INDIANAPOLIS - Stanford swimming’s Maya DiRado claimed her first victory at USA Swimming's Phillips 66 National Championships, earning the women’s 400m IM title Thursday at the Indiana University Natatorium.
After posting a strong 4:40.73 in the prelims, DiRado earned a personal-best 4:34.34 in the finals to finish first. DiRado previously qualified for the FINA World Championships on Tuesday after finishing second in the 200m IM, posting a 2:09.12 which was good enough to clear the FINA A-cut and earn a spot to compete for Team USA next month in Barcelona.
“Maya winning the 400m IM was a heroic performance for our team,” said Stanford head coach Greg Meehan. “We fed off that momentum and continued to have great performances.”
Felicia Lee had a strong showing in the 100m fly, finishing third with a time of 59.21. Lee qualified to the finals after posting a 59.19 in the prelims.
Andie Taylor and Allison Brown competed alongside DiRado in the 400m IM, finishing sixth and 15th, respectively. Taylor touched in at 4:44.64 in the finals after going 4:45.67 in the prelims. Brown finished with a 4:50.11, qualifying to the finals with a time of 4:51.54
Sarah Haase earned a ninth-place finish in the 50m breast after swimming a 31.73. Haase touched in at 32.10 in the prelims to qualify for the finals.
Complete Phillips 66 National Championships information, including results and competition schedules, is available online at USAswimming.org. The action continues daily through Saturday. Prelims will be held each day at 6 a.m. (PT), followed by finals at 3 p.m.
This meet is the sole qualifier for the U.S. team for the pool competition at the FINA World Championships, which runs July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona. The winner of each Olympic event will claim an automatic spot on the roster.
Extensive television coverage of the event will be aired by the NBC Sports Group.
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