Jack Saunderson Surprises in 100 Fly Heats At Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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In a bit of a surprise, it was Jack Saunderson on top of the rankings after the 100 butterfly heats at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, California. Saunderson swam a 51.48 to move up to fifth in the world rankings for 2018.

Saunderson is in front of a pretty stacked A-Final that includes Jack Conger (51.79), Michael Andrew (51.98) and Caeleb Dressel (52.00) sitting right behind him in a row.

Matthew Josa (52.10), Zach Harting (52.23), Andrew Seliskar (52.24) and Tom Shields (52.26) are all within striking distance of stealing a spot on the Pan Pac team in the event.

Some notable A-Final misses came from Tripp Cooper (53.02) in 21st and Tim Phillips (53.14) in 24th.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 50.65
  2. Jack Conger, USA, 51.00
  3. James Guy, GBR, 51.31
  4. Vini Lanza, BRA, 51.42
  5. Jack Saunderson, USA, 51.48
  6. Grant Irvine, AUS, 51.50
  7. Kristof Milak, HUN, 51.50
  8. Egor Kuimov, RUS, 51.50

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  1. Karen Traster Jehl

    Joli Mellett He is having an awesome Nationals!

    • Joli Mellett

      Yes he is!!! So exciting! We’ll be watching tonight.

  2. Chris Coneeney

    Not a surprise to anyone who has followed swimming in the CAA, Maryland, or the Mid Atlantic.