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
After going a lifetime best and U.S. Open record in the 100 free this morning at 47.43, Ryan Held lowered his time again in finals Wednesday night at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships.
Held became the No. 3 American in history in the event this morning (tied with Vladislav Grinev), and takes over solo possession of that spot after the night swim. Dave Walters owns the No. 2 American swim at 47.33, and Caeleb Dressel set the American record in 46.96 at the 2019 FINA World Championships last week. Held’s previous best time heading into the meet was just 48.26, which was 13th in American history.
Held’s time would have won the bronze medal at Worlds behind Dressel and Kyle Chalmers (47.08). The top five swimmers in the heat went lifetime bests, and top four (Held, Maxime Rooney, Tate Jackson and Dean Farris) would have made the Worlds final.
Top American 100 Freestylers In History
- Caeleb Dressel(2019) – 46.96
- Dave Walters (2009) – 47.33
- Ryan Held(2019) – 47.39
- Michael Phelps (2008) – 47.51
- Nathan Adrian (2012) – 47.52
- Jason Lezak (2008) – 47.58
- Maxime Rooney (2019) – 47.61
- Garrett Weber-Gale (2008) – 47.78
- Zach Apple (2019) – 47.79
- Jimmy Feigen (2013) – 47.82
- Blake Pieroni(2019) – 47.87
Maxime Rooney also cracked the top 10 this morning, going 47.75, then lowered that time to 476.61 in finals. Five of the top eleven U.S. swimmers in history have hit their best times this year alone, and six of the eleven are still active.
It’s also a bounce-back swim for Held after a rough outing last summer. Held was 48.26 at Olympic Trials in 2016, making the American Olympic team and ultimately winning gold as part of the finals 4×100 free relay. He split 47.79 (prelims) and 47.73 (finals) in Rio. But last summer, Held went just 48.65 and missed all the major U.S. travel teams.
The United States’ second individual Worlds entrant in the event, in addition to Dressel, was Blake Pieroni, who went 47.87.
Held moves up to #3 in the world ranks this year, behind only Dressel and Chalmers: