Phillips bound for Australia

IRVINE, Calif. -After participating on Sunday in his final event at the U.S. National Swim Championships, Parkersburg’s Tim Phillips received the news he had been waiting to hear -that he will represent the United States at the Pan-Pacific Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia later this month.

Phillips had an incredible meet, placing second and third in his specialties, the butterfly sprints, and joining Swim MAC teammates Ryan Lochte, Nick Ericksson and Dax Hill in winning the 400 medley relay on Saturday night. Phillips swam a 51.84 for the butterfly leg of the event as his team won in 3:38.51. The victory put Swim MAC at the top of the team standings and in a good position to place first overall.

Phillips likely will represent the United States in both the butterfly and the freestyle events in Australia, where the world’s best swimmers will compete from Aug. 21-25.

His father, Tom Phillips, noted that Tim should arrive back in the U.S. on Aug. 26, the day before his classes at Ohio State University are scheduled to start.

“Aug. 26 will be his summer vacation,” the elder Phillips quipped.