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Gabriel Jett was crowned the 200-meter butterfly national champion on the opening night of the 2022 Phillips 66 National Championships.
Rising Sophomore Wins 200-Meter Butterfly At Phillips 66 National Championships
IRVINE, Calif. – California rising sophomore Gabriel Jett claimed the 200-meter butterfly crown on the opening night of the 2022 Phillips 66 National Championships, Tuesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.
Jett, who hails from Clovis, California, threw down a personal-best 1: 54.37 to win the national title in dominant fashion; the Golden Bear bested the field by more than two full seconds. The time makes Jett the seventh-fastest American ever. in the event and the eighth-fastest 200m fly swimmer in the world this year. Jett was the fastest in the field in morning prelims as well, clocking another personal best of 1: 56.35.
Including Jett, Cal was represented by 11 total swimmers throughout three events on the first day of the five-day US national meet.
Jett was followed in the 200m fly by Trenton Julianwho won the B-final in 1: 54.37, and Jason Louserwho placed 15th in 2: 00.11.
Destin Lasco paced a group of five Bears who competed in the 100m freestyle. The rising junior touched the wall in 48.75 to take fourth place in the A-final, shaving 0.31 off of his prelims time. Matthew Jensen took 17th with a personal-best 49.47 in prelims.
The third and final event of the day saw incoming freshman Matthew Chai (15: 43.12) and rising junior Jack Meehan (15: 43.65) take 21st and 22nd in the 1500m free, respectively.
Day two of the 2022 Phillips 66 National Championships gets underway Wednesday with prelims beginning at 9 am PT and finals at 5 pm PT. Finals will be broadcast live on Olympic Channel, while prelims can be streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org / watch. Click here for a full broadcast schedule.
Wednesday’s slate will feature the 200m free, 200m breaststroke and 200m backstroke events.
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