2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 31 – August 4, 2019
- Prelims 9:00 AM (Pacific)/Finals 5:00 PM (Pacific)
- Avery Aquatics Center
- Stanford, CA
- Meet Site
- Psych Sheet
- Omega Results
Fresh off a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2019 World University Games in Napoli earlier this summer, American and U.S. Open short-course yards record-holder Ian Finnerty failed to make the A final in the distance on Saturday at U.S. Nationals.
Seeded second in this event in Palo Alto, .01 behind Devon Nowicki’s 59.48, Finnerty clocked a 1:00.96 to finish third in his heat behind Australia’s Daniel Cave (1:0070) and TXLA’s Charlie Scheinfeld (1:00.93). That put him at tenth overall and landed him in tonight’s B final.
Finnerty’s long-course meters performances had been somewhat uneven in the past and hadn’t quite lived up to his short-course yards performances. After all, he is the American and U.S. Open record-holder and two-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. Finnerty broke Caeleb Dressel’s American and U.S. Open record in the SCY event winning the 2018 NCAA title with 49.69 and becoming the first person ever to break the 50-second barrier. After claiming his second consecutive NCAA 100 breast title in March, Finnerty admitted he didn’t train in long course meters for the 100 breast. He added, however, that things would change when he wrapped up his collegiate career.
Four months later, Finnerty made a breakthrough at WUGs and swam under one minute for the first time. After qualifying for semi-finals with 1:00.78 in heats, he proceeded to unleash a 59.51 in semi-finals to break the Universiade meet record. 24 hours later he lowered it by another .02 to take home the gold medal with 59.49. That moved him up to the #11 spot on the all-time list for U.S. men and ranked him 13th in the world for the 2019 long course season.
No one broke a minute in heats of the 100 breast at U.S. Nationals. Craig Benson posted the top time of the morning with 1:00.18 and it took a 1:00.88 to make the A final.
MEN’S 100 BREAST- PRELIMS
- World Record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2019
- American Record: 58.64, Kevin Cordes, 2017
- Championship Record: 58.74, Kevin Cordes, 2017
- U.S. Open Record: 58.74, Kevin Cordes (USA), 2017
- Olympic Trials Cut: 1:03.29
- Craig Benson, 1:00.18
- Reece Whitley, 1:00.25
- Théo Bussière, 1:00.40
- Devon Nowicki, 1:00.67
- Daniel Cave, 1:00.70
- Samuel Williamson, 1:00.72
- Caspar Corbeau, 1:00.87
- Trent Pellini, 1:00.88