The Saturday night finals at the Austin Grand Prix were jam-packed with excitement, and extremely fast times for this point in the season.
The womans 400 IM final came down to three swimmers after Leah Stevens and Ally Howe scratched following this morning’s prelims. Alexa Komarnycky from Canada came out with a big win tonight in 4:47.15. Second place Margaret D’innocenzo swimming out of Crimson Aquatics came second, 12 seconds behind Komarnycky in 4:59.12. Fifteen year old Peyton Greenberg was third in 5:08.01
Tyler Clary won the mens 400 IM in incredible fashion, leading the pack start to finish. Clary hit his goal time of 4:20 right on the target with a 4:20.36. Canada’s Alec Page came second behind Clary in a 4:23.05 closly followed by Santa Clara’s Alex Wold in 4:25.46.
Franklin came out on top in the first of her two finals of the evening, taking the gold in the womans 200 free in 1:57.69. Quinn Carrozza swimming out of Longhorn Aquatics came second in 1:59.42 to add to her bronze medal in the 400 free from the night before.
The mens 200 free was laced with talent, having four members of the 4×200 Freestyle Olympic relay team in the running for gold. It was Ricky Berens who managed the win in a quick 1:48.39. Lochte who lead the pack for the first 150m ran out of gas on the final 50 and faded to third behind Michael Klueh, finishing in a 1:50.19 to Klueh’s 1:49.28.
With a win in the womans 200 back Missy Franklin pulled off a tough double tonight, having little time to prepare for the event after winning the 200 free shortly beforehand. Franklin’s time of 2:07.31 dominated her closest competitor Hilary Caldwell who finished far behind Franklin in 2:12.13.
Matt Grevers proved that not only can he sprint backstroke, but he can swim the longer distance as well. Grevers defeated Olympic champion Tyler Clary 1:58.84 to 2:01.02, taking the race out fast and not giving up anything at the end. Clary, tired from his win in the 400 IM earlier tonight didn’t have the back-half speed that he usually has when swimming this race.
The womans splash-and-dash came down to the final few strokes where Amanda Weir took the win in 25.53. Canadian Victoria Poon out-touched sixteen year old Simone Manuel 25.84 to 25.85 to win the silver.
The mens 50 freestyle was home to Olympians-galore having 5 Olympic medalists competing for gold. Nathan Adrian surged through the last 15 meters to create a huge lead over the field, finishing in 21.70. Anthony Ervin and Jimmy Feigen tied for second in 22.43, over 7-tenths of a second behind Adrian. With this win Adrian completed the sweep of the sprint freestyles.