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Two days after the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, USA Swimming’s elite convened in Palo Alto, CA, for the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. Former All-Mets and local swimmers churned out a number of notable performances at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatics Center.
An unofficial analysis of last week’s U.S. swimming championships shows that 72 percent of athletes who reached the 26 event finals, and whose suits could be identified, competed in recently released versions made by Jaked, Arena, Tyr or BlueSeventy. Yet it was Speedo’s LZR, the acclaimed suit of 2008 that is now perceived as out-moded, that produced the most top-two finishes, about 33 percent.
Eric Shanteau won his first U.S. title and set the American record in the 200-meter breaststroke for the second time at the U.S. swimming championships Saturday, completing a breathtaking return from his cancer diagnosis last year.
Aaron Peirsol regained his second world record at the U.S. swimming championships Saturday, lowering the 200-meter backstroke record on a night Cullen Jones and Dara Torres, 42, set American records in sprint events.
He had already qualified for the world championships in two events; on Saturday morning, cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau took down a two-year-old American record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Elizabeth Pelton, 15, won her third silver medal at the U.S. swimming championships. Her second-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke earned her the right to compete in four individual events at the world championships in Rome, a distinction that, with one day of competition remaining, only one other U.S. swimmer — Michael Phelps — can claim.
Nathan Adrian claimed his second sprint title of the week, winning the men’s 100-meter freestyle final in 48.00 seconds. Adrian topped a field that did not include American-record holder Michael Phelps, who had withdrawn from the field Friday morning because of neck soreness. In other events at the U.S. swimming championships, Ryan Lochte won the men’s 200 individual medley and cancer-survivor Eric Shanteau earned his second world-team spot.
There was plenty of news after Michael Phelps pulled out of the 100 freestyle Friday morning: Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, set herself up to contend for a third spot on her first world championship team in the 200 backstroke; Curl-Burke’s Mei Christensen also qualified for Friday night’s final. Dara Torres said she planned to skip the 100 free but shoot for a world record in a 50 butterfly time trial. USA National Team Director Mark Schubert railed against the latest high-tech suits, and a handful of locals posted great times Friday morning.
Michael Phelps pulled out of the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming championships Friday morning because of neck soreness.
Michael Phelps is back to his old form. His time in the fly was 0.18 faster than the 50.40 that has stood up since Ian Crocker set the record in 2005. His record-breaking performance was followed by another remarkable victory from Dara Torres, who at 42 won the 50 free and clinched a spot in this summer’s world championships.
Cullen Jones blamed neck spasm for second-place finish. Now he faces a swim off versus Garrett Weber-Gale on Saturday for a berth in the world championships. Also, Kate Ziegler said she had not recovered from her bout with the flu and would not compete in the 800 freestyle Friday.
Even at 42 and with a bum knee, Dara Torres can dominate women half her age. Torres easily moved to Thursday’s final in the 50-meter freestyle by posting the fastest time in the morning heats, finishing in 24.72 seconds. Earlier, Michael Phelps advanced in the 100 butterfly with the fastest qualifying time (51.17 seconds), then turned his attention to getting the world record in that event Thursday night.
On Wednesday night Michael Phelps officially overcame a tumultuous offseason. He went two for two on his first night back of serious swimming at the U.S. championships, winning the 200 free in 1 minute 44.23 seconds and the 200 fly in 1:52.76. Yet Phelps was not at all pleased.
Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, perhaps cemented her status as the biggest young star at the U.S. swimming championships when she earned her second berth in this summer’s world championships, finishing second in the 100 back.
Reston’s Mei Christensen, 20, surprisingly posted the third-best time Wednesday morning in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. swimming championships in Indianapolis, followed closely by Towson’s Elizabeth Pelton, 15, who earned the fourth seed just hours after winning a spot on the world championship team in the 200 individual medley. Later, Katie Hoff made it into the 200 free final—barely. And Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the 200 fly and 200 freestyle heats, but the top six finishers in the free were separated by a mere 0.28 seconds, suggesting a super-competitive final Wednesday night.
Just 15, Elizabeth Pelton of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club scored a world championship team spot with her surprising second-place finish in a stacked 200 individual medley field as NBAC’s Katie Hoff–who was once that 15-year-old sensation–didn’t make the team in the 400 free, an event in which she holds the American record. Now 20 and struggling, Hoff finished a dismal sixth in that event at the national championships in Indianapolis.
Great Falls’s Kate Ziegler withdrew from the women’s 400-meter event at the U.S. Swimming Championships at Indiana University on Tuesday morning because of the flu. Ziegler told The Washington Post that she developed flu-like symptoms last Friday with a fever that peaked at 103 degrees, and was so hobbled she did not bother attempting to travel Indianapolis to compete. She will not compete in Wednesday’s 200 and has only faint hopes of being ready for Friday’s heats of the 800.
There are dozens of local swimmers participating in the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships this year. Keep abreast of their results with this chart.
U.S. swimmers are assembling in Indianapolis for this week’s national championships, and swimming, which reached a peak of popularity through the nightly drama Michael Phelps provided in Beijing last year, has endured a far bumpier story line in 2009. New, technologically advanced suits, not swimmers, have dominated the headlines and threaten to make a mockery of this summer’s world championships in Rome.
More than three dozen athletes from Curl-Burke, Rockville-Montgomery, The Fish and other clubs or schools in the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions will compete at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis that begin Tuesday.