2016 AT&T Winter National Championships: Day 4 Finals Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day four finals of the 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships. Competition begins at 4:50 p.m. EST with live streaming available via usaswimming.org. Results can be found at Omega Timing or on Meet Mobile – “2016 AT&T Winter National Championships.

Heat sheets


  • Women’s 1650 Free (Fastest heat)
  • Men’s 1650 Free (Fastest heat)
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 100 Free
  • Men’s 100 Free
  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Men’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 200 Fly
  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 400 Free Relay
  • Men’s 400 Free Relay

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Women’s 1650 Free:

Brooke Zeiger of Minnesota outdated the competition in timed finals of the women’s 1650 free. Geiger stopped the clock at a 15:44.00 to post the second fastest NCAA time for the 2016-17 season, sitting behind only Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (15:03.92).

Sandpipers of Nevada’s Erica Sullivan took second overall with a strong 15:47.39, while Ohio State’s Lindsey Clary was third with a 15:57.03. Clary’s time moves her to third in the NCAA rankings behind Zeiger and Ledecky.

The Hoosier duo of Stephanie Marchuk and Cassy Jernberg finished fourth and fifth with times of 16:10.11 and 16:10.44 respectively.

Florida’s Autumn Finke grabbed sixth with a 16:14.89, just ahead of FAST’s Cathryn Salladin and her time of 16:14.98.

Erin Emery of Minnesota rounded out the top eight with a time of 16:21.08.

Men’s 1650 Free:

Indiana’s Marwan El Kamash delivered the top time in timed finals of the men’s 1650 free. Kamash’s time of 14:48.34 moves him to third in the NCAA rankings for the 2016-17 season.

Florida’s Ben Lawless posted the only other sub-15 minute swim with a final time of 14:58.83, which puts him in the top ten for the 2016-17 season. Teammate Blake Manganiello picked up the bronze medal with a 15:02.06 showing.

Taylor Abbott of Tennessee took home fourth with a 15:03.43, while Florida’s Taylor Delk was fifth with a 15:05.12.

FAST’s Simon Lamar (15:07.09), Indiana’s Jack Collins (15:07.58), and Indiana’s Jackson Miller (15:08.40) completed the top eight.

Women’s 200 Back:

Bridgette Alexander claimed her second championship gold medal with a top showing in the women’s 200 backstroke. Alexander posted the only sub-1:53 time in finals, stopping the clock with a 1:52.38 to earn her second backstroke title of the meet.

NC State’s Hannah Moore picked up the silver medal with a 1:53.51 showing, shaving just over a second off her prelims time. Kristen Romano of Long Island Aquatic Club rounded out the podium with a final time of 1:53.98.

Erin Earley of Hopkins Mariner touched fourth in finals with a 1:55.05, just ahead of City of Mobile’s Paige Madden and her time of 1:55.07.

Minnesota’s Tevyn Waddell (1:55.21), Phoenixville’s Emma Seiberlich (1:55.47), and Indiana’s Ally Rockett (1:57.39) finished sixth through eighth.

Men’s 200 Back:

Arkady Vyatchanin of New York Athletic Club delivered a smooth swim in finals of the men’s 200 back. Vyatchanin’s swim was highlighted by a smooth stroke and strong walls as he powered his way to 1:40.12 for his first gold medal of the meet.

FAST’s Omar Pinzon stuck close with Vyatchanin throughout the race to finish second overall with a time of 1:41.27, just ahead of Indiana’s Bob Glober and his time of 1:41.96.

Mark Nikolaev of Grand Canyon University turned in a 1:42.99 for fourth, followed by UNC’s Michael Meyer and his time of 1:43.39.

Club Mountaineer’s Bryce Bohman (1:44.48), Metroplex’s Jason Park (1:45.90), and Yuval Safra (1:47.26) were sixth through eighth respectively.

Women’s 100 Free:

Despite having one of the slower reaction times off the block, Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey picked up a win in the women’s 100 free. Ivey displayed a smooth and strong stroke that allowed her to hold off the competition and finish first in a time of 48.33.

University of North Carolina teammates Sarah Hitchens and Caroline Baldwin picked up the silver and bronze medals with times of 48.74 and 48.86 respectively.

Georgia Tech’s Iris Wang finished fourth overall with a 49.15, followed by Gold’s Emma Cole and her time of 49.30.

SMU’s Victoria Cunningham was sixth with a 49.39, while Nation’s Capital’s Katie Mack took seventh with a 49.76.

Zoe Avestruz of Minnesota was disqualified from the event.

Men’s 100 Free:

Minnesota’s Bowen Becker delivered some outside smoke from lane one of the men’s 100 free final, sneaking his hand in at the finish to claim the championship gold medal. Becker stopped the clock at a final time of 42.87, leading the pack for the majority of the race and posting a personal best time.

The field narrowed substantially from there as the second through fourth place swimmers posted times within .12 seconds. Indiana’s Anze Tavcar picked up a narrow silver medal with a 43.12 finish over Great Omaha’s Jacob Molacek’s 43.14.

Dyanmo Swim Club’s Matias Koski picked up fourth with a 43.24, followed by Indiana’s Sam Lorentz and his time of 43.48.

Paul Fair of Minnesota finished sixth with a 43.80, while Jack Dolan (44.08) and Indiana’s Josh Romany (44.22) completed the top eight.

Women’s 200 Breast:

Breeja Larson of New York Athletic Club built upon a smooth stroke to take home gold in the women’s 200 breaststroke. Larson stopped the clock at a 2:06.42, shaving some time off her prelims swim of 2:08.27.

Club Wolverine’s Miranda Tucker made her move in the back half of the race to stick close to Larson and pick up the silver medal with a 2:07.44.

Nikol Popov of Canyons Aquatics made her way to the podium with a 2:09.13 for third.

Minnesota’s Lindsey Horejsi took fourth overall with a 2:10.05, followed by Kendra Crew and her time of 2:11.39.

Danielle Herrmann of Clovis started out strong, leading after the first 50 yards, but faded to sixth and a time of 2:11.40.

Metroplex’s Vanessa Pearl and Ohio State’s Taylor Vargo completed the heat with times of 2:!1.64 and 2:13.44 respectively.

Men’s 200 Breast:

Kevin Cordes, swimming unattached, picked up his second championship gold medal of the meet in the men’s 200 breaststroke final, but not without some strong competition from WEST’s Nick Zito and Minnesota’s Conner McHugh. Cordes stopped the clock at a 1:53.51, relying upon his signature long stroke to propel him away from the competition.

Zito grabbed second with a final time of 1:54.67, followed closely by McHugh and his time of 1:54.85.

Miguel De Lara, swimming unattached, finished fourth overall with a 1:55.65, while veteran Mike Alexandrov, representing New York Athletic Club, was fifth with a 1:56.62.

Minnesota’s John Bushman (1:56.83), Juan Sequera (1:56.94), and Canyons Aquatic’s Tanner Olson (1:57.40) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 200 Fly:

Hannah Saiz of Schroeder YMCA turned up the heat in the back half of the women’s 200 fly to take the gold medal. Saiz turned in a time of 1:55.73, about .70 seconds off her personal best.

Ohio State’s Meg Bailey posted a 1:56.10 to grab the silver medal and post a personal best time. Bailey was followed to the wall by University of North Carolina teammates Caty Hulsey (1:56.45) and Sarah Koucheki (1:56.52).

Danielle Nack of Minnesota led throughout the first half of the race, but faded to fifth in the second half, settling for a time of 1:56.83.

The Hoosier duo of Reagan Cook and Gia Dalesandro collected sixth and seventh place respectively with times of 1:57.50 and 1:58.36.

Tennessee’s Michelle Cefal was eighth with a time of 1:59.04.

Men’s 200 Fly:

Indiana’s Vini Lanza powered to a decisive win in the men’s 200 fly, posting a personal best time and the fastest time in the NCAA for the 2016-17 season. Lanza stopped the clock at a 1:41.34, finishing ahead of the competition by close to two body lengths.

Nation’s Capital’s Sam Pomajevich finished second overall with a time of 1:44.03, while Pasadena’s Sean Lee picked up the bronze medal with a time of 1:45.57.

Luis Soto Ramirez posted a fourth place finish of 1:45.98, followed by Upper Main Line’s Brendan Burns and his time of 1:46.50.

Indiana’s Max Irwin (1:47.13), Sandpipers of Nevada’s Carter Grimes (1:47.29), and Michigan State’s Scott Piper (1:48.18) finished sixth through eighth.

Women’s 400 Free Relay:

The Minnesota women’s ‘A’ relay took home gold in the 400 free relay with a combined time of 3:18.92. Minnesota was represented in the pool by Zoe Avestruz (49.24), Danielle Nack (49.19), Katelyn Holmqvist (50.80), and Tevyn Waddell (49.69).

Indiana’s Ally Rockett (50.00), Gia Dalesandro (51.19), Holly Spears (49.75), and Delaney Barnard (49.88) posted a combined time of 3:20.82 for second overall.

Villanova rounded out the podium as relay members Elise Pidutti (51.28), Darby Goodwin (50.67), Taylor Wilson (50.19), and Alexa Fabbri (49.35) turned in a combined time of 3:21.49.

Men’s 400 Free Relay:

The Indiana Hoosiers completed the meet with a sweep of the men’s relays. The relay team of Vini Lanza (43.28), Marwan El Kamash (43.23), Anze Tavcar (42.81), and Josh Romany (43.61) posted a combined time of 2:52.93 for the gold.

Minnesota added a silver medal to their collection with a combined time of 2:54.89. The Gophers were represented in the relay by Bowen Becker (43.03), Paul Fair (43.54), Noah Busch (44.11), and Daryl Turner (44.21).

Grand Canyon University’s relay team of Jacob Lambros (44.34), Bogdan Plavin (43.93), Mark Nikolaev (43.04), and Daniil Antipov (44.31) completed the podium with a time of 2:55.62.