2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships: Day Five Finals Heat Sheets

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The fifth night of finals from the 2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships will get started around 9 p.m. EST from Irvine, California, with athletes vying for spots in the 200 IM, 50 free, women’s 1500, and men’s 800.

FINALS HEAT SHEET – DAY FIVE

Some notable U.S. National Team members will still be fighting for a spot on the United States Pan Pac roster tonight, starting in the 200 IM with Melanie Margalis and Ella Eastin. Eastin revealed just days before the meet that she has been battling mono, and after swimming prelims of the 200 butterfly has scratched all of her events to save up for a chance to make the team in the 200 IM.

Margalis will enter tonight as the top seed in the women’s IM (2:10.13), while Eastin qualified in fifth (2:12.01) just .35 behind second seed Evie Pfeifer. Abrahm DeVine will also be trying to make his way onto the men’s Pan Pacs roster in the men’s 200 IM after a strong 1:58.72 this morning. That puts him as the second seed behind Chase Kalisz’s 1:57.12.

Simone Manuel will be back in the pool as the top seed for the women’s 50 free tonight as well after winning the 100 earlier in the meet, while Michael Andrew continued his strong meet with another lifetime best of 21.64. That also puts Andrew as the top seed heading into tonight, which if he wins would be his third national title of the meet.

The session will close with the women’s 1500 and men’s 800 freestyles. Erica Sullivan will have the middle lane for tonight’s distance race as world record holder Katie Ledecky has opted out of the swim, while 400 free champion Zane Grothe enters as the top seed for the men.

You can see all of the entries for tonight’s finals by clicking on the heat sheet link above, and you can follow along tonight with Swimming World’s live coverage. Peter Bick is also on deck taking marvelous photos that will be uploaded onto the Swimming World website as well.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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