The highest placing American swimmers in the 2014 Arena Grand Prix Series, Conor Dwyer and Caitlin Leverenz, received the keys to…
With all due respect to Katie Ledecky’s earth-shattering world records, this week’s HardCore Swim takes a look at another USA Swimming star who put together an outstanding weekend, and whose swims might be lost in the frenzy of Ledecky’s world marks.
The overall Grand Prix points race had some big finishes come down to the wire, with Conor Dwyer taking the men’s title by a single point and Caitlin Leverenz earning the women’s BMW lease by just a half-point.
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Connor Jaeger is one of the premier distance swimmers in the United States. Why he was entered in the morning is a mystery, but he was, and he went a 15:00.97 to win the event.
Cierra Runge dropped 9 seconds to win the women’s 800 freestyle for a new personal best time, 8:26.71.
Leverenz finished with 35 points for the series, just edging National Team teammate Megan Romano for the prize.
Despite battling the sun, Missy Franklin won the women’s 100 backstroke dipping under 1:01 with a time of 1:00.99.
It was Laura Sogar in the final of the women’s 100 breaststroke. After a decent morning swim, she really made a statement tonight, dropping over a second and half to win the event with a 1:09.15.
Caitlin Leverenz knew she had to win her last race to take home the keys to her brand new BMW for the next year. She dove in on a mission and won the women’s 200 IM with a time of 2:12.61.
Arkady Vyatchanin has been 8 for 8 in the backstroke events in the last four Arena Grand Prix events. He won the 200 backstroke yesterday and double up with the 100 backstroke today. He posted a 54.34 to win the race. Grevers 2nd with 54.95.
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Michael Phelps’ front-half pacing of his 200 IM on Sunday morning was spot-on.
Arkady Vyatchanin looked so smooth, as usual, winning the race with a time of 1:55.30.