Last Pan Pacs Spots On The Line On Last Day of Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals

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The final morning of the 2018 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships saw some good swimming from the likes of Melanie MargalisChase KaliszSimone Manuel and Michael Andrew. The last Pan Pac spots are on the line for Team USA as this is the last day of the National Championships in Irvine. Margalis, Kalisz and Andrew moved into the world rankings with their swims this morning.

Heat Sheets

Women’s 200 IM

The last day of the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals is the last opportunity for swimmers to get on the plane to Japan for Pan Pacs. Melanie Margalis and Ella Eastin are not on the team yet and have a chance to qualify tonight for the 200 IM. Margalis is a second and a half ahead of second place Evie Pfeifer of Longhorn Aquatics. Margalis is seeded first with a 2:10.13 to Pfeifer’s 2:11.66.

The race for second place looks to be up for grabs behind Margalis. Alex Walsh (2:11.83), Kathleen Baker (2:11.87) and Eastin (2:12.01) are within striking distance of getting second place. Baker is the only one already on the team after winning the 100 back in a new world record, as well as winning the 200 back on Thursday.

Meghan Small (2:12.50), Brooke Forde (2:13.31) and Emma Barksdale (2:13.35) also placed in the top eight.

Margalis moved up to sixth in the world rankings with her swim this morning.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 2:08.61
  2. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:08.92
  3. Siobhan O’Connor, GBR, 2:09.80
  4. Sydney Pickrem, CAN, 2:09.92
  5. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:10.06
  6. Melanie Margalis, USA, 2:10.13
  7. Miho Teramura, JPN, 2:10.21
  8. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:10.92


Men’s 200 IM

Chase Kalisz of Georgia qualified fastest for the 200 IM heats at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine with his 1:57.12 on Sunday morning. Kalisz moved to sixth in the world rankings with his swim and he should move up even more tonight to challenge the top spot of 1:56.37 by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino. Kalisz is already on the Pan Pac team for his win in the 400 IM on Friday night.

Kalisz is ahead of 2017 World Championship Team member Abrahm DeVine (1:58.72) and Jay Litherland (1:58.97) who is already on the team. DeVine has yet to make the Pan Pac team and this is his last shot.

Andrew Seliskar (1:59.24) and Josh Prenot (1:59.55) are already on the Pan Pac team and they advanced to the final with the fourth and seventh fastest times respectively.

Gunnar Bentz (1:59.28), Sam Stewart (1:59.52) and John Shebat (1:59.58) also qualified for the A-Final tonight.

In ninth place, Carson Foster broke the 15-16 NAG record in the 200 IM with his time of 1:59.71, breaking the old record held by Seliskar at 1:59.84. Foster is the third 15-16 to break two minutes in the event after Seliskar and Michael Andrew.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 1:56.37
  2. Wang Shun, CHN, 1:56.57
  3. Philip Heintz, GER, 1:56.67
  4. Daiya Seto, JPN, 1:56.85
  5. Jeremy Desplanches, SUI, 1:57.06
  6. Chase Kalisz, USA, 1:57.12
  7. Mitch Larkin, AUS, 1:57.67
  8. Duncan Scott, GBR, 1:57.86

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Women’s 50 Free

Simone Manuel of Stanford was one of three swimmers to break 25 seconds in the 50 free heats as she qualified to swim in lane four in tonight’s final at 24.61. Manuel is already on the Pan Pac team after she won the 100 free on the first night of the meet. Manuel has been faster this year as her 24.59 from Indianapolis ranks her tenth in the world rankings.

Manuel is ahead of Margo Geer (24.77) and Abbey Weitzeil (24.87) for tonight as those three were the only to break 25 seconds. Weitzeil and Geer are already on the team after finishing in the top four in the 100 to start the meet.

Lia Neal (25.09), Grace Ariola (25.10), Gretchen Walsh (25.13) and Madison Kennedy (25.24) are all looking to get on the team as this is their last chance to do so.

Kelsi Dahlia is also in the final tied with Ariola at 25.10. Dahlia is already on the team after she won the 100 fly.


Men’s 50 Free

Michael Andrew has been on fire this week in Irvine, already winning three total events. Andrew could add a fourth win of the meet if he can hold on in the 50 free. Andrew blasted a 21.64 in the 50 free heats to move up to fifth in the world rankings for 2018. It is a new best time for Andrew as he has been on fire this week in Irvine.

Andrew is ahead of Caeleb Dressel (21.89) as those two were the only swimmers under 22 seconds in the heats. Dressel is already on the Pan Pac team after he won the 100 fly on Friday night.

Nathan Adrian (22.10) and Zach Apple (22.10) are already on the team after their finishes in the 100 free on Wednesday night so they have nothing to lose in the 50 free final.

Michael Jensen (22.03), Robert Howard (22.17), Michael Chadwick (22.30) and Kyle DeCoursey (22.40) all have not made the team yet and will be fighting to get on the plane to Japan in the 50 free final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Ben Proud, GBR, 21.16
  2. Bruno Fratus, BRA, 21.35
  3. Pawel Juraszek, POL, 21.45
  4. Vladimir Morozov, RUS, 21.47
  5. Michael Andrew, USA, 21.64
  6. Kristian Gkolomeev, GRE, 21.66
  7. Andrea Vergani, ITA, 21.70
  8. Brad Tandy, RSA, 21.78


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