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2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara

Thursday (timed finals)

Women’s 1500 free

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took heat one out hard and fast, building a half-pool length lead by the 800 meter mark. Boyle has the fourth-fastest time in the world so far this year, behind Katie Ledecky, Lotte Friis, and Becca Mann. For most of the race, Madison Homovich of North Carolina Aquatic Club was in second place, but over the last 200 meters, Gillian Ryan of Club Wolverine moved up to take over. At the end it was Boyle in 16:03.73, Ryan in 16:33.74, and Homovich with 16:37.16. Boyle’s final time moves her ahead of Mann for the number four time in the world.

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Danielle Valley of Wisconsin Aquatics led wire-to-wire in heat 2, swimming from out in lane 9. Building up a formidable lead, she wound up winning by 20 seconds with 16:42.81. Bruna Primati of Sao Paolo was second in 17:02.84, while Boulder’s Brittney Beetcher was third in the heat with 17:26.14.

Jenny Holtzen of Wisconsin Aquatics took the final heat of the women’s 1500 in 17:04.46, over Chattahoochee Gold’s Emma Cole (17:13.49).

Women’s top eight:

  1. Lauren Boyle, 16:03.73
  2. Gillian Ryan, 16:33.74
  3. Madison Homovich, 16:37.16
  4. Danielle Valley, 16:42.81
  5. Brooke Zeiger, 16:44.31
  6. Olivia Anderson, 16:49.11
  7. Natalia Jaspeado Becerra, 16:51.97
  8. Lindsey Clary, 16:52.04

Men’s 800 free

Club Wolverine’s Connor Jaeger was out first in lane 6, but Michael McBroom of The Woodlands and Trojan Swim Club’s Ous Mellouli weren’t far behind. The trio moved away from the field and kept things exciting with a three-man race for the entire 800 meters. McBroom moved in front by about the 600, but the three turned nearly simultaneously at the 700. McBroom and Jaeger sprinted the final 20 meters, with McBroom getting the touch, 7:54.21 to 7:54.47. Mellouli was third. McBroom and Jaeger now rank 15th and 16th in the world, respectively, for the season.

Marcelo Acosta of Azura Florida won heat 2 of the men’s 800, after a protracted battle in the middle of the pool with Dynamo’s Matias Koski. Acosta touched in 8:04.97, while Koski went 8:05.99. True Sweetser from Gator Swim Club finished third in the heat with 8:07.74.

Heat 3 started out as a tight race among Arturo Perez Vertti of Mexico, Brian Hogan from Badger Swim Club, Franco Lupoli, and Ricardo Vargas Jacobo of Mexico. When the bells announced the final 100, Perez Vertti, Lupoli, and Vargas Jacobo took off, leaving Hogan behind. The two Mexico teammates traded stroke for stroke down the finals stretch and touched nearly together; Perez Vertti out-touched Vargas Jacobo, 8:12.72 to 8:12.90. Third went to Lupoli in 8:14.39.

Matthew Hutchins of Wisconsin Aquatics won the final heat of the men’s race in 8:12.59, ahead of teammate Sean Maloney (8:24.61) and Dylan Cudahy of Machine Aquatics (8:24.63).

Men’s top eight:

  1. Michael McBroom, 7:54.21
  2. Connor Jaeger, 7:54.47
  3. Ous Mellouli, 7:56.00
  4. Lucas Kanieski, 8:02.01
  5. Miguel Valente, 8:03.69
  6. Zane Grothe, 8:04.61
  7. Marcelo Acosta, 8:04.97
  8. Matias Koski, 8:05.99

Upcoming Schedule


  • 200 free
  • 100 breast
  • 50 back
  • 100 fly
  • 400 IM
  • 4×100 free relay


  • 200 fly
  • 50 free
  • 100 back
  • 200 breast
  • 50 fly
  • 400 free
  • 4×200 free relay


  • Women’s 800 free
  • 200 IM
  • 200 back
  • 50 breast
  • 100 free
  • Men’s 1500 free
  • 4×100 medley relay

Current Pro Swim Series Points Standings

Each Olympic-distance event yields points towards a swimmer’s season total. A win is worth 5, second place 3 and third place 1. Prize money roughly correlates to those point values, with a win earning $1000, second place $600 and third $200.


  1. Conor Dwyer – 61
  2. Tyler Clary – 40
  3. Connor Jaeger – 30
  4. Ryan Lochte – 29
  5. Arkady Vyatchanin – 28


  1. Katinka Hosszu – 63
  2. Caitlin Leverenz – 39
  3. Elizabeth Beisel – 38.5
  4. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 37
  5. Katie Ledecky – 35

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northern sue

Does anyone know if Katie Ledecky is signed up for any meets before Worlds? If I remember right, she hasn’t raced since April, so it seems like a tune up might be good. I mean, how is she going to break any world records in June if she doesn’t race? 🙂

bobo gigi

High school graduation 2 weeks ago.
And altitude training in Colorado Springs since then.


Wow, lots of scratches in girls 1500!!! What happened to Biesel swimming it??


Ledecky will be ready for Worlds. She is graduating from high school now. Give the girl a break.

northern sue

Break given! I didn’t mean that in any critical way against Katie. I just miss watching her swim.

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