June 24, 2017
Empire KC Swim Club Sends Missouri Champion to Phillip 66 Nationals
Five-day event set for June 27-July 1 at historic Indiana University Natatorium
also serves as FINA World Championships
Lee’s Summit, MO –For the first time, Empire KC Swim Club will send an athlete to compete at the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships, which open in Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 27, at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
William “Liam” Bresette will represent Empire KC in his first national championship, with qualifying times in three events:
- 200 Free 1;51.64
- 400 Free 3:59.43
- 200IM 2:06.27
Bresette swims year-round with Empire KC Swim Club. He was a finalist at 2016 Speedo Winter Junior Championships West in the 500 free (8th), 200 free (9th) and 200 fly (16th); he also competed in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 IM. In this year’s long course season, he has already updated his times in the 50/100/200/400m free, 100m breast, and 200m IM.
A rising Senior at Lee’s Summit North High School, Bresette has won three individual events and broken the Missouri state record in the 200 free at the MSHSAA Boys State Championships over the past two seasons. As a sophomore in the fall of 2015 he won the 200 free in state-record time (1:38.15) and the 500 free (4:29.90) and anchored the 200 medley and 400 free relays. In 2016, he switched to the 200 IM, placing second with 1:48.88, and defended his 500 free title with 4:24.68. He also repeated his two relay anchors, this time significantly faster (20.94 and 44.73, respectively).
“The Empire KC family is so excited for Liam! He is a hard worker in and out of the pool and his qualification for the Phillips 66 National Championships is proof of his commitment,” said Head Coach Carmen Menges. “Nationals offer him an opportunity to compete against the best in the country and will be a great test of his skills. Liam deserves to be there and I can’t wait to see what he will do.”
Eligible athletes are among the top 0.5 percent of swimmers from across the country to qualify for the Phillips 66 National Championships.
The competition opens on Tuesday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 1. Prelims begin each day of competition at 9 a.m. EDT, followed by finals at 6 p.m. All-session, single-day and single-session tickets are on sale now at usaswimming.org.
Current ticket specials for Phillips 66 Nationals include buy one, get one free using the code “BOGO,” and 50 percent off groups of 20 or more tickets using the code “GROUP.”
This meet serves as the qualifier for the U.S. team in the pool competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships, which runs from July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary. The winner of each Olympic event will claim an automatic spot on the roster, and a complete team selection procedure is outlined at usaswimming.org. Outside of the Olympic Games, the FINA World championships are the sport’s largest international competition.
Results at Phillips 66 Nationals also will qualify individuals for the U.S. rosters for the World University Games and FINA World Junior Championships – set for Aug. 23-28 in Indianapolis – later this summer.
Twelve hours of television coverage from Phillips 66 Nationals will be aired by NBC Sports Group with nightly broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and Universal HD and four hours of coverage on NBC on July 1-2. A webcast of the meet also will be available on usaswimming.org.
The Phillips 66 National Championships are part of the 2017 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast. The Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.
About Empire KC Swim Club
Empire KC Swim Club was founded in 2015 as a competitive swim team providing professional coaching expertise and technique instruction to swimmers of all ages and abilities. Formerly the Missouri side of the Kansas City Blazers Swim Team, Empire KC serves athletes from Missouri and Kansas who train year-round at Lee’s Summit R-VII Aquatic Center and Longview Recreation Center, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.