2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day 2 finals of the 2018 U.S. Nationals are set to begin at 6 pm in Irvine, California. Swimmers will compete for spots on the Pan Pacs roster in the 200 free, 200 back, and 200 breast tonight. The winners of the 50 fly won’t earn a Pan Pacs qualification, but they will earn a spot for 2019 Worlds.
After a prelims tie, World Junior Record holder Michael Andrew and American Record holder Caeleb Dressel will battle for the Worlds spot in the 50 fly, while American Record holder Kelsi Dahlia headlines the women’s field.
Olympic Allison Schmitt is making her comeback in the 200 free, but a stacked field with Melanie Margalis and Katie Ledecky could be hard to beat. Andrew Seliskar had a breakthrough swim this morning in the 200 free leads the way into finals ahead of Olympians Townley Haas and Jack Conger. The 200 back has the usual suspects: Cal-based Olympians Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley, and Kathleen Baker, as well as age group star Regan Smith. Olympians Lilly King and Micah Sumrall are among the women’s 200 breast finalists. Josh Prenot leads the way into finals as he seeks redemption after missing last summer’s Worlds team, with Will Licon, Nic Fink, and Kevin Cordes looming.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE:
- GOLD: Katie Ledecky– 1:54.60
- SILVER: Allison Schmitt– 1:55.82
- BRONZE: Gabby Deloof– 1:56.55
- FOURTH: Leah Smith– 1:56.93
Katie Ledecky scorched a 55.77 going out, less than 2 tenths under World Record pace. She fell off the pace on the back half, but still won handily with the 6th fastest American performance ever in 1:54.60. Behind her, Allison Schmitt cemented her comeback with a 1:55.82 for 2nd.
After taking 2 seconds off her best this morning, Michigan’s Gabby Deloof became the 9th fastest American performer ever as she took 3rd in 1:56.55, making her move on the 3rd 50 to push ahead of Leah Smith (1:56.93).
Just out of the top 5 was Simone Manuel in 1:57.01, marking her best time by about a tenth. Manuel has already qualified for Pan Pacs after swimming the 2nd fastest American 100 free ever last night. Olympic relay champ Melanie Margalis (1:57.32) was about a half second shy of her prelims time for 6th, as was Mallory Comerford (1:58.38) for 7th. Comerford has also cemented a Pan Pacs spot with her 100 free, while Margalis is the frontrunner to qualify in the IMs later on.
MEN’S 200 FREE:
- World Record: Paul Biedermann, 1:42.00, 2009
- American Record: Michael Phelps, 1:42.96, 2009
- Championship Record: Michael Phelps, 1:44.10, 2008
- U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps, 1:44.10, 2008
- GOLD: Andrew Seliskar– 1:45.70
- SILVER: Blake Pieroni– 1:45.93
- BRONZE: Conor Dwyer– 1:46.08
- FOURTH: Townley Haas– 1:46.15
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST:
- World Record: Rikke Pedersen, 2:19.11, 2013
- American Record: Rebecca Soni, 2:19.59, 2012
- Championship Record: Rebecca Soni, 2:20.38, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: Rebecca Soni, 2:20.38, 2009
MEN’S 200 BREAST:
- World Record: Ippei Watanabe, 2:06.67, 2016
- American Record: Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2016
- Championship Record: Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2016
- U.S. Open Record: Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2016
WOMEN’S 200 BACK:
MEN’S 200 BACK:
- World Record: Aaron Peirsol, 1:51.92, 2009
- American Record: Aaron Peirsol, 1:51.92, 2009
- Championship Record: Aaron Peirsol, 1:53.08, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: Aaron Peirsol, 1:53.08, 2009
WOMEN’S 50 FLY:
- World Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.43, 2014
- American Record: Kelsi Worrell, 25.48, 2017
- Championship Record: Dara Torres, 25.50, 2009
- U.S. Open Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.96, 2015
MEN’S 50 FLY:
- World Record: Andrii Govorov, 22.27, 2018
- American Record: Caeleb Dressel, 22.76, 2017
- Championship Record: Caeleb Dressel, 23.05, 2017
- U.S. Open Record: Bryan Lundquist, 22.91, 2009
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