2017 Phillips 66 National Championships – Friday, June 30 Finals Recap

2017 Phillips 66 National Championships – Friday, June 30 Finals Recap

 | Saturday, July 1, 2017

Women’s 400m Freestyle
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 3:58.44
2. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 4:03.77
3. Sierra Schmidt (Erdenheim, Pa./Club Wolverine), 4:07.92

Race Notes

  • Ledecky wins her 13th national title and breaks the U.S. Open and national championships record.
  • Ledecky’s time is the fastest in the world this year by nearly 4 seconds.
  • Ledecky also won the 200m free and 800m free titles in Indianapolis this week.
  • Smith’s time is now ranked third in the world this year.

Quotes

Katie Ledecky“I felt pretty controlled … just getting out there and putting together a good swim, and feeling good throughout the whole thing made me really happy. I’ve always tried to have that consistency. I haven’t really set time goals for this year, I just want to put together good swims and have some fun with it.”

Men’s 400m Freestyle
1. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 3:44.43
2. Clark Smith (Denver, Colo./Longhorn Aquatics), 3:45.91
3. Townley Haas (Ricmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 3:46.41

Race Notes

  • Grothe wins his second national title and adds an individual event to his world championships schedule. He has already qualified for the men’s 4x200 free relay.
  • Grothe’s time is the fifth-fastest time in the world this year, while Smith’s time is the eighth fastest.
  • Smith also will swim both the 400m free and the 4x200 free relay at the world championships.

Quotes

Zane Grothe“I consider the 400 [free] my best race. A lane is a lane … I’m stronger, I’ve got a little better technique, I’ve changed up a little race strategy – a little bit of progress every year.”

Women’s 100m Breaststroke
1. Lily King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), 1:04.95
2. Katie Meili (Coreyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club), 1:05.51
3. Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Aggie Swim Club), 1:06.72

Race Notes

  • King wins her sixth national title and sweeps the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke titles this week in Indy.
  • King’s time is the second-fastest in the world this year and is new national championships record.
  • Meili qualifies for the world championships roster for the first time in her career.

Quotes

Lilly King“Pretty happy with the time, really close to what I went in Rio, so that’s always good for the first taper meet. It’s been a great journey with [Katie Meili], and it’s always comforting having someone so familiar with you in the ready room.”

Men’s 100m Breaststroke
1. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 58.74
2. Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 59.11
3. Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 59.40

Race Notes

  • Cordes breaks the American, U.S. Open and championships records to win his seventh national title. He swept the 50m, 100m and 200m titles this week.
  • Cordes is now the second-fastest performer in the world this year.
  • Miller qualifies for the world championships roster for the second time.
  • Miller’s time is fourth-fastest in the world this year.

Quotes

Kevin Cordes“I’m just happy that I get the chance to swim it again and represent the U.S. at the world championships. I think I’ll take everything I learned from this meet, the good and the bad, and work through it the next couple of weeks. Get ready and get excited again.”

Women’s 100m Backstroke
1. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 58.57
2. Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 59.17
3. Hannah Stevens (Lexington, Ohio/University of Missouri), 59.74

Race Notes

  • Baker breaks the U.S. Open and national championships record to win her second national title, and first in this event.
  • Baker’s time is the second-fastest in the world this year
  • Smoliga qualifies for her first world championships roster.
  • Smoliga is the fifth-fastest performer in the world this year.

Quotes

Kathleen Baker“I think it was a pretty good race for me and I know I made a couple of mistakes, so I know I can be even faster. To go a best time from the Olympics to now is pretty great for me. I think I sort of feed off the confidence I have from the Olympics and how it’s carried me through this year … I know that it’s really important to be consistent and that’s something I’ve really worked on.”

Men’s 100m Backstroke
1. Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 52.71
2. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 53.02
3. Justin Ress (Cary, N.C./Wolfpack Elite), 53.38

Race Notes

  • Grevers wins his sixth national title, and qualifies for his fourth world championships team.
  • Grevers is now the second-fastest performer in the world this year.
  • Murphy’s time follows as the third-fastest in the world so far in 2017.

Quotes

Matt Grevers“It felt great to touch the wall and see a No. 1 next to my name again – it doesn’t happen very often swimming next to Ryan Murphy. It was a lot of prayers answered for me. Once your ego takes a hit like it did at [Olympic] Trials, it’s hard to believe in yourself undoubtedly again. It’s hard to be unshakably confident, but I think I was confident in the training I’ve done. With the race today, I thought there was a very good chance of being one or two, and it was good to be a one.”

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