Lochte, Dwyer among Gators at Phillips 66
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
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 on Tuesday. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 after posting a time of 50.28 in prelims.