By Sharon Robb
December 6, 2015—The most decorated Olympian ever said it best at the conclusion of the AT&T Winter National Championships late Saturday night at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
“It seems like a long time before Olympic trials, but it will be here before you know it,” said Michael Phelps, who took home his third national title in the 200-meter butterfly on the final night of competition.
Phelps won the event in 1:56.11 ahead of North Baltimore Aquatic Club training partner Chase Kalisz in 1:57.19. Phelps also won the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.
Phelps now has 62 national titles in his career.
Phelps and Missy Franklin earned the national high point awards. Phelps finished with 60 points and Franklin totaled 72 points.
Two of SOFLO’s three pros at the meet competed on the final day of competition.
Two-time Colombian Olympian Carolina Colorado was 23rd in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:16.15.
Kile Aukerman was 41st in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:22.57.
In other championship finals:
Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:07.87, her second national title of the meet.
Simone Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle in 53.98.
Reigning Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson of Trojan Swim Club won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:29.32 and 200-meter butterfly.
Lily King won the 200-meter breaststroke and broke the 15-year-old 17-18 national age group record in 2:24.47. The previous record was held by Amanda Beard.
Michael McBroom won the 1500-meter freestyle in 15:10.31, an eight-second margin of victory.
Matt Grevers won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:57.24, holding off Patrick Mulcare in 1:57.34.
Bolles alum and Canadian Santo Condorelli knocked off Nathan Adrian in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.05. Adrian finished third in 48.60.
The meet was a FINA-approved competition where swimmers could achieve qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars 2:07.87, 2. Maya DiRado, STAN 2:08.28, 3. Hilary Caldwell, ISC 2:10.05.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Simone Manuel, Unattached 53.98, 2. Lia Neal, STAN 54.01, 3. Abbey Weitzeil, CANY 54.11.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lily King, IU 2:24.47, 2. Kierra Smith, UN 2:24.60, 3. Molly Hannis, TNA 2:25.81.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Haley Anderson, Trojan 2:10.85, 2. Andreina Pinto, GSC 2:10.95, 3. Taylor Pike, HAWG 2:11.52.
800-meter freestyle: 1. Haley Anderson, Trojan SC 8:29.32, 2. Lindsay Vrooman, BAD 8:29.70, 3. Gillian Ryan, MICH 8:31.97.
200-meter backstroke: 1. Matt Grevers, FORD 1:57.24, 2. Patrick Mulcare, UN 1:57.34, 3. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC 1:57.43.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Santo Condorelli, CANY 48.05, 2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan 48.51, 3. Nathan Adrian, CAL 48.60.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Carlos Claverie, VEN 2:11.53, 2. Nick Schafer, UN 2:12.23, 3. sam Tierney, UN 2:12.49.
200-meter butterfly: 1. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:56.11, 2. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:57.19, 3. Dakota Hodgson, NAC 1:59.09.
1500-meter freestyle: 1. Michael McBroom, TWST 15:10.31, 2. PJ Ransford, MICH 15;18.46, 3. True Sweetser, GSC 15:26.57.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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