Katis, Ronda Earn Top 13 Finishes at Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials

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Rising junior Chuck Katis and incoming freshman Eric Ronda of the Harvard men's swimming and diving team each had impressive performances at last week's 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind. The pair each finished in the top 13 of the 200-meter breaststroke and Katis added a ninth-place showing in the 50-meter breaststroke and another 13th-place effort in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Sophomore Christian Carbone and newcomer Jack Manchester, along with Harvard women's swimmer Courtney Otto, also competed at the trials, but did not qualify for finals.

Katis and Ronda each qualified for the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke after turning in 16th and 17th-place swims in the preliminaries. The pair improved in the finals, as Ronda moved from 17th to 12th with a 2:16.52 in the 'B' final and Katis clocked in at 2:17.40 for 13th. The event was won by Kevin Cordes, a three-time NCAA individual national champion at Arizona, in 2:08.34.

Katis just missed the 'A' final of the 50-meter breastroke, as he qualified 11th. He rebounded to win the 'B' final in 28.59 and also turned in a time of 1:02.87 in the 100-meter breaststroke 'B' final, which was good for 13th.

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