There was a big time battle of world class freestylers at The Arizona Senior Short Course State Championships on Friday. Olympic Champion Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford squared off against Phoenix Swim Club’s SC World Record Holder, Roland Schoeman, in one of, if not the, fastest 100 freestyle races we’ll see this championship weekend. Schoeman was out in 20.15 and back in 22.16 for an overall time of :42.31, holding off Grevers who was 20.40 on the way out and 22.05 on the way home for a blazing :42.45. As if that wasn’t enough star power three-time South African Olympian Darian Townsend finished 3rd with a :43.77 and Australian Short Course World Champion Bobby Hurley finished 4th in :43.92.
Hurley, Grevers and Townsend also teamed up with Clark Burckle for a dominant 200 Medley Relay that came up just short of an Arizona State Record (Hurley 21.18 Back, Burckle :24.12 Breast, Grevers :19.82 Fly, and Townsend :19.74 Free):
Grevers after the Races:
Schoeman after the Races: