2014 Santa Clara Grand Prix: Caitlin Leverenz and Conor Dwyer Take Home New BMW’s


Women’s 200 Butterfly – FINALS

Andreina Pinto tore through all 200 meters of her 200 butterfly, dropping over a second and a half to win the women’s 200 butterfly with a time of 2:10.59. Becca Mann out-touched Lauren Harrington and Emma Nunn for second, getting her hand on the wall for second place at 2:12.24. Harrington took the bronze with a 2:12.68 and Nunn was fourth at 2:12.69.

Caitlin Leverenz was 2:12.02 for fifth and Kylie Stewart followed, finishing sixth place with a 2:14.82.

Dana Grindall won the B-final of the B-final of the women’s 200 butterfly with a time of 2:15.83.

Men’s 200 Butterfly – FINALS

Sebastian Rousseau won the men’s 200 butterfly with a killer final 15 meters. He put his head down and dug down deep to overtake Bobby Bollier at the touch. Rousseau cut more than two seconds off of his morning swim, touching the wall at 1:58.50. Bollier finished second just behind Rousseau at 1:58.65. Chase Kalisz and Corey Okubo were the only other two swimmers under 2 minutes. Kalisz finished at 1:59.76 and Okubo was 1:59.94.

Steve Schmuhl won the B-final of the men’s 200 butterfly with his time of 2:01.49.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – FINALS

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. Tera Van Beilen was second with a 1:09.59 and Fiona Doyle finished third at 1:09.61. Emma Schoettmer, Jenna Van Camp, Abby Duncan, and Kasey Carlson were all at 1:10’s for 4th through 7th.

Rebecca Terejko won the B-final of the women’s 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:10.95.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – FINALS

Just like yesterday, Kevin Cordes laid low during prelims only to drop the hammer during finals tonight. He won the men’s 100 breaststroke with a 1:00.91. Mike Alexanderov was the second place finisher, touching the wall at 1:01.65. Felipe Lima took home the bronze at 1:01.78. Richard Funk, Nic Fink, and Azad Al-Barazi finished 4th-6th at 1:02’s.

Miguel De Lara Ojeda won the B-final of the men’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.56.

Women’s 100 Backstroke – FINALS

Despite battling the sun, Missy Franklin won the women’s 100 backstroke dipping under 1:01 with a time of 1:00.99. Missy always looks good in the water, but she seems to be a bit sluggish; she looks tired in the water. It’s hard to critique her swims because of her incredible technique, but it didn’t have that same energy that we are used to seeing from her in the water. Amy Bilquist, 16, is having the meet of her life. This is the first time she has performed like this on this big of a stage. She has been a strong junior national competitor, but this is the first time she has held her own against a large portion of the national team in a variety of events. She finished second with a time of 1:01.44.

Liz Pelton finished third at 1:01.48, and Dominique Bouchard was fourth with a time of 1:01.78.

Bilquist’s 15 year old teammate, Claire Adams, won the B final of the women’s 100 backstroke with a 1:01.59. That time would have been fourth in the A final.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – FINALS

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. Matt Grevers finished second at 54.95 and Eugene Godsoe was third at 55.41. Corey Main and Adam Mania were 4th and 5th at 55.54 and 55.95, respectively.

Omar Pinzon won the B-final of the men’s 100 backstroke with a time of 56.32.

Women’s 200 IM – FINALS 

Caitlin Leverez 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. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was second at 2:13.79. Theresa Michalek was third with a 2:14.03 and Karlee Bispo was fourth at 2:14.92.

Simone Manuel won the B-final with a 2:16.49.

Men’s 200 IM – FINALS

Rowdy Gaines talked to Dwyer before the race and informed him that if he won the race, he would win the Grand Prix series. Dwyer suddenly felt the pressure as he wasn’t aware of the points race before hand. He handled the pressure well, fighting through the final 50 against Chase Kalisz and Michael Phelps to win the 200 IM. Dwyer got his hand on the wall to win the race at 1:59.49.

Conor Dwyer, Michael Phelps, and Chase Kalisz all came off the wall dead even at the 150 meter mark. Chase Kalisz is a monster in the back half of the IM, but he wasnt enough for Dwyer today. Kalisz finished second at 1:59.53 and Phelps was third at 1:59.76. Max Williamson finished fourth at 2:01.71 and Gunnar Bentz was fifth at 2:02.17.

Jay Litherland won the B-final of the men’s 200 IM with a time of 2:03.83.

Women’s 800 Freestyle – FINALS

Cierra Runge dropped 9 seconds to win the women’s 800 freestyle for a new personal best time. She was right with her teammate, Lotte Friis, for a majority of the race. The last 100 she really picked up her intensity and finished strong. Runge touched the wall at 8:26.71 and Lotte Friis finished second at 8:27.26. Brittany MacLean had the third fastest time at 8:29.51.

Elizabeth Beisel had a spectacular meet, dropping 18 seconds from her seed time to finish fourth. The 800 was a timed final event, and she wasn’t selected to swim in the final heat. She had the fastest time out of the morning heats and it was enough for a fourth place finish.

Men’s 1500 Freestyle – FINALS

Connor Jaeger is one of the premier distance swimmers in the United States. Why he was entered in the morning is a mystery to me, but he was, and he went a 15:00.97 to win the event. Michael McBroom and Sean Ryan were in the middle of the pool during the final heat, pushing each other through the end of the race. Michael McBroom won the final heat, finishing second overall to Jaeger with a 15:04.41. Sean Ryan finished third overall at 15:07.82 and Ryan Feeley was fourth at 15:21.62.

**Interesting side note: Katie Ledecky would have finished 9th overall had she been in that race.**

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We Love Phelps

Kevin Cordes is up next in the m-100 breast


Congratulations to Steve Schmuhl for breaking the men’s 200 breaststroke World Record by an astounding 6 seconds!

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Philip Johnson

That 2:01.49 was in the 200 FLY smart one.


That was being me sarcastic as it originally said Schmuhl won the 200 breast B-Final.


exactly ! anybody here didn’t follow that sarcastic joke yet ! i did , well done !

We Love Phelps

um….may i know who he is????

We Love Phelps

and Cordes wins it 1:00.7?

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