WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
June 25, 2013
Missy Franklin got the party started Tuesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships/World Championship Trials in Indianapolis at the Indiana University Natatorium.
The bubbly 18-year-old won the 100-meter freestyle in a meet record and lifetime-best 53.43. She broke the previous record of 53.58 set by Amanda Weir in 2006.
Trailing after the opening 50 meters, Franklin reeled in the field on the back half to post the world’s second fastest time this year. Her splits were 26.08 and 27.35.
Twelve-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, 30, set a quick pace of 25.70 for the opening 50 meters but faltered to fifth.
Top morning qualifier Shannon Vreeland, 21, of Athens Bulldogs was second in 53.83. Sixteen-year-old Simone Manuel of First Colony Swimming was third.
“I knew it was going to be a super fast final tonight,” Franklin said. “I knew I had to get out there and bring it home with everything I had. I am so, so happy with that time. I saw that time and I was absolutely over the moon. I’m so excited.”
It was the first of six events Franklin will swim this week. She is also entered in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Wednesday will be the test with both the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke on her plate.
“I love doing all that stuff,” said Franklin who will be a freshman this fall at Cal-Berkeley. She plans on swimming for the Bears for two seasons before likely turning pro leading up to the 2016 Rio Games.
“It’s weird we are already having another Trials. I’m excited to see who will make the team. I think there will be a lot of fresh faces.”
Another familiar face, Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle against a stacked field that featured seven Olympians 27 Olympic medalists.
Adrian didn’t seem too pleased with his winning time of 48.10 but happy he made the world team.
Anthony Ervin got out fast in 22.38 and finished third in 48.49. Jimmy Feigen of Texas Aquatics was second in 48.24. Ryan Lochte was fourth in 48.58.
Lochte is also swimming the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 and 400 individual medley.
“Obviously, I would have loved to be under 48, that would have been nice,” Adrian said. “It’s all about execution. But it wasn’t there tonight. We’ll just go back, develop a new strategy, regroup and get ready for a good 50. Until Barcelona, times are irrelevant.”
Jacksonville Bolles swimmer Caeleb Dressel, 16, broke the 23-year-old 15-16 national age group record twice in the 100-meter freestyle. He went 49.63 in prelims and 49.50 in finals. The previous record was 50.24 set by Joey Hudepohl in 1990.
In other championship finals:
Women’s 200-meter butterfly: Camille Adams, 21, of Aggie Swim Club and top morning qualifier, moved into the lead with 50 meters left to win the 200-meter butterfly in 2:08.10. She was followed by Maya Dirado, 20, of Stanford Swimming, in 2:09.12 and Katie McLaughlin, 15, of Mission Viejo. Clearwater’s Becca Mann, 15, was fourth. Adams time was the seventh fastest time in the world this year. Cassidy Bayer, 13, the youngest swimmer at world trials, won the “C” final.
Men’s 200-meter butterfly: Tom Luchsinger, 22, swimming unattached for North Carolina Aquatic Club, won in 1:55.57, the fifth fastest time in the world. Tyler Clary, 24, of Club Wolverine, surged in the final 30 meters to overtake early leader Tom Shields and clinch the second spot in 1:56.58. “This is a very big surprise,” Luchsinger said. “To win is an incredible feeling. We have so many good 200 flyers in this country, I didn’t expect this.”
Women 800-meter freestyle: Teenager Katie Ledecky, 16, had no problem winning the distance event and qualifying for her first world team. The Olympic champion and American record-holder won in 8:22.41 ahead of Chloe Sutton, second in 8:23.24.
Men 1500-meter freestyle: Connor Jaeger pulled ahead of the men’s field after 200 meters and finished in 14:53.34 for the win. Michael McBroom was second in 14:59.12.
Six spots were filled on the U.S. roster and 20 spots including relay swimmers.
Swimmers have to finish in the top two in FINA-qualified times to earn an individual spot on the U.S. team for Barcelona.
The next four highest finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will make the U.S. team for relay help and the winner in each of the non-Olympic events will qualify.
The World Championships are July 19-Aug. 4.
Florida Gold Coast Tuesday Results
200-meter butterfly: 19. Isabella Paez, 17, Metro Aquatics, 2:13.81 and 24th, prelims, 2:15.19; 43. Tiffany Oliver, 20, Club Seminole, 57.30.
World Trials On TV
NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports is televising seven hours of the June 25-29 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, which are also serving as the World Championship trials for the U.S. team.
The schedule is: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Universal; Wednesday, June 26, 6-8:30 p.m., Universal; Saturday, June 29, 1-2:30 p.m., NBC and 11 p.m.-midnight, NBC Sports Network.
USA Swimming will also offer a live webcast of the entire meet on its website, prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
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