Kendyl Stewart Wins U.S. Title In 50-Meter Fly
Aug. 8, 2014
USC junior Kendyl Stewart won a U.S. title in the 50-meter butterfly on Thursday (Aug. 7) with the fourth-fastest time in history while sophomores Reed Malone, Santo Condorelli and Chelsea Chenault all turned in `A' final performances as the Trojans got off to a strong start at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals in Irvine, Calif.
Stewart, a two-time All-American as a sophomore, clocked a 25.99 to edge Claire Donahue by 0.12. The win may help her land a spot on the 2015 U.S. World Championships roster. The American record in the race is 25.50.
Malone, part of USC's NCAA title-winning 800y free relay in March, was third in the 200m free with a 1:47.41, 0.48 out of first and 0.06 out of second. The finish earned him a spot on the U.S. Pan Pacific team later this year in Queensland, Australia.
Chenault, also a 2014 All-American, took fifth in 1:58.60, which should be good for a relay spot on the Worlds team.
Condorelli, another freshman All-American in 2014, took seventh in the 50m fly with a 24.01 in the tightly packed field. Junior Maclin Davis, who lost a swim-off for the final despite a 23.64, won the `B' heat in 23.77.
Stewart also finished third in the prelim of the 100m fly with a 58.86 on Friday morning while Condorelli took eighth in the men's prelim with a 52.50 to also earn a finals spot. Michael Phelps is the top seed in the stacked final, which also includes Ryan Lochte. Davis earned a spot in the `B' final with a 52.81.
Recent grad Kasey Carlson took sixth in the 50m breast prelims with a 31.10. Fellow 2014 graduate Chase Bloch earned a `B' final appearance in the 50m back with a 26.00, tied for 12th in prelims. Senior Luca Spinazzola will also swim in the `B' final after a 26.04.
Friday finals begin at 6 p.m. PT.
Andrea Kropp, a rising senior, was second in the `B' final of the 200m breast (2:27.97).