Day 2 Prelims Live summary

2022 OUR SUMMER NATIONALS

WEDNESDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

The second day of the 2022 US Nationals is here, and with it we have the 200 free, 200 chest and 200 back.

Katie Ledecky are scheduled to compete in the women’s 200 free this morning, after opting out of the event at the World Championships in Budapest. Ledecky gave a string performance at the International Team Trials in April, so it will be exciting to see what she has in store today.

Fellow World Champs Team Member Rhyan White is the top runner in the women’s 200, where she will have the chance to beat both the LCM Nationals Record and the US Open Record.

likewise, Kieran Smith is the frontrunner in the 200 free for men by a healthy margin. After his spectacular 200 fly last night, Cal’s Gabriel Jett will also be one to watch in this race.

LADIES FREESTYLE 200 – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 1:52.98, Federica Pellegrini (2009)
  • American record – 1:53.61, Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • US Open record – 1:54.40, Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • LC National Record – 1:54.40, Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • Junior World Record – 1:54.79, Summer McIntosh (2022)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky – 1:56.75
  2. Erin Gemmell – 1:57.12
  3. Claire Tuggle – 1:58.74
  4. Chloe Stepanek – 1:59.49
  5. Cavan Gormsen – 1:59.56
  6. Natalie Mannion – 1:59.72
  7. Anna Peplowski – 1:59.87
  8. Gemma Cooney – 2:00.14

Unsurprisingly, superstar Katie Ledecky led the field this morning, with a speed of 1:56.75. We can expect Ledecky to be at least a little faster tonight, but she put in a really nice race this morning. After splitting 27.86 on the first 50, Ledecky split 29.40, 29.89 and 29.60 respectively, went 57.26 on the 1st 100 and then came home in 59.49.

Ledecky was pushed early in heat 7 by Indiana’s Anna Peplowski, though she overtook the lead en route to the 100m and only grew as the race went on. Peplowski arrived in 1:59.87 and broke 2:00 for the first time in her career.

Commonwealth Swimming’s Natalie Mannion also broke for the first time at 2:00, clocking 1:59.72 and qualifying 6th for the final.

Swimming in series 5, the 1st of the circle placed series, Claire Tuggle clocked a 1:58.74, establishing what was then the top time of the morning. The swim was a 2022 best for Tuggle and also came in not far from her best of 1:58.21, which has held up since the 2019 Summer Nationals when she was 15.

Nation’s Capital’s Erin Gemmell swam a new personal best of 1:57.12 to become the #20 American all-time in the event. Gemmell will be in the middle of the pool next to Ledecky tonight, with Tuggle on the other side of Ledecky. Overall, tonight’s ‘A’ Final will have a young field, which could give us a taste of some potential future Team USA 4×200 Free Relay members.

FREESTYLE MEN 200 – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American record – 1:42.96, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • US Open Record – 1:44.10, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • LC National Record – 1:44.10, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • Junior World Record – 1:43.31, David Popovici (2022)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jake Magahey – 1:46.88
  2. Kieran Smith – 1:46.90
  3. Luke Hobson – 1:47.13
  4. Grant House – 1:47.27
  5. Jake Mitchell – 1:47.29
  6. Jack Dahlgren – 1:47.69
  7. Patrick Callan – 1:47.98
  8. Kai Taylor – 1:48.39

Luke Hobson from Texas had a fantastic swim this morning, with a time of 1:47.13 to take heat 7. That swim brings Hobson within 0.2 seconds of his personal best, which also sets him up nicely for tonight’s final. Florida’s Jake Mitchell also had a phenomenal dive this morning, taking a second off his personal best. Mitchell was 2nd in run 7 and swam a 1:47.29.

Grant House also had a solid swim and took heat 8 in 1:47.27. He pulled away from the field in the back half of the race and set the morning’s X time.

18-year-old Australian Kai Taylor pushed the pace in the final heat, but was overtaken in 3rd 50 by Kieran Smith and Jake Magahey. With a time of 1:46.88 Magahey became the best qualifier for tonight’s ‘A’ final. Smith was also under 1:47 and clocked a 1:46.90. Taylor would qualify for the ‘A’ final with 8th place and swim a 1:48.39 this morning. For Magahey, the swim was a personal best, his first time under 1:47 in the event.

that of Great Britain Max Litchfield finished 9th this morning with a 1:48.48.

LADIES 200 CHEST – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 2:18.95, Tatyana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • American record – 2:19.59, Rebecca Soni (2012)
  • US Open Record – 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni (2009)
  • LC National Record – 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni (2009)
  • World Record Juniors – 2:19.64, Viktoria Gunes (2015)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Mac Looze – 2:27.49
  2. Anna Keating – 2:27.59
  3. Ella Nelson – 2:28.21
  4. Gillian Davey – 2:28.39
  5. Noelle Peplowski – 2:28.44
  6. Josie Panitz – 2:28.71
  7. Abby Hay – 2:29.38
  8. Matilda Smith – 2:29.39

Indiana’s Mac Looze took over the 4th qualifying round this morning and ripped to a new personal best of 2:27.49. That swim would be the fastest time of the morning in the remaining 2 heats, although Virginia’s Anna Keating would give it a scare in the final heat.

Keating followed Indiana’s Noelle Peplowski through the first 150 meters of the race, but really ramped up speed on the last 50, splitting 38.21 at home. Peplowski picked up the pace early on, crossed the finish line in 2nd in heat 6 and swam a new personal best of 2:28.44, which was good for 5th overall this morning.

Another Virginia swimmer, Ella Nelson, who represents Nashville Aquatic Club, took 3rd this morning with a 2:28.21. Nelson was the #2 seed to finish, behind only Keating.

200 MEN’S CHEST – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 2:05.95, Zac Stubble Cook (2022)
  • US Record – 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • US Open Record – 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • LC National Record – 2:07.17, Josh Prenot (2016)
  • World Record Juniors – 2:09.39, Haiyang Qin (2017)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Matt Fallon – 2:09.05
  2. Will Licon – 2:09.86
  3. Caspar Raven – 2:09.92
  4. Josh Matheny – 2:10.19
  5. AJ Pouch – 2:10.21
  6. Jake Foster – 2:10.52
  7. Max Reich – 2:11.58
  8. Colin Feehery – 2:12.29

The men’s 200 chest 9th moto saw a great race between Texas’ Caspar Raven and that of Indiana Josh Matheny. Corbeau took the early lead and hit the 100m turn a second ahead of Matheny. 19-year-old Matheny turned on the jets at the last 50, but quickly closed the gap. Finally, Corbeau arrived in 2:09.92, setting the 3rd fastest time of the morning. Matheny finished in 2:10.19, his fastest performance since he swam his personal best of 2:09.40 in 2019.

Heat 10 saw Matt Fallon nearly set his personal best and ripped to a 2:09.05 to clock the morning’s top time. Fallon put in an exceptional race, split 1:03.11 on the 1st 100 before coming home in 1:05.94. He picked up a 32.54 ball in 3rd 50. Fallon’s personal best is 2:08.91. AJ Pouch improved his personal best and finished 2nd in heat 10 with a 2:10.19.

Will Licon took the last heat in 2:09.86 and placed the 2nd fastest place of the morning.

WOMEN’S BACKSTROKE 200 – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • US Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • US Open Record – 2:05.08, Phoebe Bacon (2022)
  • LC National Record – 2:05.68, Missy Franklin (2013)
  • Junior World Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Isabelle Stadt – 2:09.69
  2. Claire Curzan – 2:10.84
  3. Rhyan White – 2:10.94
  4. Leah Smith – 2:11.01
  5. Reilly Tiltmann – 2:11.39
  6. Anna Peplowski – 2:11.66
  7. Natalie Mannion – 2:12.06
  8. Rosie Zavaros – 2:12.07

Isabelle Stadt was the only swimmer in the field to go below 2:10 this morning, with a healthy lead on her heat. Anna Peplowski attacked the last 50, but the lead Stadden had built up was far too big for the 19-year-old Indiana to overcome.

Notably, Anna Peplowski and Commonwealth Swimming 18-year-old Natalie Mannion both qualified for the ‘A’ final in the 200 backstroke. Both swimmers already qualified for the ‘A’ final in the 200 quite earlier in the session, coincidentally also each for the first time at 2:00 am in the event. We’ll be watching to see if these teens hold the double tonight, or if they choose to focus on one race.

Claire Curzan set a solid 2:10.84 and set the 2nd fastest time of the morning. Fellow World Champs Team Member Rhyan Whitethe highest seed that came in went to a 2:10.94 this morning. Leah Smithanother member of the World Champs team, swam a personal best of 2:11.01 to finish 4th this morning.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record – 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • American record – 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • US Open Record – 1:53.08, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • LC National Record – 1:53.08, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • Junior World Record – 1:55.14, Kliment Kolesnikov (2017)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

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