Tim Phillips qualifies for world championships in Budapest, Hungary

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Parkersburg native Tim Phillips qualified for his second FINA World Championships here Thursday evening during the USA Swimming Nationals.

The former Ohio State All-American finished the 100 butterfly in 51.30, which was good enough for a runner-up effort behind champion Caleb Dressel, who went 50.80.

By virtue of his second-place finish, Phillips will make the treak to Budapest, Hungary for the FINA World Championships, which begins on July 14.

Although Phillips was denied a spot in the 50 fly on Wednesday after finishing third, he will be allowed to compete in that event since he qualified in the 100 fly. It’s also expected the former Buckeye will swim a leg on the 4×100 medley relay in the preliminaries.

Previously, Phillips swam the 100 fly during the 2013 FINA World Championships in Russia as an alternate for Michael Phelps.