FEDERAL WAY, Wash.- Sophomore Chloe Hannam and freshman Madison Strathman advanced to the finals on day two of USA Swimming’s 2015 AT&T Winter National Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Strathman finished first in her heat for the 100 breaststroke to advance to the bonus finals. In prelims, she went a 1:10.63 and went under the Olympic Trial cut. In the finals, she went a time of 1:10.43.
“She handled her first nationals really well.” Head coach Sean Schimmel said. “Going a best time this morning and getting a second swim at night is awesome. She has set herself up to have another good swim tomorrow in the 200 breaststroke.”
Hannam competed in two individual events this morning and advanced to the consolation finals in the 400 Individual Medley. She went a time of 4:53.26 in the prelims, which was under the Olympic Trials cut. In the finals, she dropped three seconds to go a time of 4:50.97. She finished 14th overall in the 400 IM. The last event of the morning, she finished 50th in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.50.
Like Hannam, Natalie Burnett competed in two individual events. Finishing 61st in the 100 backstroke (1:05.31) and 63rd in the 100 butterfly (1:03.53), Burnett has completed her weekend at the USA Winter Nationals.
Senior Maddie Monroe finished 48th in the 200 freestyle (2:04.45) and teammate Caitlin Tootill finished 66th (2:09.73). Chelsea Tatlow finished 37th overall in the 400 Individual Medley in 5:07.49 and freshman Sydney Angell finished 65th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.44.
“Overall, we had a really strong day. We had six life time best performances today and I am super excited and proud of our women.” Schimmel said. “We are also having a blast while competing. It has been a really good two days and we are looking forward to day three.”
Preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. PST, with finals at 6 p.m. PST. There will not be any relays at the meet. A live webcast of the entire three-day meet along with meet results will be available via usaswimming.org. NBC will also televise competition on tape delay from the AT&T Winter Nationals on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 12-1 p.m. A full order of events for the long-course meters competition is available at usaswimming.org.
Despite the different distance, swimmers at the meet will still attempt to claim as many automatic (A) or provisional (B) qualifying times as possible, though at this meet, those times will be converted. The standards are used to populate the field for the NCAA Championships in March. Some of the best swimmers in the world are scheduled to compete, including Olympic medalists Allison Schmitt, Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Missy Franklin.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, Dec. 5
800-meter Freestyle (Women)
1,500-meter Freestyle (Men)
Dec. 29- Jan. 4- Puerto Rico Training Trip
Jan. 15- at Auburn
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