Phillips finishes Third in 100 Butterfly at USA Nationals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

(AP) - Tom Shields upset three-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps by one one-hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships. Parkersburg High graduate Tim Phillips, finished a close third.

Shields touched in 51.29 seconds on Friday night, tying for the second-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps was second in 51.30, losing for the second time in as many events this week.

Phillips, who was the second fastest in qualifying today, finished third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 52.21.

Phelps is still likely to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships later this month, but he could have guaranteed himself a trip to Australia with a win in the event that he calls "my baby."

Phillips will compete again on Sunday

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