2018 U.S. Nationals: Day 1 Distance Heats Live Recap


We’re getting the ball rolling on the first distance free races at the 2018 U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California. This afternoon will bring 6 heats each of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free, while the 7th and fastest heat will swim with finals. A few of the swimmers to watch in the afternoon heats are Purdue All-American Kaersten Meitz, Stanford All-American Megan Byrnes, Winter Nationals distance champion Ashley Neidigh, Olympic trials finalist Chris Wieser, Stanford’s Matthew Hirschberger, and Cal’s Nick Norman.


  • World Record: 8:04.79- Katie Ledecky, 2016
  • American Record: 8:04.79- Katie Ledecky, 2016
  • Championship Record: 8:10.32- Katie Ledecky, 2016
  • U.S. Open Record: 8:06.68- Katie Ledecky, 2016

Team Santa Monica’s Katy Campbell won heat 2 in 8:35.74, marking her fastest swim since she set her lifetime best 8:30.46 in 2014. At that 2014 Nationals, also in Irvine, Campbell won the 1500 free, qualifying to represent the U.S. at 2015 Worlds. Molly Kowal finished just behind Campbell’s time to win heat 3, touching in 8:35.94.

MEN’S 1500 FREE:

  • World Record: 14:31.02- Sun Yang, 2012
  • American Record: 14:39.38- Connor Jaeger, 2016
  • Championship Record: 14:45.54- Peter Vanderkaay, 2008
  • U.S. Open Record: 14:45.54- Peter Vanderkaay, 2008

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