INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Champaign Central graduate Tyler McGill placed fourth in one event at the U.S. Championships, he did so again Thursday.
McGill touched the wall in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.16 seconds, an improvement on the 52.90 he swam earlier Thursday in the preliminaries to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals. It was not enough to overtake Eugene Godsoe for the second straight day.
“Tough night,” McGill tweeted Thursday night. “But I got the best support in the world #ihearttylermcgill club rocks!! Ill be better.”
Godsoe, who won the 50 butterfly Wednesday, took top honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.66 to edge 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte (51.71).
Lochte said he is a closer and prefers to swim a 200-meter race to a 100-meter event, but he is going to be training more in the 100 butterfly.
“I just have to believe in my training,” Lochte said. “I’ve trained really hard these past two months. It wasn’t close, but I have to hand it to everyone. They did really good.”
Rachel Bootsma won the 50 backstroke in 27.68 to break the American and U.S. Open records, and Kevin Steel and David Plummer also set U.S. Open records.
Steel broke the 50 breaststroke mark that he set in the preliminaries, finishing in 27.26. David Plummer won the 50 backstroke in a record 24.52.
With the victories, they qualified for the World Championships in late July in Barcelona.
“I really just tried to focus on my start and get off the block,” Bootsma said. “There are still some improvements I can make, but it’s my first time setting a record, so I’m really excited.”
Four-time gold medalist Missy Franklin — who already qualified in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke — was second in 27.98.
Steel edged Arizona club teammate Kevin Cordes.
In the 400 individual medley, Maya Dirado won in a career-best 4 minutes, 34.34 seconds.
“The 400 IM is what I think about every day at practice,” Dirado said. “I was
just really excited to do a race that I truly prepared for and had thought about a lot.”