2016 U.S. Open Swimming Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day three prelims of the 2016 U.S. Open Swimming Championships. Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.


  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 100 Fly
  • Men’s 100 Fly

Women’s 400 IM:

Bethany Galat of Aggie Swim Club continued to flex her individual medley dominance with the top morning swim in the women’s 400 IM. Galat stopped the clock at a 4:44.48 to grab the top seed going into tonight’s final. Galat’s best time sits at a 4:37.69, setting her up for a potential challenge of the U.S. Open meet record of 4:38.38.

University of Alabama’s Mia Nonnenberg picked up the second place seed with a time of 4:47.79, about five seconds off her seed time of 4:42.19.

Hannah Moore of NC State grabbed the third place seed with a time of 4:48.15, just ahead of Madisyn Cox’s finish of 4:48.55.

Aberdeen Swim Club’s Hannah Kastigar and Y-Spartaquatics’ Savanna Faulconer delivered similar times in prelims to finish fifth and sixth respectively in prelims. Kastigar stopped the clock at a 4:50.12 over Faulconer’s 4:50.18.

Brooke Zeiger of University of Minnesota turned in a 4:50.96 for the seventh place seed, while Indiana University’s Sam Lisy was eighth with a 4:52.20.

Men’s 400 IM:

Gamecock Aquatics’ Tom Peribonio and Wisconsin Aquatics’ Michael Weiss kept a tight race in prelims of the men’s 400 IM, finishing .04 seconds apart to return as tonight’s top two seeds. Peribonio delivered a time of 4:20.71, while Weiss claimed second with a 4:20.75.

The third place seed was earned by Gator Swim Club’s Mark Szaranek and his time of 4:21.74.

Max Williamson of Stanford took fourth in prelims with a time of 4:23.06, while Club Wolverine’s PJ Hansford grabbed fifth with a 4:26.86.

Alexander Lebed, unattached, (4:27.05), Edina Swim Club’s Johnthomas Larson (4:29.74), and Irish Aquatics’ Tommy Anderson (4:27.17) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 100 Fly:

Swim Wales’ Alys Margaret Thomas led a swift women’s 100 fly field in prelims posting the only sub-59 of the morning. Thomas stopped the clock at a 58.89 to grab the first place seed and challenge the U.S. Open meet record of 58.18.

Sarah Gibson of Aggie Swim Club picked up the second place seed with a time of 59.04, just ahead of Aquazot’s Eva Merrell’s 59.16.

North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt delivered a close 59.29 for the fourth place seed, while fifth fell to South Florida’s Claire Donahue (59.71).

Aliena Schmidtke, swimming unattached, and Schroeder YMCA’s Hannah Saiz posted similar times for the sixth and seventh place seeds. Schmditke stopped the clock at a 59.85 over Saiz’s 59.89.

Cardinal Aquatics’ Mallory Comerford was eighth with a 1:00.28.

Men’s 100 Fly:

Indiana University’s Vini Lanza edged out the competition in prelims with a time of 52.95 to be the only athlete under the 53-second mark.

Zach Harting of Cardinal Aquatics grabbed the second place seed with a time of 53.63, just ahead of teammate Josh Quallen and Race Pace Club’s Michael Andrew. Quallen and Andrew delivered matching times of 53.70 to tie for the third place seed.

Australia’s Nicholas Brown finished a close fifth with a time of 53.72, while Irish Aquatics’ Matthew Grauslys was sixth with a 53.73.

Club Mountaineer’s Bryce Bohman (53.78) and University of Alabama’s Laurent Bams (53.83) were seventh and eighth respectively.