2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day two finals of the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials. Hit refresh for latest coverage.

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Scheduled Events:

Women’s 100m Butterfly Final
Men’s 200m Free Semifinals
Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semifinals
Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final
Women’s 400m Freestyle Final
Men’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals
Women’s 100m Backstroke Semifinals

Women’s 100m Butterfly Final

American record holder Dana Vollmer got to the 50 meter wall first, under American record pacebut short course American record holder Kelsi Worrell came off the wall faster and blew by Vollmer in the final 15 meters.

Worrell became a first time Olympian with her 56.48, a best time by four tenths and the second fastest time in the world this year. Vollmer stopped the clock in 57.21 to also punch her ticket to Rio.

Kendyl Stewart was over a second behind in third with a 58.22

Sixteen year old Cassidy Bayer was fourth in 58.35. NCAA runner up Sarah Gibson finished fifth in a 58.79. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue touched sixth in 58.81. Hellen Moffitt of UNC Chapel Hill finished seventh in 59.23 and Hali Flickinger completed the final in 59.31.

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Men’s 200 Freestyle Semifinal

Conor Dwyer, who already made the team in the 400 freestyle led the pack in the second semifinal through the 150 meters. Despite Ryan Lochte‘s epic underwaters, Dwyer finished first in 1:46.96 for tomorrow’s final.

Jack Conger was first to the wall in the opening semifinal with a 1:47.15. Just .03 behind him was short course American record holder Townley Haas in 1:47.18. And completing a trifecta of Texas Longhorns was Clark Smith in fourth overall with a 1:47.49.

Lochte made it to the wall fifth in 1:47.58, setting himself up for a chance at Rio after missing out in last night’s 40 IM.

Tyler Clary scratched the 400 IM last night to focus on this race and finished third in the first semifinal with a 1:47.66, good for sixth overall.

Gunnar Bentz (1:47.80) and Jonathan Roberts (1:47.94) also earned lanes in tomorrow’s final.

World junior record holder Maxime Rooney (1:47.98) and Michael Klueh (1:48.14) finished ninth and tenth. Distance man Connor Jaeger (1:48.27), Blake Pieroni (1:48.44), Michael Wynalda (1:48.51), Michael Weiss (1:48.62), Reed Malone (1:48.85), and Zane Grother (1:50.24) completed tonight’s semifinals.

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Women’s 100 Breaststroke Semifinal

Short course American record holder Lilly King was dominant in the second semifinal, finishing in 1:05.94, good for the top seed.

Twenty four year old Molly Hannis of Tennessee Aquatics won the first semifinal in 1:06.24, just off her season’s best 1:06.16. Katie Meili was second to the wall with a 1:06.73, not far from her season’s best of 1:06.49.

2012 Olympian Jessica Hardy finished third in her semifinal and fourth overall with a 1:06.73. Sarah Haase of Stanford had a breakthrough swim earlier this month in Santa Clara and will return fifth tomorrow night with her 1:07.15.

Andee Cottrell (1:07.44), Melanie Margalis (1:07.49), and Miranda Tucker (1:07.60) also secured lanes in tomorrow’s final.

2012 Olympian Breeja Larson (1:07.62) finished ninth and will miss the final. She was followed by Annie Lazor (1:08.00), Allie Raab (1:08.12), Haley Spencer (1:08.19), and Emma Reaney (1:08.40).

Olivia Anderson (1:08.57), Michah Lawrence (1:08.60), and Katharine Ross (1:08.65) also swam tonight.

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Men’s 100 Breaststroke Final

Kevin Cordes was out under American record pace and held on to get to the final wall first in 59.18. Just behind was Badger Swim Club’s Cody Miller in 59.26. The two will head to Rio as first time Olympians.

Josh Prenot of Cal finished third, over a half second behind in 59.81.

Michael Andrew once again lowered his National Age Group record and World Junior record with a fourth place finish of 59.82.

Andrew Wilson was the last swimmer under a minute with a 59.97. Thirty year old Marcus Titus placed sixth in 1:00.38.

Nic Fink was seventh in 1:00.39 and Will Licon was eighth to the wall in 1:00.61.

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Women’s 400 Freestyle Final

Katie Ledecky was incredibly aggressive at the start and over two seconds ahead of world record pace at the 200 meter mark. While it escaped her at the end, she still posted a 3:58.98.

Leah Smith was second in 4:00.65 and also challenged the world record mark at the halfway point. She swam a best time by over two seconds. The two posted the top two times in the world this year as they dominated the field.

Cierra Runge finished third in 4:07.04. Her training partner Allison Schmitt was fifth with a 4:09.25. Lindsay Vrooman was fourth in 4:08.99.

Stephanie Peacock outtouched Hannah Moore 4:09.53 to 4:09.54. Hannah Cox was eighth in 4:09.72.

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Men’s 100 Backstroke Semifinals

Ryan Murphy was under world record pace at the halfway mark and won the first semifinal in 52.28, the fastest time in the world this year.

In the next heat, David Plummer also flipped under world record pace and then posted a final time of 52.12, to take back the number one world ranking. That time was the fifth fastest ever.

Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers swam a 52.64 for the third seed entering tomorrow’s final. Jacob Pebley posted a 53.10 for second in the first semifinal, and the fourth overall seed. Seventeen year old Michael Taylor earned fifth in 54.07.

Sean Lehane (54.08), John Shebat (54.52), and Jake Taylor (54.63) also earned lanes in tomorrow’s final.

Hennessey Stuart (54.66), Taylor Dale (54.75), Eugene Godsoe (54.84), Justin Ress (54.90), Patrick Mulcare (54.93), Ryan Harty (55.24) Austin Katz (55.43) and Carter Griffin (55.50) completed tonight’s semifinals.

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Women’s 100 Backstroke Semifinals

This morning’s leader Olivia Smoliga was first to the wall in 59.16, a new personal best and the fifth best in the world this year. SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker led the second semifinal at the halfway mark and came home second in 59.36.

Cal’s Amy Bilquist won the first semifinal as the only swimmer under a minute in 59.85 and took the third seed. Hannah Stevens of the University of Missouri was fourth overall in 1:00.07.

Ali Deloof of the University of Michigan and her teammate Clara Smiddy are fifth and sixth in 1:00.11 and 1:00.29.

Olympic gold medalist in this event Missy Franklin ended up seventh with a 1:00.45. Twelve time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin just snuck into the final with a 1:00.46.

Only .03 behind was Grace Ariola (1:00.49) in ninth. Tasija Karosas (1:00.79) was tenth and fourteen year old Alex Walsh (1:00.95) finished 11th.

Regan Smith (1:00.96), Daniele Galyer (1:01.01), Annie Ochitwa (1:01.28), Lucie Nordmann (1:01.42), and Taylor Garcia (1:01.66) completed the semifinals.

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