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

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The fourth 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 400 free, 100 breast, and 100 back.


The second to last day of finals again featured many surprise top seeds and plenty of big swims across the board. Most notable was Regan Smith’s world junior record in the 100 back to earn the top seed heading into tonight’s final. While her 59.09 was actually about two-tenths off her best, since that time came as the lead off in a mixed medley relay it does not count as the WJR in the event.

Smith is already on the Pan Pac’s team with her tie for first (and first WJR of the meet) in the 200 back, but will have to hold off a tough field including second seed Phoebe Bacon (59.12) who will be looking to earn her way onto the Pan Pacs roster.

Molly Hannis put up a big best time to lead all qualifiers in the women’s 100 breast, with 200 breast champion Micah Sumrall in second. Lilly King, who had yet to make the Pan Pacs team, will go into tonight’s final as the third seed with a 1:06.98. Andrew Wilson, who has already made the team in the 200 breast, leads all male qualifiers in the men’s 100 breast.

In the 100 back, veteran Matt Grevers will enter as the top seed in his last chance to qualify for the Pan Pacs team. Ryan Murphy, who is fresh off an American record in the 50 back last night, will enter as the second seed in 53.68, followed closely by Justin Ress (53.82) who was also under the American record in the 50 back last night.

Katie Ledecky will also be back in the pool tonight searching for another national title, this time as the top seed in the 400 free (4:02.69). Zane Grothe, who may not have worked his way onto the Pan Pacs team yet, will enter tonight as the top seed in the men’s version of the event (3:48.30).

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.