2016 Arena Pro Swim Series At Austin: Day 2 Prelims Recap


Women’s 200 Freestyle:

Missy Franklin was the first swimmer to dip under 2:00 minutes this morning, although she looked very reserved winning her heat in 1:59.65.

Once Franklin broke the seal, Katie Ledecky once again showed that she is the world’s most dominant swimmer. She absolutely crushed her heat, leading from the very beginning and swimming an under control 1:56.

This will probably be the most anticipated race of the night, with Ledecky and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom both on top of their games last night in the 400 and 100 respectively. Now the two champions will meet in the middle. Sjostrom didn’t show much in the prelim, but expect her to challenge Ledecky with her speed tonight.

Men’s 200 Freestyle:

Much as they did yesterday, most of the top contenders were very conservative in the preliminary session. However, several of them took it a bit too far. Maxime Rooney found himself in the C-Final based, four seconds slower than his seed. Connor Jaeger was well back of his potential as well to make the B-Final.

On the flip side, Townley Haas and Long Gutierrez both made their way into the mostly veteran final tonight. Michael Phelps was sharp last night and will improve greatly from his 1:49 this morning. He’ll have to in order to get past the two French swimmers, Jeremy Stravius and Jordan Pothain, who qualified 1-2.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

Quinn Carrozza was the early pace setter in her home pool, breaking off a solid 2:12 that was a nice improvement over her seed. That swim earned her a spot in tonight’s final.

Katinka Hosszu once again showed her willingness to race hard at all times. Hosszu was a little shaky last night, especially in the 400 freestyle. She is competing despite a statement from the Hungarian Swimming Federation chiding her for not seeking permission to compete.

Tonight will also mark another significant step in the comeback of Kirsty Coventry, who put up a well paced 2:10. Missy Franklin will be in the final, so will her former teammate Kathleen BakerBaker’s time was her first personal best in this event since 2013.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Ryan Murphy put up an extremely fast winter time in his heat, and that time would ultimately qualify him first in 1:56.37. His teammate Jacob Pebley put up the next best time in 1:57.83, suggesting perhaps that the Cal men were making a team effort to put up strong performances this morning.

Don’t let the six second spread in times for the A-Final fool you, there should be a really competitive race tonight. Tyler Clary did not show everything he had, and a pair of huge (literally) veteran swimmers in Arkady Vyatchanin and Matt Grevers have also made it through.

Women’s 50 Freestyle

Dana Vollmer snuck in a decent swim (25.62) in the second heat. Vollmer’s comeback has showed good progress as she had a pretty fast second place showing last night.

The real action started with Madison Kennedy putting up the morning’s top time. No swimmer made it under 25, meaning this preliminary was still well back from a high world swimming standard. However, Sarah Sjostrom is in this final as well and should get well under tonight.

Abby Weitzel was also close to the barrier and is the youngest swimmer in the final. 38 year old Therese Alshammar just missed making the A-Final with a 25.42.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Foreign swimmers dominated the top end of the 50 freestyle. NC State’s Simonas Bilis was the top qualifier. Don’t expect him to stay there however, with world leader Bruno Fratus just behind in second. Fratus was over a second slower than that world best set just last month.

Nathan Adrian was also well slower than his world #2 time. Michael Andrew made his first A-Final of the meet. Andrew already owns the NAG record (22.34) in this event, but he could lower it this evening.

Women’s 400 IM

Katinka Hosszu continued to have a nice comeback morning and qualified well ahead of any competitors. She’ll be joined in the final by a strong contingent of international medalists. Elizabeth Beisel, hunting for her third Olympic team, qualified 3rd. Caitlin Leverenz was unimpressive but made it into the final.

Becca Mann is the youngest swimmer to make the top eight. Brook Forde was seeded to do so but slid well back of her entry time into the B-Final.

Men’s 400 IM

It’s still unclear whether Ryan Lochte really has the will to continue to compete at the top level in this event. Although at one time it seemed like him and Michael Phelps would dominate this event as long as they were competing, today that is far from the case.

Still, Lochte still dips his toes in for this event, and he did so once again this morning to lead the way into tonight. Chase Kalisz, who has the best chance to continue the American streak of success in Olympic 400 IMs, qualified second out of the next heat. 400 meter races are usually very reserved especially in the men’s competition in this sort of meet, so expect the two of them to swim significantly faster tonight.


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7 years ago

It is wonderful that Katinka Hosszu is recovering from all the harassment that she suffered from the leaders of Hungarian Swimming Federation (HSF), a truly despicable group of old useless leftovers from the former Soviet era, headed by Gyarfas and Kiss. One would thing that the HSF would do everything in its power to help and nourish a talent that Hungary had not seen since Krisztina Egerszegi. These people should be tarred feathered and ran out of town for all the harm they do to promising, young Hungarian athletes.
Go Katinka!

7 years ago

DEE it will be a great race between the two but I think sjostrom,s underwaters have impressed me in this meet. Her turns have gotten better. we all know sjostrom will be fast in the last 50 but I agree with you. Her third 50 is usually off.
Ledecky is amazing. They both are.

7 years ago

Ledecky/Sjöström in Rio is going to be stunning. If Jenner can get Sarah out of her ‘slow third 50’ habit, she’ll go through in 1.23high. Then it’s down to Ledecky to reel her in down the final 25m. Ledecky’s superior underwaters may prove the difference.

If the race is slow, Sjöström will win – I remember seeing her split a 28low final 50 in Eindhoven way back in 2011. Crazy.

7 years ago

Has Hoffer ever had a good LC meet? He has tremendous dolphin kicks– maybe the best ever– however his actual swimming skills have always been subpar. He will be no doubt fun to watch at the collegiate level in the future, but I am afraid will never be competitive on the international level.

7 years ago

Ledecky prediction 1:54 low 1:53 high

7 years ago

Hoffer isn’t exactly having the best meet of his life 23 high in the 50 free after a sub par 100 free and fly yesterday

Andrew Majeske
7 years ago

Looks like Andrew Wilson swam a 50 breast for his 50 free– and went a 28.14.

7 years ago

Clary may have to change strategy and focus on the 2back, unless he can put up results consistently above both Lochte and Kalisz. He won’t get the 2nd spot in the 2fly in my opinion. Conger or Seliskar more likely. Lochte probably won’t swim 2back/2im double again so he will go after the IMs. Better to secure qualification for the Olympic team in one event than not at all. Tyler prove me wrong and make me a believer again!

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