By Anne Lepesant on SwimSwam

2020 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

Session Four – Saturday, November 14

Women’s 1500m Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • American record: 15:20.48 5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open record: 15:20.48 5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 15:35.98 12/7/2019 Katie G Ledecky
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 16:49.19

Top 3:

  1. Erica Sullivan, SAND – 16:04.37
  2. Abby Dunford, SAND – 16:39.54
  3. Cathryn Salladin, RMDA – 17:01.37

Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers set the pace early on and swam to a 16:04.37 victory in the 1500 free, in a race with only the clock. She won by over a pool length.

The real excitement came from her 14-year-old teammate Abby Dunford, who chopped nearly 17 seconds off her previous PB and qualified for Olympic Trials with 16:39.54. Dunford moved from 95th in the 13-14 age group to 28th with her swim.

Cathryn Salladin of La Mirada Armada and South Bay’s Juli Arzave battled for 3rd place for much of the race but Salladin pulled away and finished 11.6 seconds ahead of Arzave with 17:01.37.

Women’s 200m Backstroke – Timed Finals

  • American record: 2:03.35 7/26/2019 Regan Smith
  • U.S. Open record: 2:05.68 6/25/2013 Missy Franklin
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 2:08.42 7/30/2008 Hayley McGregory
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:14.69

Top 3:

  1. Emma Karam, RENO – 2:14.25
  2. Kennedy Noble, YWSF – 2:15.24
  3. Samantha Pearson, TE – 2:15.63

Emma Karam of Reno dropped over 1 second to win the 200 back with a new Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:14.24. She was in second place at the halfway mark but came back over the next 100 in 1:08 to pass Samantha Pearson from Team Elite, who had led at the 100. Pearson went out very quickly but was outsplit by both Karam and YWSF’s Kennedy Noble over the second half. Pearson split her race 1:04/1:11 for a 2:15.63, while Noble’s second half of 1:09 gave her the second-place spot.

Alana Barthel of Aulea Swim Club won heat 2 in 2:18.22 for a drop of 9/10.

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • American record: 52.04 7/26/2019 Simone Manuel
  • U.S. Open record: 52.54 7/25/2018 Simone Manuel
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 53.42 12/7/2019 Erika Brown
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 56.29

Top 3:

  1. Bella Sims, SAND – 55.99
  2. Ella Mazurek, QSS – 57.00
  3. Anna Shaw, TOPS – 57.07

15-year-old Bella Sims of Sandpipers took .77 off her seed time to win the third heat of women’s 100 free and pick up yet another Olympic Trials cut. Her 55.99 was the only sub-57 of the day. Quicksilver’s Ella Mazurek was second to the wall in 57.00, 3/10 off her best. Lily Neumann of KSwim finished 3rd in the heat with 57.09, dropping .45.

Brea Aquatics’ Kenisha Liu won the final heat in 57.24, edging Mission Viejo’s Justina Kozan (57.32) and Anicka Delgado of Gator Swim Club (57.79).

Morgan Brophy of Scottsdale swam fly in the first heat, trying to pick up a Trials cut. She went 1:01.20, just .04 off her PB but .78 better than she had been on Friday night in the timed finals. The OT cut is 1:00.69.

Anna Shaw from Denver Hilltoppers won heat 2 in 57.07 ahead of Lucy Bell from Fort Collins Area (57.65).

Meredith Smithbaker of Team Vortex went for her 50 free cut. She split 26.00, which was .06 better than she had been on Friday morning but .01 off the Olympic Trials standard of 25.99. Still, she came into the meet with 26.55 and improved by over half a second.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Timed Finals

  • American record: 2:19.59 8/2/2012 Rebecca Soni
  • U.S. Open record: 2:20.38 7/7/2009 Rebecca Soni
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 2:22.00 12/7/2019 Emily Escobedo
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:33.29

Top 3:

  1. Isa Odgers, USC – 2:28.69
  2. Abigail Herscu, LAC – 2:32.97
  3. Mackenzie Miller, CLOV – 2:34.37

Isa Odgers won the final heat of 200 breast with 2:28.69, only .45 off her seed time. She got off to a sizeable lead early on and won the heat by more than 4 seconds. Abigail Herscu of Livermore Aqua Cowboys touched second in 2:32.97, a PB by .01. Manuela Mendolicchio from Clovis was 3rd with 2:35.39.

Mackenzie Miller of Clovis was the heat 3 winner in 2:34.37, a huge 2.4-second improvement from her seed time. 14-year-old Charlotte Burnham of Denver Hilltoppers came in second with 2:38.94, just ahead of La Mirada’s Elizabeth Ramirez (2:39.80).

Women’s 200m Butterfly – Timed Finals

  • American record: 2:04.14 7/30/2009 Mary Descenza
  • U.S. Open record: 2:05.87 7/25/2018 Hali Flickinger
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 2:07.20 12/4/1999 Susan O’Neill
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:14.59

Top 3:

  1. Katie Crom, MVN – 2:12.94
  2. Paige Kuwata, SAND – 2:15.30
  3. Lucy Bell, FAST – 2:15.68

Edith Simecek of Flatiron Athletic won heat 1 with 2:17.39, taking 1 second off her seed time. Touching second was Renee Gillilan of Fort Collins with 2:17.70, a big improvement from her previous PB of 2:19.45.

12-year-old Kayla Han of La Mirada won a close heat 2 in 2:20.58 and moved from 17th to 10th on the all-time list for 11-12 girls. Behind her were Pleasanton Seahawks’ Sydney Lu (2:20.93) and Mission Viejo’s Abby O’Sullivan (2:21.53).

Katie Crom of Mission went 2:12.94 to take the final heat with the top overall time. Paige Kuwata of Sandpipers came in 2nd in the heat with 2:15.39. Lucy Bell went 2:15.68 for 3rd. Justina Kozan, the number one seed, was DNS.

Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • American record: 14:39.48 8/13/2016 Connor Jaeger
  • U.S. Open record: 14:45.54 7/6/2008 Peter Vanderkaay
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 14:55.46 8/2/2017 Damien Joly
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 15:44.89

Top 3:

 

 

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Timed Finals

  • American record: 1:51.92 7/31/2009 Aaron Peirsol
  • U.S. Open record: 1:53.08 7/11/2009 Aaron Peirsol
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 1:54.59 8/5/2009 Nick Thoman
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:02.99

Top 3:

 

 

Men’s 100m Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • American record: 46.96 7/25/2019 Caeleb Dressel
  • U.S. Open record: 47.39 7/31/2019 Ryan Held
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 47.69 12/7/2019 Zach Apple
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 50.49

Top 3:

 

 

Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Timed Finals

  • American record: 2:07.17 6/30/2016 Josh Prenot
  • U.S. Open record: 2:07.17 6/30/2016 Josh Prenot
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 2:09.67 12/7/2019 Cody Miller
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:17.89

Top 3:

 

 

Men’s 200m Butterfly – Timed Finals

  • American record: 1:51.51 7/29/2009 Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open record: 1:52.20 7/2/2008 Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open Meet record: 1:55.60 12/7/2019 Luca Urlando
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 2:01.19

Top 3:

 

 

 

 

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