Dahlia, Weyant, Finke, Rooney Come Up Big On Day Three Of Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships

By Sharon Robb

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 3, 2019–It was a short but exciting night of racing on Day Three of the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships Friday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center.

Emma Weyant came from behind midway through the race and held on to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:35.47, best time in the U.S. this year. Weyant put in a final surge in the last 50 meters to edge Brooke Ford, second in 4:36.06.

Bobby Finke of St. Petersburg Aquatics won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:13.15, just edging out Carson Foster in 4:13.39, a world junior record. Finke reeled in Foster in the final 50.

Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, in sixth place at the 50-meter mark, won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.35 ahead of Amanda Kendall in 57.51.

Maxime Rooney went out fast and held on to win the 100-meter butterfly in 51.09. Jack Conger was second in 51.70.

Sixteen-year-old Torri Huske broke one of the oldest national age group records in the books. Huske finished just off the podium in 57.80, splitting 26.80/31.00, and breaking Mary Meagher‘s record of 57.93 from 1981.

Dana Vollmer, a seven-time Olympic medalist, swam the final race of her career Friday. She finished 32nd overall in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, clocking a time of 59.94 and failing to advance to the final.

The 31-year-old mother of two had announced that the race would be her last. She remains the American record holder in her signature event. Vollmer will retire with 10 long-course and six short-course World Championships medals in addition to her seven Olympic medals.

On an unusual day for South Florida Aquatic Club swimmers, both Kathleen Golding, 18, and Mary Smutny, 18, were disqualified in their events during morning prelims.

Golding was disqualified in the 400-meter individual medley for two butterfly kicks on her breaststroke pullout and Smutny was disqualified in the 100-meter butterfly. Both will swim the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com