Hali Flickinger, Dakota Luther Pick Up 200 Fly Spots For Budapest

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships got off to a strong start with 2016 Olympian Hali Flickinger winning the first final of the night in the 200 fly. Flickinger led wire to wire with a 2:07.60 to swim the 10th fastest time of 2017. Flickinger makes her first World Championship berth and wins her first national title in the event.

Flickinger will be joined in Budapest by Austin Swim Club’s Dakota Luther who finished second at 2:08.71 to finish just ahead of Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (2:08.75). Luther makes her first senior national team as a 17-year-old.

Stanford’s Ella Eastin (2:09.24), Michigan’s Vanessa Krause (2:09.54), Virginia’s Jen Marrkand (2:09.58), Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (2:10.21) and Texas’ Remedy Rule (2:10.48) also swam in the A-final.

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  1. Crissy Perham

    Congrats to Dakota, Whitney Hedgepeth! Wishing her luck!!

  2. Deanna Langenburg

    CoNgRaTs Whitney Hedgepeth!!!! YESSSS DAKOTA!!
    We love you and root for you all the way!!! ??❤️