Alicia Finnigan finished in a tied for 10th place in the 200 fly at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Thanks to huge time drops, Liberty sophomore Alicia Finnigan finished in a tie for 10th place overall out of 64 participants in the 200 fly at the Phillips 66 National Championships, Tuesday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Competing in tonight's B Final, Finnigan tied for second in her race, as she and Maddie Wright both touched in 2:10.74. Finnigan beat, among others, Team USA members Cassidy Bayer (13th, 2:11.92) and Hannah Saiz (16th, 2:14.11). The Liberty sophomore entered the meet seeded No. 26 in the field with a lifetime best of 2:14.05, before dropping 3.31 seconds today.
2016 Olympian Hali Flickinger punched her ticket to the FINA World Championships, winning the A Final in 2:07.60 while 17-year-old Dakota Luther finished second in 2:08.71.
Finnigan's t-10th place finish was the highest by a Lady Flame in a USA Swimming sponsored national event. Brye Ravettine placed 17th in the 50 free at the 2011 AT&T USA Swimming Winter National Championships, while Emilie Kaufman finished 13th in the 100 breaststroke at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Finnigan won the sixth out of nine morning preliminary heats, swimming a 2:11.89 which was 2.16 seconds faster than her entry time of 2:14.05. She qualified 15th overall, earning a spot in the B Final.
The Lady Flames will send qualified swimmers to the U.S. Open, held August 2-6 at Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.