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Thursday’s final paper
The action continues tonight in Irvine with the finals of the 400 IM and 100 fly. While there will only be four events, there should be a lot of exciting racing.
The race will start with the women’s 400 IM, with the top two seeded women belonging to leah smith And the Katie Ledecky. The duo have a lot of experience racing each other in freestyle, but we don’t see the two races each other quite as often in this event.
British Olympic Max Litchfield Post the fastest time in the men’s 400 IM pre-season competitions, swimming right next to the Florida Gator Kevin Vargas, who was only 0.20 seconds behind this morning. And behind these two there will be a large number of college stars, led by the American Olympian Kieran Smith.
Speaking of college stars, a pair of ACC-Louisville swimmers Gabi Albeiro Virginia Gretchen Walsh – They battled in the same heat of the 100th fly this morning. They’ll have a chance to do it again tonight in the middle lanes after Walsh touched .o7 behind Albiero this morning.
Last but not least, we will see 100 men fly. Shane Casas He rocked 51.04 this morning, the fastest time on the field by more than a second, and we’ll see what this evening – facing strong field across the top eight – has in store.
Women’s IM 400 – Finals
- World record – 4: 26.36, Katinka Hoszu (2016)
- American Record – 4: 31.12, Katie Huff (2008)
- US Open Record – 4: 31.07, Katinka Hoszu (2015)
- LC Nationals Record – 4: 31.12, Katie Huff (2008)
- Junior World Record – 4: 32.04, Summer McIntosh (2022) ff
- Katie Ledecky (Gator Swimming Club) – 4: 35.77
- leah smith (Texas Longhorn Aquatics) – 4: 36.66
- Felicia Pasadena (Ohio) – 4: 42.79
This promised to be a fun race, and it didn’t disappoint.
Lindsey Looney From Sun Devil Aquatics was the first leader, first touched at the 100m mark, with Katie Ledecky per second. Ledecky took the lead in the first backstroke length, but leah smith I overtook it in the second length, taking 0.09 of a second off at the midpoint.
Ledecky kept it close to the breaststroke leg, and set it up nicely for a great free leg. sEnough, Ledecky shone more than a second in his first 50 freestyle matches alone. Smith struggled hard, but Ledecky continued to extend her lead, eventually winning 4:35.77 to 4:36.66. Not only is this a new best time for Ledecky, but he would have won the bronze medal last month at the world championships.
In a post-race interview, Ledecky said this was her first new best time in four years, but she has no intention of adding the 400 IM to her standard lineup.
Behind the two leaders, there was a fierce battle for third place, and Felicia Pasadeen I just touched my looney, 4:42.79 to 4:42.80, to take the bronze. That’s the best time for Pasadena, whose previous best time came in 4:47.20 nearly three years ago. Looney shaved just over a second off her previous best time of 4:44.12, which she set just last month.
University of Minnesota Megan Van Berkom She had a big swim in Final B, scoring 4:42.69 which would have been good for a third in Final A and three seconds out of the best of her life.
Men’s IM 400 – Finals
- World Record – 4: 03.84, Michael Phelps (2008)
- American Record – 4: 03.84, Michael Phelps (2008)
- US Open Record – 4: 05.25, Michael Phelps (2008)
- LC Nationals record – 4: 05.25, Michael Phelps (2008)
- Junior world record – 4: 10.02, Ilya Borodin (2021)
- Kevin Vargas (La Miranda Armada/Gator) – 4: 11.45
- Max Litchfield (Dern Valley) – 4: 13.08
- Kieran Smith (Ridgefield Aquatic) – 4: 14.04
Much like the women’s race, this turned into a tight fight between the top two seeded and for most of the race. British Olympic Max Litchfield He was the lead early, opening a gap of nearly one second over Florida Gator Kevin Vargas halfway. But Vargas took control of the first breaststroke leg length, and steadily continued to extend the lead from there, claiming the national title with the best result of his life of 4:11.45.
It was a great day for Vargas, who finished 11th in the yardage version of the event at this year’s NCAA Championships. He entered the day with a better long streak than 4:16.54, lowered that mark to 4:14.27 in prelims, then took about two more seconds from that time tonight.
Litchfield, two-time European champion in the event, finished second with a time of 4:13.08 followed by Gator’s teammate Litchfield. Kieran Smith At 4:14.04.
Women’s Butterfly 100 – Finals
- World record – 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
- American Record – 55.64, Tory Hosk (2022)
- US open record – 55.66, Tory Hosk (2021)
- LC Nationals record – 55.66, Tory Hosk (2021)
- Junior world record – 56.43, Claire Krzan (2021)
- Gretchen Walsh (Nashville Aquatic Club) – 57.44
- Gabi Albero (Louisville) – 57.82
- Dakota Luther (Texas Longhorn Aquatic) – 58.39
Gretchen Walsh The rocket shot off to a quick start in the 50th opening, touching nearly eight-tenths of the rest of the field. In a post-race interview, she said she went through a tough turn, and Gabi Albiero bridged the gap in the back half.
In the end, it looked like Walsh could have benefited from an extra stroke rather than a long slide, but it didn’t matter in terms of rankings, with Walsh still ahead of Albiero, 57.44 to 57.82.
Walsh came in at her best time, 57.43 this past March. Albiero took exactly one tenth of a second off the best time of her life.
200 fly champion Dakota Luther She finished third at 58.39, and put her hands on the wall right before her Beata Nelson (58.47) and Ai Soma (58.48).
Men’s Butterfly 100 – Finals
- World record – 49.45, Caleb Dressel (2021)
- American Record – 49.45, Caleb Dressel (2021)
- US Open record – 49.76, Caleb Dressel (2021)
- LC Nationals record – 49.76, Caeleb Dressel (2021)
- Junior world record – 50.62, Christoph Milak (2017)
- Shane Casas (Texas Longhorn Aquatics) – 50.40
- Shawn Champion (Australia) – 51.54
- Gabriel Jett (ONA/CAL) – 52.19
Yes, you read correctly. Shane Casas He is now the third fastest American ever in the event, behind only Caeleb Dressel and Michael Phelps (and tied with Ian Crocker), after swimming sterling tonight in Irvine.
Casas went to 50.56 just a few weeks ago, so it made sense that he’d have more in the tank here, and his time tonight would have earned him a silver in Budapest tonight.
Australia Shaun is a hero He finished second in a new personal best score of 51.54, the only man besides Casas under 52 tonight. Cal Gabriel Jett, who had a great meet, continued that trend tonight, posting his personal best at 52.17, then finishing third at 52.19 tonight. Jet touched a little earlier Andrei Minakov (52.24) and Elia Kharon (52.31).