Video produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Loretta Race.
So this morning’s heats was merely a prelude to what is in store for tonight’s final, as we were treated to Olympians and National Teamers galore. It feels good to be able to writeMichael Phelps’ name in results – Phelps led the field in a time of 52.92, chasing downTim Phillips who led heat 11 through about 75 meters. Phillips’ time of 53.02 is the second best of the morning, with his SwimMAC Elite teammate Ryan Lochte as the 3rd seed in 53.17. Tom Shields won heat 10 with this time of 53.28 to be seeded 4th andMatthew Josa clocked a 53.32 for 5th. Two Phoenix Swim Club swimmers comprise the 6th and 7th seeds, with Giles Smith and Alexandru Coci registering times of 53.70 and 53.82, respectively. Marcus Schlesinger threw down a 53.86 from heat 8 of 11 to find himself as the 8th seed going into tonight’s finals.