2016 Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa

Women’s 200 Meter Butterfly – Final

  • FINA A: 2:09.33
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:14.99

16-year-old Cassidy Bayer of Nation’s Capital shot out front at the start of the race and led the field at the 50 wall, but Cammile Adams of SwimMAC pulled even over the second 50 and took over the lead at the half-way mark. Adams never lost the lead and finished first with 2:08.59, just a touch faster than she had been in the morning. Maya DiRado of Stanford Swimming went 2:10.33 to finish third behind Bayer’s 2:09.68.

In the consolation final, Caitlin Leverenz of Cal had a stunning back half to pass Ally Howe, first at the 100 wall, for the win. Leverenz clocked a 2:13.94; Howe was second in 2:15.19 and Victoria Edwards of Longhorn Aquatics took third in the heat with 2:16.32.

Top 8:

  1. Cammile Adams 2:08.59
  2. Cassidy Bayer 2:09.68
  3. Maya DiRado 2:10.33
  4. Ella Eastin 2:12.59
  5. Kelsi Worrell 2:12.74
  6. Ruby Martin 2:13.36
  7. Katinka Hosszu 2:14.09
  8. Lauren Case 2:14.35

Men’s 200 Meter Butterfly – Final

  • FINA A: 1:56.97
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:01.99

North Baltimore’s Michael Phelps was out in a commanding 25.81 at the 50 and 54.93 at the 100, turning with a full body length lead on the field. He came home in 1:03.2 for a total time of 1:58.14. In the post-race interview he said his going-out time was about right but he hopes to close better. Jonathan Gomez had been in second place throughout the first 150 meters but it was Pace Clark of Athens Bulldog Swim Club who had the strongest final 50 in the heat; he touched second with 1:58.71, while Gomez got third in 1:58.79.

Cal’s Andrew Seliskar had an excellent back half and won the B final in 2:01.62 after trailing in third at the 50. Grant Shoults of Mission Viejo was second in 2:01.85, while Kaan Ozcan of North Baltimore was third in 2:03.73.

Top 8:

  1. Michael Phelps 1:58.14
  2. Pace Clark 1:58.71
  3. Jonathan Gomez 1:58.79
  4. Jack Conger 1:59.83
  5. Zach Harting 2:00.32
  6. Gunnar Bentz 2:00.46
  7. Chase Kalisz 2:00.89
  8. Kyler VanSwol 2:03.24

Women’s 50 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • FINA A: 25.28
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 26.19

Experience led the way in the women’s 50 free final. Madison Kennedy of SwimMAC came to the wall in 24.45 to clock the fourth-fastest time in the world so far this season. Dana Vollmer of California Aquatics lowered the personal-best 25.00 she had gone in prelims by .31 to place second with 24.69. Abbey Weitzeil was third in 24.72, 1/10 faster than she had been in the morning. Simone Manuel was also under 25, finishing fourth with 24.78.

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Stanford’s Lia Neal nabbed the B final title with 25.13. Tucson Ford’s Margo Geer edged Madeline Locus of SwimAtlanta, 25.50 to 25.51, for second in the heat.

Top 8:

  1. Madison Kennedy 24.45
  2. Dana Vollmer 24.69
  3. Abbey Weitzeil 24.72
  4. Simone Manuel 24.78
  5. Kelsi Worrell 25.07
  6. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace 25.14
  7. Amanda Weir 25.45
  8. Isabella Arcila 25.69

Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • FINA A: 22.27
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 23.29

California Aquatics’ Nathan Adrian battled strong desert winds to win the sprint free by half a body length in 21.69, just off his season-best from November (21.56). Trojan Swim Club’s Anthony Ervin went 22.28 to edge SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones by .02.

SwimMAC’s Jimmy Feigen claimed the B final with a 22.29. Trojan Swim Club’s Cristian Quintero finished second in 22.69. Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew went 22.80 for third.

Top 8:

  1. Nathan Adrian 21.69
  2. Anthony Ervin 22.28
  3. Cullen Jones 22.30
  4. Erik Risolvato 22.44
  5. Luis Flores 22.45
  6. Nick Soedel 22.66
  7. Michael Chadwick 22.71
  8. Derek Toomey 22.81

Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • FINA A: 1:00.25
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 1:03.39

Kaitlin Harty of YMCA of the North Shore charged out with the leading split at the 50, but she couldn’t hold onto her pace and was outsplit over the back half by all but two swimmers. Stanford’s DiRado, second at the 50, held off a fast-charging Kirsty Coventry to earn the win with 1:00.71. Coventry even-split her race and touched second with 1:00.74. Katinka Hosszu went 1:00.84 for third, getting past Harty over the last 10 meters. Harty wound up fourth in 1:01.11, her best time by nearly half a second.

Lisa Bratton even-split her race, coming back from fourth at the 50 to win the B final with 1:02.67. Matea Samardzic came in second with 1:02.84, ahead of Cal’s Melanie Klaren (1:03.10).

Top 8:

  1. Maya DiRado 1:00.71
  2. Kirsty Coventry 1:00.74
  3. Katinka Hosszu 1:00.84
  4. Kaitlin Harty 1:01.11
  5. Missy Franklin 1:01.28
  6. Felicia Lee 1:02.10
  7. Ella Eastin 1:02.17
  8. Fernanda Gonzalez 1:03.80

Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • FINA A: 54.36
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 57.19

David Plummer of New York Athletic Club led wire-to-wire and won the men’s 100 back title in 54.29. His teammate Arkady Vyatchanin put up some outside smoke from lane 1, turning second at the 50 wall, just ahead of SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte. Lochte came home .07 faster, though, and got the touch for second, 55.35 to 55.39.

SwimMAC’s Matthew Josa won the B final in 56.70 from lane 2, exploding from the start and leading throughout the race. Omar Pinzon of Trojan Swim Club finished .03 back with 56.73, while Drew teDuits came in third with 57.09.

Top 8:

  1. David Plummer 54.29
  2. Ryan Lochte 55.35
  3. Arkady Vyatchanin 55.39
  4. Eugene Godsoe 55.72
  5. Paul Le 56.44
  6. Sean Lehane 56.62
  7. Marco Palacios 57.07
  8. Michael Taylor 57.15

Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • FINA A: 2:26.94
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:34.99

Breeja Larson of New York Athletic Club got off to an early lead, building up a half-second advantage over her closest competitor, Molly Hannis of Tennessee Aquatics, by the 50 wall already. Larson held onto the lead despite being outsplit by Ashley McGregor over the second 50 by 3/10.

The second half of the race looked a bit like a game of musical chairs. McGregor moved from fourth at the 50 to second at the 100, where she remained throughout the race. Hilde Luthersdottir crushed her final 50 meters, going from fifth to third overall, passing Melanie Margalis and Emma Schoettmer down the stretch. Haley Spencer also had a nice final 50, moving from eighth to fifth overall.

Larson touched first with the wire-to-wire win, going 2:26.64. McGregor was second in 2:27.68, and the hard-charging Luthersdottir edged Margalis for third, 2:28.04 to 2:28.44.

SwimMAC’s Katie Meili redeemed her morning swim with a dominant 2:28.55 win of the B final ahead of Byanca Rodriguez of Desert Dragons (2:31.02) and Emma Reaney of Irish Aquatics (2:32.43).

Top 8:

  1. Breeja Larson 2:26.64
  2. Ashley McGregor 2:27.68
  3. Hilde Luthersdottir 2:28.04
  4. Melanie Margalis, 2:28.44
  5. Haley Spencer 2:29.47
  6. Laura Sogar 2:29.58
  7. Emma Schoettmer 2:30.48
  8. Molly Hannis 2:31.11

Men’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • FINA A: 2:11.66
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 2:18.39

After Larson’s lane 1 victory in the women’s 200 breast, it was BJ Johnson of Palo Alto Stanford’s turn to show outside smoke. Johnson led over the second half of the race and won the men’s title in 2:14.16. Nic Fink of Athens Bulldogs took second in 2:15.06, while Miguel De Lara Ojeda of Desert Dragons rounded out the podium with 2:15.77.

Ridge Altman of Trojan Swim Club had a great back half, taking him past teammate Azad Al-Barazi and Roman Trussov of Kazakhstan to win the B final in 2:17.94. Trussov went 2:18.43, touching .03 ahead of Al-Barazi.

Top 8:

  1. BJ Johnson 2:14.16
  2. Nic Fink 2:15.06
  3. Miguel De Lara Ojeda 2:15.77
  4. Miguel Chavez 2:16.06
  5. Chase Kalisz 2:16.19
  6. Steven Stumph 2:16.63
  7. Max Williamson 2:18.19
  8. Andrew Wilson 2:21.15

Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • FINA A: 4:09.08
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 4:17.99

Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital beat her morning swim by 1.4 seconds and posted the 12th-best time of her career, 4:02.15. The race for second place was where the action was, though, as North Baltimore teammates Cierra Runge, Lotte Friis, and Allison Schmitt traded stroke for stroke, three deep, for much of the race. Runge earned the silver medal with 4:08.08 with Friis close behind in 4:08.89. Schmitt fell off her teammates’ pace over the final 100 meters but remained in fourth with a time of 4:12.94. Katinka Hosszu was fifth in 4:14.59, just ahead of Aggie Swim Club’s Sarah Henry.

Sierra Schmidt of North Baltimore dominated the B final with a winning time of 4:12.97. Hannah Cox of Upper Valley Aquatic Club was second in 4:15.00, ahead of Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (4:16.63).

Top 8:

  1. Katie Ledecky 4:02.15
  2. Cierra Runge 4:08.08
  3. Lotte Friis 4:08.89
  4. Allison Schmitt 4:12.94
  5. Katinka Hosszu 4:14.59
  6. Sarah Henry 4:14.76
  7. Becca Mann 4:16.74
  8. Joanna Evans 4:18.73

Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • FINA A: 3:50.40
  • U.S. Olympic Trials: 3:58.69

The championship final of the men’s 400 free was an exciting race, if not quite as tight as had been expected. Conor Dwyer of Trojan Swim Club jumped out to the early lead, with Clark Smith of Texas in tow. The Woodlands’ Michael McBroom inched his way up from seventh to third to second, then made his move over the final 100 meters to claim the win with 3:49.04. Dwyer finished second in 3:49.90, a mere .06 in front of Smith. Top qualifier Jordan Wilimovsky of Team Santa Monica placed fourth in 3:51.64.

Nitro’s Christopher Yeager had a tremendous back half in the B final; he won in 3:57.85 over Arturo Perez Vertti of Caan Swim Team (3:58.00) and Shoults of Mission Viejo (3:58.44).

Top 8:

  1. Michael McBroom 3:49.04
  2. Conor Dwyer 3:49.90
  3. Clark Smith 3:49.96
  4. Jordan Wilimovsky 3:51.64
  5. Ous Mellouli 3:53.89
  6. Cristian Quintero 3:55.22
  7. Marcelo Acosta 3:55.32
  8. Matias Koski 3:59.41


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sure is windy in mesa.

Irish Ringer

None of these swims will count with that wind being over the illegal limit.

bad anon

That’s always the challenge with outdoor venues. At least Rio 2016 Olympics are indoors. The last Olympics held outdoors is Athens 2004; times were not so great


Quite windy in Mesa this evening.
Guess the 50 freestylers will have a nice tailwind 🙂

Irish Ringer

They’ll probably still die in the last 10 meters too.


It was very windy in so cal today too. the USA swimming website is crap but nbc extra is working perfectly well????

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