Long list of locals headed to national swimming championships

The ConocoPhillips National Swimming Championships begin tomorrow in Irvine and quite a few local athletes are scheduled to compete. It’s one of the biggest meets of the year — Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin among other Olympic medalists will all be there.

Heading the list of locals is recent Las Lomas graduate Kasey Carlson, who is seeded fourth in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. We’ll see what Carlson, who’s now training at USC, can do against her new Trojan Swim Club teammates Jessica Hardy and Rebecca Soni, the event’s top two seeds. Another East Bay native, 2005 Carondelet graduate Kaitlin Freeman, is seeded third.

Chelsea Chenault, an incoming sophomore at Carondelet, has a shot at making the finals in three different events. She’s seeded eighth in the 800 freestyle, 12th in the 200 freestyle and 13th in the 400 freestyle.

Chenault’s Carondelet teammate, Madison White, has been excellent this summer in the 200 backstroke. She took second in the event at the Santa Clara Grand Prix in June, then last month won gold at the L.A. Grand Prix by edging Olympian Katie Hoff at the wall. During high school competition in the spring, White and Chenault made up half of Carondelet’s national-record setting 200 medley relay team. At nationals, White is seeded ninth in the 200 backstroke and 20th in the 100 back. She’s also listed on the pysch sheet for the 400 free.

Other local girls set to compete are Amador Valley’s Catherine Breed (100 fly, 400 freestyle, 200 free, 200 fly, 800 free, 100 free), Carondelet’s Allison Gargalikis (100 and 200 breast), San Ramon Valley’s Taylor Nanfria (400 free, 200 free, 800 free, 400 I.M.) Allison Brown (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 400 I.M. ) and Marissa Neel (200 fly), Foothill’s Celina Li (400 I.M.) and Karen Wang (100 back), and Cal High’s Delise Batiza (800 free). Recent Northgate grad Sara Delay (50 and 100 free) will also swim.

Steven Stumph (Campolindo/Orinda Aquatics) and Nick Silverthorn (Pleasanton Seahawks) are the only local high school aged boys set to compete at this week’s meet. Stumph will swim the 200 breaststroke and Silverthorn the 400 I.M.

Stephanie Hammon