day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials will be able to live up to the awesomeness of day 3, but there are still plenty of finals lined up. We’ll see 6 spots handed out in the women’s 200 free (2 individual, 4 in a relay), as well as 4 more divvied up between the men’s 200 fly and women’s 200 IM.

The race of the night oughta be the women’s 200 free, though with Michael Phelps and a four-way battle in the women’s 200 IM, there will be a lot of action.

Maybe just as significant as the final is the men’s 100 freestyle semi-final, where the Americans will be yearning for someone to swim under 49 seconds. America’s best Nathan Adrian has been quietly lurking around Omaha this weak, keeping very-much to himself, and waiting. We need a 48.5 from him.

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Men’s 100 Free Semi-Final

Nathan Adrian, after “ghosting” his way through the prelims in a 48.1, exploded on the front-half of the men’s 100 free semi-final. He took the race out in a concerted 22.64, and back in 25.69, for a total time of 48.33. He obviously needs to close that race better at the Olympics, but that front-half was as fast as anybody started at last year’s World Championships, including notorious hard-starter Cesar Cielo (who was only .01 better on his front-half).

Jimmy Feigen was also under 23 seconds, and had a very good semi-final swim as well in 48.48. Not that everybody wasn’t expecting this type of breakout from him, but that’s as good as he’s been in textile and just .02 from his all-time best.

Matt Grevers was a 3rd hard-starter, and he held on for third overall in 48.71.

Ricky BerensRyan LochteScot RobisonGarrett Weber-Gale, and Cullen Jones all made it in the top 8. But it is a near-lock Lochte scratch that will allow 2008 US Olympic hero Jason Lezak into the final – he was 9th in 49.05.

The question though for Lochte: is a 48.91 enough to prove he should be on the finals relay? He seems to be clearly not fully tapered for the meet, so his coach Gregg Troy (also the Olympic coach) will have to take that into account.

Anthony Ervin missed the final in 49.46 for 13th; but he’s looked good on the front-half of these races, so that’s a good hallmark for his 50. Honors go to Matt Ellis from Nitro in Austin, the only teenager in the semi, swimming a 49.44 for 12th.

Update: Matt Grevers also scratched, which moves Dave Walters into the final.

Women’s 200 Free Final

Allison Schmitt tagged on her second Olympic entry in the women’s 200 free final with a 1:54.50 to destroy her own American Record by half-a-second. She went out extremely hard, as she is wont to do, and between this race and the 400 free, it seems pretty clear that she’s not going to play the game of Europeans like Cammile Muffat and Federica Pellegrini, who are going almost overboard with their hard-closing speed.

The rest of this final wasn’t nearly as good as Schmitt’s swim; the runner-up was Missy Franklin to grab her second individual swim as well, but much slower than expected in 1:56.79. Dana Vollmer was 3rd in 1:57.47.

Here’s the interesting scenario: I don’t think that either one of those, based on these results, will swim this race individually in London. I can see a scenario where both scratch to focus on the relays and their other individual events; and in fact I think it’s likely.

That would leave Virginia’s Lauren Perdue as the second American entry for the 200 free at the Olympics. That would be absolutely absurd, coming off of back surgery in the spring, and could become one of the amazing stories of this American Olympic Team – along similar lines as Breeja Larson in that 100 breaststroke.

Shannon Vreeland from Georgia took the 5th seed in 1:57.90, and Alyssa Anderson was 6th in 1:58.40. Anderson will join her sister Haley, an open water qualifier, as the first sibling Olympians at the same games since 2004.

This is a relay that, barring any really big surprises from the coaching staff, will have 6 new members (7 were on this squad in prelims or finals in Beijing), with Schmitt being the only swimmer who returns for a second shot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though; the Americans took only bronze in 2008, but will head to London as heavy favorites.

In a heartbreak, Megan Romano, the American Record holder in yards, was only 7th in 1:58.56. She just couldn’t hold on during the second half of this race. She went out extremely hard – faster on the first 50 than anyone but Allison Schmitt – and it caught up to her on the last one.

Men’s 200 Fly Final

It’s almost hard to believe, but Davis Tarwater has been hit with heartbreak once again. He had the lead at the 100 meter mark; he was 2nd to Michael Phelps at the last turn (nobody would blame him for that).

But after going out in a monstrous 53.56, that many swimmers at this meet would be happy with as their 100 meter time, Tarwater locked-up big time on the final 50. He almost looked like he wasn’t moving. It was hard to watch, knowing his history: 3rd in this event in 2008, 7th (1 spot off of the team) in the 200 free. He is the mayor of heartbreak-city – and closed in 33.15, which is roughly as fast as the women’s top semifinalist Cammile Adams closed in.

At the 175-meter mark, Bobby Bollier overtook him. But even Bollier couldn’t hold on, and it was Tyler Clary, keeping his promise to make the Olympic Team, who finished 2nd in 1:55.12: his personal best time in textile and the fifth-fastest time in the world in 2012. That’s his first-ever Olympic bid.

Bollier took 3rd in 1:55.79, and Tarwater 4th in 1:56.79. The latter will now count on the 100 fly in his last real shot at London.

Clary, who scratched the 200 free on Tuesday after coming in 3rd in the 400 IM, said that he actually went go-carting to clear his mind. He has hinted that with the right opportunity, he would leave swimming before the Rio Olympics to pursue a racing career, and the fact that he used racing to settle himself I think says a lot about where his head’s at.

As for the man, Phelps, as most of the hardcore fans were focusing on Tarwater’s fade, he slipped into a huge 1;53.65 for the win, earning his third individual swim for London already. Nobody other than him has been that fast in textile, and compared to just an average 200 free we saw from him on Wednesday evening, this race was a polar opposite. Perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that this was the first time he hasn’t raced Ryan Lochte.

Mark Dylla was 5th in 1:57.84.

Women’s 200 Fly Semifinal

Cammile Adams, the side-breather modeled after our own gold medalist Mel Stewart, looked extremely comfortable in dominating the slower of the two finals with a relaxed 2:08.07 in the women’s 200 fly. I may back off of initial predictions of a 2:05 for her, but she put herslef in phenomenal position to win this race out of lane 4 in the final.

Kathleen Hersey and Kim Vandenberg got locked into a head-to-head battle in the 2nd semi-final, though the final results didn’t show it. Hersey is the 2nd seed overall in 2:08.81 and Vandenberg the 4th in 2:09.79. For the latter, this was a step-back from the prelims, but neither looked like they were trying too hard at the end to beat the other.

Teresa Crippen split almost identically to her morning swim, out in 1:02 low and finishing in 2:09.59.

Kelsey FloydTanya KrismanCaroline McElhany, and Shannon Draves also made the final. For Ohio State’s Draves, a 2:11.00 is a best time by almost two seconds. That’s a big lift for her and her Buckeye teammates. McElhany is another finalist for Texas A&M at this meet, and one of only two swimmers to make the final in both this 100 fly and the 200 fly (with Hersey and Floyd).

Harvard’s Courtney Otto had another great swim in this semi, taking the race out very hard in a designed move, according to her coach Chris Morgan. It almost paid off, but she came up just short in 2:11.35. She’s dropped almost three seconds at this meet total, and having just finished only her first year at Harvard had a bright future.

Men’s 200 Breast Semifinal

Clark Burckle and Eric Shanteau, swimming side-by-side, both looked extremely relaxed with 2:10.01 and 2:10.14, respectively. Brendan Hansen, swimming right next to them, was also in safely with a 2:10.45. Burckle has huge strokes, and never looks like he’s working hard, so it’s hard to tell how fast he was going.

Scott Weltz, one of the better stories of this meet, continued his run with a 2:10.99 to place 4th going into the final. Trevor HoytBJ Johnson, and Matt Elliott also made the final.

Texas’ 2011 NCAA Champion in this event Eric Friedland was 9th in 2:12.15, and Josh Prenot, battling strep this week, was 10th in 2:12.21.

Women’s 200 IM

A pair of first-time Olympians took the top spots in the women’s 200 IM, with Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz, recently nominated for an ESPY, taking first in 2:10.22 and Ariana Kukors 2nd in 2:11.30.

This race went about as expected. Leverenz had a great fly, but a weak backstroke. Liz Pelton had a monstrous front-half, but it was a bad breaststrtroke that sunk her ship. And Ariana Kukors blasted her revitalized breaststroke leg and her typically-strong anchor to take the other relay spot.

The swimmer who didn’t have the race that she expected was probably Elizabeth Beisel, who was slower than the semi’s in each leg of this race. That includes not having a great breaststroke – which is a leg that she’s suddenly looked outstandingly at during this meet.

Celina Li, a 16-year old from Pleasanton, was 6th in 2:13.34, and Jasmine Tosky had another tough swim for 7th in 2:14.67. After scratching the 200 fly semifinal, this was probably her best last chance at making the Olympic Team.

Full day 4 results available here.

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4 years 29 days ago

I’m not sure why everyone is so worried about the 100 freestylers – it was prelims people!

yes we need 48 mids out of a lot of people tonight, but expect the top guys just to shoot top 2 in their heat.

Lets start worrying if only 2-3 guys break 49 tonight.

Jean Michel
4 years 29 days ago

well said !!!!!they need to go to 48 +

Josh
4 years 29 days ago

Missy needs to drop the 200 free and stick with the 100/200 back, 100 free and three relays. I agree with Bobo Gigi.

John Sampson
4 years 29 days ago

After her 200 free tonight I agree

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

I just got home.. what was her time??

John Sampson
4 years 29 days ago

1:56.79

bobo gigi
4 years 29 days ago

I’m happy that some of you are agree with me about that. It seems obvious.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

whoa Schmitt

I’m glad Missy still made it

don
4 years 29 days ago

Great swim by Perdue, great because it was unexpected.
I guess Clary is feeling better.

Jean Michel
4 years 29 days ago

Adrian : 48.33 ! goood time ! final should be even faster ! 47+++

4 years 29 days ago

Feigen looked like he had more in the tank too (he had no reason to finish ahead of Adrian tonight, plus it would feel so foreign to him 🙂 I think they both break 48 tomorrow. After that I’ll go with Grevers, GWG and Lezak with outside smoke… followed by Berens.

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

Lezak missed finals.. I See Adrian with a 47.9.. but Feigen won´t go sub 48..

Ole 99
4 years 29 days ago

Lochte will scratch, moving Lezak to 8th

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

didn´t know..

but even with that.. can´t see lezak making the team anymore..I´m more realistic than emotive about this one..

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

Phelps went nice.. if he doesn´t slope he will be for gold.. or Matsuda pull out some amazing feat.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

I really didn’t think Schmitt could close it, as she went out that fast.
I still believe that Missy can swim 1:54 in London

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

The women 200 IM is much slower than I thought it would.

Olympics prediction:

Rice and Ye Shiwen will battle it out tooth and nail for gold.

john26
4 years 29 days ago

Yea, I was expecting Leverenz to go 2:08 after the way she has been looking. The 200IM was a good race though, I was really nervous for Kukors finishing that race. Apart from Schmitt, the times from tonight were not especially fast. Although Phelps’ time was very optimistic.

12free
4 years 29 days ago

I think Coughlin could have made top 2 had she focused on the IM at this meet.

liquidassets
4 years 29 days ago

Hmm I doubt it; she’s even been dying the last 25 meters of her 100’s so far this meet.

bbrswimmer
4 years 29 days ago

slow 200 IM final, but both Leverenz and Kukors can go much faster. I think Kukors will benefit a lot at the Olympics from now having the pressure off by finally making the team

ZYNG43
4 years 29 days ago

I agree. She had alot of pressure as that seemed like her only shot. Plus she was third at the last trials. very happy for her

Korn
4 years 29 days ago

Kukors was super slow. It must be nice to add 2.3 secs in a 200 from a year ago and still make the team. She definitely has gone backwards in a year

ZYNG43
4 years 29 days ago

Listen to her interview. she was a nervous wreck. We haven’t seen the best of her yet

korn
4 years 29 days ago

ok, the olympics will be less stressful

ZYNG43
4 years 28 days ago

For her it will be. it was all about making the team…

Jean Michel
4 years 29 days ago

Adrian will go 47.9 or 47.8 whiwh would be great ! Feigen can go 48.00 flat .
No Lezak in the relay , preferably Berens who did good times htis year !

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

Lochte’s 48.91 is very much in line with his 1:45.75 yesterday.

He may get a morning swim of 4×100 free though, so he could also claim medal if USA wins.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

As I predicted yesterday, although Phelps appeared to be struggling (for him) in the other events, he delivered 200 fly in relative ease. It is his natural event.

Chris
4 years 29 days ago

I think the “just swimming his own race” had an effect. The 200 fly is definitely more strenuous than a 200 free, and he was over a second faster than in-season, and this is later in the meet.

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

They spent to much time toying with each other last night.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

I think the results from women 200 free gives a little ray of hope to the other countries (AUS, FRA, CHN) that they may still be within a chance in the 4×200 free.

Although if USA put Franklin first, and Schmitt on anchor, that would be pretty much over. I still believe Missy will deliver the goods (200 free) in London.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

Oh well. So much for resting Pelton in the 100 back final. She did give herself a chance though.
She went out too fast in the first 100. and really paid for it in the free.

TX Swimmer
4 years 29 days ago

I am surprised there are people who are still talking this 47 mid stuff. The fastest 100 freestyler we have is MP at 48 flat. Tomorrow I am certain we wont see a time under 48.1. At this rate what we saw happen at WC in the mens 400 relay will happen again at the OGs.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

The men 100 free semis results is actually comparable to the aussies’ semis results (with the exception of Magnussen, obviously)

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

but except for Feigen and Adrian.. does the US have guys who could 48 low? None can go Magnussian times.. that is for sure..

Ole 99
4 years 29 days ago

I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. For the US to be competitive, Adrian will need to be around a 47.5. I think he’s capable of that. Feigen will need to be 48 flat, which I think is possible as well. Phelps has been 48.0 the last two years. I have to think he can be a sub 48 (even with swimming the 400 IM). That leaves the fourth spot for either Grevers or Berens. Grevers might be capable, but with the 100 back semifinals two events before the relay, might be a problem. I think Berens can do it, he just needs to get out fast enough. He certainly has the back end speed. Regardless, Australia is the heavy, heavy favorite. Unless something dramatic happens,the US will fight with France and Russial

john26
4 years 29 days ago

Judging by how he swam that race, I highly doubt he could come back in under 25 seconds. I expected Adrian to try and even split this race like he did in 2010. I will be pleasantly surprised if he breaks 47.90.

Unless Magnussen chokes, the way he is swimming will not contend for gold and doesn’t put him in a good position to even medal. So far the results for the 100free does not seem to set their relay up to appear to be stronger than expected. From what we’ve seen this is still shaping up to a 3:10mid/high team.

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

Agreed with 47.9 for Phelps..

I Can´t see anyone getting close to 47.5 on Olympics.. maybe Cielo and Meynard could be the guys to be nearer that.. but it will be difficult.. Even Roberts I don´t think will be able to do that if he is not cruising side by side with Magnussen.

Hippo-K12
4 years 29 days ago

I see Phelps can go around 47.5 or 47.6 as the lead off leg for US men’s 400 free relay in London and he’s also capable of breaking that 1:44 in 2free if he attacks the race like he did in Beijing…. a 1:43 low? think it’s possible.
😀

TX Swimmer
4 years 29 days ago

I am surprised there are people who are still talking this 47 mid stuff. The fastest 100 freestyler we have is MP at 48 flat. Tomorrow I am certain we wont see a time under 48.1. At this rate what we saw happen at WC in the mens 400 relay will happen again at the OGs.

James
4 years 29 days ago

“Perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that this was the first time he hasn’t raced Ryan Lochte.”

Maybe phelps has been letting his nerves get to him before their races, not wanting to lose so bad that it takes him off a bit.

CMA
4 years 29 days ago

Will Lochte get the Phelps treatment?? or that’s just for him?
that it’s realy not fair to other swimmirs that he gets the spot without swimming.

junker23
4 years 29 days ago

Someone call the WAAAAAAAAMBULANCE!!

It’s Michael Phelps. If he wants to swim breaststroke in the medley relay, we should probably let him.

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

lol hahaha

They aren’t going to keep a guy who went 48 low the last two years off the relay unless 4 guys can go that low tomorrow. Which may happen, who knows. But till then its almost guaranteed the coaches will go knocking on Phelps’ door, he won’t even have to ask.

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

the lol was for Junker and the rest was directed at CMA’s comment fyi 😀

Kevin
4 years 29 days ago

You guys are dellusional, Phelps deserves the relay spot hands down. He has proven great lead off lef for the relay in every international competition since Athens in ’04. He already went a 48.4 in season this year. If anyone doesn’t deserve the spot it is Locjte. A 48.9 is just lousy and you know he was treating that as a final since he has the 2 I M and E back tomorrow. The rest of the field will be faster tomorrow in the finals well ahead of lochte’s performance tonight which would bump him out of the top 6 for the relay.

Phelps is a much more talented sprinter and Bowman and Greg Troy know this. If they allow Lochte to swim in the relay at london even in prelims, it will be an extremely bias, partisan move on the part of Greg Troy. I vote Lochte does not deserve it, there are5 other guys that will be killing themselves for the relay spot tomorrow!

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

Pretty much agree with everything you said!

Lochte didn’t post a time worth consideration, and he’s unlikely to do it tomorrow. He had his chance tonight and could have scratched afterwards.

Lochte doesn’t have Phelps’ history. Also in 08, Phelps did what Lochte should have done if he wanted a spot, go all out in prelims post a time and then scratch.

CMA
4 years 29 days ago

I don’t think it’s fair that he doens’t swim, and still got the spot, not fair with the 8 that will swim that tomorrow.

if other have to swim to be on the relay team, so should have him.

bbrswimmer
4 years 29 days ago

@CMA
have you thought about how Phelps not swimming allows one more person to make the olympics. If i was one of the swimmers in the 100 free i would be happy he wasn’t swimming

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

Tell that to the coaches, pretty sure they’ll disagree with you. They want to put the best team to give Team USA a chance against the Aussies. They aren’t going to keep him off 🙂 They didn’t in at Pan Pacs in 2010, and from that they learned it pays off he went out in a meet record.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

Kevin, I agree with you.
Lochte is not (relatively) nearly as great in 100s than he is in 200s.
He swam the 100 free semi to make statement, but it went out with a thud (48.91 would not even get you 7th on the aussie’s 100 free guys).

But Greg Troy is the head coach, he might just put Lochte on the prelims swim, so he can claim whatever medal the US is going to win.

Liliana
4 years 29 days ago

How can you put Lochte in the relay, even if it’s a prelim swim, with so many people faster than him? You cannot put anyone in any relay, just to help him claim a medal. I mean, you can…but it’s unfair.

Kirt
4 years 29 days ago

Prenot hits back at Cordes to retake the US U-18 record. Impressive, but still 3 seconds slower than Yamaguchi, his Japanese counterpart. However, I think he will improve a lot going to train with Hoyt.

Tea
4 years 29 days ago

So much for the dominance of American women IMers. No Smit, no Knutson, no Hoff, no Coughlin…. I’m sure Leverenz and Kukors will do fine in London, but that heat wasn’t nearly as stacked as I would have hoped a year ago. Any of those swimmers at their peak would have been great 800 FRR swimmers too.

ZYNG43
4 years 29 days ago

Knutson isnt at this meet… but I agree she would’ve been good here

don
4 years 29 days ago

Seriously, he went go carting? I thought he was sick and recovering….hmm
I love the story of Perdue and think she did a great job but aside from Schmidt and Franklin, I dont think any of those times are in the top 20-25.

john26
4 years 29 days ago

Why on earth did Grevers drop the 100free from his final? :/ I was looking forward to a good swim by him. Does he really need to put that much focus on the 200back final?

Anyways overall I must say it was a pretty slow session of finals, especially compared to the excitement that was yesterday.

With Phelps, Lochte and Grevers out, I suspect that 3/5 best Americans 100freestylers are out of contention for the individual berth.

Rafael
4 years 29 days ago

maybe he put all his efforts on back last years.. not on free..

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

In their own words (and bowman’s), Lochte and Phelps need to stop toying with each other and swim the damn race. I hope to see them go all out in the 200IM instead of playing “cat and mouse”.

john26
4 years 29 days ago

Lochte is swimming similar times to 2010 panpacs (from what we’ve seen so far). So I’d say they will probably put up 1:54highs, maybe 155very low.

Lisa
4 years 29 days ago

I’d like to see a 1:54 from them not 1:55…!

Brian
4 years 29 days ago

When did Bowman say that?

ZYNG43
4 years 29 days ago

Great swim by Florida freshman Matt Elliot making the top 8 in 200 breast

4 years 29 days ago

Wow… Adrian opening shows he must have a VERY NICE 50 free on him.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

Adrian has done 21.50 from 2010 pan pacs already. He should be around that mark again.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

21.55 I meant

4 years 29 days ago

I read an interview about him(Adrian) talking about improving his start because of the edge of Cielo pull ahead of the field in beginning of the races.For what i saw in his early meetings, it s working.

Oh, Adrian opening is a bit slower than his 48.04 from Words semis.He opened in 22.58!

Nadador
4 years 29 days ago

You guys keep forgetting that American Trials are ridiculously too close to the actual Olympic Games: several athletes here are on different levels of Taper.

The Australians had the luxury to hit taper, and then go back to a full macro cycle of training.

Some Americans did not have that luxury: they had to hit taper at Trials just to make the Team – and they may not swim so well at the OG. Whereas others, namely those who have a cushion between them and their competitors, could afford to have a “big rest” for Trials, and a full Taper for the OG.

With that in mind:
– Both Phelps and Lochte will be faster in London (and Phelps will beat Lochte on the 400 IM).
– Both Phelps and Lochte will be considered for the 400m free relay.
– In a dangerous bet: the American sprinters better be playing their cards well, and I hope their swimming slower here means that they are planning on hitting the Taper at the OG…
– Grevers scratching the finals of the 100 free, thus forfeiting a chance for an individual spot, does not preclude his chance of a prelims swim on the 400m free relay.

Ole 99
4 years 29 days ago

The only two guys that might not be fully tapered are Phelps and Lochte. Everyone else is tapered. Anyone saying anything else is either lying or deluding themselves.

ZYNG43
4 years 29 days ago

On an unrelated note… the seating for the athletes is a mess. Really hard for people to find space to cheer their teammates on. Even people who are an hour and a half early end up having to sit in the 2nd floor sections at the very top because those are the only athlete rows.

Brian
4 years 29 days ago

Correction, Weltz is 4th going into the big final in the 2BR, Braden!

Sans Pallegrini
4 years 29 days ago

Schmitt actually swam 1:54.40 (not 1:54.5 as stated in the report). I would love to see her win this event. If she wins this and Muffat or Adlington wins the 400, that would leave Pellegrini without another gold- tragic but in a good way.

aswimfan
4 years 29 days ago

Sans Pellegrini,

You must be either a german or english whose national teams were beaten by Italy in the Euro?

lol.

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