By Sharon Robb
IRVINE, Calif., July 24, 2018—Kathleen Golding of South Florida Aquatic Club will be among a star-studded field when the Phillips 66 National Championships begin Wednesday at William Woollett Aquatics Center.
Golding, 17, a senior at Cooper City High School and University of Florida commit, is entered in five events. She will open with the 100-meter freestyle (56.20) on Wednesday, 200-meter freestyle (2:02.28) on Thursday, 400-meter individual medley (4:50.65) on Friday and 200-meter individual medley (2:17.19) and 50-meter freestyle (26.35) on Sunday.
Golding is seeded 45th in the 100 freestyle among 98 swimmers; 83rd in the 200 freestyle among 105; 42nd in the 400 IM among 82 swimmers; 50th in the 200 IM among 110 swimmers and 76th in the 50 freestyle among 81 swimmers.
The meet ends Sunday and after a day break, Golding will also compete in the Speedo Junior Nationals beginning July 31 (Tuesday) at the same pool. She is entered in the 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley.
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.
The field features Olympic gold medalists, World Championship medalists and World and American record holders. Heading the field are Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy and Missy Franklin.
Dressel is entered in eight events: 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 50 and 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Ledecky has entered all five of the freestyle events from the 100 up to the 1500. Franklin is entered in the 100 and 200 freestyles.
Ryan Lochte, 33, who was entered in four events, will not compete after being suspended for 14 months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He will not be allowed to compete until July 2019.
Several current and former Florida Gold Coast swimmers are also entered in seniors nationals including Megan Moroney, Luke Smutny, Kyla Valls, Mary Smutny, Alex Evdokimov, Miguel Cancel and Kelly Fertel.
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 usaswimming.org, the Olympic Channel at nbcsports.com, NBC and NBC Sports Network.
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