2018 U.S. Nationals: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap


2018 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are gearing up for the 2nd day of action at the 2018 U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California. This morning we’ll see prelims of the 200 free, 200 breast, 200 back, and 50 fly. Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt will look for a Pan Pacs team bid in the 200 free today. Also looking for his first qualifying event is Caeleb Dressel, who will swim both the 200 free and 100 fly.

After winning the 100 free last night, Indiana’s Blake Pieroni looks dangerous in the 200 free, but Texas’ Townley Haas is the man to beat. 16-year-old Regan Smith had a very strong showing on day 1, dropping 3 seconds in the 200 fly. If that improvement translates over to her backstroke, she’s got a great shot at winning the 200 back today. The men’s version of that event will feature Olympic champion Ryan Murphy and Olympic teammate Jacob Pebley.

Olympic breaststrokers Kevin Cordes and Josh Prenot will take on a deep field of 200 breaststrokers that includes Worlds 200 breaststroker Nic Fink and short course American Record holder Will Licon. Olympic 100 breast champ Lilly King headlines the women’s 200 breast alongside Worlds breaststroker Bethany Galat. The 50 fly to end the session will have American Record holders Kelsi Dahlia and Dressel in the mix, as well as sprint standout Michael Andrew.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE:

Top 8 Qualifiers:

In heat 10, Olympic champions Allison Schmitt (1:57.12) and Melanie Margalis battled in the middle of the pool. Schmitt had the edge going into the last 50, but Margalis hammered home to win it in 1:56.84. That was just 3 tenths shy of Margalis’ best. Behind them, 14-year-old Claire Tuggle popped a lifetime best 1:58.59. She’s now just 5 hundredths shy of the NAG Record set by Sippy Brennan in 1978 and moves ahead of Missy Franklin as the 2nd fastest ever in the 13-14 age group. Franklin swam this event today, placing 18th in 1:59.56.

Texas’ Evie Pfeifer made big drops during her first NCAA season and her improvement has been showing in the long course pool. Lia Neal (2:00.66) was out in 57.7, leading the way through the halfway mark, but Pfeifer shifted gears as she brought it home to win in 1:58.54. Before today, she had never been under 2:01.

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

WOMEN’S 200 BACK:

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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