U.S. men’s swimming rankings going into world championships trials

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The most impressive U.S. male swimmer in 2022 paid no attention to the Olympics in 2021.

Shaine Casas, a 22-year-old Texan, missed the Tokyo team by one spot at trials and then avoided watching the Games. He didn’t want to relive what he called the biggest failure of his life.

Casas has been nothing but successful since, ranking Nos. 1 or 2 domestically in five different events so far in 2022.

He may just be the U.S.’ best male all-around swimmer going into the world championships trials from April 26-30 in Greensboro, N.C., where the top per individual event are in line to make the team for Budapest.

The king of U.S. swimming remains Caeleb Dressel, who closed out the last pre-trials Pro Series meet with his first victory on the circuit since winning five gold medals in Tokyo.

Dressel doesn’t have the fastest time this year among Americans in any of his events, but it’s little worry as he’s known for huge time drops at major meets.

Elsewhere, the usual suspects are looking strong in the backstroke (Ryan Murphy), breaststroke (Michael Andrew and Nic Fink) and individual medley (Chase Kalisz).

A notable absence is surprise Olympic 800m and 1500m freestyle champion Bobby Finke, who hasn’t raced a meet in an Olympic-size pool this year while focusing on his last NCAA season at the University of Florida.

MORE: U.S. women’s swimming rankings

2022 U.S. Men’s Swimming Rankings (based on USA Swimming and FINA database times)
50m Freestyle

1. Michael Andrew — 21.73
2. Caeleb Dressel — 21.86
3. David Curtiss — 21.93
4. Drew Kibler — 22.27
5. Ryan Held — 22.29

100m Freestyle
1. Justin Ress — 49.12
2. Shaine Casas — 49.29

3. Maxime Rooney — 49.37
4. Ryan Held — 49.40
5. Drew Kibler — 49.46

200m Freestyle
1. Drew Kibler — 1:47.61
2. Trenton Julian — 1:48.45
3. Jake Mitchell — 1:48.63
3. Michael Cotter — 1:48.63
5. Wyatt Davis — 1:48.83

400m Freestyle
1. Jake Mitchell — 3:51.12
2. Grant Shoults — 3:51.51
3. Charlie Clark — 3:52.08
4. Alec Enyeart — 3:53.47
3. Michael Cotter — 3:53.70

800m Freestyle
1. Charlie Clark — 7:55.45
2. Alec Enyeart — 8:00.82

3. Liam Custer — 8:06.79
4. Matthew Chai — 8:07.22
5. Mikey Calvillo — 8:07.64

1500m Freestyle
1. Charlie Clark — 15:06.92
2. Alec Enyeart — 15:19.17

3. Bobby Dinunzio — 15:30.94
4. Joey Tepper — 15:31.33
5. Matthew Chai — 15:32.34

100m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy — 53.03
2. Shaine Casas — 53.28
3. Daniel Diehl — 53.59
4. Wyatt Davis — 54.31
5. Coleman Stewart — 54.43

200m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy — 1:56.78
2. Shaine Casas — 1:58.09
3. Wyatt Davis — 1:59.38
4. Sam Stewart — 2:00.30
5. Kai Van Westering — 2:00.70

100m Breaststroke
1. Michael Andrew — 59.03
2. Nic Fink — 59.32
3. Kevin Houseman — 1:00.05
4. Cody Miller — 1:00.95
5. Will Licon — 1:01.13

200m Breaststroke
1. Nic Fink — 2:11.67
2. Will Licon — 2:11.75

3. Chase Kalisz — 2:12.47
4. Brandon Fischer — 2:14.22
5. Charlie Swanson — 2:14.48

100m Butterfly
1. Shaine Casas — 51.09
2. Michael Andrew — 51.74

3. Caeleb Dressel — 51.79
4. Coleman Stewart — 51.93
5. Maxime Rooney — 52.41

200m Butterfly
1. Chase Kalisz — 1:56.79
2. Zach Harting — 1:58.81

3. Will Roberts — 1:59.66
4. Tommy Bried — 2:00.03
5. Aaron Shackell — 2:00.31

200m Individual Medley
1. Shaine Casas — 1:56.70

2. Chase Kalisz — 1:57.10
3. Michael Andrew — 1:59.11
4. Sam Stewart — 1:59.44
5. Jay Litherland — 2:01.54

400m Individual Medley
1. Carson Foster — 4:15.46
2. Jay Litherland — 4:19.63

3. Charlie Swanson — 4:20.29
4. Will Licon — 4:20.30
5. David Johnston — 4:22.07

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Ilia Malinin wins U.S. Figure Skating Championships despite quadruple Axel miss

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One year ago, Ilia Malinin came to the U.S. Championships as, largely, a 17-year-old unknown. He finished second to Nathan Chen in 2022 and was left off the three-man Olympic team due to his inexperience, a committee decision that lit a fire in him.

After the biggest year of change in U.S. figure skating in three decades, Malinin came to this week’s nationals in San Jose, California, as the headliner across all disciplines.

Though he fell on his quadruple Axel and doubled two other planned quads in Sunday’s free skate (the most ambitious program in history), he succeeded the absent Chen as national champion.

Malinin, the world’s second-ranked male singles skater, still landed two clean quads in Friday’s short program and three more Sunday. He totaled 287.74 points and prevailed by 10.43 over two-time Olympian Jason Brown, a bridge between the Chen and Malinin eras.

“This wasn’t the skate that I wanted,” said Malinin, who was bidding to become the second man to land six quads in one program after Chen. The Virginia chalked up the flaws at least partially to putting more recent practice time into his short program, which he skated clean on Friday after errors in previous competitions.

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Brown, a 28-year-old competing for the first time since placing sixth at the Olympics, became the oldest male singles skater to finish in the top three at nationals since Jeremy Abbott won the last of his four titles in 2014. As usual, he didn’t attempt a quad but had the highest artistic score by 9.41 points.

Brown’s seven total top-three finishes at nationals tie him with Chen, Michael WeissBrian Boitano, David Jenkins and Dick Button for the second-most in men’s singles since World War II, trailing only Todd Eldredge‘s and Hayes Jenkins‘ eight.

“I’m not saying it’s super old, but I can’t train the way I used to,” Brown said after Friday’s short program. “What Ilia is doing and the way he is pushing the sport is outstanding and incredible to watch. I cannot keep up.”

Andrew Torgashev took bronze, winning the free skate with one quad and all clean jumps. Torgashev, who competed at nationals for the first time since placing fifth in 2020 at age 18, will likely round out the three-man world team.

Japan’s Shoma Uno will likely be the favorite at worlds. He won last year’s world title, when Malinin admittedly cracked under pressure in the free skate after a fourth-place short program and ended up ninth.

That was before Malinin became the first person to land a quad Axel in competition. That was before Malinin became the story of the figure skating world this fall. That was before Malinin took over the American throne from Chen, who is studying at Yale and not expected to return to competition.

Malinin’s next step is to grab another label that Chen long held: best in the world. To do that, he must be better than he was on Sunday.

“You always learn from your experiences, and there’s always still the rest of the season to come,” he said. “I just have to be prepared and prepare a little bit extra so that doesn’t happen again.”

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Mark McMorris breaks Winter X Games medals record; David Wise wins first title in 5 years

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Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris broke his tie with American Jamie Anderson for the most Winter X Games medals across all sites, earning his 22nd medal, a slopestyle gold, in Aspen, Colorado.

On the final run of Sunday’s contest, McMorris overtook Norway’s Marcus Kleveland with back-to-back 1620s on the last two jumps. McMorris’ last three Aspen slopestyle titles were all won on his final run (2019, 2022).

“It’s something I never thought would ever come to me as a kid from Saskatchewan,” McMorris, 29, said on the broadcast. “Everything’s just been a bonus since I became a pro snowboarder.”

In a format introduced three years ago, athletes were ranked on overall impression of their best run over the course of a jam session rather than scoring individual runs.

McMorris won his record-extending seventh X Games Aspen men’s slopestyle title, one day after finishing fourth in big air.

“It just keeps getting crazier because I keep getting older,” he said. “People just keep pushing the limits, pushing the limits. Last night was such a downer, almost bums me out, like, dude, do I still have it? … To have one of those miracle wins where you do it on the last run and someone makes you push yourself, those are the best feelings.”

McMorris won slopestyle bronze medals at each of the last three Olympics and reportedly said last February that he was planning to compete through the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games.

Canadian Max Parrot, the 2022 Olympic slopestyle champion, is taking this season off from competition.

Anderson, a two-time Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion, is expecting her first child.

Later Sunday, American David Wise earned his first major ski halfpipe title since repeating as Olympic champion in 2018. Wise landed back-to-back double cork 1260s to end his winning run, according to commentators.

“I wouldn’t still be out here if I didn’t think I had a chance,” Wise, 32 and now a five-time X Games Aspen champ, said on the broadcast. “I’m not going to be the guy who just keeps playing the game until everybody just begs me to stop.”

U.S. Olympian Mac Forehand won men’s ski big air with a 2160 on his last run, according to commentators. It scored a perfect 50. Olympic gold medalist Birk Ruud of Norway followed with a triple cork 2160 of his own, according to commentators, and finished third.

Canadian skier Megan Oldham added slopestyle gold to her big air title from Friday, relegating Olympic champion Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland to silver.

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