2020 US Open Men: Thomas Heilman Breaks 100 Free NAG Record; Zach Harting, Andrew Wilson, Bobby Finke Win

Zach Harting. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The US Open Championships continued across the country in nine venues on Saturday.

The meet is being run virtual because of COVID-19 with times aggregated together to determine a US Open champion in each event.

Thomas Heilman broke the 13-14 NAG record for the 100 free in 51.20. The previous mark was Michael Andrew at 51.30. On Friday, he broke the 100 fly mark at 54.45, also besting Andrew. He also turned in a second-fastest 13-14 mark in the 50 free this week at 23.36.

Here is a look at the top men’s early performances on the East Coast:

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Day 3 combined results

Men’s 1500 Free

Florida’s Bobby Finke won the 1500 free in Sarasota’s US Open stop, touching the wall in 15:09.14.

Liam Custer was second in 15:35.69.

In Richmond, Connor Hunt was first in 15:32.66.

In Indy, James Brinegar took the top spot in 15:34.62, nearly 20 seconds ahead of the field.

In Greensboro, Dylan Porges touched the wall first in 15:49.24 ahead of Christian Bayo (15:52.94).


Men’s 200 Back

In Greensboro, William Grant was the lone swimmer to break 2 minutes, finishing the 200 backstroke in 1:59.52.

Braeden Haughey was second (2:00.38), followed by Brandon Miller (2:00.80).

Florida’s Clark Beach was the first to touch the wall in the 200 backstroke in Sarasota, finishing in 2:00.21. Yeziel Morales was second at 2:01.68. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 2:03.83.

In Indy, Wyatt Davis touched first in 2:00.30, ahead of Cade Oliver (2:00.81), Cameron Tysoe (2:01.43) and Kyle Maas (2:01.92).

In Richmond, James Ewing was first in 2:03.17.


Men’s 100 Free

In the Indy stop, Cardinals’ Andrej Barna took the top spot in 48.75, ahead of Kentucky’s Michael Eastman (50.14).

In Greensboro’s US Open stop, NCAC’s Samuel Hoover dropped a second from his best time to touch the wall in 49.71.

Hoover held off Dean Farris (50.31) and Yusuke Legard (50.37).

Florida’s Jan Friese touched first in Sarasota, clocking a 49.91, just ahead of teammate Kieran Smith (49.93).

In Richmond, Alberto Mestre was first in 50.08 ahead of Austin Surhoff (50.19) and Virginia’s Matthew Brownstead (50.21).

Meanwhile, Thomas Heilman broke the 13-14 NAG with a 51.20, which was ninth in Richmond.


Cody Miller. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Men’s 200 Breast

Athens Bulldogs’ Andrew Wilson put together a strong swim in the 200 breaststroke in Greensboro, winning the event in 2:09.83.

He was five seconds ahead of the rest of the Greensboro field.

In Indy, Cody Miller was the first to touch the wall in 2:10.22, four seconds ahead of the field.

Nils Wich-Glasen touched first in Sarasota, finishing in 2:15.49. Amro Al-Wir was second in 2:16.10 ahead of Kevin Vargas (2:16.50).

In Richmond, Joshua Matheny won in 2:16.26.


Miles Smachlo. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Men’s 200 Fly

In Indy, Cardinal’s Zach Harting finished first in 1:57.82. Club Wolverine’s Miles Smachlo was second (1:58.51), ahead of Louisville’s Nicholas Albiero (2:00.98).

In Richmond, Matthew Fenlon swam a 1:58.41.

In the Greensboro stop of the US Open, Virginia Tech’s Antani Ivanov took the top spot in the 200 butterfly with a swim of 1:58.81, just three tenths ahead of NC State’s Zach Brown (1:58.81). Dynamo’s Jay Litherland was third at 2:00.37.

Florida’s Miguel Cancel was first to touch in the 200 butterfly at the Sarasota stop of the US Open. He finished in 2:01.58, just one hundredth of a second ahead of Mason Laur (2:01.59).

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