Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) raced to national titles in the 100m freestyle on Tuesday on the opening night of USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI. The competition runs through Saturday, June 29.
Additional national champions crowned Tuesday include Cammile Adams (Cypress, Texas) and Tom Luchsinger (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) in the 200m butterfly, Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) in the women’s 800m freestyle and Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) in the men’s 1,500m freestyle.
Individual event winners, as well as the top four finishers in the 100m free, also claimed berths on the U.S. roster for next month’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Franklin surged over the final 25m to take the women’s 100m free in a personal-best and championship record time of 53.43. Joining Franklin in Barcelona will be Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kan.), who was second in 53.83; 16-year-old Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas), who took third in 53.86; and Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.), who placed fourth in 53.90. All four women recorded lifetime bests in the event.
“Coming home, (my coach) Todd (Schmitz) told me to look at the field coming off the 50 wall and just put my head down and swim it my own way,” Franklin said. “That’s what I did.”
Adrian won the men’s 100m free in 48.10, as he surged past teammate Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) over the final 50m. Olympian Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas) took second in 48.24, followed by Ervin, who grabbed third in 48.49. Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was fourth in 48.58 to claim the fourth World Championships roster spot in the race.
“It’s about execution. Obviously, I would have loved to be under 48; that would have been nice. But it wasn’t there tonight,” Adrian said. “We’ll just go back, regroup and get ready for a good 50.”
Adams, a London Olympian, punched the night’s first ticket to Barcelona with a convincing victory in the women’s 200m fly in 2:08.10. Adams, who was fifth in the same event in London, led at the 100m and 150m marks and topped runner-up Maya Dirado (Santa Rosa, Calif.) by more than a second. Dirado was second in 2:09.12, and Katie McLaughlin (Dana Point, Calif.) placed third in 2:10.41.
After also leading at the 100m and 150m marks, Luchsinger raced to his first career national title in the men’s 200m fly with a personal-best time of 1:55.57. Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) was second in 1:56.58, and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) took third in 1:57.39.
The men’s 1500m free saw a strong performance from Jaeger, who pulled ahead of the field at the 200-meter mark and finished in 14:53.34 for the win. Michael McBroom (The Woodlands, Texas) finished second in 14:59.12, while Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn.) was third in 15:04.60.
Ledecky, the 2012 Olympic champion in the event, qualified for World Championships with her first-place finish in the 800m free. The American-record holder finished the race in 8:22.41 just ahead of second-place finisher Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who swam a 8:23.24. Third place went to Gillian Ryan (Kutztown, Pa.) with a time of 8:29.80.
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 www.usaswimming.org/nationals.