2014 Mesa Grand Prix: Nathan Adrain Grabs His Second Win With The World’s 5th Fastest Swim In 2014

  83 Troy Gennaro | April 25th, 2014 | Featured, National, News, US Grand Prix

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It’s the day of dirty doubles in Mesa! Megan Romano has the biggest challenge ahead of her this evening after qualifying for the championship finals of the 200 free, 200 back, and 50 free. Tyler Clary and Elizabeth Beisel will both be swimming the 400 IM as well as the 200 backstroke.

Katie Ledecky and Michael McBroom will be going for their second victories of the meet tonight. Both will be contending for the 200 freestyle after winning their respective 400 freestyles last night. Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian will also be looking to tack on t0 their victory counts this evening after earning wins last night.

Ryan Lochte worked his way into the top 8 of the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke this morning, but has decided to scratch the 200 backstroke to focus on the freestyle. Arkady Vyatchanin was entered in three events this morning and made it back in the 200 backstroke, where he is expected to fight with Clary and Ryan Murphy for the win.

Women’s 400 IM – Finals

Elizabeth Beisel worked through the first 200 before she finally pulled ahead of the 16 year-old phenom Becca Mann. Beisel maintained her lead, dropping almost 10 seconds from her morning swim to win with a time of 4:39.68. Mann earned a second place finish with a 4:42.78. Stina Gardell got her hand on the wall for third at 4:43.87, followed by Caitlin Leverenz at 4:44.40.

Kim Williams won the B-final with a 4:54.59, dropping 5 seconds from her morning swim.

Men’s 400 IM – Finals

Tyler Clary put it on the line to win the 400 IM tonight. It was interesting to hear Michael Phelps’ commentary during this race while he was speaking with Rowdy Gaines. Clary finished with a 4:19.00. Conor Dwyer finished in second with a time of 4:22.26. His freestyle events have become a big focus for him, but Clary was too far to pull back in. Austria’s Jakub Maly posted a 4:23.93 to finish in third place and Michael Weiss finished fourth at 4:27.22.

Cole Buese won the B final with a time of 4:31.43.

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Finals

The defending Olympic Champion Allison Schmitt fought to the end with Katie Ledecky in the finals of the women’s 200 freestyle, but didn’t have enough in the end. Katie Ledecky posted a time of 1:56.27. Schmitt posted a great time as well with a 1:56.90. Katie Hoff has looked strong all weekend. She reached in to finish third with a 1:59.93. Cierra Runge was the final swimmer to dip under the 2 minute barrier, finishing in fourth place.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Finals

Ryan Lochte and Darian Townsend took out the first 100 ahead of the field. Ryan Lochte took advantage of his under waters to finish the race with the win. Lochte finished with a time of 1:49.48, just ahead of Townsend at 1:49.94. Michael McBroom had great closing speed on the final 50, almost running down Townsend for second place. He finished in third with a 1:50.4.

Women’s 200 Backstroke – Finals 

Clara Smiddy flipped first at the 100, followed closely by Megan Romano. Elizabeth Beisel made a move as she swam into the 150. Her tempo picked up to sneak in for third.  Clara Smiddy won the race with a time of 2:12.53, followed by Fernanda Gonzalez with a 2:13.37. Elizabeth Beisel finished strong in her second race of the evening, posting a third place time of 2:13.75. Ally Howe earned a fourth place finish with a final time of 2:14.17. 

Iryna Glavnyk won the B-final with a 2:15.12.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Finals 

Arkady Vyatchanin had a very strong first 100, and held onto his lead with unmatched under waters to win the race with a 1:58.04. Tyler Clary, the defending Olympic Champion, finished second with a 1:59.26. Three college swimmers finished in 3-5. Ryan Murphy, the NCAA Champion in both backstroke distances, finished third with a 2:00.27. Grigory Tarasevich from Louisville finished fourth at 2:00.32, and Jacob Pebley was fifth with his time of 2:00.82.

Brock Bonetti won the B-final with a 2:06.24.

Women’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

Cheyenne Coffman led a very experienced field to the wall in the finals of the women’s 50 freestyle. Coffman’s posted a time of 25.16, followed by Amanda Weir with a 25.45. Natalie Coughlin and Jessica Hardy finished in the third and fourth, respectively, at 25.54 and 25.71.

Katie McLaughlin won the B-final with a 26.07.

Men’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

Nathan Adrian threw down the fifth fastest time in the world this year, winning the 50 freestyle with a 21.73, not too far off of his personal best. Roland Schoeman was not too far behind, sneaking his hand in for second at 22.19. Josh Schneider was third at 22.24, and Jimmy Feigen finished fourth with a 22.55.

Roy Burch won the B-final with a 22.91. Michael Andrew, the youngest swimmer in the final by 5 years, posted a 23.19, finishing fourth in the B-final, 12th overall.

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Comments

  1. anon says:
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    has Romano decided on a permanent place to train? it seemed like she was jumping around everywhere!

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:
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      anon…we’ve heard whispers. Waiting for some final confirmations to report…;-).

      • anon says:
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        can’t wait! I actually think NBAC or SwimMAC (or Georgia…but given the current situation…) would be best for her. But I don’t recall her trying out SwimMAC…I think it was just Texas, Georgia, and NBAC? PS I have a hunch you guys know about Allison’s potential suit sponsorship as well?

        Also, do you guys monitor every comment? I remember during the olympics, there were some with 1000+ comments…how can you possibly monitor that?

        Love this site! Thanks for you hard work!

  2. a_trojan says:
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    I may be wrong, but Simone Manuel did not win anything last night.

  3. Zanna says:
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    Great swim by Beisel for the 4IM. 4.39.68

    • tm says:
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      excellent time given that she took a break after the ncaa meet. in fact i dont recall her going under 440 in grand prix meets at any time in the past.

  4. Zanna says:
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    Phelps in the commentator booth!

  5. liquidassets says:
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    Romano is looking to put some distance between her and Leverenz in the Grand Prix standings, so she’ll be strategizing per event and pacing herself to try to maximize her points across all 3 events tonight as well as tomorrow. She can move up the most in the 50, so I predict she’ll put more eggs in that basket.

    I thought Beisel would be a bit slower and Mann a bit faster otherwise it went down like I thought it would.

    I predict Clary outtouching Dwyer, but if Dwyer can put enough open water between him and Clary in the breast leg, then he’ll take it instead.

  6. Zanna says:
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    Clary wins the 4IM by a substantial margin.

  7. Liquidassets says:
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    I’m going to guess Ledecky 1:56 high, Schmitt 1:57.0 but they could push each other to faster times like Bobo predicted.

    • tm says:
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      ledecky PR in 1.56.27. they say that sun yang has a great range, but hers is even better !

      • john26 says:
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        Yea… 1:56.2 is no 1:44.4,
        we’ll talk again when she drops another 1.5s and goes 1:54. Sun Yang has at least another half second left to drop the 200free.

      • aswimfan says:
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        HUH?

        Sun Yang has 1:44.4 which is the equivalent of 1:54 low in w200 free. And Sun Yang has swum 48.9 in the 100 too, which is faster in quality than a Ledecky’s 55.2

        But if you want to talk about range, here I give you someone:
        Park Tae Hwan.
        he swam 22.7 (in 50 free) AND 14:47 (in 1,500) within minutes,
        In 2012 he swam 22.7 48.7, 1:45, 3:42, 14:47 within three days.
        Early this year, also he swam those similar times, with 100 free getting faster (48.4)

        • Rafael says:
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          If I am correct, Yang almost split 47 this year on a relay right?

          And from 200-1500 Sun Range is probably the strongest ever… I think ledecky 800 might be stronger than Sun.. but Sun 1500 is actually stronger..

          • aswimfan says:
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            Yes, I agree that Yang’s 200-1500 is the strongest ever.

            Yang’s 800 may look weak, but that’s just because it’s not an olympics event, the same goes for Ledecky’s 1500.
            The same with Thorpe who only swam 800 competitively three times, and broke WR in each of them.

            About Yang’s splittiung 47 this year, I haven’t heard about it.

          • Rafael says:
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            Yang split 48.14 at 2013 China Games…

            Zhiwu went 48,33 flat at the same race

            Zetao split 47,24

            There was also a 48,81 and a 48,87 split

            Crazy to thing that china may be one leg short by now of becoming a medal contender on 4×100

      • aswimfan says:
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        Another example:

        Ledecky’s PB of 1:56.27 would not win her any 200 free medal in all major championships in the past 7 years, while Sun Yang’s 200 free PB would easily win him medal in all olympics and world championships with the exception of crazy 2009.

  8. anon says:
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    Ledecky’s 200 SPLIT in a 400 (1:59) was faster than everyone in that B final 200 free…

  9. Zanna says:
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    Great women’s 200M race! Ledecky takes it! Closely followed by Schmitt. 1.56.27. PB by Ledecky.

  10. beachmouse says:
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    So that’s technically another junior WR for Ledecky?

    Nice to see Smitty looking like she’s well on her ay back.

  11. liquidecky says:
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    Well I pegged Schmitt about right for 2nd in 1:57.0, but Bobo gets the nod as he predicted 1:56 low for both w/ Ledecky winning. I think it will be Lochte over Townsend next.

  12. Zanna says:
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    Ryan Lochte wins the 200M Free. 1.49.4

    • tm says:
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      just as a time it sounds slow but he won easily and looked smooth with his stroke

      • weirdo says:
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        Definitely looks like Marsh is tinkering with Ryan’s freestyle. anyone else thinks it looks different? too early to tell if it is ‘better/faster’

  13. liquidecky says:
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    Oh, by the way, since Hulk’s not around yet, and that’s a PB for Ledecky and possibly a world jr or American jr record?: SMASH! (by proxy)

  14. anon says:
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    Lochte’s stroke is really high…it kinda looked like Adrian’s straight-arm…

    wow, Townsend can potentially represent the US! That’s a boost! Would have loved to see Mclean and Dwyer swim this race to see where they are in both.

    Bowman said Michael’s training can potentially lead to 6-7 races (that’s including prelims and semis) in a 7-8 day period…and Michael said he wasn’t ready YET for the 200 free..so I’m guessing 4×200 relay is definitely still in their minds!!

  15. DRUKSTOP says:
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    It looks like Ryan’s freestyle in now somewhat of straight arm… looked weird to do it for a 200. But it’s cool to see him changing stuff.

  16. liquidassets says:
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    I’m guessing it will be Smiddy over Colorado, I guess. I think Smiddy has gone 2:09 or 2:10 tapered before. Romano looking to hold at least 4th place for the G.P. points.

  17. Philip Johnson says:
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    Two PBs by Ledecky so far in this meet, very impressive.

  18. Zanna says:
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    Clara Smiddy wins the 200Back, 2.12.53.

    • tm says:
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      it is not the same without the missile in this event. in fact franklin has not swam LCM back since last summer’s world championships.

  19. liquidassets says:
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    I’m taking a cue from Bobo’s predictions and picking Vyatchanin for the win narrowly over Murphy, then Clary/Pebley. Hoping Vyatchanin will pick USA for his country to make our backstroke stable even more awesome though realistically his chances for international teams are better in another country.

    • Rafael says:
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      I really hope Brazil makes a move on Vyatchaning.. putting him on a relay with Pereira, Felipe (França or Lima) and Cielo would be an automatic medal contender..

      • liquidassets says:
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        That would be a good fit for them, but does he have any interest? Much easier to get citizenship in time in Brazil compared with the USA.

        • Rafael says:
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          He said he was in contact with about 12 countries.. but never mentioned what countries were..

          But Bra along with South Africa are the ones who would reap the biggest benefits of Arkady on a medley relay

  20. spirith20 says:
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    PLEASE, please, PLEASE can we have someone commentate other than Rowdy? Although he is an extremely nice person he is horrible as a commentator.

    • tm says:
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      don’t diss poor rowdy. it is sunderland, really a volleyball announcer, who does not belong in the booth !

    • aswimfan says:
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      +1

      (and I’ve been saying this for years lol)

    • liquidassets says:
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      Maybe he’s got adult ADD? ;-) I got excited at first when he announced that Coffman went a 24 in the 50, but then he stopped and didn’t announce the tenths/hundreths so I figured he probably messed up again.

      • aswimfan says:
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        Yes, I heard he shouted that 24 too LOL… I was like woww… I’ve never heard anything about this girl before and now she’s winning a US grand prix in 24??

  21. Zanna says:
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    Vyatchanin wins by a huge margin!

    • tm says:
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      mediocre race by murphy. i thought he would go 157-158. clary did very well considering he just swam a 400 IM 40 mins ago.

      • calswimfan says:
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        I think Murphy’s time was around a second behind Clary’s. Is it his first LCM meet since the start of college?

  22. liquid4TheGoldenGirl says:
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    In the 50 I’m picking my sentimental favorite Coughlin, over Weir, but look for outside smoke from Manuel in lane 8 for an upset, her 26.0 this morning was right after the 200 back.

  23. aswimfan says:
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    Who is this Cheyenne Coffman?

    • Hulk Swim says:
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      She was out like lightning in the 100 yesterday, so this isn’t too suprising. Very tall, very good underwater, straight arm stroke. Someone to keep an eye on.

  24. aswimfan says:
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    Is Simone Manuel sick or something?
    She’s slow in both 50 and 100 free here.

    • tm says:
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      probably in different phase of her training. a lot of the high school collegiates did not do that well in this meet.

  25. liquid4TheGoldenGirl says:
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    Coffman?!! I thought of her as a backstroker fromNC2A Div 3, but maybe I’m getting her mixed up with someone else? Nice upset. Manuel is toast.

    • Rafael says:
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      The only coffman I found is from Fresno Pacific and swam 50 free/100 free and 100 back at NAIA

      • liquidassets says:
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        Yeah that’s her from. I remember her from a couple years ago, maybe at about 51+ in the 100 back, and maybe 22 low in the 50.

  26. liquid4TheGoldenGirl says:
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    Picking Adrian , ERvin, Schoeman in that order.

  27. liquid4TheGoldenGirl says:
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    Manuel could be sick but actually a lot of the high school kids are swimming closer coming off of HS/Jrs SCY meets recently. I think the 200 back this a.m. didn’t help. ;-P

    • aswimfan says:
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      I guess so. The HS and collegiate swimmers are generally slow here, with the exception of MA, who is pretty much close to his PBs so far.

  28. liquid4TheGoldenGirl says:
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    oops it autocorrected from slower to “closer” in that last post.

  29. Zanna says:
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    Adrian 21.73!!

  30. aswimfan says:
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    Adrian had a tad long finish, and it looked quite easy too.

  31. liquidassets says:
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    That’s a good time for Adrian and he looked strong throughout; it’s hard to imagine that Cielo/Fratus are .3/.4 ahead of him. Ervin faded though; I thought he’d be up there from training with Adrian.

    • Rafael says:
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      I think Cielo can push even to 21.2 under better conditions.. it is very very cold at SP right now.. and fratus is improving a LOT under Hawke

      • DDias says:
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        I am much more impressed by Fratus than Cielo in Maria Lenk.21.45 a year after his shoulder surgery?Wow…
        Cielo, as i told before, still not made what the SUM of his textile bests(50 free race parts) tell he can do(something between 21.05 and 21.15).Without the knee pain, i believe he can do that 21.1.
        The problem with Adrian, is the fact he is a great 100 racer.Its normal for a 100racer to get sloppy in details in a 50 free.

    • Rafael says:
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      And Cielo at 2012 had very bad knees… probably he could have gone 21.2/21.3 and 47,6 if he was 100% health at London.. Would be a nice race he joining Adrian and Mag..

      • liquidassets says:
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        Yeah if Fratus can improve his start and breakout he’ll pass Cielo.

        • aswimfan says:
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          Cielo’s is so naturally talented at the explosiveness and start. And yes you can practice to improve but it is hard to better someone with same training but possesses better genetic for explosiveness.

    • tm says:
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      hard to compare an indoor pool that is always fast to an outdoor pool in conditions that were cool and windy. plus athletes are at different parts of their preparation. also how often have we seen the australians and japanese post amazing times in march/april then cant come close to them in the summer (ex magnusson, hagino, irie, matsuda)

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    Nathan Adrian really impressed me in that 50 free final! All the other 50m freestylers have to watch out

    • aswimfan says:
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      m 50 free is a very competitive event. Not only the americans but there are also the Brazilians as the current top ranking, then the french, then the Australians, then the russians, and an occasional trinidian or south african. This event is super crazy competitive

      • DDias says:
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        50 free is sometimes unpredictable.Too much muscle explosion, and a minor distraction in call room, a bad meal…and a favorite is done.

  33. Billy says:
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    Adrain made the rest of the field look silly.

    With Bruno, Cesar, Vlad, Florent, Mags…may be tough for Americans to get any medal in 50. Jones steps up though when he needs to however.

  34. aswimfan says:
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    I can’t wait already for Santa Clara, the better indication for things to unfold this summer.
    Are all top swimmers participating in Santa Clara?
    Usually, there is also larger foreign contingent in Santa Clara.

  35. bobo gigi says:
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    I tried to find some race replays but it wasn’t very easy.
    USA swimming, please post them on youtube with the TV coverage, race by race, as you did it until last summer. Why no longer since then? Please. :cry:
    Your replays on takeitlive something are very hard to find if we are not Indiana Jones.

    I wasn’t too bad with my predictions. :)
    Except about Beisel and Coffman.
    I thought Beisel would be in usual Gators’ mode at the Grand Prix meets and would swim 4.45 at best.
    4.39 is a great time for her.
    The battle for the title of American queen in that race with Maya DiRado will be great to watch.
    I don’t forget Ella Eastin. She’s the youngster who knocks on the door.

    Very good Clary. He’s ready for a great season in my opinion.

    As expected, huge battle in the women’s 200 free.
    Allison Schmitt is back and will swim around 1.54 high/1.55 low next summer.
    Katie Ledecky continues to improve her speed base. Her strong finish helped her to win that race. She swam 2 PBs in the 100 free and the 200 free this week. It’s great. She will swim a 1.54 split in the 4X200 American free relay at Pan Pacs.
    Very happy to see Katie Hoff under 2 minutes but she will have to be much faster in August if she wants to be the 4th swimmer of the US relay.
    3 spots are already taken. Missy Franklin/Allison Schmitt/Katie Ledecky.
    Cierra Runge has shown in Mesa she could be that 4th person. She improves slowly but surely. She’s tall and she has great training partners at NBAC. She’s the next Allison Schmitt in my opinion. 200 free/400 free swimmer.

    The men’s race looked pale in comparison.
    USA really needs fresh blood in that event.
    Where are the young talents?
    They struggle in long course so far.

    Logical win for Vyatchanin in the 200 back.
    Ryan Murphy must be in a very heavy training period after the college season so no worries about him.

    Clara Smiddy has transformed since last summer. She swam great times in yards last December. US women’s backstroke is crazy good with a lot of new young talents every year so why not her? Behind Missy it’s very open. Of course today I pick Miss Pelton but Miss Smiddy could suprise us. Elizabeth Beisel, Kylie Stewart, Kaitlin Harty! Wow! It will be a huge battle.

    Adrian very easy in the 50 free.
    Andrew still not under 23.
    Hoffer very slow so far. I’m waiting for next summer when he’ll swim fully tapered to see if he finally shows us he can swim in long course. Hopefully it will happen.

    And in the women’s race, with the best American sprinter Simone Manuel not ready to swim fast this week, anything could happen.
    As expected it was slow.
    Little surprise with Cheyenne Coffman.
    I didn’t see that coming.
    I don’t know her enough well.
    Now I know her much better. :)

  36. bobo gigi says:
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    Sorry swimswam!
    I didn’t see you had posted the race videos with the Universal Sports coverage! :oops:
    And it works for people outside of USA unlike the other Grand Prix meets before.
    Thank you so much!
    Hopefully you will continue to post them throughout the year. :)

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