2018 Phillips 66 National Championships Day Two Finals Recap

2018 Phillips 66 National Championships Day Two Finals Recap

By USA Swimming  | Friday, July 27, 2018

Complete Day Two Results

Women’s 200m Freestyle
1. Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 1:54.60
2. Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich./Pitchfork Aquatics), 1:55.82
3. Gabby DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Club Wolverine), 1:56.55
4. Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), 1:56.93

Race Notes
• Ledecky won her fourth career national title in the 200m free and 15th overall, matching Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian for the most national titles by an active swimmer. 
• Ledecky also won the 800m free title on Wednesday.
• With the runner-up finish, Schmitt qualified for her second Pan Pacs roster (2010, 2018).
• DeLoof qualified for her first Pan Pacs roster in the 800m free relay. 

Katie Ledecky: “I know I can swim fast because I swim fast in practice. It is just a good challenge. When you get to big meets some things are going to happen. It’s all just about adjusting and making sure you are prepared and leave enough time for anything to happen.”
Men’s 200m Freestyle
1. Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va./California Aquatics), 1:45.70
2. Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores), 1:45.93
3. Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Unattached), 1:46.08
4. Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics), 1:46.15

Race Notes
• Seliskar won his first national title and qualified for his first career Pan Pacs roster.
• Dwyer qualified for his second Pan Pacs roster (2014, 2018).
• Pieroni and Haas also qualified for the roster with top-four finishes in the 100m free on Wednesday. 

Andrew Seliskar (On winning 200m free race): “I think my freestyle has been progressing a lot ever since I’ve been at Cal. I’m getting better every year through the collegiate season. The whole college season I was training for it. The way I was training and the way I was moving, I knew I had a 1:45 in me. I talked to Dave [Durden] about it and we both agreed that it was a good thing for me to do on this day of the meet. I was happy to be able to put it together and reach my goal time. I think I have a lot of things I could still work on though.”

Women’s 200m Breaststroke
1. Micah Sumrall (Pflugerville, Texas/Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club), 2:22.06
2. Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Aggie Swim Club), 2:23.32
3. Annie Lazor (Beverly Hills, Mich./Mission Viejo Nadadores), 2.24.42

Race Notes
• Sumrall won her second career national title in the 200m breast and first since 2014.
• Sumrall qualified for her second career Pan Pacs roster (2014, 2018).
• Sumrall’s time is the fourth-fastest in the world this year. 

Micah Sumrall (On when she realized she could win the 200m breaststroke): “It didn’t. I just thought that I would do the best I can and hopefully it will be good enough. It was and that’s super awesome.”
Men’s 200m Breaststroke
1. Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics), 2:07.28
2. Andrew Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Longhorn Aquatics), 2:08.71
3. Will Licon (El Paso, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics), 2:08.72

Race Notes
• Prenot won his second career national title in the 200m breast (2016, 2018).
• His time of 2:07.28 is the fastest time in the world in 2018 and his fastest time since 2016.
• Prenot qualified for his second Pan Pacs roster (2014, 2018).

Josh Prenot (On his race): “I’m really happy with that swim. It feels good to be swimming breaststroke that way again. I definitely lost the flow for a while there. It’s been a process to find it over these last few months. I had a shoulder injury that kept me to just a kickboard for a month. I think it was really good just to have that hard reset and relearn how to swim the stroke. It’s really paid off with the training that I’ve been able to do the past couple of months.”

Women’s 200m Backstroke
T-1. Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 2:06.43
T-1. Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide), 2:06.43
3. Isabelle Stadden (Blaine, Minn./Aquajets Swim Team), 2:08.24

Race Notes
• Baker won her second straight national title in the event and qualified for her second Pan Pacs roster (2014, 2018).
• Smith earned a share of her first career senior-level national title and qualified for her first Pan Pacs roster. 
• Smith’s 2:06.43 marked a lifetime best and new world junior record. 
• The last tie for a national title was the 2014 women’s 100m breast between Micah Sumrall and Jessica Hardy. 

Kathleen Baker (On what it means to her to make the Pan Pacs team in this pool): “This pool is really special to me. I made my first Pan Pacs team out of lane one in the 200m backstroke. That’s one of my favorite moments in my entire swimming career. To come back here and do way better than four years ago, come away with the win and a really great time for me, it’s just the icing on the cake. I’m just enjoying the moment and how much fun swimming can be.”
Men’s 200m Backstroke
1. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics), 1:54.15
2. Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), 1:55.68
3. Austin Katz (Sarasota, Fla./Longhorn Aquatics), 1:56.12

Race Notes
• Murphy won his third consecutive national title in the event and qualified for his second straight Pan Pacs roster (2014, 2018).

Ryan Murphy (On his swim this evening): “It was good. I wanted to qualify for the team and I did that. I am happy with where I’m at right now.”

Women’s 50m Butterfly
1. Kelsi Dahlia (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 25.48
2. Kendyl Stewart (San Diego, Calif./Team Elite), 25.83
3. Hellen Moffitt (Alexandria, Va./Team Elite), 26.45

Race Notes
• Dahlia won her second straight national title in the event. 

Kelsi Dahlia (On winning the 50m butterfly): “I’m really surprised. I expected maybe a couple tenths faster, but that’s something I’ve been working on, how I prepare for the 50. I’m really happy that I was able to match what I did last summer.”                                                                                                                          
Men’s 50m Butterfly
1. Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club), 22.93
2. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 22.97
3. Chatham Dobbs (Nashville, Tenn./Tucson Ford Dealers), 23.38

Race Notes
• Andrew won his first career senior-level national title. 

Michael Andrew (On meeting the qualification for his first World Championships team): “This is the first race I cried afterwards. I’m not an emotional person, I really never cry. I feel like it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, obviously Worlds is still a year away. To have that sealed now, is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. What’s nice is that we still have three days of racing left. It’s an amazing feeling. I feel free.”



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