National Junior Team Member Sullivan Highlights Night Two of U.S. Open

National Junior Team Member Sullivan Highlights Night Two of U.S. Open

By USA Swimming  | Friday, August 4, 2017

East Meadow, N.Y. – USA Swimming National Junior Team member Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) and Jonathan Roberts (Southlake, Texas/North Texas Nadadores) highlighted night two of the U.S. Open with their respective wins.

Sullivan took home gold in the women’s 400m free with a time of 4:09.43. She will represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships later this month. Ashley Twichell followed for second place with a time of 4:10.89. The open water world champion won the 800m freestyle yesterday. Taylor Ault (Hacienda Heights, Calif./La Mirada Armada) picked up her second bronze of the meet with a 4:11.12.

“It was really exciting going into it. I felt really smooth and long,” Sullivan said. “It gave me a good amount of confidence because I wasn’t really tapered going into this meet, and hopefully I’ll be a little more rested going into [world junior championships].”

In the men’s 200m backstroke, former Junior National Team member Roberts topped the field with a 1:56.88. Roberts was a finalist in the 200m free at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Two-time Olympic medalist Arkady Vyatchanin placed second with a 1:57.13. South Africa’s Christopher Reid took third with a time of 1:58.95.

Other wins on night two included:

  • New Zealand’s Matt Hutchins won the men’s 400m free with a time of 3:48.41
  • Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton earned the top finish in the women’s 200m breaststroke with a 2:24.80
  • Australia’s George Harley picked up the men’s 200m breast with a 2:10.57
  • Croatia’s Matea Samardzic won the women’s 200m back with a time of 2:08.77

The 2017 U.S. Open continues through Sunday with daily prelims at 9 a.m. ET and finals at 5 p.m. ET. Following this week’s U.S. Open, the Nassau County Aquatics Center will host the Speedo Junior National Championships from Aug. 8-12.

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