Hesen, Patrick Reach Finals at National Championships
Aug. 3, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. - Rising juniors Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick both advanced to the finals in the 100-meter back at the 2006 ConocoPhillips National Championships/World Championship Trials at the William Woollett, Jr. Aquatic Center on Aug. 2, taking 12th place and 19th place, respectively.
Hesen earned a spot in the consolation final with a time of 56.61 in the morning preliminary session, good for 13th place. He improved upon both his time and his place in the final, touching in 56.36 to move up one spot. Hesen's time was good for an Olympic Trial cut.
Patrick finished 24th in the preliminaries with a time of 57.81, assuring him a spot in the bonus final. There, he shaved more than half a second off his time, posting an Olympic Trial cut time of 57.29 to finish 19th.
"Both Ben and Todd went their best times and those are their best finishes at summer national championships, so we're very proud of their accomplishments," Indiana head coach Ray Looze said.
Rising junior Nick Walkotten finished 46th in the preliminaries of the event, recording a time of 59.57. Walkotten also participated in the prelims of the 200m fly, turning in a 2:04.60 effort, good for 39th place.
In the prelims of the 200m free, Patrick led the Indiana contingent with his 36th-place showing, which he earned with a 1:52.94 mark. Rising junior John Kevin Koehler followed Patrick in 54th place (1:54.23), while rising senior Lee Houchin was 80th (1:57.07).
Day three of the National Championships will take place on Aug. 3, with the 100m fly and the 50m free being contested. Preliminaries start at 9 a.m. Pacific time, with finals following at 5:30 p.m.
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