At a glance: Tim returned to the Buckeyes during the 2012-13 season after taking a year off collegiate swimming to focus on long course training ... competed in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 butterfly, finishing just four spots shy of earning an Olympic team spot (sixth-place, 52.54) ... currently part of six school records - five relays and one individually ... in 2011, he was part of team USA at the World University Games in China ... at the event he competed in the 50 and 100 butterfly events and the 4X100 freestyle relay, taking a gold medal in all three events ... placed first in the 100 butterfly at the U.S. Nationals in Stanford, Calif. in 2011 as well ... made earned a spot on U.S. national team for Pan Pacific Championships with a third-place swim in the 100 fly at the qualifying event, the 2010 Conoco Phillips U.S. National Championships ... also, was part of Ohio State's national championship winning 800 free relay at the U.S. National Championships ...... swimming alongside Olympians from Australia, Canada, Japan as well as the U.S., Phillips made the finals in the 50 butterfly at Pan Pacs and finished seventh in a time of 23.92 after going 23.69 in the prelims ... was ninth in the 100 butterfly at the meet with a time of 52.21.
As a redshirt junior (2013): Received All-America recognition for an eighth-place finish at the NCAA championships in the 100 butterfly (46.19) ... took the runner-up spot in the 100 butterly at the Big Ten championships with a time of 46.17 ... received second-team All-Big Ten recognition for his performance at the conference meet ... recorded a personal-best time of 45.85 in the 100 butterfly at Big Tens ... also dropped a personal-best at Big Tens in the 200 individual medley (1:46.21) ... earned nine individual wins over the course of the season ... received honorable mention All-America accolades with the 200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
As a junior (2012): Redshirted season to prepare for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
As a sophomore (2011): Led the team, qualifying for seven events in the NCAA championships, including four relays ... finished fifth in the 100 butterfly and set the school record in 45.90 ... was also the Big Ten runner up in the 100 butterfly and freestyle events.
As a freshman (2010): Helped the Buckeyes win their first Big Ten Conference championship in 54 years by scoring in six events, including taking runner-up honors in the 100 butterfly and anchoring the school's Big Ten champion 200m free relay team ... scored in the 100 free (ninth) and 200 individual medley (13th), and was part of the runner-up 400 medley relay and third-place 400 free relay teams ... went on to earn a team-high four All-American honors at the 2010 NCAA championships with an All-American award as part of the eighth-place 800 free relay team and honorable mention accolades in the 100 butterfly (12th), 400 medley relay (9th) and 400 free relay (15th) ... after the season concluded he was awarded with the team's Mike Cochran Award as the team's most promising freshman.
Background: Tim is the first national youth team member to sign with Ohio State ... spent two years on the USA national youth team and competed in three international competitions ... a four-time YMCA national champion and a two-event record-holder, Tim was a six-time prep All-American at Parkersburg H.S. ... won or was part of 12 state championships (eight individual events and four relays) and he was named all-state all four years he was in H.S. ... also named the Parkersburg Athlete of the Year.