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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LET’S GO MP! I can’t wait to see Miller in the 200 breast! 🙂 and Murphy in the 100 back. 😉


Predicting Phelps swims the 200m Butterfly this morning in a 1:59 something and then goes the same time tonight . Would like to think he would be in the 1:57 range but after what can be called a slow 200m free (only went a tenth faster than Charlotte) I just can’t see it happening . Hopefully all this work will pay off for him at Nationals


Sigh. I guess it’s too much to ask for USA Swimming to consistently show the clock on the screen, let alone show the places in the heat…


USA Swimming needs to get better clock visuals. They do get the Arena, etc displayed.

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