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

  83 Tony Carroll | April 25th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, Featured, National, News

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


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anon
2 years 5 months ago

has Romano decided on a permanent place to train? it seemed like she was jumping around everywhere!

2 years 5 months ago

anon…we’ve heard whispers. Waiting for some final confirmations to report…;-).

anon
2 years 5 months ago

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!

aswimfan
2 years 5 months ago

Don’t you worry… the good guys at swimswam DO monitor the comments sections 🙂

a_trojan
2 years 5 months ago

I may be wrong, but Simone Manuel did not win anything last night.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

Great swim by Beisel for the 4IM. 4.39.68

tm
2 years 5 months ago

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.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

Phelps in the commentator booth!

liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

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.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

Clary wins the 4IM by a substantial margin.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

4.19.00

tm
2 years 5 months ago

not too bad. i thought he could go 416, but shut it down in the free.

Liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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

john26
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

Ledecky needs to drop another two seconds in the 200 to match Yang’s 200.

aswimfan
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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.

anon
2 years 5 months ago

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

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

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

beachmouse
2 years 5 months ago

So that’s technically another junior WR for Ledecky?

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

tm
2 years 5 months ago

she will re write all those records several times this season

liquidecky
2 years 5 months ago

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.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

Ryan Lochte wins the 200M Free. 1.49.4

tm
2 years 5 months ago

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

weirdo
2 years 5 months ago

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’

liquidecky
2 years 5 months ago

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)

anon
2 years 5 months ago

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!!

DRUKSTOP
2 years 5 months ago

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.

2 years 5 months ago

yes I noticed that too. It is now similar to the stroke that Cullen Jones uses, I suppose that is Coach David Marsh’s doing

liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

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.

anon
2 years 5 months ago

why do you always say that about Romano? It makes her sound very mercenary…

liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

lol! Mercenary??!! C’mon. It’s a pro meet and she’s a pro. She didn’t enter 3 events tonight JUST for the fun of it. 😉

Philip Johnson
2 years 5 months ago

Two PBs by Ledecky so far in this meet, very impressive.

Zanna
2 years 5 months ago

Clara Smiddy wins the 200Back, 2.12.53.

tm
2 years 5 months ago

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.

liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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

spirith20
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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

aswimfan
2 years 5 months ago

+1

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

liquidassets
2 years 5 months ago

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
2 years 5 months ago

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??

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