INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 11. THE headliner of the FINIS Counsilman Classic lived up to his billing Friday night. Competing at the Indiana University Natatorium, Michael Phelps cruised to a pair of victories in the tuneup meet for next month’s World Championships in Montreal.
Phelps blazed a championship-record time of 1:47.38 in the 200 freestyle and added a triumph in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 52.87, also a championship record. Phelps will contest both events in Montreal and appears as if his training is progressing positively. Phelps easily defeated Chris DeJong (1:51.10) in the 200 free and bested Davis Tarwater (54.66) in the 100 fly. All three men compete for Club Wolverine.
Natalie Coughlin turned in the top showing on the female side as the five-time Olympic medalist prevailed in the 200 freestyle, thanks to a swim of 2:00.31. That time bettered the 2:01.68 of Rachel Komisarz, who later earned a first-place showing in the 100 butterfly (1:00.46).
Robert Margalis, a member of the U.S.World Champs Team, posted a convincing triumph in the men’s 400 individual medley (4:23.27) and was complemented on the distaff side by Katie Carroll, who touched the wall in 4:54.64. Other winners on the first night of the three-day competition were Ashley Wanland in the women’s 100 breast (1:12.11) and Giordan Pogioli in the men’s 100 breast (1:04.78).