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Jun 29 17

Ledecky, Smith finish 1-2 for second night in a row

by ZwemZa
Katie Ledecky (USA Swimming)

Katie Ledecky (USA Swimming)

Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith have formed quite the 1-2 punch at the national level in the women’s mid-distance and distance events.

Last year at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the duo finished first and second in the 400m and 800m freestyles, then went on to win multiple medals in Rio between the two of them.

This week at the Phillips 66 National Championships, they’ve been at it again, taking 1-2 in both the 800m freestyle on Tuesday and in the 200m freestyle tonight.

Ledecky, of course, has come out on top in each of the contests between, but while some swimmers might find that a little intimidating or frustrating, Smith finds some confidence and comfort swimming next to Ledecky.

Because even if Smith can’t catch the world’s most dominant female swimmer, she takes comfort in knowing that if she’s anywhere close, she’s having a good swim.

The 2017 U.S. World Championships Team Roster
The top four swimmers in the men’s and women’s 200m freestyle, along with the first-place finishers in each of the other events tonight, officially qualified for the U.S. World Championships Team, which will compete July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary. The second-place finishers, and the fifth-and six-place finishers in the men’s and women’s 200m freestyle, will likely be added to the roster pending swimmers qualifying in multiple events.
For more details on who qualified, check out the race recaps, below.

Women’s 200m Freestyle
Ledecky led the women’s 200m freestyle from the first turn, leaving – as she so often does –the rest of the field fighting for second place. Her time of 1:54.84 was the fastest in the world this year. Finishing second behind her was Leah Smith in 1:56.68, followed by Melanie Margalis in 1:56.90 and Mallory Comerford in 1:56.95.
Each of the five Olympians in tonight’s final of the women’s 200m free finished in the top six, with Simone Manuel and Cierra Runge rounding out that group in 1:57.11 and 1:57.71.
It was Ledecky’s second win of the week after finishing 1-2 in last night’s 800m freestyle. It was Ledecky’s third career National Title in this event. By virtue of her second-place finish in the 200m free tonight, Smith will also be officially added to the roster in the 800.

Men’s 200m Freestyle
Townley Haas, who won Olympic gold in the 800m free relay last year in Rios, turned in the second-fastest time in the world this year in the men’s 200m free, leading from start to finish and touching in 1:45.03. Haas was ahead of U.S. Open-record pace through the 150-meter mark, but fell off down the homestretch. Another 2016 Olympian, Blake Pieroni, was second in 1:46.30, followed by Zane Grothe in 1:46.39 and Conor Dwyer in 1:47.25. Clark Smith was fifth in 1:47.29 and Caeleb Dressel was sixth in 1:47.51.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
The women’s 200m breaststroke looked to be a two-person race through the 100-meter mark, with Olympians Lilly King and Katie Meili going stroke-for-stroke into the wall. But just as King was beginning to pull away, Bethany Galat made her move heading into the third wall. Galat overtook Meili but wasn’t able to catch King, who touched in 2:21.83, the second-fastest time in the world this year. Galat finshed less than half a second behind in 2:22.24, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke
Kevin Cordes flirted with the world record in the 100m breaststroke through the 150-meter mark, but had to settle for the third-fastest time in the world this year in 2:07.41. Nic Fink came out on top of a three-way duel for second in 2:08.62, out-touching Olympian Josh Prenot by nine-hundredths of a second and Andrew Wilson by 19-hundredths of a second.
Wednesday’s win marked Cordes’ third national title in the 200m breast.

Women’s 200m Backstroke
Kathleen Baker, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m back, cruised to a win in the women’s 200m backstroke, turning in the fastest time in the world this year in 2:06.38. It was her first national title in this event Fifteen-year-old Regan Smith, a member of the 2016-17 National Junior Team, was second in 2:08.55.

Men’s 200m Backstroke
In a repeat of the finish at least year’s Olympic Trials, Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley – training teammates at Cal – finished 1-2 in the men’s 200m backstroke in 1:54.30 and 1:54.78.

Men’s and Women’s 50m Butterfly
Olympian Caeleb Dressel set the meet record in the men’s 50m butterfly in 23.05. His time bested the meet record of 23.26, set by Olympian Cullen Jones in this morning’s prelims. Kelsi Worrell won the women’s 50 fly in 25.69.

Jim Rusnak | Media Properties


Jun 29 17

Katie Ledecky wins again at U.S. swimming nationals

by ZwemZa
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 05:  Katie Ledecky adjust her cap following her preliminary heat of the Women's 400m Freestyle during day two of the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center on May 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 05: Katie Ledecky adjust her cap following her preliminary heat of the Women’s 400m Freestyle during day two of the Arena Pro Swim Series swim meet at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center on May 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky won for the second time in two nights, Wednesday taking the 200 meter freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 54.84 seconds, nearly two second ahead of Rio Olympics teammate Leah Smith.

And Ledecky isn’t even at her best.

Winners of each event at the U.S. nationals qualify for the world team. The runners-up are likely to be chosen but must wait for the selection process to be completed before officially finding out their fate. Ledecky won the 800 free on Tuesday, a win that also means she’s qualified in the 1,500.

Ledecky acknowledged Tuesday that she hasn’t tapered for this meet and said Wednesday she felt sluggish in the morning warm-ups. For America’s best woman swimmer, it didn’t matter.
“I was really happy with that (time), it felt good,” said Ledecky, who won’t race Thursday.

Cal swimmers took first and second in the men’s 200 backstroke. Three-time gold medalist Ryan Murphy won in 1:54.30 and Jacob Pebley was next in 1:54.78, more than two seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

Murphy and Pebley led from the start, touching 1-2 at each turn.

The times are the third- and fourth-fastest in the world this year.

Another Olympian living up to her hype was Lilly King. The brash Olympic gold medalist set up a potential world championship rematch with Yulia Efimova by winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.83, a personal best and the second-fastest race in the world this year — behind, yes, Efimova, who finished in 2:19.83 two weeks ago.

“I love racing, I’m just focused on me right now,” King said with a big grin when asked about facing Efimova again. “I love racing fast people. I love racing.”

During last summer’s Olympics, King turned heads in the usually genteel swimming world by calling Efimova a drug cheat. Efimova had been banned twice previously for doping.

But Indiana University’s star swimmer backed up her bold talk by claiming gold in the 100 breast and forcing Efimova to settle for silver. The anticipated rematch in the 200 breast didn’t materialize because King didn’t qualify for the finals.

The two haven’t squared off in a pool since, but King refused to back down from her previous comments while being repeatedly questioned about it. It’s also clear King isn’t content with just getting one more shot to beat up on Efimova at the world championships in Budapest, Hungary, next month.

She also wants to avenge her 12th-place Olympic finish in the 200.

“It’s embarrassing not being able to represent your country in the final, especially when you’re an American,” she said.

Chronicle News Services

Jun 28 17

2017 Phillips 66 National Championships Day 2 Prelims

by ZwemZa
Cullen Jones (USA Swimming)

Cullen Jones (USA Swimming)

Who knew Cullen Jones was a butterflier?
The two-time Olympian, known mostly for his prowess in the sprint freestyle, set the meet record in the men’s 50m butterfly Wednesday with a time of 23.26. He is the top seed heading into Wednesday’s finals.

Full Results
Here’s a look at some of the other highlights from this morning’s prelims:

Women’s 200m Freestyle
• Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) posted a 1:55.87 for the top seed, more than second faster than the next top finisher, Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics).
• Tonight’s top seeds include five Olympians, along with yesterday’s 100m free national champion, Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville).

Men’s 200m Freestyle
• Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia) posted the fastest time of the morning with a 1:46.85. He was followed by University of Texas teammate Clark Smith (Denver, Colo./Longhorn Aquatics).
• Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Trojan Swim Club) picked up the eighth seed for tonight’s final. He was the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in this event.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
• Lily King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University) notched a 2:24.68 for the top seed in tonight’s final, the only swimmer sub 2:25.00.
• At the 2016 Olympics, Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club) represented Team USA in the 100m breast. She’s picked up the third seed for tonight, and currently holds the fastest time in the country this year (2:23.18).
• 2012 Olympian Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz./New York Athletic Club) picked up the sixth seed. She won the national title in this event in 2013. Larson raced the 100m breast in Beijing.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke
• Andrew Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Longhorn Aquatics) posted a 2:08.64 to top the field.
• 2016 Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics), along with Olympian Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached) also return tonight as the third and fifth seeds, respectively. Prenot has one national title in this event, while Cordes has two.

Women’s 200m Backstroke
• Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite) will be tonight’s top seed after swimming a personal record in 2:08.56. Baker was the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m back.
• 15-year-old Regan Smith (Lakeview, Minn./Riptide Aquatics) was the second-fastest performer this morning, posting a 2:08.95.

Men’s 200m Backstroke
• Sean Lehane (Naperville, Ill./University of Tennessee) posted a 1:57.07 for the fastest time of the morning.
• Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) will be the third seed after posting a 1:57.35, followed by fellow 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley (Covallis, Ore./California Aquatics) as the fourth seed with a 1:57.49.

Women’s 50m Butterfly
• 2016 Olympian Kelsi Worrell (Westamption, N.J./University of Louisville) claimed the top spot heading into finals with a time of 25.78.
• Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif./North Coast Aquatics) is seeded fourth for tonight. She competed in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Men’s 50m Butterfly
• 33-year-old Cullen Jones (Irvington, Calif./Wolfpack Elite) broke the national championships record with a 23.26 to lead the field.
• In addition to Jones, three additional Olympians join the final, including Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif./California Aquatics) and Ryan Held (Springfield, Ill./NC State University).

USA Swimming


Jun 28 17

Soaring costs threaten Olympic Games future

by ZwemZa


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday praised Japanese organisers for slashing costs for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but warned that soaring Olympic budgets could see future bids dry up.

Tokyo 2020 coordination commission chairman John Coates noted that significant progress had been made since the IOC ordered local organisers to keep costs below $20 billion but added that more needed to be done.

“Apart from the fact you’ve got the budget down now to around $13 billion, the emphasis that you are continuing to work together to further reduce costs and optimise resources is not only important to you and taxpayers, but also very important to the IOC,” he said at the start of a three-day visit to Tokyo.

“We know you can pay for the Games in a city as strong financially as yours and with the support you get from the government, private sector and sponsorship,” added Coates.

“But it is important to us that when the costs of the Games in the final analysis become public that they’re going to attract (future) candidate cities, rather than scare them off.”

The IOC pledged earlier this year to make changes to the Olympic bidding process following the withdrawal of Budapest from the race to host the 2024 Games, leaving just Paris and Los Angeles in the running.

“If we appear to be pushing very hard on saving money, it’s for our own future that we are doing it – just as much as you want to do it for your taxpayers,” Coates said.

Rome, Hamburg and Boston all previously pulled the plug on their bids for the 2024 Summer Games, citing costs.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike last year ordered a review of the budget that recommended revised plans for three venues to reduce costs projected to balloon to more than $25 billion – four times the initial estimates when Tokyo won the 2020 hosting rights.

As Tokyo organisers battle to rein in costs, Coates added that a progress report on the troubled 2020 Olympic stadium would be high on the agenda during the coordination commission’s visit.

Japanese officials bungled the rollout of the showpiece venue in 2015 when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the blueprints for Tokyo’s new national stadium over its eye-watering $2 billion price tag.

Coates also said the commission hopes to decide on the 2020 Olympic role of Fukushima, which was hit by a nuclear meltdown following the deadly 2011 tsunami that devastated north-east Japan.

“We want to finalise how many games in baseball and softball will be held in Fukushima,” he said.

“We really want to honour the commitment that president (Thomas) Bach made to Prime Minister Abe to take events to Fukushima as part of the (region’s) recovery and rehabilitation. I think it’s critical we do that.”


Jun 28 17

Le Clos meets Pope, and swims fast

by ZwemZa
Chad le Clos

Chad le Clos

With four weeks to go before the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Chad le Clos is making good progress ahead of the global swimming showpiece.

Meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican City, the Olympic gold medallist will hope his hard work and some divine intervention will see him reclaim his 200m butterfly title.

Le Clos was the only South African swimmer in action at the weekend’s Sette Colli Gala where he won the 100m butterfly and finished second in the 200m event.

The South African swimming sensation touched the wall first in the 100m butterfly in a time of 51.65 seconds.

He was followed by Italian duo Piero Codia and Matteo Rivolta, second and third in 51.93 and 52.30 respectively.

Buoyed by the world-leading time of 51.29 he posted at the South African Championships in April in Durban, Le Clos will be confident of successfully defending his 100m butterfly in Budapest.

Le Clos went toe-to-toe with 200m butterfly favourite Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary in Rome over the weekend.

Kenderesi, who finished ahead of Le Clos in the 200m butterfly at the Rio Olympic Games for the bronze medal, narrowly beat the South African in the Italian capital.

Le Clos will take confidence from his performance in the 200m butterfly as he dipped below 1:55 for the first time this season.

He took the race out fast, turning first in 53.86 after the first 100m with Kenderesi following behind him in 55.26.

The Hungarian pipped Le Clos over the final lap, touching first in a season’s best 1:54.33.

Posting his fastest time this season Le Clos raced home in 1:54.87 beating Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:56.05), who boasts the second fastest time in the world this year.

Ockert de Villiers | IOL

Jun 28 17

Ledecky wins 800 crown at US world trials

by ZwemZa
Katie Ledecky gets ready for an event at last year's Arena Pro Series in Mesa.(Photo: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)

Katie Ledecky gets ready for an event at last year’s Arena Pro Series in Mesa.(Photo: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)

Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle Tuesday at the US Swim Championships with this year’s fastest time in the world only 25 minutes after another final.

World record-holder and reigning world and Olympic champion Ledecky, who placed sixth in the 100 free, took the 800 crown in 8mins 11.50secs with Leah Smith, sixth at Rio, taking second, 8.96 seconds back.

Ledecky could swim in four individual events and two relays at next month’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, with a strong showing at this five-day meet in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“It’s important to get the job done here and get to Budapest and do a lot,” Ledecky said. “So far I’m setting myself up well but it’s just the first day.”

While it was a 2017 world best, the winning time was only the ninth-best for Ledecky, who captured 200, 400 and 800 free Olympic gold last year in Rio – defending the 800 crown she won in London – and helped the US women’s 4×200 relay win as well.

Ledecky won the world 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle titles and shared in a 4×200 free relay win in 2013 in Barcelona then defended those crowns and adding the 200 world title in 2015 at Russia.

Mallory Comerford, who matched Ledecky for the 200-yard free US college crown, won the women’s 100 free in 52.81 seconds, shaving 1.1 seconds off her pre-meet personal best.

Rio Olympic co-champion Simone Manuel was second in 53.05.

Ledecky was sixth in 54.35, matching her seed position. That, combined with the second-best US split time on the Rio 4×100 free relay, should make her a contender to swim the same relay at Budapest.

“All of us want to throw down some good times,” Ledecky said. “We want to keep that momentum going from 2016.”

Ledecky will swim for world berths and US crowns on Wednesday in the 200 free, on Friday in the 400 free and on Saturday in the 1 500 free.

Nathan Adrian, a five-time Olympic and world champion on relays, out-touched Caeleb Dressel at the wall to win his eighth US title in the men’s 100 freestyle in 47.96, edging double Rio relay gold medallist Dressel by .01.

Jack Conger, who helped the US 4×200 freestyle relay win Rio Olympic gold, captured the men’s 200 butterfly in 1:54.47, beating Pace Clark by .11 of a second. Top seed Chase Kalisz, who took Rio 400 individual medley silver, was third in 1:54.79.

Hali Flickinger, who finished seventh at last year’s Rio Olympics, claimed her second women’s 200 butterfly national crown in 2:07.60, beating Dakota Luther by 1.11 seconds.

True Sweetser, the 2015 US runner-up, won the men’s 1 500 free in 14:59.73 with Robert Finke in second, 1.58 seconds back.

Top finishers from Tuesday’s finals on the first day of the US Swim Championships at Indianapolis, Indiana, a qualifying meet for next month’s World Championships in Budapest (all distances meters):


100 freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian 47.96 seconds, 2. Caeleb Dressel 47.97, 3. Townley Haas 48.20, 4. Zachary Apple 48.23, 5. Michael Chadwick 48.48, 6. Blake Pieroni 48.49

1,500 freestyle: 1. True Sweetser 14:59.73, 2. Robert Finke 15:01.31, 3. PJ Ransford 15:01.82

200 butterfly: 1. Jack Conger 1:54.47, 2. Pace Clark 1:54.58, 3. Chase Kalisz 1:54.79


100 freestyle: 1. Mallory Comerford 52.81, 2. Simone Manuel 53.05, 3. Lia Neal 53.59, 4. Kelsi Worrell 53.99, 5. Olivia Smoliga 54.31, 6. Katie Ledecky 54.35

800 freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky 8:11.50, 2. Leah Smith 8:20.46, 3. Hannah Moore 8:27.58

200 butterfly: 1. Hali Flickinger 2:07.60, 2. Dakota Luther 2:08.71, 3. Sarah Gibson 2:08.75

Jun 28 17

Swimmers step up to high stakes challenges on first night of US Nationals

by ZwemZa


High stakes set up some epic battles in the pool Tuesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

On the line were spots on the U.S. World Championships Team, which will compete July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary.

And when the wake finally settled in the Indiana University Natatorium, 12 swimmers officially punched their tickets to Worlds – Hali Flickinger in the women’s 200m butterfly; Jack Conger in the men’s 200m butterfly; Mallory Comerford, Simone Manuel, Lia Neal and Kelsi Worrell in the women’s 100m freestyle (and 400m free relay); Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Townley Haas and Zachary Apple in the men’s 100m freestyle (and 400m free relay); Katie Ledecky in the 800m freestyle; and True Sweetser in the men’s 1500m freestyle.

Here’s a look at some of the action:

Race of the Night

This honor came down to three races – the men’s 200m butterfly, the women’s 100m freestyle and the men’s 100m free.

Each race had its own drama.

In the men’s 200m butterfly, Conger took the lead at the first 50 and held off challengers Pace Clark and Chase Kalisz each length for the win in 1:54.47, out-touching Clark by 11-hundredths of a second.

Comerford upset Olympic champion Simone Manuel in the 100m free, finishing with a meet record of 52.81, just 11-hundredths off the American record Manuel set last year in he gold-medal swim in Rio. It was also the third-fastest time in the world this year. Manuel was second in 53.05, followed by Neal in 53.59 and Worrell in 53.99.

Then in the men’s 100m free, Adrian out-touched Dressel in the last stroke to win by a hundredth of a second, 47.96 to 47.97. Adrian’s time was the third-fastest in the world this year, Dressel’s the fourth-fastest. With the win, Adrian has captured eight of the last nine long course National Titles in the 100m free. Haas took the third spot in 48.20, with Apple taking fourth in 49.49.

So of the three, which was race of the night?

It’s a tough one, but the nod goes to Adrian, just based on the closeness of the race and where it places him (and Dressel, for that matter) heading into worlds.

Below, Adrian and Conger talk about the keys to winning a close race. For Adrian Tuesday, it came down to the finish. For Conger, it was his strategy that made the difference.

Upset of the Night

This is an easy one. A swimmer looking to make a name for herself, stepping up and taking down an Olympic champion and a meet record en route to qualifying for her first World Championship team. The honor goes to Comerford in the 100m free.

Ledecky Watch

As expected, Katie Ledecky won the women’s 800m free. Her time of 8:11.50 was the fastest time in the world this year, and the ninth-fastest performance of all time in this event. Ledecky now holds the 14 fastest performances of all time in the 800m free, and 18 of the top 20 fastest performances of all time. Olympic teammate Lea Smith was second in 8:20.46, making her the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year behind Ledecky.

True Sweetser celebrates his victory in the 1500m free at the 2017 National Championships.Photo of the Night: The Look of Pure Joy

Nineteen-year-old True Sweetser of Stanford qualified for his first World Championships team with a win in the 1500m freestyle. Sweetser was third in a three-way race between him, Robert Finke and PJ Ransford when Sweetser made his move at around the 1200-meter mark. He passed the other two swimmers with about 150 meters to go and cruised to the win in 14:59.73. Finke was second in 15:01.31, followed by Ransford in 15:01.82.

The Women’s 200m Fly

Flickinger won the women’s 200m butterfly, her second National title in this event. Flickinger led the field from start to finish, touching in 2:07.60. Finishing about a second behind her was 17-year-old Dakota Luther of the Austin Swim Club in 2:08.71.

A Word About Qualifying

Officially, only the top four finishers in the 100m free, and the winners in each of the other events were named to the 2017 U.S. World Championships Team Tuesday. Fifth- and sixth-place finishers in the 100, along with the second-place finishers in each of the other events will likely be added to the team, pending swimmers qualifying in multiple events.

Jim Rusnak | Media Properties

Jun 28 17

2017 Phillips 66 National Championships Day 1 Finals Recap

by ZwemZa

sweetser17Women’s 200m Butterfly
1. Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:07.60
2. Dakota Luther (Austin, Texas/Austin Swim Club), 2:08.71
3. Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas/Texas A&M), 2:08.75

Race Notes

  • Flickinger won her second national title in the 200m fly (2015) and claimed the first spot on the Team USA’s 2016 world championships roster. Her time is currently the ninth-fastest in the world in 2017.
  • 17-year-old Luther is coached by six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen.


Hali Flickinger: “I want to have that race, where I hit the wall and jaws drop … to have a very strong 200 fly, I want to do that for our country to make that a strong event for us.”

Men’s 200m Butterfly
1. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 1:54.47
2. Pace Clark (Memphis, Tenn./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:54.58
3. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), 1:54.79

Race Notes

  • Conger claimed his first national time and made the world championships roster for the first time.
  • Conger’s time is the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.
  • Clark and Kalisz followed with the fifth and sixth fastest times in the world this year, all three swims were personal bests.


Jack Conger: “It was just a really good feeling … With Michael [Phelps] gone that butterfly is completely wide open, and I wanted to stamp my ticket and make a statement.”

Women’s 100m Freestyle
1. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 52.81
2. Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 53.05
3. Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y./Stanford Swimming), 53.59

Race Notes

  • Comerford broke the U.S. Open record and lowered her national championships record from this morning; her time is also the third fastest in the world this year.
  • Tonight’s win claimed the first national title and first spot on the world championships roster for Comerford.
  • With a runner-up finish, Manuel earned a spot on the world championships roster for the third time.
  • Neal and Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./University of Louisville) have qualified for the world championships roster in the women’s 4x100m free relay.


Mallory Comerford: “I was training hard and racing my own race. I’ve been working hard and trying to figure out long course – it’s nice for it to be clicking. I just love to race, so to get out there and compete against this field was a blast.”

Men’s 100m Freestyle
1. Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 47.96
2. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 47.97
3. Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 48.20

Race Notes

  • Adrian won his eighth national title in the 100m free.
  • This win marks Adrian’s fourth time being named to the world championships roster; Dressel also earned a spot on the world championships roster with his runner-up finish.
  • Adrian’s time is the third fastest in the world this year, while Dressel is now ranked fourth.
  • Haas and Zachary Apple (Trenton, Ohio/Auburn) also have been named to the world championships roster for the men’s 4x100m free relay. This will be the first world championships for Dressel, Haas and Apple.


Nathan Adrian: “We’re in a good place. For so long I had to answer all these … questions about what happened to American sprinting, and I don’t have to answer those questions anymore. I’m happy about that.”

Women’s 800m Freestyle
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 8:11.50
2. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 8:20.46
3. Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./NC State Swimming), 8:27.58

Race Notes

  • Ledecky notched her 11th national title and fifth win in the 800m free.
  • Ledecky has qualified for her third world championships roster.
  • Ledecky’s time is the fastest in the world this year.
  • Smith’s time was the second-fastest mark in the world this year.


Katie Ledecky: “I didn’t rest too much for this [meet]. Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered that I’ve been over the past couple of years. I’m getting in and racing. I have confidence from training that I can get up and go times like that.”

Men’s 1500m Freestyle
1. True Sweetser (Hernando, Fla./Stanford Swimming), 14:59.73
2. Robert Finke (Tampa, Fla./St. Pettersburg Aquatics), 15:01.31
3. P.J. Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y./University of Michigan), 15:01.82

Race Notes

  • Sweetser notched the ninth-fastest time in the world this year in the 1500m free.
  • This victory is Sweetser’s first national title and first spot on the world championships team.


True Sweetser: “I knew going into the final that a lot of guys get excited and like to go out fast, and I just wanted to make sure that I went out as controlled as I could and have a really strong back half. I had a lot of confidence from the training that I’ve put in, I’m so happy with how it panned out – I can’t believe it!”


USA Swimming

Jun 27 17

Talented Australian teenagers touted for future success, selected on NextGEN squad

by ZwemZa
(Australian Swimming)

(Australian Swimming)

Twenty-two talented teenagers have been selected in the 2017 NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program following on from their recent performances at the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships in April and their selection on to the FINA World Junior Championship team.

Each year Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) provides Swimming Australia with a grant to assist identified junior athletes to gain exposure at international competitions, assisting these promising athletes to be selected in future Australian Commonwealth Games teams.

The NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program, which was first introduced in 2014 has seen a number of athletes progress on the development pathway and onto the senior team. The funding that Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) generously supply for the squad has enabled many young athletes to experience a level of competition and support that they may not have had access to without help from the CGA.

In 2017 Gold Coast young-gun Elijah Winnington will headline the squad after winning eight gold medals from his eight events at the Age Championships and setting three new personal best times along the way.

The Richard Scarce coached swimmer, who trains alongside World Championship silver medallist Cameron McEvoy, said he was really happy with his performances at Age and would now look to improve on his times at Worlds.

“After the Age Championships, the plan is to just train hard and get ready for Junior Worlds,” Winnington said.

“I’ll sit down with my coach and reassess my times and set new goals, and if I can hit those goals, whatever comes with that will be great.

“It’s a big honour for me to race at the World Junior Championships, as this is the pinnacle that an athlete can reach; to compete for your country.

Joining Winnington will be an exciting and emerging young group of swimmers including, breaststroker Zac Stubblety-Cook, freestyle all-rounder Molly Batchelor and 13-year-old rising star Jenna Forrester.

Over the past 6 years Swimming Australia has had 30 swimmers transition from the NextGEN AUSComGames Squad Program to represent Australia on major international teams and since 2014, 13 athletes have subsequently progressed to the Australian Dolphins Swim Team, including Olympic medallists Kyle Chalmers and Tamsin Cook.

In 2016 Jack Cartwright, Daniel Cave, Kaylee McKeown, Ariarne Titmus, Louis Townsend and Matthew Wilson were all part of the NextGEN Squad and have just this year gained selection onto the 2017 Australian Dolphins Swim Team that will compete at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest and are looking in fine form for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Swimming Australia High Performance Pathway Manager Jamie Salter said, CGA’s support has been vital to the success our youth teams have had on the international stage.

“Over the last four years we’ve won over 80 medals on our representative Youth Teams, and 40 per cent of these have been Gold,” Salter said.

“We have a very proud history on the Dolphins Swim Team and the level of investment from the CGA is vital to our Pathway programs to ensure we’re continuing to develop swimmers for podium success on the senior teams.

“We’re very grateful for the investment of the CGA as their significant contribution gives so many of our young swimmers opportunities that they may otherwise not get,” Salter added.

The swimmers will next week head to Canberra for a Youth Camp from July 2 to 8 with the focus on team familiarisation and preparation for the World Junior Championships in August.

The camp will focus on education and learning opportunities, innovative sports science, including 3D motion capture, and a visit from Olympian and mentor Matt Abood are all on the agenda for the week long camp.

The World Junior Championships will be held in Indianapolis, USA from August 23 to 28

Swimming Australia would like to recognise and thank CGA for the support provided for our Youth Development programs.

The 2017 NextGEN AusComGames Squad:

Zac Stubblety-Cook – West Brisbane Aquatic
Sarah Beale – Acacia Bayside
Nathan Robinson – Unattached (formerly St Peters Western)
Lydia Murray – St Peters Western
Molly Batchelor – Nunawading
Shikira-Lee Matheson – St Peters Western
Jacob Vincent – St Peters Western (formerly Miami)
Sharni Robinson – St Peters Western
Elijah Winnington – Bond
Jacob Whale – Flyer
Eliza King – Rackley
Sienna McDonald – St Peters Western
Natasha Ramsden – Abbotsleigh
Stuart Swinburn – University of NSW
Zachary Attard – Carlile
Jemima Horwood – UWA West Coast
Tanya Stovgaard – Southport Olympic
Leon MacAlister – Carlile
Jordan Brunt – Southport Olympic
Jasmine Hopkins – Bussleton
David Schlicht – MLC Aquatic
Kayla Costa – Nunawading


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