Julian Takes Second In 200 Fly At Phillips 66
GREENSBORO, N.C. – California's Trenton Julian very likely punched his ticket to the 2022 FINA World Championships with a second-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly on the first day of the United States Phillips 66 International Team Trials at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
A year removed from narrowly missing out on a spot in the Tokyo Olympics – Julian led at all three turns of the 200 fly at U.S. Olympic Trials before ultimately finishing fifth – Julian held strong on Tuesday with a personal-best time of 1:54.22 to earn runner-up honors behind Luca Urlando in the A final.
While USA Swimming has not formally announced Julian as a roster member for the FINA World Championships in Budapest, he's expected to be named to the team later this week. The winners of each Olympic event (excluding 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 fly) and the top-four finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle events have the top qualification priority, followed by the second-place finishers in each Olympic event.
Julian's swim highlighted seven Golden Bears who were in action Tuesday.
Gabriel Jett swam a pair of personal bests in the 200 fly, touching in 1:56.77 in prelims before lowering that time to 1:56.58 with his sixth-place finish in the A final. All three other Bears competing in the 200 fly reached the B final, including Jason Louser in 11th (1:58.82), Dare Rose in 13th (1:59.26) and Will Roberts in 14th (1:59.62).
Incoming 2022 signee Matthew Chai impressed with a fifth-place finish in the 1500 free, clocking 15:16.42.
Destin Lasco (48.88) and Jack Alexy (49.97) placed 12th and 24th in the 100 free prelims. Lasco did not swim in the B final.
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