By USA Swimming | Monday, July 30, 2018
- The high point award winners for the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships were Michael Andrew on the men’s side with 111 points and Leah Smith and Kelsi Dahlia on the women’s side with 64 points each.
- Kathleen Baker was presented the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her world-record swim in the 100m back.
- Katie Ledecky and Chase Kalisz clinched the overall TYR Pro Swim Series titles with 66 and 120 points, respectively. They both claim a one-year lease of a BMW and a $10,000 series bonus for their efforts.
Women’s 1500m Freestyle
1. Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./TAC Titans), 15:55.68
2. Ally McHugh (Philadelphia, Pa./Unattached), 16:02.56
3. Erica Sullivan (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada), 16:02.88
- Already on the Pan Pacs roster in the open water 10K, Twichell posted a lifetime best of 15:55.68 to win her first career national title in the pool.
- McHugh also won the 400m IM to clinch a spot on the Pac Pacs roster earlier in the meet.
QuotesAshley Twichell (On balancing pool and open water swimming): “I think that training the mile will really help with the open water races. Open water races come down to the last 400 or 500, so having the speed at the end is really critical. I’ve been focusing more on open water, but all my training is in the pool. With that swim tonight, I’ll definitely be on focusing on the mile as well.”
Women’s 200m Individual Medley
1. Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C./Team Elite), 2:08.32
2. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 2:09.43
3. Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming), 2:10.84
- Baker set a U.S. Open record with a lifetime best of 2:08.32 in the 200m IM.
- Baker won a share of her third title in Irvine. She set a world record in winning the 100m back and tied for the 200m back title. Baker has five career long-course national titles.
Kathleen Baker (On her meet): “This has been so much fun. I’m really happy with all of my times throughout this meet and to have so many people step up and do so great and to have such great competition here is really awesome.”
Baker (On her U.S. Open record): “That was definitely faster than I thought. I was hoping for a 2:10 or 2:09, but to go a 2:08 and really come home strong means my training is there.”
Men’s 200m Individual Medley
1. Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:55.73
2. Abrahm DeVine (Seattle, Wash./Stanford Swimming), 1:57.41
T-3. Gunnar Bentz (Athens, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club), 1:58.23
T-3. Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va./California Aquatics), 1:58.23
- Kalisz notched the fastest time in the world this year with a swim of 1:55.73 to complete an IM sweep in Irvine.
- Kalisz won his second career national title in the 200m IM (2017, 2018) and seventh on his long-course career.
- Devine’s time of 1:47.41 ranks seventh in the world in 2018.
Chase Kalisz (On the breaststroke leg of the IM): “I honestly can’t wait to hit the breaststroke. I know that’s my best split, but, honestly, it’s my easiest split. Breaststroke just comes naturally to me in my IM. I’ve struggled with it individually where I don’t necessarily have the right race plan yet.”
Men’s 800m Freestyle
1. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Mission Viejo Nadadores), 7:44.57
2. Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica), 7:47.51
3. Robert Finke (Clearwater, Fla./Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 7:51.45
- Grothe won his second national title this week in Irvine after taking the 400m free earlier in the meet.
- Tonight’s victory marked Grothe’s first career national title in the 800m free.
Zane Grothe (On swimming the 800m free): "The 800 has always been a big focus of mine. Because of it not being an Olympic event, not many people would do it. It was my first ever U.S. Open medal and my first time ever breaking into world rankings, so I've always favored it."
Women’s 50m Freestyle
1. Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texa/Stanford Swimming), 24.10
2. Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif./California Aquatics), 24.63
3. Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio/Mission Viejo Nadadores), 24.79
- Manuel’s time of 24.10 established a new U.S. Open record, clipping a time that has stood since 2008.
- Manuel completed a sweep of the sprint freestyle events in Irvine and now owns six career long-course national titles. She has four career 50m free national titles (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018).
Simone Manuel (On breaking the U.S. Open record): “I just really wanted to put together a good 50. I wasn’t really too focused on breaking that record, but I’m really pleased with that time.”
Manuel (On training leading up to Pan Pacs): “There are still things that I can do rest wise to get a little bit more power and a little bit more speed.”
Men’s 50m Freestyle
1. Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club), 21.49
2. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 21.67
3. Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), 21.85
- Andrew won his fourth national title of the week (50m free, 100m breast, 50m fly and 50m breast) and in the process became the first male since Michael Phelps in 2008 to win at least four titles at the same national championships or Olympic Trials. Phelps won five. Missy Franklin won four events at 2013 Nationals.
Michael Andrew (On the meet and today’s swim): “I’m super stoked with the time. The entire Nationals has been incredible.”
Andrew (On what went well tonight): “I do feel like my swimming has gotten really strong and that’s kind of where I increased that gap [with Caeleb Dressel] in the back half.”