SOFLO’s Golding Swims Second Lifetime-Best Time, Makes “C” Final At USA Swimming Phillips 66 Nationals

By Sharon Robb

IRVINE, Calif., July 27, 2018–South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kathleen Golding swam back-to-back lifetime-bests Friday at the USA Swimming Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships.

Golding, 17, was 21st in the 400-meter individual medley in a best time 4:49.23, dropping 1.42. She finished fifth in the “C” final.

In morning prelims she went 4:49.84, dropping 0.81 off her previous best of 4:49.84. She also swam a best time Thursday in the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.25) dropping 0.03.

It was the third of five events she entered. Golding swims the 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday before competing in next week’s Junior Nationals in the same pool.

In other races:

Defending world champion Lilly King touched out Molly Hannis, 29.82-30.07 in the 50-meter breaststroke after missing the Pan Pacs team in the 200-meter breaststroke. The world record holder had no problem winning. She was the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds.

Ally McHugh of Penn State was a surprise winner in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:34.80, finishing ahead of Brooke Ford, Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and favorite and defending champion Leah Smith. She reeled in Smith and Forde on the freestyle leg.

After tying her own American record in the 50 butterfly, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia won the 100-meter butterfly in 56.83 as expected. Dahlia came from behind in the back half to win. She has secured her spot at both Pan Pacs and Worlds.

American record holder Olivia Smoliga held off Ali Deloof to win the 50-meter backstroke in 27.70 and will return to worlds.

Favorite Chase Kalisz won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:08.25, nearly a two-second margin of victory. Kalisz surged on the back half to win by more than a body length.

Caeleb Dressel, representing Bolles, won the 100-meter butterfly in 50.50, earning a spot on the Pan Pacs team.

Nineteen-year-old Michael Andrew, already qualified in the 50-meter butterfly, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a U.S. Open record 26.84. He swam just 23 minutes after swimming a lifetime best in the 100 butterfly.

Olympic backstroke champion Ryan Murphy of Cal, coming off a year off in 2017, won the 50-meter backstroke in an American record, U.S. Open and meet records in 24.24.

Missy Franklin made an early exit from nationals failing to qualify for two of the biggest international swim meets leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The four-time 2012 Olympic gold medalist did not final in her 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. She was working her way back from surgeries on both shoulders 18 months ago.

The senior championship meet is one of the biggest meets of the summer. The meet is the selection trials for the Aug. 9-12 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. The U.S. 2019 FINA World Championship team will be chosen based on combined results from nationals and Pan Pacs.

It’s also a selection meet for Junior Pan Pacs, Pan American Games and World University Games.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals 6 p.m. Pacific Time, three hours behind South Florida.

The meet will be shown on the webcast of, the Olympic Channel at, NBC and NBC Sports Network.


Saturday — Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 4, Olympic Channel (10 p.m.)

Sunday — Day 4, NCBCSN (1 a.m.); Taped footage, NBC (3 p.m.); Day 5, Olympic Channel (9 p.m.)

Monday — Day 5, NBCSN (6 p.m.)

Stream: or NBC Sports app


400-meter individual medley: 1. Ally McHugh, Unattached 4:34.80, 2. Brooke Forde, STAN 4:35.09, 3. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:35.50; FGC: 12. Kelly Fertel, GSC 4:46.58/15, 4:48.64, 24. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:49.84, time drop 0.81/21. 4:49.23

100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, CARD 56.83, 2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL 57.51, 3. Kendyl Stewart, TE 57.70; FGC: 84. Mary Smutny, AKS 1:01.86.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, IU 29.82, 2. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.07, 3. Katie Meili, NYAC 30.72; FGC: None.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC 27.70, 2. Ali Deloof, CW 27.88, 3. Elisa Haan, NCS 27.90; FGC: 48. Megan Moroney, CAV 29.58.


400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC 4:08.25, 2. Jay Litherland, DYNA 4:10.21, 3. Sean Grieshop, CAL 4:12.72; FGC: 31. Miguel Cancel 4:24.77/28. 4:24.97, time drop 3.62.

100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.50, 2. Jack Conger, NCAP 51.11, 3. Michael Andrew, RPC 51.68; FGC: None.

50-meter breaststroke: 1. Michael Andrew, RPC 26.84, 2. Devon Nowicki, MILA 27.12, 3. Ian Finnerty, IU 27.19; FGC: 46. Alex Evdokimov, CSSC 28.97.

50-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, CAL 24.24, 2. Justin Ress, NCS 24.31, 3. Ryan Held, NCS 24.60; FGC: None.

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