U.S. World Champs Trials, Day 3 Finals: Phelps Wins Latest Duel With Crocker in 100 Butterfly

By John Lohn
Photos by Peter Bick

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 3. WHOSE turn was it? Evidently, the answer was Michael Phelps'.

Renewing what might be the sport's best single-event rivalry, Phelps and Ian Crocker put on a show in the 100 butterfly at the World Championship Trials. The outcome witnessed Phelps, a la the Olympic Games, catching Crocker at the wall.

Adding to his victories in the 200 and 400 freestyle events, Phelps stopped the clock in 51.34, slightly quicker than the 51.45 managed by Crocker. Both men finished nearly two seconds of Peter Verhoef, the third-place performer in 53.14.

As usual, it was Crocker who set the early pace, as the University of Texas product and world-record holder (50.76) turned in 24.16, ahead of the 24.68 of Phelps. But Phelps poured it on heading into the wall, like he did in Athens, and came away with the triumph.

“I’m pretty happy with that,” Phelps said. “To be three-tenths of a second off my best time with this kind of training under my belt, we’re pretty pumped.”

Phelps and Crocker have taken turns winning major 100 fly races. While Phelps won this meet and at the Olympics, it was Crocker who prevailed at last summer's Olympic Trials and at the 2003 World Champs. Look for another showdown in Montreal.

In placing third, Verhoef finished ahead of Davis Tarwater (53.45) and Jayme Cramer (53.72). The sixth through eighth positions went to Nate Dusing (53.95), Ben Michaelson (54.08) and Dan Rohleder (54.46).

Event 13 Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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World: W 50.76 7/13/2004 Ian Crocker, Longhorn Aq.
American: A 50.76 7/13/2004 Ian Crocker, Longhorn Aq.
U.S. Open: O 50.76 7/13/2004 Ian Crocker, Longhorn Aq.
Oly Trials08: T 55.59
Meet Cut: 56.19
Name Age Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A – Final ===

1 Phelps, Michael 19 Club Wolverine/N 53.13 51.34T 1023
r:+0.71 24.68 51.34 (26.66)
2 Crocker, Ian 22 Longhorn Aquatic 53.16 51.45T 1016
r:+0.80 24.16 51.45 (27.29)
3 Verhoef, Peter 20 Athens Bulldog S 53.74 53.14T 922
r:+0.73 24.81 53.14 (28.33)
4 Tarwater, Davis 21 U. Of Michigan/P 53.74 53.45T 907
r:+0.68 25.09 53.45 (28.36)
5 Cramer, Jayme 22 Southeastern Swi 53.84 53.72T 893
r:+0.72 25.28 53.72 (28.44)
6 Dusing, Nathani 26 Longhorn Aquatic 53.94 53.95T 882
r:+0.72 25.15 53.95 (28.80)
7 Michaelson, Ben 23 Club Wolverine/S 53.87 54.08T 875
r:+0.76 25.24 54.08 (28.84)
8 Rohleder, Danie 18 U. of Texas 53.91 54.46T 857
r:+0.72 25.45 54.46 (29.01)

=== B – Final ===

9 Bubolz, Kyle 18 Northwestern Uni 53.95 54.18T 870
r:+0.75 24.88 54.18 (29.30)
10 Stovall, Willia 18 Memphis Tiger Sw 55.03 54.25T 867
r:+0.62 25.58 54.25 (28.67)
11 Hunt, Bryce 22 Auburn Aquatics 54.93 54.37T 861
r:+0.77 25.75 54.37 (28.62)
12 Schmidt, Jonath 21 Athens Bulldog S 54.62 54.57T 852
r:+0.71 25.36 54.57 (29.21)
13 Ditoro, Daniel 21 U. of Texas 54.86 54.70T 846
r:+1.36 25.24 54.70 (29.46)
14 Tanner, Scott 20 Indiana Univ. 55.26 54.95T 834
r:+0.68 25.58 54.95 (29.37)
15 Berens, Richard 16 Mecklenburg Aqua 54.95 55.11T 827
r:+0.78 25.68 55.11 (29.43)
16 Haupt, Matthew 25 York Swim Club/Y 55.34 55.20T 823
r:+0.78 25.98 55.20 (29.22)

=== C – Final ===

17 Adrian, Nathan 16 Tacoma Swim Club 56.09 55.09T 828
r:+0.69 25.84 55.09 (29.25)
18 O'Neil, Patrick 20 Roseburg Swim Te 55.38 55.39T 815
r:+0.75 26.00 55.39 (29.39)
19 #Cary, Patrick 20 Gaucho Swimming 55.73 55.55T 808
r:+0.77 26.25 55.55 (29.30)
20 Masson, Samuel 20 U of S. Californ 55.57 55.79 797
r:+0.73 26.44 55.79 (29.35)
21 Rempfer, Cody 22 U Of Utah 56.00 55.81 796
r:+0.60 25.90 55.81 (29.91)
22 Ridgeway, Paul 21 Longhorn Aquatic 56.17 55.99 789
r:+0.77 25.79 55.99 (30.20)
23 Lennox, Douglas 17 Lake Forest 56.33 56.05 786
r:+0.67 26.61 56.05 (29.44)
24 Madwed, Daniel 16 Sharks Swim Team 55.78 56.22 779
r:+0.75 26.35 56.22 (29.87)

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