By Seth Rubinroit
Six swimmers won national titles on August 6, the opening night of the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, CA.
Men’s 100m Free: Nathan Adrian (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
The most-anticipated race of the night featured seven Olympic medalists.
Nathan Adrian jumped out to an early lead to win his sixth national title in seven years in 48.31. Ryan Lochte finished second in 48.96 while swimming in lane eight.
“That was a little bit slower than most of us expected it to be,” Adrian said. “Fortunately I think I just did a little less bad than everybody else.”
Michael Phelps finished seventh, a result he blamed on not making solid contact while turning off the wall.
“I barely touched the 50m wall,” Phelps said. “It is kind of frustrating.”
Lochte is not worried how Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will rebound.
“Things happen,” Lochte said. “He is going to fix it and make sure it never happens again.”
Women’s 100m Free: Missy Franklin (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
Simone Manuel set a blistering pace and led after the first 50m. Missy Franklin caught up after the turn, and the two sprinted towards the finish. Franklin touched the wall first in 53.43, tying her meet record from last year, while Manuel came in second in 53.66.
“[Manuel] goes out like a bullet,” Franklin said. “To have her there pushing me that last lap makes me really dig deep.”
Women’s 800m Free: Katie Ledecky (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
Katie Ledecky led from start to finish in the women’s 800m free, touching the wall more than six seconds before her next closest competitor. Through 400m, she was swimming ahead of the world record pace she set in June. It is Ledecky’s third straight national title in the 800m free.
Men’s 200m Fly: Tom Shields (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
A personal best propelled Tom Shields to the national title in the men’s 200m butterfly. He finished in 1:55.09, the third-fastest time in the world this year. Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary finished second, followed by Chase Kalisz.
Women’s 200m Fly: Cammile Adams (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
Cammile Adams swam the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:07.12, more than a second faster than the rest of the field.
Men’s 1500m Free: Connor Jaeger (CLICK HERE to watch the race)
Connor Jaeger defended his national championship in the men’s 1500m free. He finished the race in 14:51.06, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. He edged out Michael McBroom and Jordan Wilimovsky.