2016 Arena Pro Swim Series – Charlotte: Day Four Finals Live Recap



  1. Leah Smith, Unattached, 8:27.79
  2. Ashley Twichell, Unattached-Mission Viejo, 8:30.45
  3. Lindsay Vrooman, Badger, 8:32.94

Leah Smith has been on fire all meet, and her time of 8:27.79 from the morning heats proved to be fast enough to take the top time overall.

Winning the final heat was Ashley Twichell. The open water specialist turned in a time of 8:30.45 to touch ahead of 3rd place finisher Lindsay Vrooman (8:32.94). G Ryan touched at fourth (8:34.01) followed by Rose Bi (8:34.91).

Kristel Kobrich of Chile finished fifth in 8:35.23, the last finisher under 8:40.


  1. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal, 2:12.72
  2. Karlee Bispo, Unattached, 2:13.96
  3. Siobhan Haughey, Club Wolverine, 2:14.60

California Aquatics’ Caitlin Leverenz took control early and held on for a smooth win in the 200 IM, finishing on top in 2:12.72. 2nd went to Karlee Bispo in 2:13.96, followed by rising Michigan sophomore Siobhan Haughey (2:14.60).

Mexico’s Monika Gonzalez Hermosillo turned in a time of 2:16.24 for 4th, followed by SwimMAC’s Kate Mills in 2:16.39.

16-year-old Caroline Hauder lopped over a second off of her lifetime best to post a 2:16.86 in the B final which was the 6th fastest time overall.


  1. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC, 1:58.97
  2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan, 2:00.90
  3. Norbert Szabo, Unattached, 2:01.56

Ryan Lochte went out hard in 55.07, and then was able to hang on to finish first at 1:58.97, the only finisher under the 2-minute mark. Trojan Swim Club’s Conor Dwyer followed up for 2nd with a 2:00.90– a solid swim for Dwyer, who is stronger in the 200 and 400 free races.

Norbert Szabo grabbed 3rd in 2:01.56. Tom Peribonio, who swims with the University of South Carolina collegiately, swam a 2:02.35 for 4th, followed closely by Matthew Josa of SwimMAC (2:02.74).


  1. Dominique Bouchard, Swimming Canada, 2:09.14
  2. Erin Voss, Unattached, 2:10.37
  3. Clara Smiddy, Michigan, 2:11.22

Swimming Canada’s Dominique Bouchard pulled out a strong backhalf to win the race in 2:09.14. She’s already punched her ticket to Rio, and this was a good swim for the University of Missouri alumnus.

Erin Voss, the top seed after prelims, put up a new personal best by two tenths with her 2:10.37, which placed her 2nd overall. She’s one of the many teenager threats ready to swim fast in the backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Michigan’s Clara Smiddy put together another strong race after this morning, posting a 2:11.22 tonight to grab 3rd.

Kirsty Coventry of SwimMAC placed 4th in 2:11.41, followed by Canada’s Kylie Masse (2:11.54). 15-year-old Alex Sumner was off of her stellar morning time, posting a 2:12.79 to touch 6th. You can add Sumner to that list of young female backstrokers with big potential in the coming years.


  1. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC, 1:59.09
  2. Tyler Clary, SwimMAC, 1:59.25
  3. Carter Griffin, Missouri, 1:59.86

Backstroke powers Arkady Vyatchanin and Tyler Clary battled this one out, with Clary accelerating into the final turn and looking to have the speed to get him home first. Vyatchanin had other ideas, though, and edged ahead under the flags to touch him out 1:59.09 to 1:59.25.

Carter Griffin dropped over two seconds from prelims to swim a solid 1:59.86 for third, with Robert Owen also dipping under 2 minutes to finish 4th in 1:59.95.


  1. Lilly King, Indiana, 30.35
  2. Katie Meili, SwimMAC, 30.42
  3. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club, 30.77

NCAA breaststroke queen Lilly King turned in the fastest time in the 50 breast, touching in 30.35. She just edged out Katie Meili by seven hundredths– the SwimMAC star finished 2nd in 30.42. Alia Atkinson earned the third spot with a 30.77.

That time gives King the 3rd fastest spot in the world this year, behind Ruta Meilutyte and Atkinson, the 3rd place finisher tonight.

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  1. Cody Miller, Badger, 27.53
  2. Jason Block, Swimming Canada, 27.64
  3. Nic Eriksson, Queens, 27.96

Badger Swim Club’s Cody Miller was a bit off of his prelims time but still registered the fastest time of the night with a 27.53. Swimming Canada’s Jason Block earned 2nd in 27.64, followed by Queens’ Nic Eriksson in 3rd with a 27.96.


  1. Penny Oleksiak, Swimming Canada, 53.41
  2. Chantal Van Landeghem, Swimming Canada, 54.13
  3. Dana Vollmer, Cal, 54.19

Dana Vollmer lit up the pool this morning with a huge new personal best in the 100 free, but it was all Penny Oleksiak tonight. The World Junior record holder put up a 53.41, right off of her WJR from Canadian Trials. The way that Oleksiak has been able to put up consistently fast times this year bodes very well for Canada as Rio draws nearer.

Another Canadian, Chantal Van Landeghem, who redshirted this NCAA year to focus on the Olympics, touched out Vollmer with a 54.13 to the American’s 54.19. Sandrine Mainville, also of Swimming Canada, touched 4th at 54.54, just ahead of Madison Kennedy (54.60).


  1. Santo Condorelli, Swimming Canada, 48.41
  2. Jimmy Feigen, NYAC, 49.56
  3. Yuri Kisil, Swimming Canada, 49.60

Canadian sprinting is getting really good, really fast. Santo Condorelli flew out to a 22.78 at the feet on the turn, then came home well and finished with a very solid time of 48.41. His countrymate Yuri Kisil turned in the 3rd best time in tonight’s final with a 49.60.

Jimmy Feigen of SwimMAC was a distant second in 49.56. The 2nd fastest time of the night actually came from Anthony Ervin, who swam a 49.30 to win the B final. Ryan Lochte, after his 200 IM, could only manage a 50.22 in the 100, finishing 6th in the A final.

Joao De Lucca (49.75) and Daniel Ramirez (49.99) touched 4th and 5th in the A final. Ramirez, the first Mexican man under 50 seconds in a flat start 100 free, got under that mark again tonight, and has had consistent 49-highs at the last few meets he’s been at this spring.


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4 years ago

200 I’m: Lochte 1:59.82 (Dwyer will be close)
200 Back: Bouchard 2:09.01
200 Back: Clary 1:58.01
50 Breast: King 30.30
50 Breast: Miller 27.06
100 Free: Oleksiak 53.67
100 Free: Condorelli 48.58

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Reply to  SeanSwimmer
4 years ago

Agree roughly except I think Vollmer will take Oleksiak in roughly that time, and although Vyatchanin is off is game I think he’s cofavorite with Clary in 1:57-1:58

Reply to  SeanSwimmer
4 years ago

Im thinking Lochte will be faster. I also am not sure about that 100 free time. That would be cool though for Condorelli

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Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

You were right PK Water , he just went 1:58.9!!

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Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

Also good call on Bouchar’ds time you were only .13 off.

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Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

Unreal, you were only .05 off for King! I usually only predict to the second and maybe a low/high.

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Reply to  SeanSwimmer
4 years ago

Sorry SeanSwimmer I’ve been giving the props on your predictions to PKSwimmer by mistake, you’re the one kicking goals here.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Announcer Sam Kendricks should update his notes. Women’s 800 free world and American record is not 8.11.00 anymore. It has been broken twice since then.
Why they have removed the sound of the TV broadcast on the USA swimming live webcast? We used to hear Rowdy Gaines in the last years. We can only hear the sound during the interviews.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

1.58.97 for Lochte who wins the 200 IM in lane 1. What will be his line-up of events at trials? That’s a big mystery to me. 200 IM is the only sure event right now. And clearly his only individual gold medal chance. 200 back? No, he’s done with that event. 200 free? No gold medal chance in Rio. A bronze at best but I don’t believe it too much. Just a round for the relay? Even if it’s not mentioned anywhere that you have to swim a good time at trials to be part of the relay. 400 IM? The big question. Can he still swim 2 fast 400 IM races in the same day? It looks tough in… Read more »

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Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Good question. Has he said he’s done with the 2back? I think his chances there could be equal to that in the 4IM if he focused on it. Either could leave him odd man out though with Clary, Murphy, Litherland, Kaliz all in the mix. I feel like I’m forgetting somebody big though.

Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

But I think he would have a not very good result. Going easy on the morning and then going 4:12 at night on 400im almost killed him. Imagine having to go 2 fast rounds against guys who are 10 years younger or more. Probably lochte will have just the 200im and the 4×200 relay can’t see him on the 4×100 relay

bobo gigi
Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

I don’t remember he said he was done with the 200 back. That’s just a personal opinion. 🙂
He has swum that event only at one meet this year. He must know that a podium is now out of reach. And it would kill his only gold medal chance in the 200 IM.

Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

I don’t think Lochte has stated he is done with the 200 back; however, the 200 back final in the Olympics is on the same night and right before the 200 IM. It was always crazy to do the 200 back/200 IM double, but when Ryan was one of the best in the world at the 400 IM (and younger) it was possible to recover from the grueling 200 back in enough time to race the 200 IM successfully. Now that he has settled into mid-distance training (per his interviews), it is probably not feasible anymore.

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Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

yeah you guys are right about the 2Back, now I remember he tried both in London and it didn’t work out for him. Ballsy of him to try it back then, though!!

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

bobo, from what we have seen in the last 12 months i think he easily makes the 200 IM and the 4 x 2 free relay. whether he makes it in any other events it will depend on whether he can have as good of a taper as he did in the past.

bobo gigi
Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

At his age he should focus only on the events he can win. The 200 IM in individual and the 200 free for the relay.

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Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

He’s not all about gold as you saw in London, and loves relays, so I wouldn’t blame him for trying to make it in the 100Free/Fly, though chances are slimmer.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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