2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara: Day Three Prelims Live Recap



200 fly

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary led the women’s qualifiers in the 200 fly with 2:09.70, 1.7 seconds off her 11th-ranking world time of 2:08.00 from the Arena PSS at Charlotte. 16-year-old Lauren Case of Chattahoochee Gold turned in the second-fastest time of the morning, going 2:13.12. Andreina Pinto, who was runner-up to Case in heat 6, was third overall with 2:14.26.

Team Bruin’s Noelle Tarazona (2:14.55), Kelsey Leneave (2:14.58), Emily Overholt of West Vancouver (2:15.25), Mexico’s Diana Luna Sanchez (2:15.26), Ally Howe of Stanford Swimming (2:15.35), and Virginia Bardach of Argentina (2:15.36) rounded out a very tight top-nine.

In the men’s race, the top three times all came out of heat 8. North Baltimore’s Michael Phelps took it out first and led the field at the 100, but over the second half Clark Smith of Longhorn Aquatics and Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore gave him a good fight and came to the wall just ahead of Phelps. The trio wound up at 1:58.22, 1:58.64, and 1:58.90, respectively. Tom Shields of California Aquatics won the final heat with the morning’s fourth-fastest time, 1:59.05. Stanford’s Bobby Bollier qualified fifth with the only other sub-2:00 time, 1:59.96.

Other “A” final qualifiers were Tyler Clary of SwimMAC (2:00.25), Gunnar Bentz of Dynamo (2:00.42), Kyle Whitaker of Club Wolverine (2:00.49), and Kaio Almeido of FIAT (2:00.54).

50 free

Less than 6/10 separated the qualifiers for the “A” final in the women’s 50 free. Simone Manuel of Stanford Swimming turned in the top morning time with 25.19. The super-stacked final will also include Femke Heemskerk of Netherlands (25.24), Margo Geer of Tucson Ford (25.32), SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy (25.38), Natalie Coughlin of California Aquatics (25.41), Etiene Medeiros of Sao Paolo (25.42), Stanford’s Lia Neal (25.57), Farida Osman of California Aquatics (25.67), and Wisconsin Aquatics’ Ivy Martin (25.77).

There were several very close heats in the men’s 50 free. Alexander Sukhorukov of Trojan Swim Club was the first to break 23 seconds, going 22.96 to lead the qualifiers before the start of the circle-seeded heats. Nathan Adrian of California Aquatics then went 22.62 to become the fastest qualifier. In the next heat, Italo Duarte of Fiat out-touched California Aquatics’ Anthony Ervin by 1/100, 22.73 to 22.74. In the very next heat, Auburn’s Bruno Fratus (22.34) edged Tucson Ford’s Brad Tandy (22.52) and Trojan Swim Club’s Vladimir Morozov (22.54), producing the three fastest swims of the morning.

Qualifying for the “A” final were: Fratus, Tandy, Morozov, Adrian, Duarte, Ervin, Henrique Martins of Fiat (22.80), Nikita Lobintsev of Trojan Swim Club, and Marcelo Chierighini of Auburn (22.91). SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones, with 22.92, led the qualifiers for the “B” final.

100 back

The Iron Lady (Hosszu) was at it again in the women’s 100 back, leading the qualifiers into tonight’s final with 1:00.65. The second-fastest time went to Colorado Stars’ Missy Franklin, who out-touched Rachel Bootsma of California Aquatics, 1:01.29 to 1:01.30 in the final heat. Ali Deloof of Club Wolverine won her heat with the fourth time, 1:01.93. Other “A” final qualifiers were California Aquatics’ Elizabeth Pelton (1:01.85), Medeiros (1:01.99), Heemskerk (1:02.17), Erin Voss of Greater Holyoke (1:02.26), and Mexico’s Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez (1:02.32).

Mohamed Hussein of Retriever Aquatics posted a 56.02 in heat 3 to lead the men’s field all the way until the circle-seeded heats began in heat 8. Then Ryan Murphy from California Aquatics took over with 54.69. In the next heat, David Plummer of New York Athletic Club won a tight race, pulling away from the lead pack over the last 25 meters and touching first in 55.11. Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers won the final heat in 55.50. The top 9 qualifiers were Murphy, Plummer, Junya Koga of Club Wolverine (55.21), Grevers, Jacob Pebley of California Aquatics (55.75), Nick Thoman of Ford (55.92), Eugene Godsoe of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (55.99), Hussein, and Federico Grabich of Argentina (56.04).

200 breast

It was the penultimate heat that produced the most excitement, and the three fastest qualifying times for finals, when Laura Sogar of Bluefish Swim Club (2:27.11), Hilda Luthersdottir of Gator Swim Club (2:28.79), and Annie Lazor of Auburn (2:28.85) came to the wall together. Trojan Swim Club’s Yulia Efimova won the next heat in 2:30.43, posting the fourth-fastest time overall. Efimova had a stellar second half, overtaking both Haley Spencer of Minnesota (2:31.35) and Emma Schoettmer of Tucson Ford (2:31.46) over the last 50 meters. Spencer and Schoettmer qualified fifth and sixth, respectively. South Florida’s Alia Atkinson won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:31.94 to qualify seventh for finals. Sarah Haase of Stanford Swimming slashed a second off her seed time to qualify eighth in 2:32.53, while Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva of Mexico rounded out the “A” finalists with 2:32.62.

Badger Swim Club’s Cody Miller, who won the 100 breast yesterday, led his heat by a half a pool length and posted the top qualifying time in the men’s 200 breast with 2:11.49. Josh Prenot of California Aquatics (2:15.17) had won the previous heat, coming in just ahead of Kalisz (2:15.50). The fourth and fifth qualifying times came from Louisville teammates Carlos Claverie (2:15.71) and Thomas Dahlia (2:15.73). Wisconsin Aquatics’ Nick Schafer (2:15.94), Thiago Pereira of Fiat (2:16.53), Carl Mickelson of Scottsdale (2:16.86), and Jorge Murillo Valdes of South Florida (2:17.22) round out the A final qualifiers.

50 fly

There were only six heats in the women’s 50 fly, and they started out fast. Julia Ama of Stanford Swimming went 27.58 to open the festivities with a heat 1 win; she ended up tenth overall. Her teammate Neal went 27.44 to win heat 2 and post the ninth-fastest time. In heat 3 it was another Stanford Swimming teammate with the win; Manuel touched in 27.33 for eighth overall. Wisconsin’s Martin kicked off the circle-seeded heats with the number one time of the morning, 26.44.

The rest of the A-final qualifiers were: California’s Osman (26.55), Daynara De Paula of Sao Paolo (26.77), Aliena Schmidtke (27.04), Hellen Moffitt of North Carolina Aquatic Club (27.17), Felicia Lee of Stanford (27.20), and South Florida’s Atkinson (27.22).

There were quite a few empty lanes in the men’s heats (notably, Calfornia’s Shields and Alex Valente of Buenaventura were absent from the final heat), but the top two qualifiers were both under 24 seconds: Giles Smith of Phoenix Swim Club (23.65) and Martins of Fiat (23.77). Other qualifiers for the “A” final tonight include: Dylan Carter of Trojan Swim Club (24.09), Santiago Grassi of Argentina (24.29), Geoff Cheah of Hong Kong (24.29), Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew (24.31), Masa Kishida of Tucson Ford (24.33), Purdue’s Erik Risolvato (24.36), and Glauber Silva from Brazil’s Iate Clube (24.55).

400 free

The 400 free will be the third final tonight for Hungary’s Hosszu. She comes in with the second-fastest qualifying time of 4:08.62, right behind North Baltimore’s Lotte Friis. Friis and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand went head-to-head in their heat, touching in 4:08.51 and 4:08.89, respectively. Lanes 4, 5, and 6 should be thrilling to watch tonight.

The rest of the “A” final will consist of North Baltimore’s Cierra Runge (4:10.49), West Vancouver’s Overholt (4:11.17), Badger Swim Club’s Lindsay Vrooman (4:11.22), Kiera Janzen of Minnesota Aquatics (4:11.82), and North Baltimore’s Becca Mann (4:12.41), and Sierra Schmidt (4:12.63).

Longhorn Aquatics’ Smith will find himself in the middle lane for the second time tonight when he takes on a strong field in the men’s 400 free “A” final. Smith posted the top morning time of 3:51.19, a 3.1-second improvement from his seed time. Badger Swim Club’s Zane Grothe (3:52.80), Mitch D’Arrigo of Gator Swim Club (3:52.92), Trojan Swim Club’s Ous Mellouli (3:52.97) and Mads Glaesner (3:53.06), Dynamo’s Matias Koski (3:53.89), Michael McBroom of The Woodlands (3:53.95), Connor Jaeger of Club Wolverine (3:54.14), and Lucas Kanieski of Fiat (3:54.22) will all challenge him for the title tonight.

Jaeger surprised the crowd with a come-from-behind win in the 200 free last night, after having battled McBroom on Thursday in the final of the 800 free. Don’t lose sight of the outside lanes in the final of the men’s 400 tonight.

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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bobo gigi
7 years ago

7 foreign swimmers (not from USA) out of 9 in the men’s 50 free A-Final.
8 foreign swimmers out of 9 in the men’s 50 free B-Final.
Nothing new but it means something.

We Love Phelps
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

are you gonna watch the finals tonight? 😀
looking forward to the men’s & women’s 100 backstroke too

hope MP kills it in the final…surprises the Phans tonight!
go Michael 😀

bobo gigi
Reply to  We Love Phelps
7 years ago

Don’t watch the finals live.
Too late for me.
In July or August yes, but not now.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

I want to see Missy start well in her 100 back. Or at least decently.
And finish well. Her usual strength on backstroke. At least before college.

I want to see Murphy swim 53.50.

I want to see MP not die in the last 50 of his 200 fly.

I want to see Simone and Natalie swim 24.60 in the 50 free. Probably a little optimistic.

Other races.
Boyle should dominate the 400 free.
Impressive prelims’ session by Clark Smith.1.58 in the 200 fly/3.51 in the 400 free. That guy will play with Jaeger and McBroom next year at olympic trials. Huge potential in that event.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Ok. Boyle will not dominate the 400 free. She has scratched the final. Weird.

7 years ago

No Allison Schmitt in the 400 Free. She hasn’t posted a well swum 400 in years! Maybe Bowman is tired of squeezing it out of her. It might hurt her 200.

7 years ago

Wow!Maria Lenk Trophy in men’s 50free!Four Brazilians in A final.

Reply to  DDias
7 years ago

Fratus/Adrian/Morozov/Ervin in the 50 free final. That could be half the lineup for the Kazan Final

7 years ago

Wow, the men’s 50 free will be great, really surprised by Tandy! I’m not sure where Coughlin was during the 100 back, but Hosszu VS Franklin VS Pelton VS Bootsma will be great. 🙂

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
7 years ago

Odd that Natalie past up the 100 Back after yesterday’s 50 but she knows her plan much better than any of us.

7 years ago

Clark Smith looking good. I wonder if he’ll make the A-final for the 400 free, too. And Gunnar Bentz is further evidence that the next generation of US IMers are fly/breast types, with back being the relative weakest stroke. Bentz, Kalisz, Seliskar, Prenot, Licon all seem to fall into that category.

7 years ago

MP did really good, but it’s hard trying to beat a Longhorn at butterfly. 🙂

I was also really surprised by how well Dave Nolan did at the 200 Fly.

We Love Phelps
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
7 years ago

i missed the prelims this morning 🙁 🙁 hey 1:58.9 is a good swim…i wish he could win it tonight. when MP gains back his endurance… he’ll be the man to beat in the 2fly.
do you know how old is Clark Smith? i dont know much about this guy & his fly 😀

Reply to  We Love Phelps
7 years ago

Smith is 20, and if I rememeber correctly, he was a High school record holder in one of the two butterfly distances, and he was entered in the 200 fly at NCAA’s , but he got dq’d into the finals.

We Love Phelps
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
7 years ago

thank you Bobthebuilderrocks & Penguin!
so we will have three guys 20-23yrs old vs. the greatest of all time in the 2fly final tonight…interesting! i’m not gonna miss it for sure…curious to know how fast can MP & these young boys go in the final. i’m too keen on it. a friendly reminder: do not underestimate MP!!!
😀 😀 😀

Reply to  We Love Phelps
7 years ago

Clark Smith won 500 free @NCAA this year. 4:09.
didnt make it the year before…
many hadn’t heard of him

Reply to  We Love Phelps
7 years ago

Last year even Clark Smith did not know Clark Smith, according to his Dad. He lacked confidence. That all changed last season and resulted in NCAA win. One year with Eddie would have made my dead grandma feeling confident about her 200 fly.

I knew he would surprise people this weekend on 200 fly after how easily he beat Schooling last month at the meet in Austin in same event.

7 years ago

Better time than I thought for Phelps , 1:58.90 is a lot better than the 2:00.64 that he went last month in Charlotte . I don’t know If he can go much faster tonight , but it will be exciting to see if he can possibly surprise and break the 1:58 barrier although I would be shocked .

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