Chelsea Piers Connecticut sends two Swimmers to Phillip 66 Nationals

June 22, 2017

Five-day event set for June 27-July 1 at historic Indiana University Natatorium also serves as FINA World Championships qualifying meet

(Stamford, CT - June 22, 2017) – For the first time, The Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Swim Team will send two swimmers to compete at the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships, which open in Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 27, at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Both of the CP-AC swimmers are competing in their first national championship.

The Chelsea Piers Athletic Club qualifiers consist of:

·         Kate Douglass, 50/100 Freestyle, 50/100/200 Breaststroke: 15 year old from Pelham, NY

·         Kaki Christensen, 50/100/200 Breaststroke: 17 year old from Darien, CT

“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 Head 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.

The competition opens on Tuesday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 1. Prelims begin each day of competition at 9 a.m. EDT, followed by finals at 6 p.m. All-session, single-day and single-session tickets are on sale now at usaswimming.org.

Current ticket specials for Phillips 66 Nationals include buy one, get one free using the code “BOGO,” and 50 percent off groups of 20 or more tickets using the code “GROUP.”

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.

Twelve hours of television coverage from Phillips 66 Nationals will be aired by NBC Sports Group with nightly broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and Universal HD and four hours of coverage on NBC on July 1-2. A webcast of the meet also will be available on usaswimming.org.

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.


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