U.S. World Champs Trials, Day 2 Finals: Tarwater and Raab Top the Field in 200 Butterfly

By John Lohn
Photos by Peter Bick

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 2. WHEN opportunity presents itself, the most ambitious individuals tend to take advantage. Count Davis Tarwater and Michael Raab in that company.

When Michael Phelps decided to not defend his 2001 and 2003 world titles in the 200 butterfly, a major opening on the American scene was created. Suddenly, an event that was once a U.S. strength – Phelps and Tom Malchow ruled from 2000-04 – was a question mark.

Tarwater and Raab, however, have done their part to ensure the U.S. remains a player in the discipline. Saturday night, the duo finished one-two at the World Champs Trials, with Tarwater clocking in at 1:58.71. Raab was just behind in 1:58.79. They were the only men to break the two-minute mark.

Last week, Tarwater cruised to the NCAA title in the event. After adding a win at these Trials, there's no questioning that the University of Michigan swimmer is benefiting from training with Phelps and coach Bob Bowman in Ann Arbor.

Raab and Texas' Rainer Kendrick were the pacesetters for the first two laps, although Tarwater was right in the mix. After the third lap, the race had become a three-man battle between Tarwater, Raab and Daniel Cruz. But Cruz faded to seventh on the final lap and Kendrick could manage only fifth.

If the United States is expected to medal in Montreal, Tarwater and Raab must continue to drop time. But with way Tarwater has looked and with his ability to stay strong throughout the grueling event, it wouldn't be surprising if he made an international impact.

Event 11 Men 200 LC Meter Butterfly
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World: W 1:53.93 7/22/2003 Michael Phelps, USA
American: A 1:53.93 7/22/2003 Michael Phelps, USA
U.S. Open: O 1:54.31 7/10/2004 Michael Phelps, N. Baltimore
Oly Trials08: T 2:03.99
Meet Cut: 2:05.09
Name Age Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A – Final ===

1 Tarwater, Davis 21 U. Of Michigan/P 2:00.36 1:58.71T 912
r:+0.75 27.15 57.32 (30.17)
1:27.53 (30.21) 1:58.71 (31.18)
2 Raab, Michael 22 Rockville Montgo 2:01.15 1:58.79T 911
r:+0.75 26.85 56.85 (30.00)
1:27.85 (31.00) 1:58.79 (30.94)
3 Madwed, Daniel 16 Sharks Swim Team 2:01.96 2:00.15T 880
r:+0.79 27.16 57.53 (30.37)
1:28.99 (31.46) 2:00.15 (31.16)
4 Mosko, David 16 Cincinnati Marli 2:02.27 2:00.31T 877
r:+0.69 27.52 57.96 (30.44)
1:29.21 (31.25) 2:00.31 (31.10)
5 Kendrick, Raine 22 U. of Texas 2:01.55 2:00.52T 872
r:+0.71 26.79 57.02 (30.23)
1:28.34 (31.32) 2:00.52 (32.18)
6 Stovall, Willia 18 Memphis Tiger Sw 2:01.59 2:00.53T 872
r:+0.65 26.88 57.36 (30.48)
1:28.72 (31.36) 2:00.53 (31.81)
7 Cruz, Daniel 21 Daytona Beach/U 2:01.25 2:00.62T 870
r:+0.74 26.80 57.19 (30.39)
1:28.04 (30.85) 2:00.62 (32.58)
8 Ma, Zayd 21 U. Of Michigan/A 2:01.65 2:01.57T 850
r:+0.64 27.20 57.60 (30.40)
1:29.25 (31.65) 2:01.57 (32.32)

=== B – Final ===

9 Erazo, Eddie 19 UC Irvine/Pacifi 2:02.64 2:01.73T 846
r:+0.66 27.07 58.34 (31.27)
1:30.11 (31.77) 2:01.73 (31.62)
10 Bartlett, Matth 17 Swim Atlanta 2:03.83 2:01.88T 843
r:+0.67 26.95 57.48 (30.53)
1:29.43 (31.95) 2:01.88 (32.45)
11 McMahon, Daniel 17 Dynamo Swim Club 2:03.09 2:02.36T 833
r:+0.76 27.46 58.69 (31.23)
1:30.15 (31.46) 2:02.36 (32.21)
12 Fleming, Willia 17 City of Shrevepo 2:03.58 2:03.02T 820
r:+0.70 27.61 59.25 (31.64)
1:31.35 (32.10) 2:03.02 (31.67)
13 #Cary, Patrick 20 Gaucho Swimming 2:04.11 2:03.83T 804
r:+0.76 26.80 57.67 (30.87)
1:29.99 (32.32) 2:03.83 (33.84)
14 Schmidt, Jonath 21 Athens Bulldog S 2:03.80 2:04.31 795
r:+0.73 26.76 58.36 (31.60)
1:30.76 (32.40) 2:04.31 (33.55)
15 Ames, Chad 21 North Carolina A 2:03.83 2:05.23 777
r:+0.71 27.86 59.67 (31.81)
1:32.37 (32.70) 2:05.23 (32.86)
— Hinrichsen, Sve 16 Curl-Burke Swim 2:04.05 DQ
r:+0.75 28.60 59.79 (31.19)
1:32.23 (32.44) DQ (32.11)

=== C – Final ===

17 Stephens, Mark 21 Dynamo Swim Club 2:05.24 2:03.65T 807
r:+0.62 28.03 1:00.12 (32.09)
1:32.06 (31.94) 2:03.65 (31.59)
18 O'Neil, Patrick 20 Roseburg Swim Te 2:05.74 2:04.07 799
r:+0.79 27.66 59.08 (31.42)
1:31.09 (32.01) 2:04.07 (32.98)
19 Lundgaard, Bret 19 U of Washington 2:05.27 2:04.23 796
r:+0.77 28.11 59.14 (31.03)
1:31.09 (31.95) 2:04.23 (33.14)
20 Vanderkaay, Ale 18 U. Of Michigan/O 2:05.16 2:04.34 794
r:+0.80 27.79 58.94 (31.15)
1:31.67 (32.73) 2:04.34 (32.67)
21 Zaferes, Tom 18 Cabrillo Threshe 2:05.82 2:04.77 786
r:+0.71 28.66 1:00.69 (32.03)
1:33.08 (32.39) 2:04.77 (31.69)
22 Madson, Logan 18 Bend Swim Club 2:05.59 2:05.02 781
r:+0.73 27.89 59.77 (31.88)
1:32.27 (32.50) 2:05.02 (32.75)
23 Carranza, Travi 20 Santa Rosa Neptu 2:04.92 2:05.10 780
r:+0.72 27.72 59.06 (31.34)
1:31.64 (32.58) 2:05.10 (33.46)
24 Haupt, Matthew 25 York Swim Club/Y 2:04.31 2:07.81 731
r:+0.81 27.70 59.27 (31.57)
1:32.49 (33.22) 2:07.81 (35.32)

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