Nick Thoman Breaks Three American Records at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Nick Thoman (Cincinnati, Ohio) broke three American records Friday at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships. Thoman broke both the 50y and 100y backstroke records and was also a part of the SwimMAC Carolina men’s relay team that broke the American record in the 4x50y medley relay. The competition concludes Saturday, December 7.
In one of the most exciting races of the night, Thoman battled Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) for the top spot in the 100y back. Both men finished under the previous American record held by Grevers (44.55), however, Thoman was the victor with a time of 44.07. Grevers finished second in 44.49 and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla.) was third in 45.77.
Thoman was also part of the men’s relay team from SwimMAC Carolina that won the 4x50y medley with a time of 1:23.02. They broke the previous record by .15. Thoman also bested the American record in the 50y back with a split of 20.69 on the lead-off leg of the race. The realy team also included Eric Knight, Tim Phillips and Cullen Jones.
Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) earned her first two individual titles of the meet Friday, winning the 100y back and setting a championship record with her win in the 200y free.
Franklin won the 200y free with a time of 1:41.40. Franklin was able to hold on to an early lead to finish the race in championship-record time. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) closed fast in the final 100 yards but was unable to overtake Franklin and finished second in 1:42.03. Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore, Md.) rounded out the top three with a time of 1:44.71.
Franklin’s second win of the night came in the women’s 100y back. She took the lead at the halfway point and held on for the win in 51.59. She was followed by Cal teammates Pelton in 51.70 and Rachel Bootsma (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in 51.86.
Grevers won the men’s 100y fly, earning his first National title of the meet. Grevers touched the wall in 44.94 and was followed by Tim Phillips (Vienna, W. Va.) in 45.61. Romania’s Alexandru Coci was third with a time of 46.41.
2012 Olympian Claire Donahue (Lenoir City, Tenn.) was victorious in front of her home state crowd, winning the 100y fly in 51.69. Janet Hu of Nation’s Capital Swim Club was second in 51.76 and Kelsi Worrell (Mt. Holly, N.J.) was third in 51.94.
The women’s 400y IM saw a dominant performance by Celina Li (Pleasanton, Calif.). She led the field from start to finish and won the event in 4:06.54. University of Kansas swimmer Chelsie Miller placed second with a time of 4:08.86 and Canada’s Marni Oldershaw was third in 4:10.31. The men’s race went to 17-year-old Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va.) with a winning time of 3:41.19. Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif.) finished second in 3:43.86 and South Africa’s Dylan Bosch placed third in 3:45.31.
In other races, the men’s 100y breast was won by Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic with a time of 51.93. Finland’s Eetu Karvonen was second in 52.13 and Brad Craig (Midland, Mich.) was third in 52.18. On the women’s side, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson set a championship record in 57.62 to win the race. SwimMAC Carolina’s Katie Meili ws second in 59.03 and Molly Hannis of the University of Tennessee finished third in 59.18. Brazil's Joao De Lucca won the men’s 200y free in 1:31.65, setting a new Championship record. South Africa’s Darian Townsend placed second in 1:31.93 and Dax Hill (Round Rock, Texas) was third in 1:32.77.
Competition concludes Saturday with preliminaries at 9 a.m. ET and finals at 5 p.m. ET. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
A live webcast of prelims and finals will be available via usaswimming.org. National television coverage from the meet will air on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 5-6 p.m. ET.