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Swimming: Phillips comes in second among mid-major swimmers in 1,650

INDIANAPOLIS — North Texas standout Kimmy Phillips concluded her record-setting year in the 1,650-yard freestyle finals at the NCAA meet.

She finished the 1,650 with an elite time of 16:19.26 in front of thousands at the IUPUI Sports Complex on Saturday evening. The time placed her in unchartered waters for the Mean Green swimming and diving program, and her 26th-place finish stationed her among the nation’s elite. 

The finish was the second-highest among the mid-major performers in the event, as only Towson’s Kaitlin Burke (16:09.01) was faster. 

In the 500 freestyle preliminaries, Phillips posted a time of 4:48.61. 

“This is the third-most exclusive swim meet in the world behind the Olympics and the world championships,” UNT coach Joe Dykstra said. “Only 281 swimmers are invited to swim their individual races.”

Phillips was the first swimmer from UNT to qualify for the NCAA meet in the program’s 15-year history.