Kelsi Dahlia Dips Under 26 Seconds In 50 Fly Prelims

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Louisville has gotten off to a good start at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California. A day after Zach Harting and Mallory Comerford placed in the top two in their individual events, Kelsi Dahlia swam to the top seed in the 50 fly heats on Thursday morning.

Dahlia swam a 25.97 as she was the only swimmer under 26 seconds in the heats. The winner of the 50 stroke events automatically qualifies for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Dahlia is in line to make her second World Championship team.

Kendyl Stewart (26.16) is the second seed and could beat Dahlia to the wall tonight in the final.

Hellen Moffitt (26.71), Sarah Gibson (26.73), Veronica Burchill (26.77), Torri Huske (26.81), Amanda Kendall (26.84) and Christie Jensen (26.90) also placed in the top eight this morning.

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