Tuesday June 25, 2013Several Gators Swim in Finals on First Night of Phillips 66 National Championships
The first night of the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships featured five Gator swimmers. Four of the five finished in the top eight to make the podium as they look to qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
Former Gators Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer both advanced to the A-Final of the 100 free after prelim swims this morning. Lochte grabbed fourth in the event posting a time of 48.58 and Dwyer was seventh touching the wall in a time of 48.94. Junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) took to the water in the bonus final of the men’s 100 free, finishing 21st overall after a time of 50.48 in the final.
Two current members of the UF roster took on the distance events in tonight’s finals. Junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) swam a solid race, touching the wall first in her heat of the women’s 800 free and posting a personal-best time of 8:32.80 to take fifth overall.
Also securing a top five finish was freshman Arthur Frayler (Fort Washington, Pa.). Frayler dove in for the men’s 1,500 free and clocked a time of 15:13.41 to take fifth in the event.
Prelims started off strong with junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) in the 200 fly. Beisel led the field heading into the last 50 but saved some strength for the final as she cruised into the wall with a time of 2:11.63 in the prelims. She advanced to the finals as the sixth seed, but opted not to swim in the finals.
Lochte and Dwyer both advanced to the final in the 100 free. Lochte’s time of 49.17 was sixth overall and Dwyer finished in 49.30 with the seventh fastest time in the prelims.
Freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) took to the water in the 100 free on the first day at the US World Championship Trials. Hinds touched the wall in a time of 55.71 to finish 21st. Another Gator dove into the water in the 100 free, as deBorde was 23rd overall this morning after posting a time of 50.28 in prelims.
Tomorrow’s prelims will begin at 9 a.m. ET and will include the 200 free, 200 breast, 200 back and 50 fly. Gator fans are encouraged to follow the swimming and diving program via Twitter or Facebook for live updates from the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships. For all of the latest information on Florida swimming, please log on to www.Gatorzone.com where you can find a recap of each day’s results.
2013 Phillips 66 National Championship – Day One Results
Women’s 200 Fly
Elizabeth Beisel, 2:11.63 (did not swim in finals)
Women’s 100 Free
Natalie Hinds, 55.71 (did not swim in finals)
Men’s 100 Free – Final
4. Ryan Lochte, 48.58
7. Conor Dwyer, 48.94
21. Brad deBorde, 50.48
Women’s 800 Free – Final
5. Alicia Mathieu, 8:32.80
Men’s 1,500 Free – Final
5. Arthur Frayler