2017 Phillips 66 US National Swimming Championships and selection Trials for the FINA World Championships, Budapest

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2017 Phillips 66 US National Swimming Championships: June 29, 2017:

Tuesday, June 27


Women’s 200m Butterfly
1. Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:07.60
2. Dakota Luther (Austin, Texas/Austin Swim Club), 2:08.71
3. Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas/Texas A&M), 2:08.75

Race Notes

  • Flickinger won her second national title in the 200m fly (2015) and claimed the first spot on the Team USA’s 2016 world championships roster. Her time is currently the ninth-fastest in the world in 2017.
  • 17-year-old Luther is coached by six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen.



Hali Flickinger: “I want to have that race, where I hit the wall and jaws drop … to have a very strong 200 fly, I want to do that for our country to make that a strong event for us.”
Men’s 200m Butterfly
1. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 1:54.47
2. Pace Clark (Memphis, Tenn./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:54.58
3. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), 1:54.79

Race Notes

  • Conger claimed his first national time and made the world championships roster for the first time.
  • Conger’s time is the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.
  • Clark and Kalisz followed with the fifth and sixth fastest times in the world this year, all three swims were personal bests.



Jack Conger: “It was just a really good feeling … With Michael [Phelps] gone that butterfly is completely wide open, and I wanted to stamp my ticket and make a statement.”


Women’s 100m Freestyle
1. Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville), 52.81
2. Simone Manuel (
Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming), 53.05
3. Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y./Stanford Swimming), 53.59

Race Notes

  • Comerford broke the U.S. Open record and lowered her national championships record from this morning; her time is also the third fastest in the world this year.
  • Tonight’s win claimed the first national title and first spot on the world championships roster for Comerford.
  • With a runner-up finish, Manuel earned a spot on the world championships roster for the third time.
  • Neal and Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./University of Louisville) have qualified for the world championships roster in the women’s 4x100m free relay.


Mallory Comerford: “I was training hard and racing my own race. I’ve been working hard and trying to figure out long course – it’s nice for it to be clicking. I just love to race, so to get out there and compete against this field was a blast.”


Men’s 100m Freestyle
1. Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 47.96
2. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 47.97
3. Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 48.20

Race Notes

  • Adrian won his eighth national title in the 100m free.
  • This win marks Adrian’s fourth time being named to the world championships roster; Dressel also earned a spot on the world championships roster with his runner-up finish.
  • Adrian’s time is the third fastest in the world this year, while Dressel is now ranked fourth.
  • Haas and Zachary Apple (Trenton, Ohio/Auburn) also have been named to the world championships roster for the men’s 4x100m free relay. This will be the first world championships for Dressel, Haas and Apple.



Nathan Adrian: “We’re in a good place. For so long I had to answer all these … questions about what happened to American sprinting, and I don’t have to answer those questions anymore. I’m happy about that.”


Women’s 800m Freestyle
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 8:11.50
2. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 8:20.46
3. Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./NC State Swimming), 8:27.58

Race Notes

  • Ledecky notched her 11th national title and fifth win in the 800m free.
  • Ledecky has qualified for her third world championships roster.
  • Ledecky’s time is the fastest in the world this year.
  • Smith’s time was the second-fastest mark in the world this year.



Katie Ledecky: “I didn’t rest too much for this [meet]. Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered that I’ve been over the past couple of years. I’m getting in and racing. I have confidence from training that I can get up and go times like that.”


Men’s 1500m Freestyle
1. True Sweetser (Hernando, Fla./Stanford Swimming), 14:59.73
2. Robert Finke (Tampa, Fla./St. Pettersburg Aquatics), 15:01.31
3. P.J. Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y./University of Michigan), 15:01.82

Race Notes

  • Sweetser notched the ninth-fastest time in the world this year in the 1500m free.
  • This victory is Sweetser’s first national title and first spot on the world championships team.



True Sweetser: “I knew going into the final that a lot of guys get excited and like to go out fast, and I just wanted to make sure that I went out as controlled as I could and have a really strong back half. I had a lot of confidence from the training that I’ve put in, I’m so happy with how it panned out – I can’t believe it!”



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