(Video Interview) Kelsi Worrell, Sarah Gibson to Race 100 Butterfly in Budapest

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After winning the 50 butterfly last night, Kelsi Worrell followed with another win in the women’s 100 butterfly to claim another event for Worlds. Worrell believes she still has much better swims in her but is excited for her friends and teammates Sarah Gibson and Mallory Comerford.

After finishing third in the 200 butterfly two nights ago, Gibson made her first World Championships team tonight in the 100 butterfly. While she was not necessarily sure she had it in her, Gibson was motivated by her teammate Bethany Galat‘s performance last night. She looks forward to joining Worrell in Budapest.

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(Video Interview) Tonight’s 400 IM Just Like Practice for Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland

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Chase Kalisz earned a trip to Worlds after winning the men’s 400 IM tonight. Kalisz, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in this event, was pleased with his swim. He was also excited for his training partners Jay Litherland and Gunnar Bentz for their performances.

Litherland is also on the Worlds team after finishing second to Kalisz. The two were tight at the 200 mark, and though Litherland felt that at the end, it paid off with a best time for the 2016 Olympian.

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2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals: Day 4 Prelim Heat Sheets

The fourth day of prelims at the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships are already here and heat sheets are posted. Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith will be going at it in the 400 free prelims tomorrow morning as they are already on the team in a few events.

The men’s 400 free will feature Olympians Townley Haas and Clark Smith who are already on the Worlds team for the 4×200 free relay. Lilly King will make her return to the pool to finish the hat trick as she broke the American Record in the 50 breast on Thursday and won the 200 in a very fast time on Wednesday. Katie Meili and Molly Hannis will also be in action as they look to get on their first Worlds team.

Kevin Cordes will be also looking to finish the hat trick with a win in the 100 breast tomorrow. He will get pressure from Cody Miller and Nic Fink in the heats. The 100 back will close out the morning as Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga will be battling along with Ali DeLoof and 50 champ Hannah Stevens.

Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers will do battle in the 100 back along with Olympian Jacob Pebley and 50 champ Justin Ress.

2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals: Day 4 Prelims Heat Sheets – Results

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(Video Interview) Leah Smith Shows the World She is Not Just a Freestyler

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Leah Smith qualified for Worlds in the 400 IM after winning the national title by nearly five seconds. Primarily known for her freestyle prowess, Smith convinced her coaches to let her swim the IM after performing well in IM practices. As of tonight, Smith has now earned swims at Worlds in the 200 and 800 freestyles, 400 IM, and 800 freestyle relay with still more to come.

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Missouri State Releases 2017-2018 Season Schedule

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Coming off one of the most prosperous seasons in program history, the Missouri State swimming and diving team looks to continue its success as head coach Dave Collins unveiled the squad’s 2017-18 schedule on Wednesday, June 28. The slate features nine regular-season contests and includes four home meets for the men’s 52nd and women’s 19thseason of competition.

“This year’s schedule is filled with teams from the SEC, Big 12, ACC and Big Ten,” Collins said. “We will really be challenged by these programs especially in overall depth. I do expect that we will be able to compete well at the top with them and gain valuable experience for the championship part of the season.”

For the seventh consecutive season, the Bears kick off their campaign at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown, held at the campus of the University of Missouri on Sept. 29. Following the season opener, the squad returns home to Hammons Student Center to host conference foe Southern Illinois (Oct. 7).

On Oct. 20, Missouri State will head to Lawrence, Kan., where the Bears will take on the Kansas Jayhawks and South Dakota Coyotes in a two-day double dual. MSU rounds out the month’s competition on Oct. 27 with a showdown against crosstown rival Drury, which will serve as the Bears’ annual Homecoming meet.

The lone meet in November, the Bears will trek to the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18) in West Lafayette, Ind., where the both teams will compete against host Purdue, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Southern Illinois and Florida. Additionally, the MSU men will swim against Navy and the women’s will see action against Florida International.

The Bears continue competition at home two weeks later, playing host in a conference dual against the Evansville Purple Aces on Dec. 1 – the last meet of 2017.

“It is by design that we will only compete once in November and December,” Collins explained. “We made the choice to put a real focus on the Purdue Invitational in November and look to post some fast times. In December we will really put in an intense training cycle that will carry us into the championship part of the season.”

Returning to the pool in 2018, the Bears will travel across town on Jan. 18 to go head-to-head against the Drury Panthers once more. The teams clashed twice in the 2016-17 season, where the Missouri State men earned the sweep and the women dropped a pair to the Panthers. Collins says he always looks forward to coaching against Drury – his alma mater.

“We are fortunate that we can take advantage of the fact that we have two good programs in town,” Collins said. “When we compete against Drury, it seems to bring out the best of both programs. I enjoy the relationship I have had with [Drury head coach] Brian Reynolds and enjoy the friendly rivalry we have developed.”

Senior Day at Hammons Student Center is slated for Jan. 20th where MSU will host its in-state rival, Missouri. The Bears’ final home meet will serve as the last regular-season meet for the Missouri State women. Following the in-state showdown, the men’s squad rounds out the regular-season Jan. 26-27 at the Shamrock Invitational for the fourth consecutive year. The Bears will swim against three top-25 ranked teams – Ohio State, Wisconsin and host Notre Dame – as well as the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“With the addition of a good group of freshmen divers, and additional depth in freestyle for the women, we will be more balanced than we were last year,” Collins added. “This should result in more scoring opportunities which is what you need to be successful.”

The women’s swimming and diving team will look to defend its newly-reclaimed league crown Feb. 14-17 at the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Championships, held in Iowa City, Iowa. Like last year, UNI will host the four-day event. After falling by just one point at last season’s championships, the men’s squad aims to capture its 20th conference title at the 2018 Mid-American Conference Championships, on Feb.  28-Mar. 3 in Oxford, Ohio.

This season’s NCAA Zone Diving Championships are scheduled for Mar. 5-7 in Minneapolis, Minn., and the Women’s NCAA Championships are slated for Mar. 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. After qualifying individuals for the last four seasons, the MSU men aim to continue their streak at the Men’s NCAA Championships that will take place Mar. 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minn.

“I am excited about this year’s competition schedule,” Collins said. “I feel we have a great mix of teams that will challenge and prepare us for the conference championships as well as the NCAA championships.”

For more information on the Missouri State swimming and diving team, visit missouristatebears.com or follow @MoStateSwim on Twitter.

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Wright State Reaches Fundraising Goal, Pending CSCAA Confirmation

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The Wright State Swimming and Diving team has been saved, according to a report from the Dayton Daily News. 

Athletics Director Bob Grant is quoted as saying, “We are happy to have the swimming and diving teams back for the 2017-18 season, and appreciate the efforts of the group and the dedicated alumni to make this happen.”

In May it was announced that the Division 1 program was the latest program to hit the chopping block. The news came on the heels of similar announcements at the University of Buffalo and the University of North Dakota.

At the time Grant said, “We have spent the past few months working with the University leadership to find ways to help with the financial crisis on campus. Unfortunately, in these difficult times, we need to do what is in the long-term, best interests of the University.”

The College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) stepped in and under a month later had a fundraising plan in place to save the program.

Donations poured in quickly with the team just $30,000 shy of the goal last week. It was still unclear if the necessary $85,000 would be raised by tomorrow’s deadline. This evening the Dayton Daily News reported that the program has been saved.

The online donation page appears to have been taken down.

Dayton Daily News contributed to this report

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(Video Interview) After a Year of Traveling, Conor Dwyer is Still Headed to Budapest

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2016 Olympian Conor Dwyer earned a spot on his fourth World Championships team last night after finishing fourth in the men’s 200 freestyle. Over the past year Dwyer has traveled a lot as opposed to doing as intense of training as he is used to. While swimming in lane eight last night was different for the two time Olympian, he is honored to be back representing Team USA.

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Justin Ress Shocks the Field For First National Title in 50 Back

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NC State swimmer Justin Ress shocked the whole field in winning the 50 back on Thursday in Indianapolis. The 19-year-old turned heads in the Natatorium as he beat the last two Olympic champions in the 100 back in Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers. Ress beat them all with a 24.41 to have the number one time in the world for 2017. Ress moves ahead of China’s Xu Jiayu (24.42) and Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (24.52).

Ress beat out Murphy (24.64) and Grevers (24.67) to take home his first career national title. Ress will make his first major international trip with that win. John Shebat (24.88), Taylor Dale (24.93), Luke Kaliszak (24.97), Michael Andrew (25.01) and Daniel Carr (25.30) also swam in the A-final.

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Hannah Stevens Wins First Career National Title in 50 Back; Breaks Meet Record

Mizzou’s Hannah Stevens won her first career national title in the 50 backstroke on Thursday night in Indianapolis. Stevens swam a 27.63 to break the meet record held by Rachel Bootsma at 27.68. Stevens is now seventh in the world in the 50 this year. She beat a talented field that included Olympian Kathleen Baker. Baker finished second there at 27.69 and Club Wolverine’s Ali DeLoof finished third at 27.89.

Stevens makes her first national team trip with that win as she will represent the US in Budapest and she looks to be in good shape to get a spot in the 100 back tomorrow. Stevens also just missed the American Record held by Natalie Coughlin at 27.51 from 2015.

Courtney Caldwell (28.16), Amy Bilquist (28.25), Grace Ariola (28.43) and Katharine Berkoff (28.66) swam in the A-final. North Carolina’s Caroline Baldwin was disqualified in the final.

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Kevin Cordes Lowers Meet Record in 50 Breast

Kevin Cordes has been on fire in the 2017 Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. Last night, he scorched a 2:07 in the 200 breast final, and tonight he showed off his 50 speed with a 26.88. Cordes lowered his meet record in the process that he set this morning at 26.89. Cordes sits at third in the world rankings behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty (26.48) and Brazil’s Joao Gomes (26.83).

Andrew Wilson of Texas picked up the second spot at 27.18 ahead of Cody Miller of Badger Swim Club (27.24) and Connor Hoppe of Cal (27.28). Nic Fink (27.31), Michael Andrew (27.40), Matthew Anderson (27.78) and Ian Finnerty (27.83) also swam in the A-final.

Cordes has the chance to improve on his bronze medal from the 2015 Worlds. We will see tomorrow who the second swimmer could be based on the 100 breast. Right now Miller, Wilson, Andrew and Fink are showing promising signs of getting that second spot in the 100 if Cordes can pull off the hat trick.

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