WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
June 27, 2013
Missy Franklin was the first to congratulate and hug her future Cal-Berkeley teammate Rachel Bootsma after she broke American and U.S. Open records Thursday on Day Three of the Phillips 66 National Championships/World Championship Trials in Indianapolis at Indiana University Natatorium.
Bootsma, 19, broke Hayley McGregory’s American and U.S. Open record in the 50-meter breaststroke in 27.68, just out-touching Franklin by 30/100ths of a second (27.98).
“It’s my first American record, so I’m really happy,” Bootsma said. “I just really tried to focus on my start. I have a really quick tempo, so I just wanted to get out of my underwaters and just go.”
In the other championship finals:
Women 400-meter individual medley:
Stanford Swimming’s Maya Dirado, 20, won a close race in 4:34.43, the third fastest time in the world this year. The rookie won a two-swimmer showdown against two-time Olympic veteran Elizabeth Beisel, 20, of Florida, second in 4:34.50. Clearwater’s Becca Mann, 15, was fourth in 4:42.46. Dirado will be swimming the 400 IM, 200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay at worlds.
“I just tried to stay calm and swim my own race, some of the pressure was off because of the 200 fly on Tuesday,” Dirado said. “I was just able to go out there and race. To have Elizabeth in the last 100 you know it’s going to be a battle.” Said Beisel, “I was hoping to see the wall but it took a little while to get there.”
Men 400-meter individual medley:
Chase Kalisz, 19, who trained with Michael Phelps at North Baltimore Aquatic Club overtook Olympian Tyler Clary, 24, of Club Wolverine and early leader after the butterfly (56.48) and backstroke, on the breaststroke after going out in 33.6. Kalisz extended his lead on the final freestyle leg to win his first national title by a full body length in 4:11.83. Clary was second in 4:14.62. Carlos Omana of Metro Aquatics, competing in his first national final of the week, posted back-to-back best times and finished sixth in 4:18.59.
“I really wanted to push my breaststroke leg,” Kalisz said. “I just wanted to stay in the race in the front half and give it all I had in the back half. Michael’s advice was to save my legs on the front half.”
Women 100-meter butterfly:
Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Dana Vollmer, 25, of California Aquatics, won her signature race in 57.53, third fastest time in the world this year and outsprinting early leader Claire Donahue, 24, of Western Kentucky who frequently trains with the South Florida Aquatic Club, in the final 50 meters. Donahue went out fast in 26.63 but Vollmer blasted back with a 30.81 split. Donahue was second in 58.32 and also qualified.
“I thought about staying light and spunky on the first 50 and then bringing it home,” Vollmer said. “I know my strength is that last 50 and staying calm. It actually wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be but regardless I made the team.”
Men 100-meter butterfly:
Ryan Lochte, 28, of Daytona Beach Swimming, who scratched two of his Thursday events, was outsprinted by Eugene Godsoe, 25, of Stanford Swimming, who won in 51.66 to sweep the butterfly events. Lochte was sixth at the turn. Four swimmers were in the chase for the wall but it was Godsoe with the world’s fourth fastest time. Lochte was second in 51.71.
“I put my head down and everything started fading out,” Godsoe said. “I tried to get there. I couldn’t see ryan and things started going numb.”
Said Lochte, “I just got to believe in my training. I have been training really hard the past two months. I am a closer and this is only the second time at the national level I’ve done this event.”
Lochte has scratched from his Friday events, the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter breaststroke.
Women 50-meter breaststroke:
Olympian Jessica Hardy, 26, of Trojan Swim Club, had a quick start and went on to win in 30.24 with Breeja Larson, 21, of Aggie Swim Club was second in 30.40. “I was actually pretty nervous,” Hardy said.
In the “C” final, Florida Gold Coast swimmer Emily Kopas, 16, swimming unattached for Sharks Swim Club, was second in 32.20, just getting out-touched in 32.10 by Heidi Poppe.
Men 50-meter breaststroke:
Kevin Steel, 21, of Tucson Ford knocked off training partner Kevin Cordes, 19, of Tucson Ford to win in 27.26, to break the previous U.S. Open record of 27.33. Cordes was second in 27.38.
Men 50-meter backstroke:
David Plummer, 27, of Minnesota Swimming won in 24.52, another U.S. Open record. The previous record was 24.71. Matt Grevers, 28, of Tucson Ford was second in 24.77.
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 four highest finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyles will make the U.S. team for relay help and winner in each of the non-Olympic events qualify for the July 19-Aug. 4 World Championships.
In another noteworthy swim, 16-year-old Justin Lynch of the Terrapins Swim Team broke the greatest of all times in the 15-16 national age group record book. Lynch won the consolation heat of the 100-meter butterfly in 52.75 to break Michael Phelps’ 2001 age group record of 52.98. Lynch is one of the nation’s up-and-coming African-American swimmers. With a beautiful stroke and powerful fluidity through the water, Lynch resembles Phelps’ body/torso driven technique.
Florida Gold Coast Thursday Results
Men 400-meter individual medley: “A” Final, 6. Carlos Omana, Metro Aquatics 4:18.59, best time; 6. 4:19.73, prelims, best time; 30. Sam Smiddy, AK Sharks 4:31.64.
Women 50-meter breaststroke: “C” final, 2, Emily Kopas, Sharks Swim Club, Unattached 21. Emily Kopas, Unattached-Sharks Swim Club 32.92 prelims.
Women 50-meter backstroke: “B” Final, 14. Clara Smiddy, AK Sharks 29.10, best timel 16. 29.33, prelims.
Small meet, small crowds. The field is small because of the tough qualifying standards which were expected since it’s the World Trials. The small crowds, however, have been disappointing for such a prestigious meet with so many Olympians and future stars. Earlier in the week, University of Florida-bound Quinn Cassidy of St. Andrew’s Swimming tweeted “I’m pretty sure my high school state meet had more people in the stands.”
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 remaining schedule is: 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.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org