NBAC Mid Summer Classic: Michael Phelps Charts Another Strong Swim

BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 11. DURING the third evening of long course meter swimming at the NBAC Mid Summer Classic, Michael Phelps put up another quick time on the scoreboard for the fans in attendance.

Phelps nearly cleared his season best in the men's 200 fly with a winning effort of 1:55.95. That time just missed his fourth-ranked season best of 1:55.70 set at the Paris Open in June. Todd Patrick took second in 2:00.20, while Mike Thomas earned third in 2:07.00. Cari Czarnecki touched out Andi Staub, 2:18.00 to 2:18.34. Karie Haglund also cleared 2:19 with a third-place 2:18.84.

Elizabeth Pelton checked in with a 2:14.76 in the women's 200 IM. Rachael Schaffer finished second in 2:17.78, while Stephanie O'Toole pocketed third-place honors in 2:18.84. Kevin Webster won the men's 200 IM in 2:06.82, while Drew Cosgarea touched second in 2:07.86. Brennan Morris completed the top three in 2:08.93.

Giles Smith topped the men's 50 free in 23.83, while Patrick Murphy earned second in 24.47. Ellis Miller snagged third in 24.62. Results from the women's 50 free were not made available.

Murphy topped the men's 100 back in 57.37 with Miller taking second in 58.83. Bryan Offutt snatched third with a 1:00.23. Felicia Lee won the women's 100 back in 1:02.92, while Allison Schmitt (1:04.96) and Natalie Beale (1:05.81) placed second and third.

Thomas snatched his second podium of the night with a 4:05.74 to win the men's 400 free. Rodney Fentress placed second in 4:07.41, while Chase Kalisz took third in 4:12.76. Willa Wang captured the women's 400 free in 4:14.98. Taylor O'Brien (4:15.14) and Meredith Budner (4:19.38) turned in second and third-place efforts.

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