Tim Phillips came up .15 of a second short of earning a goal in the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona Spain.
Thursday night the Parkersburg High School Graduate finished a close third place in the finals of the men's 100 meter butterfly.
Eugene Godsoe, the winner of the 50 meter butterfly, completed the double by taking the 100 butterfly. His time game to 51.66 seconds.
That was good for a .05 margin of victory over Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte.
While Phillips was third in a time of 51.86 seconds, That time was better than a third of a second faster than Tim's qualifying run earlier in the day.
The top 2 finishers qualify for the World Games in Barcelona. Tim will continue to train and will enter a national competition out west later this summer
Tim Phillips' quest for a national championship in the 100 meter butterfly has him going up against the cream of the crop in American swimming
Thursday Tim qualified for the finals in the event at the USA Swimming Championships in Indianapolis
Phillips won his qualifying today to advance to the finals. His winning time of 52. 21 seconds was the third fastest of the qualifiers.
He will be going up against Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte and Eugene Godsoe, the 50 meter butterfly national champion, in Thursday evening's finals.
Former Parkersburg High School swimmer Tim Phillips finished in third place tonight in the 50 meter Butterfly Finals at the USA Swimming Champioships in Indianapolis.
Tim was third in a championship field of 8 swimmers in the Finals.
The race was won by Tim's former teammates at Ohio State Eugene Godsoe. His winning time came 23.29.
Matt Grevers came in second place, and Tim Phillips was third in. 23.69 seconds. With the win, Godsoe earns the automatic bid to swim the 50 Butterfly at the World Championships in Barcelona.
Thursday, Tim will be back in the pool in the 100 meter butterfly. Qualifying heats will be earlier in the day and the finals will be in the evening.
The top 2 finishers in that event will qualify for the world championships in Barcelona
Former Parkersburg High swimmer Tim Phillips is swimming for glory, and a trip to Spain, in the U.S.A. Swimming championships in Indianapolis this week.
His goal is to represent the United States in the World Championships in Barcelona .
The butterfly is Tim's strong suit. This morning he was the second fastest qualifier in the 50 meter fly. He had a time of 23.65 seconds, one of his fastest times in the event. He was just .18 of a second behind top qualifier Matt Grevers
Tim advances to the finals tonight, and a victory sends him on to the World Championships
He will also compete in the 100 meter fly on Thursday. A first or second place finish also earns him a trip to Barcelona