Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) highlighted Wednesday night at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships by each taking home two national titles by winning the 200m free and 200m back. The competition, held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI, runs through Saturday, June 29.
Other title winners included Breeja Larson (Mesa, Ariz.) and Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.), who picked up national titles in the 200m breast; and Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.), who won national titles in the 50m fly.
The individual Olympic event winners, as well as the top four finishers in the 200m free, also claimed berths on the U.S. roster for next month’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Franklin, who also won the 100m free on Tuesday, started the evening by winning the 200m free by nearly two seconds, finishing with a time of 1:55.56. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) placed second with a time of 1:57.63, while Georgia teammates Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kan.) and Jordan Mattern (Aurora, Colo.) finished third and fourth with times of 1:58.13 and 1:58.27, respectively.
Franklin picked up her second national title of the night with a U.S. Open and meet-record-setting swim in the 200m backstroke with a 2:05.68. Elizabeth Pelton (Fairfield, Conn.), who will be Franklin’s college teammate at Cal in the fall, finished second in 2:06.29. Franklin and Pelton now have the two fastest times in the world this year. Elizabeth Beisel (Saunderstown, R.I.) finished third in 2:07.64.
“Training this fall is going to be so much fun,” Franklin said. “No one can push me like [Elizabeth Pelton] can, so it’s going to be great for both of us.”
In the men’s 200m free, Lochte won his first title of the championships in 1:45.97, leading from start to finish. Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) finished second, turning in a personal best of 1:46.25. Matt McLean (Sterling, Va.) finished third in 1:46.78. Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C.) out touched Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) for fourth place, swimming a 1:47.36.
Later in the evening, the fifth-seeded Lochte swam a 1:55.16 to claim first place in the 200m back. His swim was the third fasted time in the world this year. Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), whose late push in the final 100m fell just short, touched second in 1:55.58. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla.) was third in 1:56.37.
“I went for it in both races,” Lochte said. “I knew from the lack of training this year that I had to go out fast and try to hold on from there. I like being out in front and going from there.”
Larson put together a strong performance to win the women’s 200m breast, touching the wall with a time of 2:23.44. Larson was neck-and-neck with Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) at the 100m mark, but pulled away in the final 100m. Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) edged Sogar to the wall in 2:24.69. Sogar was third in 2:24.86.
Cordes picked up his first career national title, winning the men’s 200m breast with a 2:08.34, swimming the world’s fastest time of the year. Cordes was under world record pace until the final 50m. B.J. Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) finished second in 2:10.09, while Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J.) finished third in 2:10.97.
Magnuson outlasted Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Claire Donahue (Lenoir City, Tenn.) for the women’s 50m fly title with a time of 26.08. Stewart and Donahue finished less than 0.2 seconds behind Magnuson, in 26.19 and 26.23, respectively. The win marks Magnuson’s fourth national title of her career.
In the men’s 50m fly final, Godsoe overcame a slow start to take first place in 23.29. Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) finished second in 23.50, while Tim Phillips (Vienna, W.Va.) took third in 23.69.
Complete Phillips 66 National Championships information, including results and competition schedules, is available online at www.usaswimming.org/nationals. The action continues daily through Saturday, June 29. Prelims will be held each day at 9 a.m. EDT, followed by finals at 6 p.m. EDT. Tickets are required for each session and can be purchased on-site at the Natatorium.
This meet is the sole qualifier for the U.S. team for the pool competition at the FINA World Championships, which runs July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain. The winner of each Olympic event will claim an automatic spot on the roster, and a complete team selection procedure is outlined at usaswimming.org.
Extensive television coverage of the event will be aired by the NBC Sports Group. Click here for broadcast details. In addition, a live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online via usaswimming.org.
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