2020 US OPEN
- November 12-14, 2020
- A number of Places
- Des Moines, Iowa (The YMCA of Better Des Moines)
- Des Moines Psych Sheets
This yr, the US Open meet will happen in 9 totally different areas throughout the nation in an effort to scale back journey and decrease the variety of swimmers at anyone web site because of the pandemic.
The YMCA of Better Des Moines is internet hosting one of many 9 websites, bringing collectively two of probably the most thrilling names in American backstroke: World Document-holder Regan Smith and 2019 U.S. Open champion Phoebe Bacon.
Smith broke out in an enormous manner in 2019, hovering to the World Championships title within the 200 again and breaking Missy Franklin’s 2012 World Document there with a pair of two:03’s in semifinals and finals. She then helped Group USA to the 400 medley relay World Document with a 57.57 lead-off, a World Document in its personal proper within the 100 again, and he or she’s now the clear favourite for 2021 Olympic gold in each backstrokes, on the very least.
However Bacon, NCAP-trained and now a freshman on the College of Wisconsin, this system that lifted Beata Nelson to change into an American record-setter in each backstrokes in yards (although Smith has snagged the 200 again file since), beat Smith head-to-head on the 2019 U.S. Open.
The 100 again would be the largest face-off between the 2; the U.S. Open file is the 58.63 that Bacon is seeded with, the time she went to topple Smith at this meet final yr. They’re additionally competing as #1 and #2 seeds within the 200 again and 200 IM. These are Bacon’s solely three occasions, whereas Smith can be entered in each butterfly occasions; one or each of those occasions may work into her 2021 Trials schedule, particularly the 200.
Whereas these two are anticipated to make assertion swims in Iowa, this is among the sparsest fields out of the 9 U.S. Open websites this yr; for instance, plenty of occasions have lower than 5 entrants, together with the lads’s 800 free, with solely two.
A choose few athletes from College of Michigan might be racing in Des Moines, together with sprinters Gus Borges, James Lebuke and Bence Szabados. Moreover, we’ll see a big group from the College of Iowa, a program that may discontinue in 2021, and the ladies from the College of Arkansas.
Prime excessive schoolers embrace Cal commit Trent Frandson, Indiana commit Luke Barr, Florida commit Scarlet Martin, Tennessee commit Kate McCarville, Stanford commit Aurora Roghair and UVA commit Kate Morris. Initially an Iowa commit, Wisconsin highschool standout Ziyad Saleem is one other one to look at subsequent week.
Mizzou post-grads Nick Alexander and Micah Slaton are sitting at excessive seeds in a number of occasions, and we’ll additionally see NJCAA star and incoming USC switch Billy Cruz racing within the 50/100 free and 100 fly.