2016 U.S. Open Swimming Championships: Day Two Finals Live Recap

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

Events:

  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 400 Free
  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Men’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

Women’s 400 Free:

The women in the 400 free kickstarted night two with an explosion of speed and talent, collectively lowering their seed times across the board. North Baltimore’s Sierra Schmidt moved up from her fourth place seed to claim first with a 4:08.82, shaving 4.88 seconds off her prelims time of 4:13.70.

Sliding to second was this morning’s leader Ashley Twichell of Mission Viejo. Twichell lowered her prelims time of 4:11.50 to a 4:09.10 to finish second overall.

Marietta Marlins’ Stephanie Peters picked up third with a final 4:09.55 to be the only other athlete under the 4:10 mark.

York YMCA’s Courtney Harnish turned in a time of 4:13.03 for fourth, while Indiana University’s Stephanie Marchuk took fifth with a 4:13.75.

Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada finished sixth overall with a time of 4:13.91.

Marlins of Raleigh’s Madison Homovich (4:15.61) and Boilermaker Aquatics’ Kaersten Meitz (4:15.99) rounded out the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 400 Free:

The fast swims continued into the men’s 400 free with Badger Swim Club’s Zane Grothe overturning the existing meet record of 3:47.62 by almost two full seconds. Grothe stopped the clock at a 3:45.63 to overturn Michael Klueh’s meet record of 2008.

COSSS’ Nicholas Grainger posted a 3:47.83 to finish second overall, just ahead of Gator Swim Club’s True Sweetser’s 3:47.94.

Picking up fourth overall was Liam Egan of Crimson Aquatics with a 3:50.16.

Swim Wales’ Daniel Jervis grabbed fifth overall with a time of 3:53.46, while PJ Ransford of Club Wolverine was sixth with a 3:54.02.

Andrew Brady (3:56.58), swimming unattached, and Kentucky Aquatics’ Isaac Jones (3:58.57) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Women’s 200 Breast:

Bethany Galat of Aggie Swim Club dashed ahead of the competition in the women’s 200 breast to claim first overall with a 2:24.34, finishing close to three seconds ahead of the competition.

Madisyn Cox, swimming unattached, slipped to second with a time of 2:27.21, scratching close to half a second off her prelims time of 2:27.69.

Picking up the bronze medal was Miranda Tucker, swimming unattached, with a final time of 2:28.24.

Olivia Anderson of Aquajets and Anna Belousova of Nation’s Capital kept a close race for fourth, posting times .11 seconds apart. Anderson got her hands to the wall first with a 2:28.55 over Belousova’s 2:28.66.

Aggie Swim Club’s Medina Gonzalez finished sixth with a time of 2:29.31, while Cardinal Aquatics’ Andee Cottrell grabbed seventh with a 2:29.95.

Franko Jonker of Aggie Swim Club was eighth with a 2:30.88.

Men’s 200 Breast:

A swift final highlighted the men’s 200 breast with the top two swimmers posting times under the existing U.S. Open meet record. Longhorn Aquatics’ Andrew Wilson and Longborough’s James Wilby both posted times underneath the existing meet record of 2:10.36 set in 2013 by Scott Weltz. Wilson stopped the clock at a 2:09.73 to finish first and officially claim the new meet record. Wilby settled for second and a final time of 2:10.01.

Picking up third was Marat Amaltdinov of Boilermaker Aquatics with a final time of 2:11.91.

Australia’s Matthew Wilson grabbed fourth overall with a time of 2:12.27.

New Zealand’s Julian Layton and WEST’s Nick Zito delivered matching times of 2:14.46 to tie for fifth.

Powel Crosley’s Jonathan Rutter (2:16.15) and Indiana University’s Cody Taylor (2:17.56) completed the top eight.

Women’s 200 Back:

Australia’s Sian Whittaker maintained her spot atop the leaderboard in the women’s 200 back with a final time of 2:08.64. Whittaker’s time challenged the existing U.S. Open meet record of 2:08.42.

Aquazot’s Eva Merrell turned in a final time of 2:09.54 to grab the silver medal, while NC State’s Hannah Moore delivered a 2:10.14 for the bronze.

Longhorn Aquatics’ Tasija Karosas finished fourth with a 2:10.41, while Kentucky Aquatics’ Bridgette Alexander took fifth with a 2:11.86.

Regan Smith of Riptide grabbed sixth with a 2:12.34, just ahead of Irish Aquatics’ Alice Treuth’s 2:12.93.

North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt rounded out the top eight with a 2:13.26.

Men’s 200 Back:

New York Athletic Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin and H2okie Aquatics’ Robert Owen dueled throughout the final of the men’s 200 back for the win. Vyatchanin jumped to an early lead, but a strong back-half from Owen closed the gap and the two finished a slim .14 seconds apart. Vyatchanin got his hand to the wall first stopping the clock at a 1:56.65 over Owen’s 1:56.79.

Indiana University’s Bob Glover grabbed third with a 2:00.03, shaving time off his prelims swim of 2:01.23.

Brennan Balogh of Lincoln Select kept a tight race with University of Alabama’s Crews Wellford with the two finishing .16 seconds apart. Balogh posted fourth with a 2:01.10 ahead of Wellford’s 2:01.26.

Indiana University’s James Beckman (2:01.57), Irish Aquatics’ Rob Whitacre (2:01.64), and Wisconsin Aquatics’ Todd McCarthy (2:02.74) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay:

The night ended with one last U.S. Open meet record falling in the 400 free relay. The relay team of William Stockwell (49.50), Alexander Graham (49.11), Blake Jones (49.21), and Zac Incerti (49.05) posted a combined time of 3:16.87 to overturn the 2012 meet record of 3:19.06.

Picking up second was Cardinal Aquatics’ Zach Harting (51.06), Trevor Carroll (49.61), David Boland (51.03), and Christian Garkani (51.31) with a time of 3:23.01.

Indiana University’s Sam Lorentz (50.70), Ian Finnerty (50.35), Vini Lanza (50.65), and Max Irwin (51.31) finished a close third with a 3:23.05.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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