By USA Swimming | Saturday, December 2, 2017
2017 Winter National Championships – Day Three Recap
Columbus, Ohio; McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Women’s 400y Individual Medley - Final
1. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 4:00.59
2. Emma Muzzy (Roanoke, Va./Virginia Gators), 4:06.72
3. Meg Bailey (Merewether, NSW, Australia/Ohio State University), 4:07.07
• In the first of three swims tonight, Margalis led wire-to-wire to sweep the IM events in Columbus.
• She won the 200y IM on Thursday.
Men’s 400y Individual Medley - Final
1. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 3:39.45
2. Etay Gurevich (Meitar, Israel/University of Louisville), 3:45.56
3. Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va./Machine Aquatics), 3:46.31
• Kalisz topped the IM podium for the second straight night after winning the 200y IM on Thursday.
• Kalisz is the American record holder in the event.
• Kalisz (on what he’s hoping to gain from this meet): “Just racing experience right now. I’m happy to fine-tune a few things that I definitely need to work on and that was obvious today.”
Women’s 100y Butterfly - Final
1. Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 49.87
2. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 50.92
3. Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va./Unattached), 51.14
• Worrell led from the start en route to a meet record finish of 49.87, the third-fastest performance of all-time.
• Worrell is the American record holder in the event.
Men’s 100y Butterfly - Final
1. Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics), 45.81
2. Michael Salazar (El Cajon, Calif./Ohio State University), 45.98
3. Noah Lense (Clearwater, Fla./Ohio State University), 46.17
• In an off event for him, Prenot outlasted a tight field for his first career short-course national title.
Women’s 200y Freestyle - Final
1. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 1:41.17
2. Isabel Ivey (Gainesville, Fla./Gator Swim Club), 1:43.89
3. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 1:44.64
• Comerford wins her first short-course national title in a meet record time.
• Comerford was second in the 100y fly earlier in the session.
Men’s 200y Freestyle - Final
1. Matias Koski (Hämeenlinna, Finland/Unattached), 1:32.95
2. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached), 1:33.28
3. Mitch D’Arrigo (Gainesville, Fla./Gator Swim Club), 1:33.51
• Koski led from the start and held off a hard-charging Grothe down the stretch.
• Grothe was fresh off an American-record swim in the 500y free last night.
Women’s 100y Breaststroke - Final
1. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 58.51
2. Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz./New York Athletic Club), 58.61
3. Andrea Cottrell (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Cardinal Aquatics), 58.82
• In her third and final swim of the session, Margalis wins her second title of the night. She won the 400y IM earlier in the session and the 200y IM on Thursday.
• Margalis has six career short-course national titles – all won in 2016 and 2017.
Men’s 100y Breaststroke - Final
1. Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 50.80
2. Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 50.98
3. Reece Whitley (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Penn Charter Aquatic Club), 51.81
• Fink wins his first short-course yards national title with a meet record swim.
• Miller set the previous meet record in today’s prelims with a time of 51.04.
Women’s 100y Backstroke - Final
1. Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 51.23
2. Bridgette Alexander (Milton, Wis./Kentucky Aquatics), 52.28
3. Isabel Ivey (Gainesville, Fla./Gator Swim Club), 52.29
• Smoliga wins her second national title in as many nights after taking the 50y free victory on Thursday.
• Ivey also took second in the 200y free earlier in the session.
• Smoliga (on in-season racing): “It’s a great race to be able to get up and go for finals, but I wasn’t happy with the time at all. It’s good to race. In-season racing is great, and I was happy to do it.”
Men’s 100y Backstroke - Final
1. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 45.03
2. Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), 46.06
3. Grigory Tarasevich (Omsk, Russia/Cardinal Aquatics), 46.53
• Murphy touches for his second career short-course yards national title and first since 2012 (200y back).
• Murphy is the American record-holder in the event.