Oct. 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tim Phillips, a former member of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team, will represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Championships, July 24-Aug. 9, in Kazan, Russia. Phillips will replace fellow U.S. National Team member Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly event on the American roster.
A native of Vienna, W. Va., Phillips solidified his place among the elite swimmers in the world with an impressive summer of swimming. At the Phillips 66 National Championships in August, he recorded a third-place showing in the 100 butterfly (51.54), touching approximately two-tenths of a second behind winner Tom Shields and runner-up Phelps. The finish made Phillips next in line to take over the roster position for the FINA World Championships left void by Phelps.
Following the national championships, Phillips competed alongside Team USA at the Hancock Prospecting 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. He raced in the three events at the premier international meet – 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. In prelims of the 100 butterfly, Phillips touched third with a time of 51.73. Moving on to the B Final, Phillips dropped a 51.52 to finish first among his respective competition, ninth overall. The time was the second-fastest recorded in both finals. With the recorded time, Phillips will be in contention for a spot on the American 400 medley relay at Worlds.
Phillips was an All-American swimmer during his time at Ohio State. Most recently, he set a Big Ten record with a time of 45.10 in the 100 butterfly at the 2014 NCAA Championships to place third. He is joined on the U.S. National Team by current Ohio State swimmer DJ MacDonald, as well as Buckeye head coach Bill Wadley, who serves on the Team USA coaching staff. Phillips is in the process of finishing his degree at Ohio State.