INDIANAPOLIS – A Blue Devil swimmer advanced to a finals event for the second straight evening at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, as rising junior Max St. George reached the 50-meter backstroke finals Thursday at the IU Natatorium.
Duke’s record holder in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, St. George qualified for the 50 backstroke consolation final after coming in under his entry time in preliminaries. He stopped the clock at 25.95 to tie for 16th in the field. Thursday evening’s action saw St. George finish sixth in the ‘B’ final – good for 14th overall – at 25.86.
A day after taking fourth in the country in the 50 butterfly, rising sophomore Alyssa Marsh was back in the water Thursday morning in the 100 butterfly preliminaries. She turned in a mark of 1:00.61 for 33rd while classmate Kylie Jordan went 1:00.74 for 35th.
Also competing in preliminaries were incoming freshman Adam Zimmer, who placed 42nd in the 50 breaststroke (29.44) and rising junior Maddie Hess, who tied for 25th in the 50 backstroke (29.18).
Friday will see Zimmer return to the water for the 100 breaststroke, while Hess, Marsh and St. George are all entered in the 100 backstroke. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. in Indianapolis, with the 6 p.m. finals session to be broadcast live on Universal HD and the NBC Sports app.