Highs and Lows for Texans on Day 2 of the Phillips 66 Nationals
The high stakes swimming continues
Texans wrapped up another big day at the Phillips 66 Nationals on Wednesday, continuing their quest to qualify for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona next month. Quinn Carrozza and Karlee Bispo of Longhorn Aquatics kicked off the evening in the A Final of the Women’s 200 Free; young up-and-comer Carrozza had surprised many in her preliminary swim that morning, just edging out London Olympic gold medalist in the same event, Allison Schmidt (Schmidt would not qualify for the A Final).
Carrozza placed eighth in the finals, adding a little over one second to her preliminary time. She expressed her disappointment with her performance, saying, “I wanted to be a little bit faster than I was tonight, but I think I just let the nerves get to me a little bit. It’s mostly pressure from myself; I always put a lot of pressure on myself to do well.”
Bispo placed seventh in the 200 Free, while Colorado phenom Missy Franklin placed first, with a time of 1:55.56.
In the Men’s 200 Free B Final, the contingent of Texas fans cheered loudly for Longhorns Austin Surhoff and Dax Hill, who placed twelfth and fourteenth overall, respectively.
Texas Ex and American Record holder Ricky Berens placed a surprising fifth in the 200 Free A Final. He later tweeted his disappointment, saying, “Not what I planned for this trials. Been training a lot better than I swam. Disappointed but hopefully on to world champs & will be faster!”
Texas Ex Michael Klueh placed seventh in the 200 Free A Final, and Ryan Lochte took the national title in the event, with a time of 1:45.97.
Texas women swept the A Finals of the 200 Breast. Aggie Breeja Larson, Pflugerville native Micah Lawrence, and Longhorn Laura Sogar took first, second, and third, respectively.
In one of the most exciting Finals of the evening, Kevin Cordes of Naperville, Illinois won his first national title in the 200 Breast, chasing the world record for 150 meters and eliciting the crowd to rise from their seats and cheer. He finished just over a second short of the world record, in 2:08.34.
Longhorn Sarah Denninghoff placed fourth in the 200 Back in in 2:10.16; Missy Franklin continued her domination at this meet by winning yet another national title and posting a U.S. Open and meet record of 2.05.68. Franklin admitted after her race that she was in a lot of pain during the swim and hoped to work on her endurance. “…working on kind of preparing for that [pain], seeing what we can do to really push it that last 15 [meters].”
In the Men’s 200 Back, incoming UT freshman Jack Conger placed fifth with a time of 1:56.82. Ryan Lochte pulled out his second win of the evening, finishing in 1:55.16. “I knew if I had shot at winning, I had to go out there [hard],” he said.
In the 50 Fly, Eugene Godsoe of North Carolina and and Christine Magnuson of Illinois each won the national title.
Complete results can be found online at USA Swimming, and NBC Sports will be broadcasting the event. A live webcast can also be streamed online.