Day 7 Finals Live Recap

The penultimate night of finals from Omaha is upon us, with five events on the docket, including three Olympic-qualifying finals. All five races will feature the reigning world champion.

Tonight will mark the lone session in which Caeleb Dressel will have a double this week, as the two-time Olympic gold medalist takes on the men’s 100 fly final and the 50 free semi.

Dressel could take a serious run at his world record in the 100 fly, finishing 26 one-hundredths off of his 2019 mark last night in a new U.S. Open Record of 49.76.

The race for the second Olympic spot in that event is very much up for grabs, with 2016 Olympic finalist Tom Shields coming in ranked second in 51.20.

In the 50 free, Dressel popped off the #1 time in the world this morning in 21.29, with Michael Andrew (21.72), Nathan Adrian (21.85) and Bowe Becker (21.94) joining him under 22 seconds.

The biggest star on the women’s side, Katie Ledecky, comes into tonight favored to win her fourth event of the meet in the 800 free, the event in which she is the two-time defending Olympic champion.

The race for second in the 800 could be a great one, with swimmers seeded second through seventh separated by just two and a half seconds in the heats. Sandpipers of Nevada teammates Bella Sims and Erica Sullivan, both unofficially already on the Olympic team, come in ranked second and third, respectively.

2019 world champion and world record holder Regan Smith leads the field into the women’s 200 back final, where the 19-year-old aims to add a third event to her individual program in Tokyo.

2021 NCAA champion Phoebe Bacon and 2018 Pan Pac champion Kathleen Baker, along with Alabama’s Rhyan White, are among those in the mix for the second spot. Smith and White will be the only two swimmers in the field already on the Olympic team.

Hali Flickinger has scratched the final after qualifying in eighth, moving Katharine Berkoff into the final.

The last event on the schedule will be the women’s 50 free semis, where all eyes will be on Simone Manuel as she hopes to qualify for her first final here in Omaha. Manuel looked much better in this morning’s heats than she did in the 100 free, qualifying second overall in 24.56, and should qualify for the final easily if she can match that time.

100 free winner Abbey Weitzeil paced the prelims in 24.50, and 100 fly champion Torri Huske was next up behind Manuel in 24.61.

MEN’S 100 FLY FINAL

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 49.50 (2019)
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 49.50 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Caeleb Dressel – 49.76 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 50.62 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Joseph Schooling (SGP) – 50.39
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Michael Phelps – 51.00
  • Wave I Cut: 54.19
  • Wave II Cut: 53.37
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 51.96

WOMEN’S 200 BACK FINAL

  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • American Record: Regan Smith – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Missy Franklin (USA) – 2:05.68 (2013)
  • World Junior Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Maya DiRado (USA) – 2:05.99
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Maya DiRado – 2:06.90
  • Wave I Cut: 2:14.69
  • Wave II Cut: 2:12.94
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:10.39

WOMEN’S 800 FREE FINAL

  • World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 8:04.79 (2016)
  • American Record: Katie Ledecky – 8:04.79 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 8:06.68 (2016)
  • World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 8:11.00 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katie Ledecky (USA) – 8:04.79
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Katie Ledecky – 8:10.32
  • Wave I Cut: 8:48.09
  • Wave II Cut: 8:44.01
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 8:33.36

MEN’S 50 FREE SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91 (2009)
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel – 21.04 (2019)
  • US Open Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 21.14 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Michael Andrew (USA) – 21.75 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Anthony Ervin (USA) – 21.40
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Nathan Adrian – 21.51
  • Wave I Cut: 23.19
  • Wave II Cut: 22.71
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 22.01

WOMEN’S 50 FREE SEMI-FINALS

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67 (2017)
  • American Record: Simone Manuel – 23.97 (2017)
  • US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA) – 24.10 (2018)
  • World Junior Record: Claire Curzan (USA) – 24.17 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Pernille Blume (DEN) – 24.07
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28
  • Wave I Cut: 25.99
  • Wave II Cut: 25.65
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 24.77