2014 Santa Clara Grand Prix: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

Day four of the 2014 Arena Grand Prix features the 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and the 200 IM. Michael Phelps will be swimming his first 200 IM since the London Olympics in 2012.

2014 ARENA GRAND PRIX AT SANTA CLARA

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Prelims

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Men’s 200 Butterfly – Prelims

Bobby Bollier was the only swimmer to break 2 minutes in the men’s 200 butterfly. He touched the was at 1:59.59 Chase Kalisz was very close, qualifying second with a time of 2:00.10. Sebastian Rosseau, Ben Colley, Corey Okubo, and John Martins qualified 3rd-6th and were all at 2:00’s.

Tyler Clary finished with the seventh fastest time of the morning, clocking in at 2:01.09.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

Jenna Van Camp cut 2.6 seconds off her entry time to swim the fastest time of the morning out of the fourth heat. She touched the wall with a time of 2:10.15. Tera Ban Beilen had the second fastest time, finishing with a 1:10.22. Kasey Carlson, Fiona Doyle, and Laura Sogar were also in the 1:10 range.

Abby Duncan had the ninth fastest time from the A flight, posting a 1:11.29.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Prelims

Mike Alexanderov was the only swimmer to break 1:02, swimming the fastest qualifying time out of the A flight at 1:01.69. Felipe Lima was second with a 1:02.19. Richard Funk, Kevin Cordes, and Nic Fink were third through 5th. Cordes sat back during prelims of the 200 breaststroke, similarly to what he did today, landing in the middle of the A final. He went on to win the 200 breaststroke in finals so we should expect him to be just as aggressive during finals tonight.

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

Liz Pelton touched the wall with a 1:00.87 for the fastest time of the morning. She was the top seed after swimmer her 200 backstroke in prelims yesterday. The 16 year old Amy Bilquist has been on fire all weekend. She has made finals in several events and is now the second seed in the women’s 100 backstroke ahead of some talented swimmers. Her time was 1:01.58; a .75 second drop.

Cheyenne Coffman and Missy Franklin finished third and fourth at 1:01.70 and 1:01.99, respectively.

Rachel Bootsma had the 9th fastest time during the A flight with her time of 1:02.60.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Prelims

Move out of the way for Arkady Vyatchanin! He is shooting for his fourth 100 backstroke victory in a row during the 2014 Arena Grand Prix series. Corey Main qualified in second at 55.59 in front of Matt Grevers at 55.62. Adam Mania and Eugene Godsoe were also under 56 seconds for 4th and 5th.

Jack Blyzinski had the ninth fastest time from the A-flight with a 57.10.

Women’s 200 IM – Prelims 

Caitlin Leverenz went a 2:15.82 touched the wall at 2:15.82 to take the top seed of the women’s 200 IM. Sarah Henry came in second at 2:16.17, followed by Theresa Michalak with a 2:16.25. Karlee Bispo, Celina Li, and Shannon Vreeland were 4th through 6th at 2:16’s. Becca Mann had the ninth fastest time of the A flight at 2:18.43.

Men’s 200 IM – Prelims

Welcome back, Michael! Michael Phelps ran away from the final heat, winning with a 2:00.89. Pending any scratches, he will be surrounded by his two teammates, Chase Kalisz and Conor Dwyer, in finals. Kalisz had the second fastest swim with a 2:01.69, followed by Dwyer’s 2:02.05. We are hoping that trio swims in finals tonight because it could be an awesome race to watch. Conor Dwyer seems to get better and stronger every year and Chase Kalisz has been the one who has come the closest to filling Michael Phelps’ shoes. He has already taken down his 400 yard IM record and is on a path to start beating more of Phelps’ times.

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We Love Phelps

Bollier wins heat 5 m-2fly 1:59.59

Danjohnrob

200 fly:
Caitlin Leverenz hasn’t looked too sharp during this meet, but I don’t know her in-season times.
Becca Mann will be a contender during trials!
I hope Bollier does well tonight.
Bobo will be happy to see Kalisz working on his fly!
200 fly Championship finals in S Africa must be tough! They have 3 top guys in that event now!
I was looking forward to seeing Luchsinger; is he sick?
I wish Justin Lynch would focus on the 200 fly because that’s his best chance to make his first Olympics.

We Love Phelps

hope Bollier wins the 2fly tonight! 😀

bobo gigi

Danjohnrob, Chase Kalisz has improved a lot his fly in the last year.
I want to see him improve in the same way his backstroke in the next 2 years.
And he will be olympic champion.

About the 200 fly races, it’s so open now in USA on the men’s side.
No star right now.
I think Seliskar will be the man to beat in 2 years at the olympic trials.
On the women’s side I would pick Adams and McLaughlin.

Danjohnrob

100 Breast:
Back in 2009 I thought Kasey Carlson was the future of US sprint breaststroke. It hasn’t worked out that way so far, but I respect her for sticking with it and wish her well!
Ditto for Alexandrof! I wish he could be more consistent with his performances in big meets.

Philip Johnson

Yeah, she seemed to benefit more from the suits.

bobo gigi

Yes. Clearly a suit swimmer.
She is still very good in yards but long course seems to be very long for her.

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