Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
100 breaststroke national champion Andrew Wilson of Longhorn Aquatics posted the top qualifying 200 breaststroke time of the morning in 2:09.84. That swim moved Wilson into 19th in the FINA world rankings in this event, and makes him the 4th fastest American of 2015.
Wilson’s time will give him lane 4, right next to his summer training partner, Will Licon. Licon dropped a best time of 2:10.10 for the 2nd seed heading into finals ahead of BJ Johnson (2:11.92).
A pair of international swimmers, Craig Benson (2:12.14) and Michael Jamieson (2:12.17), took 4th and 5th. Benson went head-to-head with Michael Phelpsthis morning in heat 11. Phelps held his own against Benson, proving that he can compete nationally in even his “off events.” He was the 6th fastest qualifier in 2:12.68, smashing his previous best of 2:15.06 from 2007.
Across his career, Phelps has already won national titles in every other stroke. If he chooses to swim the event tonight, he could become the 2nd swimmer in history to have won American national championships in all four strokes.
Mizzou graduate Sam Tierney qualified seventh in 2:12.71, followed by Cal’s Chuck Katis (2:13.11).
Other notable swims include Avon Community’s Chandler Bray’s 2:14.55, the 2nd fastest swim in 15-16 age group history. The 15-16 NAG record holder in that event, Reece Whitley, qualified 10th with a 2:13.42, just a second slower than his NAG record swim from last week’s Juniors.