Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa
- Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, April 16, 2016
- Skyline Aquatic Center
- Mesa, Arizona (same as Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7 hours)
- Prelims 9AM / Finals 5PM (12PM/8PM Eastern Daylight Time)
- Psych Sheet
- Live Stream
- Live Results
- Meet Central
Both Dana Vollmer of Cal and Ella Eastin of Stanford have scratched out of the women’s 200 free final on Day 1 of Mesa. Vollmer qualified for the B final with the 15th-fastest time of the morning session, 2:01.07. It was the first time she had swum the event from a flat start since 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials so now she has a current time. Vollmer has won two Olympic golds as a member of Team USA’s 4×200 free relay. However, she is also the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly, and that event is eight heats later. Vollmer is seeded second in the fly behind Kelsi Worrell. Worrell went 57.56 in prelims, just .31 off her seed time. Vollmer, who is the American recordholder with 55.98, put up a 58.03 in prelims to win her heat by a body length. Volmer won AT&T Nationals in December with 57.95 and was 57.61 a month later at Arena Pro Swim Austin when she finished second behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.
Eastin, meanwhile, who didn’t even have the Mesa qualifying time for the 200 free in meters, took nearly 10 seconds off her year-ago time of 2:10 to wind up 16th overall with 2:01.10. She nabbed an Olympic Trials cut and came within .17 of her lifetime best from the summer of 2013. Eastin has only been under 2:10 nine other times in her career. Her real focus is the 400 IM, in which she is seeded second behind Katinka Hosszu. Eastin went 4:42.88 in prelims for her second-best morning swim ever. She is fresh off a record-breaking tear at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, where she won both the 200 IM and 400 IM and destroyed her personal-bests along the way.
With Vollmer and Eastin out of the 200 free, Stephanie Peacock of Mission Viejo and North Baltimore’s Becca Mann move into the B final. Mann is also in the A final of the women’s 400 IM, seeded third behind Hosszu and Eastin with 4:43.32.
The rest of the A and B finalists, including Michael Phelps in lane 4 of the men’s 200 free B final, are present and accounted for in the 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly. Cassidy Bayer of Nation’s Capital scratched out of the women’s 400 IM to focus on the 100 fly. Bayer posted the tenth time of the morning, 4:49.10. She is also sixth seed in the 100 fly with 59.71. Bayer’s personal best of 58.87 from FINA Junior World Championships last summer currently ranks as the fourth-fastest in history for 15-16 girls. Katie Ledecky, also of Nation’s Capital, will not contest the 100 fly D final. She qualified 27th overall with 1:02.01, her best by .62. Ledecky is top seed in the 200 free with 1:56.66.
Andrew Seliskar of California Aquatics opted out of the men’s 400 IM after finishing third out of heats with 4:26.41. Already a 4:21 in Austin in January, Seliskar chose to focus on the A final of the men’s 100 fly. There he is seeded seventh with a 53.78, less than a second off his lifetime best of 52.81. Alpkan Ornek also scratched the 400 IM. Seliskar’s absence moved Nolan Tesone of Louisville into the A final, while Ornek’s scratch allowed Nitro’s Nicholas Milikich into the B final.