By Reach for the Wall Staff
Indianapolis, IN June 27-July 1
If the first night of finals is an indicator for how the rest of the meet will go, buckle up, it’s gonna be a fast ride! Regan Smith led the night off with a win in the Women’s 200 Butterfly, touching in 2:05.79, a bit off the 2:03.87 she posted in early June, but still almost 2 seconds clear of the field. Abby Harter (UVA/NCAP) got a 2nd swim, placing 16th overall with a 2:12.55. Eleanor Sun (NCAP) placed 27th, dropping 1.37 from her prelim swim and posting her best time 2:12.75! Carson Foster and Thomas Heilman thrilled the crowd in the Men’s 200 Butterfly, taking the top two spots in 1:54.32 and 1:54.54. Heilman’s swim broke the 15-16 record formerly held by Michael Phelps.
‼️ A PHELPS RECORD HAS GONE DOWN ‼️
Carson Foster (1:54.32) and Thomas Heilman (1:54.54) go 1-2 in the 200 fly, with Heilman’s time breaking the 15-16 National Age Group Record held by Michael Phelps 🔥🤯#Phillips66Nats | 📺: @peacock pic.twitter.com/wIqlVavm9f
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) June 27, 2023
Alex Colson (Sun Devils/RMSC) placed 12th finishing in 1:57.13, just .6 off his lifetime best. Adriano Arioti (RMSC) took advantage of his 2nd swim and set a new personal best time with 2:01.03, placing 28th overall!
In the women’s 100 Freestyle, Torri Huske (AAC) was in the mix in the final heat and touched the wall 5th in 53.41, which was faster than her prelim swim, but just shy of her lifetime best.
#Phillips66Nats 🇺🇸 – 🏊♀️ 100M NAGE LIBRE
— MR.CARTER (@NelsonCarterJr) June 27, 2023
Erin Gemmell (NCAP) competed in the B Final, placing 10th in 54.39 which also was a bit off her lifetime best. Camille Spink improved her placing from prelims, touching the wall in 55.12 good for 21st overall!
Katie Ledecky (Gator/NCAP) wowed the crowd throughout her swim in the 800 Freestyle, taking the first 400 out in 4:01.73, and still on record pace through the 500 before falling off a bit the last 300 to touch in 8:07.07, which as quoted in the Tweet below, is the 3rd fastest swim of all-time!
KATIE LEDECKY OMG 😱
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) June 28, 2023
Chase Travis (Wolfpack/NCAP) touched in 8:36.72 for 10th, Paige McKenna (Wisconsin/NCAP) finished 11th in 8:37.20. Brooke Travis (Wolfpack/NCAP) finished 38th with a time of 8:52.25 and Sophie Duncan (Palo Alto/AAC) finished 47th in 8:58.67
Day 2 Prelims again start at 10am (YouTube link), with a full slate of events:
Here’s the rundown of who to watch from PVS:
Women’s 200 Freestyle:
Camille Spink (NCAP)
Erin Gemmell (NCAP)
Torri Huske (Stanford/AAC)
Katie Ledecky (Gatro/NCAP)
Women’s 200 Breaststroke:
Brynn Curtis (Auburn/York)
Anna Keating (UVA/Machine)
Men’s 200 Breaststroke:
Jed Garner (RMSC)
Women’s 200 Backstroke:
Mackenzie McConagha (Wisconsin/NCAP)
Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin/NCAP)
Men’s 200 Backstroke:
Adriano Arioti (RMSC)
JT Ewing (Wolfpack/AAC)
Women’s 50 Butterfly:
Aris Runnels (Gator/NCAP)
Abby Harter (UVA/NCAP)
Torri Huske (Stanford/AAC)
Men’s 50 Butterfly:
Alex Colson (Sun Devil/RMSC)