| Thursday, June 29, 2017
Women’s 200m Free
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 1:54.84
2. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 1:56.68
3. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics), 1:56.90
- Ledecky wins her 12th national title and her third crown in the 200m free.
- Ledecky’s time is the fastest in the world this year.
- With a runner-up finish, Smith has also qualified to swim the 200m free at the world championships. Her time is ranked eighth in the world in 2017.
- Margalis and Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville) have also earned spots on the women’s 4x200m free relay. Comerford was the national champion in yesterday’s 100m free and has already been named to the world championships roster. This will be the second world championships for Margalis.
Katie Ledecky: “It felt like a great race, I’ve been slightly improving throughout the spring. I’m certainly growing my confidence in this race. Year after year we are strong in this event … I think we’re going to put together another good relay.
Men’s 200m Free
1. Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 1:45.03
2. Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana University), 1:46.30
3. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 1:46.39
- After qualifying as a member of the men’s 4x100m free relay last night, Haas earns his first individual spot on the world championships roster. This marks his second-straight national title in the event.
- Haas is now ranked second in the world this year with tonight’s performance.
- With a second-place finish, Pieroni is named to the world championships roster for the first time.
- Grothe and Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Trojan Swim Club) have also been added to the world championships roster for the men’s 4x200m free relay. This is Grothe’s first appearance on the world championships roster, and Dwyer’s fourth.
Townley Haas: “It’s always nice to go in knowing you’re already on the team, there’s just less pressure. It definitely helps being able to clear your mind. I’ve had a great year and I’m ready to keep going.”
Women’s 200m Breast
1. Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana Swimming), 2:21.83
2. Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Aggie Swim Club), 2:22.24
3. Miranda Tucker (Plymouth, Mich./Club Wolverine), 2:25.82
- King won her fourth national title and third in the 200m breast to qualify for her first world championships roster.
- King’s time is the second fastest in the world, and is a personal record by more than 2 seconds.
Lilly King: “I’d gone 2:24 six times since last December, so I was ready for that breakthrough. Luckily it came tonight. I knew I had that in me, I knew last summer, but it just decided to come today. I’ve really been working on my back half. I’m really excited to get to train with [Bethany Galat] when we get to Croatia for training camp, she’s an awesome person.”
Men’s 200m Breast
1. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 2:07.41
2. Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:08.63
3. Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics), 2:08.72
- Cordes wins his fifth national title, and third in the 200m breast. He was named to his third world championships roster.
- Cordes is now ranked third in the world this year, and his time was a personal best.
Kevin Cordes: “I had to stick to my own race plan, put my blinders on and not worry about what else was happening in the pool. Last year at the Olympics, I went out too slow and so I had to play to my strengths and go out fast and try to maintain my stroke. It definitely felt good, to get the 200 after last summer … I was really happy.”
Women’s 200m Back
1. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 2:06.38
2. Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Aquatics), 2:08.55
3. Asia Seidt (Louisville, Ky./Lakeside Swim Team), 2:08.99
- Baker wins her first national title to earn a spot
- Baker’s time the fastest in the world this year and is also a personal best.
Kathleen Baker: “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and am in better shape … That was my first national title ever, so I thought that was pretty cool, too. I’ve known for going out pretty hard and trying to hold on, and I had enough left at the end to just go out and stay ahead. Without the top three people opened this event up … I think that really gave me more confidence going in, knowing I really had a shot. I’ve been really working on the 100 and 200 backstroke this year, and coming off a great NCAA Championships definitely helped as well.”
Men’s 200m Back
1. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 1:54.30
2. Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), 1:54.78
3. Robert Owen (Bridgewater, Mass./H2okie Aquatics), 1:57.17
- Murphy wins his third national title and second in the 200m back to earn a spot on to his second world championships roster.
- Murphy’s time is ranked third in the world this year, while Pebley’s is fourth.
Ryan Murphy: “It’s good to be in a tight race like that, there’s definitely some places where there’s room to improve in these next couple of weeks, but I’m happy to be in a tight race like that – happy that me and Jacob [Pebley] got on the team.”
Women’s 50m Fly
1. Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./University of Louisville), 25.69
2. Hellen Moffitt (Alexandria, Va./North Carolina Aquatic Club), 26.19
3. Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif./North Coast Aquatics), 26.24
- Worrell wins her second national title and first in the 50m fly. She has qualified for her first world championships roster in both the 50m fly and 4x100m free relay.
- Worrell’s time is ranked fourth in the world this year.
Kelsi Worrell: “I’m excited. I love racing a lot, and that’s what I wanted to do again this summer. I just need to take it one day at a time, finishing each race and taking a deep breath … to keep my energy for the rest of the meet.
Men’s 50m Fly
1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 23.05
2. Cullen Jones (Irvington, N.J./Wolfpack Elite), 23.27
3. Tim Philips (Vienna, W. Va./Team Elite), 23.37
- Dressel claimed his first national title and qualified for another event on the world championships roster. In addition to the 50m fly, Dressel has earned a spot in the 100m free.
- Dressel’s time is currently the third-fastest in the world this year.