Late last week, we talked about the start of the U.S. National Championships in Irvine, California, which started on August 6th and went through this past weekend.
As we commented on in our last blog post, this event attracted some of the biggest names in swimming, from Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to high school swimming sensation Katie Ledecky.
Not surprisingly, Phelps and Lochte finished one and two in the 200 IM at the national competition, meaning that they qualify for the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia later this month.
Ledecky, who shot to swimming stardom following her win of Olympic gold at the age of 15 in the 2012 games, broke a world record in the pool on Saturday, August 9th. Breaking the previous record in the 400m by a full half second, Ledecky secured a spot for herself alongside Phelps and Lochte at the Pan Pacific Championships.
The three of them, along with another teen swimming star, Missy Franklin, will headline the 60-swimmer roster for the U.S. at the Australian event later this month.
The exciting part about these sequences of events is that the outcome at these meets play a large role in the roster for 2015 World Championships. Those, in turn, have an impact on the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
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