Phillips 66 National Championships off to Good Start for Texans
Swimming championships kick off
Texans made their mark on day one of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, with several earning berths to the FINA World Championships in Barcelona this July. The tone was set early in the evening by Texas Aggie Camille Adams, who won the Women’s 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:08.10 (the Men’s 200 Fly was won by Tom Luchsinger of North Carolina, with a time of 1:55.57).
Next up was the 100 Freestyle; sixteen-year-old Simone Manuel of First Colony Swim Team (near Houston) was the youngest competitor in the field and placed third with a time of 53.86, earning her a spot on the World team. Former Longhorn Karlee Bispo did not make the A Final after the morning preliminaries, but placed eleventh overall. Missy Franklin of the Colorado Stars would take first place, setting a new meet record of 53.43.
The Men’s 100 Free was one of the most anticipated events of the evening, with the A Final line-up comprising a host of Olympic medalists, including former Longhorns Jimmy Feigen and Ricky Berens, as well as the 2012 100 Free Olympic champion, Nathan Adrian. Adrian's time of 48:10 was enough to crown him national champion as well; Berens would be just edged out for a qualifying spot at Worlds, placing fifth overall with a time of 48.68. Feigen powered himself to second place in 48.24, securing his berth in Barcelona.
Longhorn Michael McBroom also earned a place on the world team, placing second in the 1,500 Free with a time of 14:59.12.
Tomorrow’s race to watch will be the 200 Free, where American Record holder Ricky Berens will again attempt to secure a spot for Barcelona.