Aug. 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tim Phillips, a former member of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team, recently competed alongside Team USA at the Hancock Prospecting 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Held Aug. 21 – Aug. 25, Pan Pacs is considered one of the premier international meets outside of the World Championships and Olympic Games.
Phillips, who ended last season with a Big Ten record-setting time of 45.10 in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA championships, competed in three events at Pan Pacs – the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.
In prelims of the 100 butterfly, Phillips touched third with a time of 51.73. Trailing fellow Americans Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, the finish qualified Phillips for the event’s B Final. Although each country can enter as many competitors as it chooses in prelims, only two swimmers per nation can qualify for the A Final in each particular event.
Phillips dropped a time of 51.52 in the B Final to finish first among his respective competition (9th overall). The time was the second fastest recorded in both finals.
The Vienna, W.V., native took 21st overall in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 1:49.98. In the 200 freestyle event, Phillips earned a time of 1:51.80 for a 22nd-place finish.
What They Are Saying About Phillips…
“Phillips impresses: We said this was a good event for the Americans, and we meant it. Ryan Lochte was second to Phelps in the A final, but the second-fastest time overall actually came from Tim Phillips in the B. Phillips is a recent college grad who’s starting to break out as a real international-level threat, and his 51.52 goes a long way in supporting his legitimacy.”
Thursday, Aug. 21
200 Freestyle – 22nd (1:51.80)
Friday, Aug. 22
100 Freestyle – 21st (49.98)
Saturday, Aug. 23
100 Butterfly – 9th (51.52)