Aug. 9, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- It's been a busy week for members of Wisconsin Aquatics at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex in Irvine, California. With Badgers having already claimed a number of notable performances, competition resumes through the weekend and ends Sunday night.
Ivy Martin got things off to a fast start Wednesday, recording her first time under 55 seconds (54.92) in preliminaries of the 100 free. She went on to finish 16th in the finals (55.81), as Missy Franklin won the event and tied for fifth in the world at 53.43.
Women of Wisconsin Aquatics finished third in the 400 free relay, as Aja Van Hout, Martin, Annie Tamblyn and Chase Kinney recorded a school record time of 3:46.02 for a podium finish.
In the men's 400 free relay, Cannon Clifton, Brett Pinfold, Nick Caldwell and Damon Zito finished fifth with a school record time of 3:22.41.
The podium finishes continued Thursday night. In finals of the 50 fly, Martin swam to a fourth-place finish in a school record time of 26.37. Former Badger Michael Weiss punched his ticket to Australia and earned a spot on the U.S. roster for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships finishing fourth in the 200 free at 1:47.87.
Wisconsin Aquatics finished second in the men's 800 free relay, as Caldwell, Pinfold, Clifton and Zito clocked in at 7:24.99.
Friday, Weiss finished third in prelims of the 400 IM at 4:16.17, which at the time was the third-fastest time in the world behind Tyler Clary and Chase Kalisz. Weiss went on to finish sixth in the finals at 4:16.97.
In finals of the women's 100 fly, Dana Grindall finished 16th in 1:00.31, then later teamed with Van Hout, Tamblyn and Martin to help Wisconsin Aquatics earn a fifth-place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:16.87.
Competition at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships resumes Saturday.
The 2014 Phillips National Championships serve as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games, and 2015 Pan American Games.
Additional information on the Phillips 66 National Championships and the USA National Team can be found at USASwimming.org.