Reed Taps in 19th in 200-Freestyle at USA National Championships

July 8, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Junior UK swimmer Tyler Reed claimed 19th overall in the 200-freestyle at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Reed, appearing in the "C" final of the evening's competition captured third in his heat with a time of 1:50.55, just a shade off of the winning tap of 1:50.00. USA's Michael Phelps took first overall among all competitors in the event with a time of 1:44.23.

The junior for the Wildcats touched in 20th in the preliminary heats earlier in the day. In that race he secured a career-best clip with a time of 1:50.51. Reed entered the meet with a 1:52.03 seed. He shaved nearly two seconds off of his time in the two races.

Reed becomes the second Wildcat to earn a top-20 finish at the National meet this week. Senior Megan Pulskamp earned 19th in the 100-butterfly yesterday.

Senior Kyle Greene was also among the field in the 200-free. Greene placed 45th overall with a time of 1:52.81 in the event.

Junior Chatham Penrod was the other UK athlete in action during day two of the national meet. Penrod placed 41st in the 100-backstroke with a time of 1:04.14.

The meet continues until Saturday as Americans continue to compete for a roster spot on the World Games team.

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