2019 PHILLIPS 66 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
- July 31 – August 4, 2019
- Prelims 9:00 AM (Pacific)/Finals 5:00 PM (Pacific)
- Avery Aquatics Center
- Stanford, CA
- Meet Site
- Psych Sheet
- Omega Results
- Wednesday Finals Heat Sheet
Women’s 200 Fly
As of this season, the women’s 200 fly has been exploding with promising teens to take over the future generation of the event. Leading the way is current backstroke world record-holder Regan Smith (Riptide), who led prelims with a 2:09.04. Her season best of 2:08.58 is comfortably in 4th on the national team top 6, however, her lifetime best of 2:07.42 ranks #4 all-time in 17-18 age group history, right behind Katie McLaughlin’s NAG of 2:06.95.
With Smith declining her spot from Junior Worlds, the next eligible athlete is 16-year-old Magnolia swimmer Lillie Nordmann, who comes in as the second seed with a 2:09.21. Other than securing her spot on the Junior Worlds team, Nordmann has a shot at taking down Kelsi Dahlia‘s 2:09.09 season best to write her name on the national team roster.
Men’s 200 Fly
17-year-old Luca Urlando of DART Swimming has already wrote his name on the 17-18 NAG with a 1:53.84. This morning, Urlando cruised to the top spot with a 1:55.55. With his top spot nearly 2 second ahead of Zach Harting (1:55.26), all Urlando has left to do is secure his spot on the Junior Worlds team.
Swimming next to Urlando is Lousiville’s Nicolas Albiero, who swam a US #6 time of 1:56.91. Yet that won’t be enough for Albiero as Miles Smachlo (1:56.95), Trenton Julian (1:56.18), and 2018 US national champ Justin Wright (1:57.40) will all be gunning for that spot for the National team roster with Albiero.
Women’s 100 Free
Coming hot off of Worlds, Abbey Weitzeil stormed to the top of the prelims swims with a US #2 time of 53.47. The rest of the field tonight will all be fending for the #6 spot on the national team roster. Currently, Erika Brown holds that spot with a 54.36. This morning, Brown was a 54.75, right behind Team Elite’s Catie DeLoof (54.67).
With 16-year-old Gretchen Walsh (54.78) of Nashville the lone eligible Junior Worlds swimmer in the A-final, it will be down to fellow 16-year-olds Arlington’s Torri Huske (55.43) and unattached Amy Tang (55.48) for the 2nd individual spot in the 100 free.
Men’s 100 Free
With Ryan Held leading the pack with his US Open record of 47.43, he will be a definite roster member behind Caeleb Dressel in the 100 free. Maxime Rooney‘s morning swim of 47.75 puts him at 3rd in the current top 6 rankings to likely ensure his spot on the roster. Behind Blake Pieroni (47.87) and Zach Apple (48.01) is #3 seed into the final Tate Jackson (48.12).
Men’s 100 free current top 6
- Caeleb Dressel 46.96
- Ryan Held 47.43*
- Maxime Rooney 47.75*
- Blake Pieroni 47.87
- Zach Apple 48.01
- Tate Jackson 48.12*
*swam this morning
Women’s 800 Free
Entered as the top seed is open water Worlds medalist Haley Anderson (8:24.13), followed by Ally McHugh (8:24.22), and Ashley Twichell (8:28.16). Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith‘s spots are locked in for the 800 free top 6, yet the top 3 swimmers into tonight’s final all have a shot at putting themselves into the top 6 times.
Men’s 1500 Free
Only one man has broken 15 minutes this season in the 1500 free, Jordan Wilimovsky (14:59.94). Into tonight’s final, both Zane Grothe (14:48.40) and Bobby Finke (14:48.70) are the lone 2 men under the 15-minute barrier. After a disappointing performance at Worlds, Finke has a shot at taking the national title and earning a spot into the top 6. The time to beat is David Heron‘s 15:19.74 for Finke to write his name on the national team roster.