2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships: Day Three Finals Heat Sheets; Andrew Keeps Triple From This Morning

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The third 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 IM, 100 fly, 50 breast, and 50 back.


Two more American records will be in jeopardy tonight in the men’s 50 breast and 50 back. Michael Andrew, fresh off a new U.S. Open record and win in the 50 fly last night, tied another U.S. Open record in the heats of the 50 breast with a 26.86. That is just over a tenth off of Kevin Cordes’ American record in the event, and the 19-year-old will have another crack at tonight as the top seed.

That swim will come in the middle of a triple for Andrew, who will start off his night of finals in the 100 fly, where he is the third seed in 51.98, before hitting back to back swims in the 50 breast and 50 back. Andrew is also tied as the third seed in the 50 back with NC State’s Ryan Held (24.59), behind veteran Matt Grevers (24.53).

Meanwhile, NC State’s Justin Ress could be threatening the American record in the 50 back from the middle lane tonight. He rattled the record in the morning, swimming a 24.46 that was just off Randall Ball’s 2008 American record of 24.33.

Also of note, Chase Kalisz and Caeleb Dressel will have a chance to qualify for Pan Pacs after surprise misses in their opening events of the meet, while Lilly King will be looking for redemption in the 50 breast after finishing fifth in the 200 breast last night.

Heat sheets have been posted for tonight’s session, 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.