2014 Orlando Grand Prix: Vyatchanin tops Lochte in 200 back with huge final 50 on night three

  77 Jared Anderson | February 15th, 2014 | Arena Pro Swim Series, National, News, Previews & Recaps

The 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Orlando wraps up tonight with a number of big races and storylines to keep track of. Perhaps none is bigger than 2013 FINA Swimmer of the Year Ryan Lochte returning to competition for the first time since a sudden knee injury last fall. Lochte holds the top seed in the men’s 200 fly tonight, and will also swim in the 100 free.

On the women’s side, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu swims twice – she’s already racked up 3 wins and 2 second-place finishes over the course of the weekend and will swim twice more on the final night.

Tonight’s events will include the women’s 800, the 200 IM, the 200 back, the 100 free, the men’s 1500 and the 400 medley relays.

A full rundown of links to follow the meet can be found in the sidebar, or at this link.

You can read our recap of this morning’s prelims here.

Live results are available here.

Update: the top times coming out of the morning heats in the distance races are Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen‘s 8:55.69 in the 800 and Saint Petersburg’s Calvin Bryant‘s 15:48.42 in the 1500.

Women’s 800 Free

The 800 free saw the second win of the weekend for IX3’s Chloe Sutton. The pool and open water star had taken the 400 earlier this meet and finished 3rd in the 200 as she continues to show some speed in the shorter races. Saturday night, she added an 800 free win, swimming away from the field in 8:35.20. That was about a second ahead of Gator Swim Club’s Andreina Pinto, who made things interesting most of the way by remaining within striking distance.

14-year-old Courtney Harnish of York YMCA took home third while cutting a second off her lifetime-best to go 8:39.11. Fourth was former Golden Gopher and current Minnesota pro Ashley Steenvoorden in 8:46.63.

Kendall Brent, 15, of Swim Florida came in sixth and 17-year-old Summer Finke of Saint Petersburg was seventh. The top finisher from the morning heats, Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington, ended up 8th overall in 8:55.69.

Women’s 200 IM

Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu was not to be denied her fourth win, dominating a strong 200 IM field to take the $500 first-place prize money with a 2:11.27. Hosszu was safely ahead of California’s Caitlin Leverenz (2:14.24) and T2’s Justine Mueller (2:16.11).

Fourth went to one of a trio of youngsters in the field, Meghan Small of York YMCA. The 15-year-old went 2:16.30 to almost top Mueller for third. Behind her was Jamaican breaststroker Alia Atkinson and then 16-year-old Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater. Sara Joo, only 18 herself, was 7th for Hungary and Blue Fish breaststroker Laura Sogar rounded out the A final.

The B heat went to Alessia Polieri of Azure Florida in 2:19.45, a big win by over two seconds from the rest of her heat.

Men’s 200 IM

The men’s IM saw Hungary’s David Verraszto pick up his third win of the weekend and complete a Hungarian sweep of the 200 IMs just like we saw in the 400 Friday. Verraszto was 2:01.90, exactly a half-second up on the top seed, American Michael Weiss.

Swim Ontario’s Evan White got Canada involved in the action, taking third in 2:03.13. Behind him was 14-year-old Michael Andrew, who was in the hunt for the event win about halfway through the race. Andrew went 2:04.13, cutting yet another second off his National Age Group record in the event.

The rest of the field continued the international flavor: Canadian Alec Page was fifth, Hungary’s David Foldhazi sixth, Portugal’s Carlos Almeida seventh and now-American but former Bulgarian Olympian Mike Alexandrov in eighth.

Women’s 200 Back

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds won her second backstroke event of the weekend. After taking the 100 over Hosszu on Friday, Simmonds topped Canada’s Hilary Caldwell by a half second in the 200. Simmonds went 2:10.44 while Caldwell, who came in with the top seed, went 2:10.94 for second. Hosszu took third in her second race of the night, going 2:11.74 just one event after winning the 200 IM.

Swim Ontario’s Dominique Bouchard went 2:13.06 to take fourth, closing out the first clump of athletes to finish.

Next were three teenagers from different countries: Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen took fifth, York YMCA’s Courtney Harnish sixth and Germany’s Eileen Diener seventh. Oakland University’s Karin Tomeckova took eighth.

The B final went to 16-year-old Sydney Pickrem, who was just coming off an A-final swim in the 200 IM. She went 2:14.10 to touch out Canadian 15-year-old Meryn McCann.

Men’s 200 Back

At the 150 mark, it looked like Ryan Lochte might punctuate his comeback with a win in his first A final since a knee injury in mid-2013. But former Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin turned on the afterburners to run down Lochte and then some, taking a huge win in 1:56.95 to Lochte’s 1:58.12.

Vyatchanin closed in 29.1 over his final 50, almost two seconds faster than Lochte after the two were dead even at the last turn. That final split was a second and a half faster than Vyatchanin’s third split, a big-time acceleration over the event’s final meters.

Club Wolverine’s Tyler Clary, who has been dealing with back issues, came in third, going 2:00.16, topping Germany’s Yannick Lebherz and his 2:00.47.

Hungarian Gabor Balog took fifth, one of three Hungarians in the race. Colombia’s David Cespedes Echeverry was sixth before the final two Hungarians, David Foldhazi and David Verraszto, came to the wall.

Gator Swim Club’s Jian Wang topped German Carl-Louis Schwarz for 9th place in the B final.

Women’s 100 Free

Canada’s Victoria Poon nipped American national teamer Megan Romano at the wall to win the 100 free, 55.20 to 55.25. That was thanks to a big back-half after Poon trailed Romano by two tenths at the halfway turn.

Not far behind was SwimMAC pro and Bahamas Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in 55.41 and Poon’s teammate Sandrine Mainville in 55.64. T2’s Amanda Kendall, continuing her comeback after a rocky finish to her NCAA career, took 5th in 56.24. The rest of the A field included Canada’s Katerine Savard, Hungary’s Agnes Mutina and Canadian Hannah Riordan.

Katilyn Johnson won the B final, going 57.39.

Men’s 100 Free

The men’s sprints at this meet turned into a Brazilian sweep. After Bruno Fratus won the 50 free on Friday, 50 free runner-up Cesar Cielo took home a win of his own in the 100 free Saturday. Cielo emerged from a tight field in a race that wasn’t decided until the very last stroke. The former Auburn star, now training with Mesa Aquatics in Arizona, went 49.28, one of two swimmers under 50 in the event.

Second was American Jimmy Feigen, who looked like he might pull off the win much of the way. Feigen went 49.63 to finish safely second. Behind him were former Michigan Wolverine Miguel Ortiz and New York Athletic Club’s Adam Brown, who tied at 50.33 for third place.

Thiago Sickert was fifth and Hungarian Krisztian Takacs sixth before American Ryan Lochte finished. Lochte went 51.54, swimming a tight double in his first competition since last summer.

The B final was also an entertaining finish, with Auburn pro and Brazilian Fratus going 50.48 to hold off a surging Cullen Jones, who was 50.65 representing SwimMAC.

Men’s 1500 Free

American Michael McBroom continued to show up in big moments as he’s done lately, holding off the constant threat of Canada’s Eric Hedlin to pace the 1500 free. McBroom went 15:14.23 to top the Canadian open water specialist’s 15:17.30.

Though there was a timing malfunction leading to some confusion about the next few places, Meet Mobile results show Andy Arteta of Venezuela in third at 15:29.27, just ahead of Germany’s Maximilian Bock, who was 15:29.31. It appears Canadian William Brothers was fourth, just ahead of the top time from the morning heats, Calvin Bryant of Saint Petersburg.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

The girls of York YMCA made it a sweep of the relay events here by winning the 400 medley in 4:21.39. The team was once again Courtney Harnish, Meghan Small, Nicole Price and Emily Ilgenfritz. Harnish was 1:04.22 on backstroke, Small 1:15.39 on breast, Price 1:02.90 on fly and Ilgenfritz 58.88 on freestyle.

The all-junior relay was just able to top Mexico, which took second in 4:22.67. South Florida Aquatic Club was third in 4:26.51.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Azura Florida topped the men’s 400 medley relay, winning a tight battle with Swim Ontario. The Azura team of Mateo Gonzalez, Alexander Morgan, Luis Martinez and Carlos Herrera went 3:52.08, just ahead of Ontario’s 3:52.48. That was thanks in large part to anchor Herrera’s 51.76, which brought the team back from behind to take the title.

Third went to Chena Swim Club in 3:53.43, just ahead of Colombia’s 3:56.30.

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  1. Alexandre Madsen says:

    Bobo Gigi,

    Thank you very much!!!

    Best Regards.

    Alexandre Madsen

  2. bobo gigi says:

    Here’s the link to USA swimming on livestream where you can watch the archived events.

  3. Alexandre Madsen says:

    Dear Users of the Swimswam.

    Somebody have the video of the Orlando Grand Prix 2014 Men’s 100 Free Final? Winner : Cesar Cielo.

    Thanks a lot!!!


    Alexandre Madsen ( Brazil )

  4. Piponya says:

    13-years old Christin Rockway’s 2:22.94 on 200 IM is certainly praiseworthy. But compare with the time of two Hungarian girls, Kesely Ajna and Gyurinovics Fanni, both under 13, who swam 2:20.78 and 2:20.87, respectively on the same (LCM) distance in Budapest on Sunday. Either of them would have taken 8th place in the A-final in Orlando.

  5. floppy says:

    What country do Miguel and Bruno Ortiz represent???

    • Braden Keith says:

      floppy – Spain, but they have a few more options.

      • floppy says:

        Thanks – I feel like I’ve seen them listed as American, Spanish, Portugese, and Brazilian, though I’m sure I’m imagining at least one of those.

        • Braden Keith says:

          I think they have ties to all of those countries (except maybe America??) but they represent Spain internationally last time we asked the Michigan sports information folks to confirm. They went to high school in Japan, and one of their parents is Brazilian.

          • Rafael says:

            According to Michigan site both were born on Tokyo.. can´t find any more info about family background..

  6. YouGotLezakd says:

    Can’t wait for Mesa!

  7. aswimfan says:

    Who is this announcer/commentator/interviewer?
    Does he always speak like that?

  8. YouGotLezakd says:

    15:14.23 for McBroom! I love a good 1500 🙂

    • liquidassets says:

      Me too; Hedlin gave him a good push to get him under that 15:15 which is a solid time for heavy training. Still at 3rd in the world behind Agnel and Grainger, though he moved up a couple seconds from his 15:16 at Austin.

  9. aswimfan says:

    So from the interview it seems apparent that Cielo will train in 100 for Rio, although it will be for relay and not for the individual.

    When all brazilian sprinters are finally committed to their relays, I think they could be in the medal mix.

    • liquidassets says:

      I think that’s probably wise of him, though it would be fun to see him in the mix in the individual 100, as I think he would have a shot at finals.

  10. liquidassets says:

    I think a good time for McBroom at this stage might be to break 15:15

  11. bobo gigi says:

    Most of the US big stars were not in Orlando so I wasn’t crazy about that meet but overall, good battles and good quality of performances.
    Good night everyone.

  12. bobo gigi says:

    Very decent times for Cielo and Feigen.

  13. YouGotLezakd says:

    Cielo 49.28

  14. bobo gigi says:

    Feigen for the win?

  15. bobo gigi says:

    I again don’t understand why they finish the meet with the men’s 1500 free instead of the 100 free.

  16. YouGotLezakd says:

    55.20 for Poon

  17. C Martin says:

    Chicken wing champion?

  18. bobo gigi says:

    1.56.95 for Vyatchanin! 😯
    1.58.12 for Lochte.

    I’m surprised by the time of Vyatchanin.
    Great return for Lochte but I’m not surprised by his performance. He will now swim much faster than before in the in-season meets. He trained like a beast with Gregg Troy and he was dead in the Grand Prix meets. He focuses now more on sprint training and will swim less tired at these meets.

    • liquidassets says:

      Good point and I think that’s great for him mentally, especially since coming back from the injury. Has he announced will he be returning to Gainesville by 2016 to get ready for Trials, or will he play it by ear and see how Charlotte goes? This is a good start there.

    • Josh says:

      Vyatchanin trains with Troy and it doesn’t seem to be affecting his ability to swim fast at these meets. Someone needs to give him citizenship already!

      • aswimfan says:

        Maybe the russians already sent threatening message to the US:
        You give Vyatchanin the citizenship, we’ll give Snowden Russian.

        • korn says:

          don’t forget under Troy, Lochte and Dwyer always wore speedos and not tech suits, so hard to compare. These jammers make a HUGE difference

      • liquidassets says:

        He’s been turned down by 12 countries already and USA is not easy to get expedited citizenship at all. He would like to, which is admirable given he’d be 32 by Rio and would be hard-pressed to make the US team given Lochte, Clary, Murphy, Pebley, Grevers, Thoman, et. al. I also admire him in general, for standing up to the Russian swim federation for their bullshit, despite the risks, and sticking it out in Gainesville after Lochte left; he seems to be still thriving there. I always root for him after the USAmericans.

        • Jg says:

          A nation might need to think ‘ what is in it for us besides a maybe finalist? ‘ . You might like his standing up to the Russian fed but so far , it is just making him stateless.

          There are actual gold USSR medLlists who left before the dissolve & were given special Stateless passports by the UN .Some have applied to get Russian ones but have been rejected . Entry visas are given to visit dying relatives but Russia often says they have no relationship to Russia themselves anymore . They have paid no taxes & provided no services.

          It is a tough word out there in Statelessland. Tantrums have consequences.

  19. liquidassets says:

    Vyatchanin moves up from 6th to 3rd this year behind the two Japanese.

    Solid first comeback time for Lochte. His turns understandably not up to his usual level for this time of the year, but not too bad under the circumstances.

  20. C Martin says:

    Solid swim for Lochte. We’ll see what he can do in his 100.

  21. YouGotLezakd says:

    1:56.9 for Arkady! Impressive

  22. YouGotLezakd says:

    When they announced Lochte, you could hear all the girls screaming 🙂

  23. bobo gigi says:

    Lochte behind the blocks in the 200 back.
    Interesting battle to come with Clary and Vyatchanin.

  24. liquidassets says:

    I had Hozzsu in 3rd, but in 2:12, so once again she exceeded my expectations. Energizer Bunny.

  25. bobo gigi says:

    Decent 2.10 for Simmonds in the 200 back.

  26. YouGotLezakd says:

    2:10.44 for Simmons.

  27. bobo gigi says:

    Congrats to Michael Andrew.
    Our French record for a 14-year-old boy is 2.10.85. 🙂

  28. YouGotLezakd says:

    2:04.13 for MA! good for fourth place

  29. bobo gigi says:

    4th place for MIchael Andrew.

  30. liquidassets says:

    A whole second off the record for Andrew?! Unreal!

  31. bobo gigi says:

    I forgot that Verraszto was in the final.
    A top 4 would be good for Andrew.

  32. bobo gigi says:

    Michael Andrew now in the 200 IM.
    Can he win the race? I don’t think so. Probably a top 3.
    Can he break his NAG record? Yes.
    2.05.13 to beat.

  33. bobo gigi says:

    I think Katinka Hosszu will perhaps start to interest in the car after that meet.
    Megan Romano can be a little worried.

  34. YouGotLezakd says:

    2:11.27 for Hosszu. Nice!

  35. bobo gigi says:

    As expected, very easy win for Hosszu in the 200 IM.
    2.11.27 for her.

  36. bobo gigi says:

    I still don’t understand Universal Sports Network.
    Every Grand Prix meet they broadcast live, it’s only for 2 days out 3.
    Really weird.

  37. bobo gigi says:

    Win for Miss Sutton in the 800 free ahead of Miss Pinto. New PR for 14-year-old Courtney Harnish third in 8.39.11.

  38. YouGotLezakd says:

    Sutton wins 800 free

    • bobo gigi says:

      Happy to see you. At least I’m not alone here. 🙂

      • YouGotLezakd says:

        Thanks! I would have been here yesterday but my power went out 🙁

      • liquidassets says:

        I’m here too, Bobo! So-so time for Sutton again.. listening to her interview, I think she needs more competition in practice. She apparently considers going head to head with Ashley Twichell every day enough, but Twichell is rated next to nowhere in the 400 and 800, I think. She should have done more of the European/World Grand Prix meets as well, considering she’s pro. And at least competition-wise, she’d be better off at NBAC with Schmitt/Friis/Mann.

  39. bobo gigi says:

    Ready for day 3.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every …

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