Florida Swimmers Take Center Stage On Day Two Of World Team Trials

By Sharon Robb

June 29, 2017—Ryan Murphy and Caeleb Dressel, who grew up swimming in Florida, won national titles Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Murphy, the Olympic champion, won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:54.30 while Dressel won his first national title in the 50-meter butterfly in a national meet record 23.05 and qualified for his second world championship event after earning a spot in the 100-meter freestyle.

Dressel, a double Olympic gold medalist on relays in Rio, won an hour after finishing sixth in the 200-meter freestyle final.

Murphy graduated from Jacksonville Bolles and trained with the club team. Dressel graduated from Clay High School and trains with the club team.

Other Wednesday winners were:

Lilly King won the 200-meter breaststroke to set up a showdown with Russian rival Yulia Efimova at next month’s world championships. King won in a best time 2:21.83, dropping 2.2 seconds off her previous best. They will meet for the first time at worlds.

Katie Ledecky beat her best time in the world this year by a half second winning the 200-meter freestyle in 1:54.84. Ledecky has the 400 freestyle left to swim on Friday.

“Certainly growing in confidence in that race,” said Ledecky, who won the 800 freestyle the night before. “It’s right on or faster than what I was at Trials last year (1:54.88).

Kathleen Baker won the 200-meter backstroke by 2:17 seconds in 2:06.38, the fastest time in the world this year. Teenager Regan Smith, 15, was second and will be the youngest American to race in an individual event at worlds since Elizabeth Beisel in 2007.

Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 50-meter butterfly in 25.69.

The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.

The five day meet continues Thursday. Thursday’s events are: 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter backstroke.

The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.


Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 60. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 2:04.04.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 71. Luke Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:54.32.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 21. Rachel Bradford Feldman, Louisville 2:31.21, 23. Emily Kopas, Michigan 2:31.83.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 14. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs SC 2:14.72/B Final, 4. Alex Evdokimov 2:14.00.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 14. Clara Smiddy, Michigan 2:11.94, 75. Darby Goodwin, VILL 2:18.59; B Final, 8. Clara Smiddy, 2:13.10.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 45. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 27.91, 64. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 28.55.


Women’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford 1:54.84, 2. Leah Smith, Cavaliers 1:56.68, 3. Melanie Margalias, St. Petersbrg 1:56.90.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: 1. Townley Haas, Nova Aquatics 1:45.03, 2. Blake Pieroni, Indiana 1:46.30, 3. Zane Grothe, Badger 1:46.39.

Women’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 2:21.83, 2. Bethany Galat, TAMU 2:22.24, 3. Miranda Tucker, Club Wolverine 2:25.82.

Men’s 200-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 2:07.41, 2. Nicolas Fink, Athens Bulldogs 2:08.63, 3. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:08.72.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Kathleen Baker, TE 2:06.38, 2. Regan Smith, RIP 2:08.55, 3. Asia Seidt, Lakeside 2:08.99.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: 1. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 1:54.30, 2. Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics 1:54.78, 3. Robert Owen, Hoki 1:57.17.

Women’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Cardinals 25.69, 2. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC 26.19, 3. Kendyl Stewart, Trojan 26.24.

Men’s 50-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 23.05, 2. Cullen Jones, Wolfpack 23.27, 3. Tim Phillips, SwimMAC 23.37.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com


Phelps, Lochte Win Gold; Mahoney Steals Show In Breaststroke At Indy Grand Prix

Phelps, Lochte Win Gold; Mahoney Steals Show In Breaststroke At Indy Grand Prix


March 4, 2011

Californian Sean Mahoney stole a little of the thunder away from Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte Friday night at the USA Swimming Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indiana University Natatorium.

Mahoney knocked off two-time Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan and American record holder Eric Shanteau to win the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in a world-best 2:11.47.

Mahoney, who served a six-month suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant, beat Shanteau’s previous world best of 2:12.12 turned in at the Austin Grand Prix.

Shanteau was second in a season-best 2:12.08 and Kitajima, sporting a beard, was third in 2:13.14.

Because of the ban for methylhexanamine, Mahoney missed the national championships and team trials for Pan Pacs, World Championships, World Short Course and World University Games.

“That was a great feeling,” Mahoney said after the race. “It was a surprising win. I was doing my best like everyone else. I kind of planned to go pretty good at this meet. It’s my first long course meet in a while. My coach did a great job preparing me to swim fast.”

There were plenty of fast swims on Day Two of the Grand Prix.

Michael Phelps won his third gold medal in two days.

The 14-time Olympic gold medalist took an early lead in the 200-meter butterfly and held on to win in a world-best 1:55.34. Brazilian Kaio de Almeida was second in 1:55.85 and China’s Wu Peng was third in 1:57.86.

“I purposely turned to that side (at 150) because I knew if he was close, it was going to be a tough finish and I was very tired,” Phelps told reporters after the race.

“So I had to check how much room I had. I tried to stay under as long as I could because the best thing I have right now is my kick.”

On Thursday, Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.

“I think for me, being over a second faster than what I was last summer, that’s a pretty good time,” Phelps said. “The key now is to start doing some more butterfly sets.

“From Austin to now, I am light years ahead of where I was,” Phelps said. “But I have still got some things I want to improve on. I think I made up a lot of ground at Colorado Springs (altitude training for three weeks) and it gave me a good, solid base to get ready for the world championships.”

Ryan Lochte won his first gold medal of the meet even though he had to share it.

After finishing 14th in the 50-meter freestyle, Lochte bounced back in the next event, the 100-meter backstroke, to tie Matt Grevers in 54.08. Even more impressive, 15-year-old Ryan Murphy was seventh in 55.56,  breaking the previous U.S. National Age Group record of 55.61.

“It was a little better,” Lochte said. “I wasn’t expecting to go that fast. That’s my best of the season by over a second so I know this summer is going to be really good.”

Other individual champions Friday night:

Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer won the 50-meter freestyle in a tight race with Jessica Hardy. Vollmer finished in 25.09 followed by Hardy in 25.10.

Teenager Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke in 59.56, another world-best. She also lowered her U.S. National age group record time (59.75).

Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak, at 35, is showing no signs of slowing down after winning the 50-meter freestyle in 22.59, finishing ahead of William Copeland and Josh Schneider who tied in 22.65.

Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:48.23.

Chloe Sutton won the 400-meter freestyle in a world-best 4:06.04 ahead of three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff.

Canadian Ashley McGregor won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:30.96.

Lochte has three races remaining, the 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle, all back-to-back-to-back races. Phelps has the 200 IM and 100 freestyle left.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com.