2016 Arena Pro Swim Santa Clara: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2016 ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES AT SANTA CLARA

WOMEN’S 200 FLY:

Top 3:

  1. Madeline Groves, 2:07.77
  2. Ella Eastin, 2:10.38
  3. Caitlin Leverenz, 2:12.23

Australia’s Madeline Groves swam to a convincing win in the women’s 200 fly, touching the wall in 2:07.77. Groves currently leads the World Rankings with her 2:05.47 from Australian Nationals.

Olympic hopeful Ella Eastin earned 2nd place in this event with a 2:10.38, just 2 tenths shy of her lifetime best 2:10.12 from Junior Nationals last summer. Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, rounded out the top 3 in 2:12.23.

The race for 4th between Keryn McMaster and Celina Li came down to the touch. McMaster got her hand on the wall first, swimming a 2:15.24 to Li’s 2:15.31.

MEN’S 200 FLY:

Top 3:

  1. Kaio Almeida, 1:57.61
  2. Leonardo de Deus, 1:58.40
  3. Tom Shields, 1:58.52

Tom Shields started out strong in the men’s 200 fly, leading at the 100 in 55.89 in a close race with Kaio Almeida and Leonardo de Deus. Almeida started to make his move on the 3rd 50, and powered to the win in 1:57.61. Shields faded to 3rd on the back half, clocking a 1:58.52 that put him just over a tenth behind de Deus’ 1:58.40.

Long Gutierrez and Bobby Bollier were also sub-2:00 for 4th and 5th, respectively. Gutierrez swam a 1:59.28 to get to the wall a nail ahead of Bollier’s 1:59.36.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

Top 3:

  1. Emma McKeon, 24.85
  2. Brittany Elmslie, 24.90
  3. Farida Osman, 25.08

Australia had 2 women under 25 in the 50 free final, with Emma Mckeon winning the event in 24.85. McKeon narrowly edged out Brittany Elmslie, who swam a 24.90 for 2nd. Farida Osman rounded out the top 3 with a 25.08 to win bronze.

Natalie Coughlin was the fastest American in this race, placing 4th in 25.19. Behind her, Stanford teammates Simone Manuel and Lia Neal tied at 25.20 for 5th place.

MEN’S 50 FREE

Top 3:

  1. Nathan Adrian, 21.68
  2. Anthony Ervin, 21.98
  3. James Magnussen, 22.19

American Record holder Nathan Adrian blasted a 21.68 to win the men’s 50 free. That clipped his season best of 21.69, which he swam at the Mesa PSS in April. Adrian remains in his 4th place spot in the World Rankings, but now breaks his former tie with Russia’s Vlad Morozov.

Adrian wasn’t the only American under 22 tonight, with Anthony Ervin swimming a 21.98 for 2nd. Australia’s James Magnussen took a couple tenths off his prelims time, clocking a 22.19 for 3rd.

William Copeland (22.32) and Andrew Abood (22.36) put up a pair of 22-low for 4th and 5th, respectively. 17-year-old Aussie Kyle Chalmers came in at 22.53 behind them for 6th.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK:

Top 3:

  1. Emily Seebohm, 58.97
  2. Madison Wilson, 59.87
  3. Maya DiRado, 1:00.36

Australia’s Emily Seebohm lowered her own pool and meet record from this morning, dipping under 59 to take the win in 58.97. Madison Wilson also cracked 1:00 to take 2nd, touching the wall in 59.87.

Maya DiRado swam another best time in this event, posting a 1:00.36 for 3rd. Before today, her best was a 1:00.77 from Mesa Pro Swim Series in April. Coming within a tenth of DiRado was Amy Bilquist, who swam a 1:00.54 to touch out Junior World Record holder Minna Atherton (1:00.64).

MEN’S 100 BACK:

Top 3:

  1. Ryan Murphy, 52.76
  2. Mitch Larkin, 53.32
  3. Jacob Pebley, 53.57

In a highly anticipated showdown with Australia’s Mitch Larkin, Cal’s Ryan Murphy clocked a sub-53 in the 100 back for the 2nd time this season, winning the race in 52.76. Larkin and Murphy’s teammate Jacob Pebley battled for 2nd, with Larkin getting to the wall in 53.32. Pebley clocked a 53.57 for 3rd, beating his previous lifetime best of 53.89.

Brazilian Olympic medalist Thiago Pereira wound up 4th, posting a 55.29. Taking 5th behind him was Canada’s Markus Thormeyer in 56.33.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST:

Top 3:

  1. Martha McCabe, 2:27.39
  2. (T-2) Emma Schanz, 2:31.30
  3. (T-2) Georgia Bohl, 2:31.30

Martha McCabe was the lone woman under 2:30 in the women’s 200 breast, swimming to a dominant win in 2:27.39. She was almost 4 seconds ahead of Emma Schanz and Georgia Bohl, who tied for 2nd at 2:31.30 to round out the podium.

MEN’S 200 BREAST:

Top 3:

  1. Josh Prenot, 2:09.44
  2. BJ Johnson, 2:12.92
  3. Daniel Roy, 2:15.81

Cal’s Josh Prenot swam a sub-2:10 in the men’s 200 breast for the 5th time this season, cranking out a 2:09.44 to post a dominant win by over 3 seconds. BJ Johnson dropped 3.5 seconds from his prelims time to take 2nd in 2:12.92. Daniel Roy closed out the top 3 with a 2:15.81.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

Top 3:

  1. Jessica Ashwood, 4:03.91
  2. Bronte Barratt, 4:06.75
  3. Chelsea Chenault, 4:13.63

Australia’s Jessica Ashwood and Bronte Barratt went 1-2 in the women’s 400 free, posting the only sub-4:10 times of the final. Ashwood crushed the field with her 4:03.91, just 2 tenths shy of her 4:03.71 from Australian Nationals, which ranks her 4th in the world this year. Barratt touched the wall in 4:06.75 for 2nd, well ahead of Chelsea Chenault, who posted a 4:13.63 for 3rd.

MEN’S 400 FREE

Top 3:

  1. Conor Dwyer, 3:46.09
  2. Ryan Cochrane, 3:50.31
  3. Zhi Yong Qian, 3:51.23

There was no Sun Yang in the men’s 400 free tonight, but Team USA’s Conor Dwyer still put on a show. Dwyer won the ened by over 4 seconds, clocking a season best 3:46.09. That time makes Dwyer the fastest American this year and lands him 8th in the world rankings.

Behind Dwyer, Canadian Olympian Ryan Cochrane raced Zhi Yong Qian for 2nd, hitting the wall in 3:50.31 to Qian’s 3:51.23. Australia’s David McKeon and Jack McLoughlin tied for 4th, each swimming a 3:51.65 to close out the top 5.

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pvdh

Almeida going strong at 31. is he swimming in rio?

Rafael

Yes!

pvdh

good to hear. all these old guys in the 200 fly is very exciting to see in what is supposed to be a young man’s game

pvdh

4th best Aussie sprinter is better than America’s best….

ERVINFORTHEWIN

There wasn’t Madison Kennedy

Stephen

Different times of training. While I agree that American women’s sprinting is not on Australia’s level, let’s keep in mind that the American sprinting likely just came off of their final aerobic-induced altitude training before taper and rest comes into play. This flattens the fast twitch muscle fibers and prevents most normal sprinters (AKA not Nathan Adrian) from swimming fast. At this point Australia is firing on all cylinders, but I think the American girls will come around.

tm71

Adrian 21.68
he looks really good

tm71

i dont want to be too enthusiastic about his time at the trials, but if he gets it right he could be 21.3

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