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2022 US Trials Preview: The Hunt for 52-Point in the Women’s 100 Free

2022 Philips 66 International Team Trials

  • April 26 to 30, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Long Course Meter (50m)
  • psych sheets
  • live results
  • meet the central

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America’s hopes of winning a medal in the women’s 100 free at the Tokyo Olympics last year were thwarted when Simone ManuelThe greatest American female sprinter of this generation failed to make the finals at the 2021 Olympic Trials. She later revealed that she suffered from overtraining syndrome for most of her season, and just recently, we learned she won’t be competing in the US trials this year.

With its best runner out of contention, who does Team USA go to now? is that always Going to catch Australia, who beat them by three seconds in the 4×100 free relay last summer?

Filling manual shoes is an incredibly difficult task. He is the 2016 Olympic champion, the 2017 and 2019 world champion, and the American record holder in the 100 free (52.04). In fact, she remains the only American woman to win a medal in the event at the Worlds. Natalie Coughlin Tied for silver in 2005.

Mallory Comerford (52.59) and abbey weitzel (52.99) There are two other American women besides Manuel, who went under 53 seconds in the event, and Comford hasn’t been near that mark for years. Given whether it’s going to take a 51-high or 52-low for an individual medal, expect a long podium drought for the Americans if no one else steps up.

But the lack of rising stars at this event is no problem for Team USA. In fact, the large pool of talent in this field has made the question of who will be the top women’s 100 freestyler a hot topic of discussion. We recently released a poll for our readers Asked who would win the event at the US trials.

In that referendum, Claire Curzon Received the most votes at 26.6%, followed by kate douglas at 23.6%, Gretchen Walshow at 21.8%, and abbey weitzel at 18.8%. Having four different people with the majority of the votes split almost equally shows just how widespread the event is going to be.

There are many sprinters in America who are in the 53-point range. And although a 53 Worlds is good enough to make a team, it’s just a matter of who will be next to jump from 53 to 52. And while we don’t necessarily see 52 in trials, the 100 free race in Greensboro is an important arrangement for what’s to come this summer in Budapest.

Contenders for this event can be divided into two categories: those who have represented the United States at previous Olympics or World Championships in the 100 free and 4×100 free relay, and young guns who have an endless range of possibilities.

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so let’s talk Claire CurzonThe fan-favourite, according to our poll. The future Stanford swimmer is impressing us with race after race at the recent TYR Pro Swim Series stops in Westmont and San Antonio, and holds the top time (53.68) in the country this year.

Last June, Curzon finished 12th at the Olympic Trials with a time of 54.39, but was nearly a second faster than a month earlier when she set her personal best of 53.55. In fact, it was a trend in all of his events, as he also added in 50 frees and 100 flys from his entry time.

With more experience for big events like the Trials, it will be easier for Curzon to beat last year and find himself in the world team of the 100 frees this year.

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Gretchen Walshow (Photo: Jack Spitzer)

is then Gretchen Walshow, When she was a student in high school, she ran 53.75 all the way to win the gold medal at the 2019 World Junior Championships, igniting hopes that she might be America’s next greatest sprinter. However, that 53.75 still remains her best time three years later, and was two seconds slower when she didn’t make it out of the heats at the Olympic Trials and finished 28th.

Since her disappointing trials, Walsh changed her training environment when she started running for the University of Virginia in college. He has improved in all of his events this NCAA season, including a drop of almost a second in the 100 free, when he won the national title with a time of 46.05. In fact, She told SwimSwam a few weeks before the NCAA She experienced huge improvements in her training after coming to UVA.

“I’ve felt a certain way in the junior world that I haven’t felt again since UVA. I feel so good in the water, my strokes feel so efficient… He seems right.”

Walsh went 56.00 in the UVA time trial this year, a time that may seem pedestrian for his standards, but don’t let that fool you. Based on his performance in the NCAA, expect a fresh look Gretchen Walshow Next week in Greensboro.

Is training with Walsh at UVA kate douglas, another contender in this event. Since its phenomenal NCAA performance this March, Douglas’ stock has had significant gains over a long period of time. Although her best time is only 54.14, when she finished seventh at the Trials last year, she has exceeded our expectations several times this year, where we have no idea what she will do next.

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Our belief in Douglas doesn’t come from just pure instinct. At the 2021 Short Course World Championships, he was instrumental in winning America’s 4×50 and 4×100 free relay gold medals. She led the subsequent relay with a time of 52.39, and was even the out-split long course world record holder. Sarah Sjostrom On the first 50 meters of his swim. Plus, she clocked 54.58 in the same UVA time trial that Walsh swam at, a great time for where she was in training.

The last major challenger in this event who could be considered a “rising star” is Stanford. tori huske, In fact, Huske has the fastest time compared to Curzon, Walsh and Douglas, 53.46 from April 2021. However, she had the same issue adding Curzon to the Olympic Trials, and finished tenth.

We haven’t seen Huske swim at this event all year, as he only ran 100 flys at the Pacific Open last week. However, in yards this year, she hit the milestone of breaking 47 for the first time and surpassed Stanford’s 400 free relay to 46.82 (she was 46.96 in the first individual 100 free).

100 free on the first day of the meet gives these young stars a fresh start to prove themselves in the race.


Even with the pool of emerging young talent, abbey weitzel Still the woman getting beaten up. She has been representing the United States with Manuel for a very long time, as she was on every USA 4×100 free relay since 2014, and competed in the individual 100 free at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. Most recently, she set a new best time of 52.99 in the semifinals of the Olympics (she finished eighth in the final with 53.23) to become the third American woman to break 53 seconds. That time also places it as the top seed on the psychic sheet.

Weitzel’s season best is 54.01 from the Fran Crippen Invitational, second only to Curzon in the country this year.

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abbey weitzel (Photo: Jack Spitzer)

Erica Brown The fastest American who has never been less than 53 (and the fourth fastest American ever), holds a best time of 53.42 from the Tokyo US Open. Brown finished second behind Weitzel at the 2021 Olympic Trials, and then finished 13th at the Olympics with 53.58.

Although Brown may have been quick enough to finish second at the Trials last year, the number of 53-mid swimmers is expected to multiply this year, making it difficult for him to maintain his spot.

Former Georgia Training Partner Natalie Hinds And Olivia Smoliga Both swam in the 4×100 free relay at the Olympics last summer. Since then, Hinds has gone back to Florida to train under her alma mater. Anthony NestyWhile Smoliga joined bob bowmanPro-Group in the State of Arizona.

Last year, Hinds and Smoliga finished third and fourth at the Olympic Trials, respectively, but finished first in the semi-finals with personal best times of 53.55. That time puts the two of them right where Curzon is at his best mentally. Although these two have technically passed their prime (Hinds 28 and Smoliga 27), their best times were determined just over a year ago and their red-hot training group says otherwise.

Another swimmer who changed training grounds linea mac, The Team Elite swimmer has been training part-time in Switzerland this season, and has swam in some ISL and World Cup meetings. She finished eighth in the trials last year with 54.32, but her personal best since last May is 53.78.

Katie De Loof And Allison SchmidtThose who represented Team USA in the 4×100 free relay prelims at the Olympics last summer are not listed on the psych sheet and will not compete at the US Trials this summer.

And where is the second fastest American woman in history in this conversation? Mallory Comerford, who qualified for the individual 100 at both the 2017 and 2019 Worlds, finished 14th at the 2021 Olympic Trials with 54.43. She hasn’t been 53-point since 2020, so it would be difficult for her to keep up with everyone else if she wasn’t in 2017 and 2019.

Top 8 Picks:

*56.00 Gone in the UVA Time Trial ** Scored 54.58 in UVA Time Trial

Dark Horse: Katherine Berkoff- The NC State swimmer is more of a favorite in backstroke races, but he had a major shift in focus on sprints this college season, culminating in seventh and third places in the NCAA in the 50 and 100 free, respectively. She holds a best time of 55.23 and is seeded 15th on the psych sheets, but this season the big time in the sprint is good for her in the long run.

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