USA Swimming National Championships: Jackson Wilcox Wins Metric Mile

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 11. NASHVILLE's Jackson Wilcox earned the men's 1500 free top spot on the World Championships roster for the U.S.

Wilcox finished the marathon swim in 15:11.98 for the victory. The performance beat his personal best of 15:13.72 set during prelims yesterday.

"I finally did what I had to do to break away the final 200," Wilcox said. "I just tried to stay with Joe [Kinderwater] and some of the other guys until the last 200. I just had to put my head down and finish."

North Baltimore's Brennan Morris should join Wilcox in Rome after a second-place time of 15:13.47. That swim cleared his previous best of 15:17.39. However, Morris' spot on the team was in question as his time missed the FINA A cut of 15:13.16. Standard rules for qualifying for international events usually require two swimmers to clear the A cut for a country to send two participants in a particular event. USA Swimming, however, told Swimming World that this year's qualification for Worlds does not require specific time cuts.

Delaware's Andrew Gemmell placed third in 15:15.62, but is already headed to Rome as part of the open water squad. Kinderwater, of WSY Swimming, faded to fourth in 15:17.35.