Kaki Christensen joined the Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Swim Team as it sent two swimmers to compete at the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships
The event took place June 27-July 1 at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. (results published when available).
Both of the CP-AC swimmers, including Kate Douglass from Pelham, N.Y., competed in their first national championship.
Blue Wave standout Christensen qualified in the 50/100/200 Breaststroke, Douglass the 50/100 Freestyle, 50/100/200 Breaststroke.
Christensen came in 18th out of 67 swimmers in the 50.
“Our team is extremely proud of these two young ladies whose hard work and dedication have given them the opportunity to compete at the highest level meet in the country,” said coach Jamie Barone. “This opportunity to compete against the top swimmers in the country, including Olympians and top Collegiate athletes, will be a wonderful showcase for their swimming.”
The two athletes are among the top 0.5 percent of swimmers from across the country to qualify for the Phillips 66 National Championships.
This meet serves as the qualifier for the U.S. team in the pool competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships, which runs from July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary.
The winner of each Olympic event will claim an automatic spot on the roster, and a complete team selection procedure is outlined at usaswimming.org.
Outside of the Olympic Games, the FINA World championships are the sport’s largest international competition.
Results at Phillips 66 Nationals also will qualify individuals for the U.S. rosters for the World University Games and FINA World Junior Championships – set for Aug. 23-28 in Indianapolis – later this summer.
The Phillips 66 National Championships are part of the 2017 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast. The Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.
About Chelsea Piers Athletic Club
Chelsea Piers Athletic Club provides an unprecedented opportunity for student-athletes across eight sports to train and compete under one unified banner. CP-AC athletes have full access to both off-surface training, led by certified personal trainers in our dedicated Competitive Team Training Center, and on-surface coaching in their sport of choice. Our world-class facilities attract top-level instructors from around the world, including seasoned and certified youth coaches with Olympic, NCAA and professional backgrounds. Their goal is to prepare athletes for success, not only in their sport of choice through age-appropriate goal setting and training, but also in their lives through the development of essential teamwork and leadership skills.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.
Appears in the July 27 print issue of The Darien Times