By USA Swimming | Sunday, December 3, 2017
2017 Winter National Championships – Day Four Recap
Columbus, Ohio; McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
- Zane Grothe claimed the 2017 Winter National Championships Phillips 66 Performance Award for his American, U.S. Open and meet record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:18.25 on Saturday.
- Olympian Melanie Margalis and National Team member Mallory Comerford shared the women’s high point title with 90 points and National Teamer Michael Andrew won the men’s title with 74 points.
Team Scoring Winners – College/University:
Women: University of Louisville, 522.5
Men: Ohio State University, 434
Combined: University of Louisville, 755.5
Team Scoring Winners – Club:
Women: Nation’s Capital Swim Club, 208.5
Men: California Aquatics, 288
Combined: Nation’s Capital Swim Club, 402.5
Women’s 1650y Freestyle - Final
- Ashley Neidigh (Jacksonville, Fla./Unattached), 15:38.35
- Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 15:40.42
- Madelyn Donohoe (Annandale, Va./The Fish), 16:01.60
- Neidigh overtook Sullivan with 100 yards to go en route to the win.
- Neidigh also won the 500y free on Thursday to complete a sweep of the distance free events in Columbus.
Men’s 1650y Freestyle - Final
- Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached), 14:18.25
- Mitch D’Arrigo (Gainesville, Fla./Gator Swim Club), 14:43.87
- Marcelo Acosta (San Salvador, El Salvador/University of Louisville), 14:54.95
- Grothe set the American and U.S. Open record by nearly 4 seconds. The previous mark of 14:22.41 was posted by Olympian Clark Smith earlier this year.
- Grothe set his second American record of the meet after breaking the 500y mark on Thursday.
- Grothe (on watching coach Mike Westphal during the race): “I told my coach with the lack of experience I have swimming a 1650 with the ability I have to do it now, I’m going to be watching him every lap. Rarely to I watch my coach; I push myself. He knows my paces … He kept telling me I was on pace.”
- Grothe (on what’s next): “I’ll call this the end of my season, but I’ll be back at practice on Monday. Training camp is in late December and then start hitting the Pro Swim Series.”
Women’s 200y Backstroke - Final
- Ali Galyer (Greenville, S.C./Unattached), 1:51.15
- Bridgette Alexander (Milton, Wis./Unattached), 1:51.92
- Kristen Romano (Long Beach, N.Y./Ohio State University), 1:52.86
- Galyer wins her first career short-course yards national title.
Men’s 200y Backstroke - Final
- Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 1:38.32
- Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), 1:38.66
- Grigory Tarasevich (Omsk, Russia/Cardinal Aquatics), 1:40.62
- Murphy touches for his third career short-course yards national title and second in Columbus after winning the 100y back on Friday.
- Murphy is the American record-holder in the event.
Women’s 100y Freestyle - Final
- Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 46.70
- Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 47.48
- Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio/Unattached), 47.50
- Comerford wins her second title in Columbus and sets her second meet record. She won the 100y free on Friday.
- The previous meet record was set by Natalie Coughlin in 2007.
Men’s 100y Freestyle - Final
- Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 41.22
- Michael Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C./University of Missouri), 42.30
- Joshua Fleagle (St. Mary's, Ohio/Ohio State University), 42.41
- Adrian’s swim was a meet record and marked his 10th career short-course yards national title.
- Adrian has won four of the seven short-course yards titles in the 100y free since 2009.
- Adrian also set a meet record in the 50y free on Thursday.
Women’s 200y Breaststroke - Final
- Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz./New York Athletic Club), 2:07.48
- Andrea Cottrell (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Cardinal Aquatics), 2:07.98
- Bailey Bonnett (Natrona Heights, Pa./Unattached), 2:08.39
- Larson wins her second straight national title in the 200y breast.
Men’s 200y Breaststroke - Final
- Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 1:49.31
- Reece Whitley (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Penn Charter Aquatic Club), 1:51.43
- Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:51.56
- Miller’s swim established a meet and pool record.
- Miller wins his first career short-course yards national title.
Women’s 200y Butterfly - Final
- Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 1:53.16
- Grace Oglesby (Goshen, Ky./University of Louisville), 1:54.28
- Meg Bailey (Merewether, NSW, Australia/Ohio State), 1:55.40
- Worrell completes a sweep of the butterfly events in Columbus after winning the 100y fly on Friday.
- Worrell has five career short-course yards national titles, including three wins in the 200y fly.
Men’s 200y Butterfly - Final
- Noah Lense (Clearwater, Fla./Ohio State University), 1:42.22
- Brendan Burns (Berwyn, Pa./Upper Mainline YMCA), 1:42.94
- Zach Harting (Madison, Ala./University of Louisville), 1:44.51
- Lense picked up his first career short-course yards national title.