2015 ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES AT SANTA CLARA
- Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21, 2015
- George F. Haines International Swim Center, Santa Clara, California
- Prelims 9AM/Finals 5PM Pacific Time (Fri-Sun), Thursday: 4PM
- Psych sheets
- Unofficial timeline
- Live video
- Live results
- Friday heat sheet info can be found here
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE
This race was all Femke Heemskerk. The Dutch swimmer, who owns the world-leading time in this event this year, was out fast and never looked back, posting a solid 1:55.68 for the win. She now owns the 1st and 3rd fastest times in the world. 2nd place went to Katinka Hosszu in her first big race of the night, and Missy Franklin kicked off her night with a 1:57.02 to take third. That ranks Franklin 12th in the world, the 2nd fastest American behind Katie Ledecky.
Allison Schmitt touched in 4th (1:57.29), and Elizabeth Pelton was 5th in 1:58.30.
The B final was a hotly contested race in the middle of the pool, as Maya DiRado led most of the way. However, distance-oriented Cierra Runge held her speed through the final 50 and edged DiRado to the wall, posting a winning time of 1:59.50. DiRado was 2nd in 1:59.61 followed by Kennedy Goss in 2:00.11.
MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE
Michael Phelps was hungry for a win tonight in the 200 free, and he was right with Nikita Lobintsev the entire time. While Phelps’ underwaters were looking very powerful, Lobintsev kept ahead the further they got from the wall. Connor Jaeger had other ideas, though, and found another gear to push past them both for the win (1:48.66). Lobintsev took 2nd (1:48.86) while Phelps settled for third (1:49.03). Finishing after them were Kyle Whitaker (1:49.24), Clark Smith (1:49.35), and Matias Koski (1:49.42).
Anders Nielsen looked strong the whole way through the B final of this race. He threw down an impressive 1:49.27, followed closely by Maxime Rooney in 1:49.50. Third place went to Michael McBroom, the 800 free winner, with a time of 1:50.07.
WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE
Yulia Efimova took control of the race early and didn’t let go, nearly breaking 1:06 in the process. She touched in 1:06.13, followed by Jessica Hardy (1:07.53) with a nice drop from prelims, and Alia Atkinson (1:08.21). Efimova now holds the #2 and #3 times in the world this year.
Hilda Luthersdottir (1:08.40), Laura Sogar (1:08.88), and Fiona Doyle (1:08.94) all dipped under 1:09 as well.
The B final went to Auburn’s Annie Lazor, who finished with a time of 1:09.92.
MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE
Cody Miller got things cooking early in this race, touching out at 28.12 ahead of the entire field. He held his own in the 2nd 50 and charged to the wall in a 59.51, breaking his own personal best and putting him at #3 in the world rankings. That’s four whole tenths off of his best time. Miller’s consistency is going to be good for the U.S. in the future; the breaststroke ranks have not been too solid of late.
2nd place went to Brazil’s Felipe Lima (1:00.66) with a nice drop from prelims himself. Josh Prenot turned in a solid 1:01.21 for third, followed by a big swim by Michael Andrew (1:01.70).
Taking the B final was Carl Mickelson (1:02.81), just edging Wisconsin’s Nick Schaefer by three hundredths.
WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE
Etiene Medeiros swam well this morning, but Natalie Coughlin absolutely zoomed this race, going a 27.51 to destroy her own personal best and break the American Record at the same time. She is now ranked 3rd in the world in that event. Medeiros would settle for third, as Rachel Bootsma was 2nd in 28.05. That American Record was previously held by her. Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez of Mexico grabbed 4th place (28.86) and was the last swimmer to dip below 29 seconds. Medeiros still does own the world’s fastest time this year in this event.
Ali DeLoof, who nearly made the World Champs team for the U.S. in the 5o back, grabbed the B final win with a quick 28.97 out of lane 8. Guatemala’s Gisela Morales touched 2nd in 29.14.
MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE
Junya Koga (25.02) was off of his morning time, but still came through with the win. 2nd was Russian Vlad Morozov (25.19) and 3rd was David Plummer (25.33) of NYAC. Matt Grevers touched 4th (25.35) and Ryan Murphy settled for 5th (25.61), tying with Nick Thoman (25.61). Not a super strong showing for the American backstrokers, but they’ll all try their hand at the 100 later on this weekend.
Young gun Michael Andrew finished first in the B final of this event with a new personal best of 25.72.
WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY
Daynara De Paula had what it took to separate from the tight field in the end, winning in 58.98. 2nd place went to prelims leader Farida Osman (59.05) and Felicia Lee grabbed third (59.51). Hellen Moffitt is starting to make a name for herself, this being the first time getting under the minute barrier (59.52), and she really got under it. She placed 4th; look out for her to make some waves over the next couple years if she can continue to improve like this. 16 year old Lauren Case almost hit her time from Summer Jr Nationals last year for 6th (59.84) behind Kelly Naze (59.69).
Taking the B final was Hang Yu Sze of Hong Kong, winning it in 1:00.79.
MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY
Giles Smith looked so strong the whole race, but it was Tom Shields who took the win in 52.22 by five hundredths over Smith. Following up behind them were Henrique Martins (52.56) and Santiago Grassi (52.71), the only other swimmers to break 53 seconds.
Geoff Cheah of Hong Kong took the B final in 53.73, edging David Nolan by one hundredth.
WOMEN’S 400 IM
The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu couldn’t beat her swim from this morning, but we’re not going to hold anything against her. Her 4:34.04 was still a top-5 time in the world, and she won the race by over five seconds. Caitlin Leverenz fought with Canadian 17-year-old Emily Overholt for 2nd, but it was Overholt who ended up on top in 4:39.47 to Leverenz’ 4:39.55. With this being the last stop on the Arena Pro Swim Series, it looks like no other American female will surpass Leverenz in the race for the BMW.
4th place went to Becca Mann (4:42.10) and 5th to Madisyn Cox (4:45.11), each swimming a couple seconds faster than their morning races. Lindsey Clary, who dropped four seconds from her personal best in prelims, lopped off another 1.13 seconds to place 6th (4:46.46).
Hannah Moore topped the field in the B final with a time of 4:50.19, winning by a comfortable margin.
MEN’S 400 IM
Tyler Clary built himself a huge lead going into the breaststroke of this race, as he was out by around four seconds at the half. You can never count out an IM’er with a good breaststroke leg, and Gunnar Bentz and Max Williamson have some KILLER breaststroke legs. The two collegiate swimmers reeled in Clary on the breaststroke, and blew by him in the last 25 meters. Bentz won it in 4:17.73 to Williamson’s 4:18.22, and Clary settled for third (4:20.54). Michael Weiss grabbed 4th (4:23.55), followed closely by 19-year-olds Kei Hyogo (4:23.76) and Curtis Ogren (4:23.96).
Connor Green got out to a huge lead after the backstroke, but it was the late charge from Tristan Cote for the win in the B final (4:24.14). Michael Meyer also got there ahead of Green, touching in 4:24.19, followed then by Green in 4:24.3