University of Louisville swimmer Mallory Comerford defeated American record-holder Simone Manuel in the women’s 100 freestyle at the U.S. National Championships on Tuesday in Indianapolis.
It took the world’s third-fastest time of the year, a 52.81, to win, and it secured Comerford a spot at the world championships. Former Louisville star Kelsi Worrell finished fourth.
The 19-year-old Comerford broke the U.S. Open record and lowered her national championships record from Tuesday’s heats.
Each winner makes the team. Second-place finishers are likely to be added when the selection process ends.
“I was training hard and racing my own race,” Comerford said. “I’ve been working hard and trying to figure out long course — it’s nice for it to be clicking. I just love to race, so to get out there and compete against this field was a blast.”
Worrell has already qualified for the world championships roster in the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian both qualified for worlds.
Ledecky easily claimed the women’s 800-meter freestyle title in a time of 8:11.50. The defending Olympic and world champion won by 8.96 seconds over Leah Smith.
Adrian reclaimed the men’s 100 free title in 47.96 seconds, beating Caeleb Dressel by 0.01.
Hali Flickinger and Jack Conger claimed the 200 butterfly titles and True Sweetser won the men’s 1,500 free.
Louisville’s Zach Harting finished sixth in the men’s 200 fly.