Phillips takes aim at 100 fly at NCAA’s

INDIANAPOLIS -Former Parkersburg High School standout Tim Phillips secured honorable mention All-American status after Ohio State University placed ninth in the consolation finals of the 200 free relay and 15th in the consolation finals of the 400 medley relay at Thursday’s NCAA Championships being conducted at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex.

Phillips, who is currently a junior with the Ohio State men’s swim program, turned in career bests while swimming a leg on each relay during the consolation finals. He swam a 19.18 split as the anchor on the 200 free relay and a 45.57 split in the 100 butterfly as part of the medley relay.

Two American records nearly were established in the finals of both relays. Auburn won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:15.48, which just missed the American record of 1:15.26, while Arizona claimed gold in the 400 medley relay in 3:02.09 – 18-hundredths of a second shy of breaking the American record.

On Day 1 of the NCAA Championships, Michigan put six simmers in the consolation finals and another four in the finals and established a 29.5-point lead over runner-up California (153-123.5) for the lead in the team standings. Ohio State is 14th at 22 points.

Phillips will compete in the 100 butterfly today. He is seeded fifth.