2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


It’s the first night of the Arena Pro Swim Series finale in Santa Clara – or at least one half of it, with a sister meet taking place across the country in Indianapolis.

It was Australian domination in the women’s 200 free this morning, with Emma McKeon and Bronte Barratt holding the top two qualifying spots. In the men’s race, it’s World Champs silver medalist Sun Yang of China atop the field.

Sarah Haase had a huge 100 breast this morning, but will have to fend off Olympians Jessica Hardy (USA) and Georgia Bohl (Australia) for the win. Cal’s Josh Prenot leads the men’s event.

Cal teammates Noemie Thomas (Canada) and Seth Stubblefield (USA) are the top butterfly seeds, and Cal grad Caitlin Leverenz leads the women’s 400 IM.

The men’s race saw Abrahm DeVine out of Stanford take the top morning swim.

Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates of all the action from Santa Clara.

Women’s 200 Free – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Emma McKeon, AUS – 1:56.36
  2. Bronte Barratt, AUS – 1:56.65
  3. Maya DiRado, Stanford – 1:57.70

Australia’s top two entrants held their seeds in the night’s opening event, putting up twin 1:56s. Emma McKeon was 1:56.36 for the win – that’s a bit off her 1:54.8 from Australian Olympic Trials in April, but is a nice in-season time, considering she’s likely back into full training mode between Trials and the Olympics.

Bronte Barratt was second in 1:56.65, a great swim that’s only seven tenths off her season best.

American Maya DiRado broke up the Australian sweep, though, going 1:57.70 for third place. That’s a new lifetime-best for DiRado by seven tenths of a second, and could have some interesting ramifications for the U.S. Olympic relay picture.

DiRado will have some tough choices with her event lineup at U.S. Olympic Trials, and as she continues to improve in the 200 free, the choice between the 200 IM and 200 free on day 3 gets even more difficult. DiRado is likely the favorite in the IM, but making the top 6 in the 4×200 free relay would very likely net her an Olympic gold medal, as the U.S. is heavily favored to win the relay in Rio.

Australia’s Madison Wilson (1:58.45) and Jessica Ashwood (1:58.65) swept the next two spots in a huge event for the Aussies.

Men’s 200 Free – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Sun Yang, CHI – 1:44.82
  2. Conor Dwyer, Trojan – 1:45.41
  3. Kyle Chalmers, AUS – 1:47.64

China’s Sun Yang provided the swim of the meet so far, blasting a 1:44.82 to win the 200 free and rise to #1 in the world ranks for the year.

That’s faster than Sun went in winning the silver medal at last summer’s World Championships, and would have earned him gold in Kazan.

Behind Sun was American Conor Dwyerwho had a great swim of his own, finishing at 1:45.41. That now sits #3 worldwide, with only World Champs gold medalist James Guy of Great Britain between him and Sun. Dwyer is another versatile American with some lineup decisions to make before Olympic Trials, but tonight’s swim suggests the 200 free should definitely be his marquee event in Omaha.

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Australian 17-year-old Kyle Chalmers rattled the junior world record, going 1:47.65 for third place. Chalmers has been trending more towards pure sprint freestyle lately, but this swim shows great potential for Australia’s 4×200 free relays down the road.

The current junior world record-holder, American Maxime Rooney, was fifth in 1:48.85. Between the two was Zhi Yong Qian at 1:48.08.

Women’s 100 Breast – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Sarah Haase, Stanford – 1:07.05
  2. Jessica Hardy, Golden West – 1:08.01
  3. Georgia Bohl, AUS – 1:08.07

Stanford’s Sarah Haase couldn’t quite match her lifetime-best from this morning, but still won the women’s 100 breast easily over a solid international field. Haase was 1:07.05, seven tenths off her morning swim but almost a full second ahead of the runner-up.

U.S. Olympian Jessica Hardy was 1:08.01 with Australia’s Georgia Bohl third in 1:08.07. The matchup carries some intrigue based on how competitive the U.S. and Australian 4×100 medley relays could be in Rio, but it’s hard to make any firm judgements because both nations are at different stages of training. Bohl was 1:06.1 in qualifying for the Olympics in April, while the Americans are a few weeks away from peaking at U.S. Olympic Trials.

Canada’s Martha McCabe was 1:10.89 for fourth, with Cal’s Maija Roses (1:11.17) in fifth.

Men’s 100 Breast – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Josh Prenot, Cal – 1:01.15
  2. Azad al-Barazi, Trojan – 1:01.38
  3. Tales Cadeira, Brazil – 1:01.59

Cal’s Josh Prenot stayed hot this season, winning the 100 breast in 1:01.15. Prenot has showed remarkable consistency this season, and tonight was no exception: he was just four one-hundredths off his lifetime-best.

Syrian Olympian Azad al-Barazi pushed Prenot, going 1:01.38 for second. Barazi trains with the Trojan Swim Club in Southern California.

Brazilian duo Tales Cadeira (1:01.59) and Thiago Pereira (1:02.02) were third and fifth, with Stanford pro BJ Johnson (1:01.93) in between.

Women’s 100 Fly – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Noemie Thomas, CAN – 57.72
  2. Emma McKeon, AUS – 58.31
  3. Farida Osman, Cal – 59.13

Canada’s Noemie Thomas held her top seed, winning the women’s 100 fly in 57.72. The Cal Golden Bear beat out Australia’s Emma McKeonwho earned her second top-3 finish in just 3 events so far this weekend.

McKeon was 58.31.

Another Cal swimmer, Farida Osmanwas 59.13 for third-place honors. Osman is one of Egypt’s top international threats this summer.

Also coming off the 200 free, Maya DiRado was 59.16 for Stanford, showing off her incredible versatility. Australia’s Madeline Groves was fifth in 59.22, and she, too, was swimming a tough double with the 200 free.

Men’s 100 Fly – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Seth Stubblefield, Cal – 52.31
  2. Tom Shields, Cal – 52.33
  3. Giles Smith, Phoenix Swim Club – 52.91

After multiple events dominated by foreign athletes, the men’s 100 fly was an All-American affair. One of the U.S.’s stronger events worldwide, the 100 fly contenders are split this weekend between multiple meets, with Michael Phelps and Jack Conger both in Austin swimming at roughly the same time tonight.

It was Cal’s Seth Stubblefield who won in Santa Clara. He’s a relative newcomer to the top tier in this event, putting up great swims this spring after being known more as a sprint freestyler in college. Stubblefield was 52.31 here, a new lifetime-best, to nip former national champ Tom Shields by .02.

Shields was 52.33, and Pan American Games champ Giles Smith was 52.91 for third place, representing the Phoenix Swim Club of Arizona.

Cal’s Justin Lynch was fourth in 53.16, giving California three of the top four finishers. Marcos Macedo of the Bolles School took fifth in 53.43.

Women’s 400 IM – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Keryn McMaster, AUS – 4:38.83
  2. Caitlin Leverenz, Cal – 4:41.70
  3. Sarah Darcel, CAN – 4:47.23

Australia jumped back on top in the women’s 400 IM, though, with Keryn McMaster going 4:38.83 to pick up the ruanway win. That’s only about a second off of McMaster’s season-best of 4:37.94.

American Caitlin Leverenz was 4:41.70 for silver, showing a bit of fatigue compared to her 4:36.54 season-best, which ranks #9 in the world.

Canadian 17-year-old Sarah Darcel had a big swim to go 4:47.23 for bronze, cutting almost 5 seconds from her morning swim. Cal’s Celina Li rounded out the top 4 in 4:49.70.

Men’s 400 IM – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Mitch Larkin, AUS – 4:17.35
  2. Abrahm DeVine, Stanford – 4:19.22
  3. Max Williamson, Stanford – 4:19.45

Mitch Larkin completed an Aussie sweep of the 400 IMs, going 4:17.35 for the win. Larkin is mostly known as the world’s fastest backstroker this season, but showed off enough endurance and versatility to pick up the win and a $1000 paycheck here.

Stanford’s duo of Abrahm DeVine and Max Williamson were second and third. The 19-year-old DeVine was 4:19.22, and Williamson (21) was 4:19.45.

Australia’s Jared Gilliland was 4:21.65 for fourth, with Pleasanton 16-year-old Christopher Jhong going 4:25.12 to take fifth.

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4 years ago

DiRado 1:57.70!

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

women’s 4 x 2 has plenty of options and that is an understatement

Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

US don’t need it. The only country that can beat the US is if Sjostram & Pellegrini got Australian citizenship, even then the US would be favourites.

Reply to  robbos
4 years ago

specially if u have KL on the anchor – u can’t win

4 years ago

Yang 1:44.82 and Dwyer 1:45.41. It’s an Olympic year

Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

Looks like they could be the two of the medalists with the James Guy the other. Us 4×2 relay keeps looking better too.

Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

USA needs 4th swimmer with 1:46 low in 800m freestyle relay

Reply to  Shibly
4 years ago

They’re a lock for gold

Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

The US WMX200 is a “lock”; the men less so until we see concrete evidence at US Trials that they have two clear gold contenders in the individual race (sub 1.45 times) and/or a quartet of sub 1.46 off blocks.

Favourites ….. yes; this relay will be smarting after missing gold last year and none of the competition are looking stellar but that loss last year has broken the “spell of invincibility” this relay has had for a long time

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Watch out for the Aussies, Fraser Holmes to improve on his trials swim into the 1.44s, McEvoy can do anything, Smith, McKeon in 1.46s, now Chalmers with 1.47.64 untappered & improving.

Reply to  robbos
4 years ago

LETS see what Rooney will put out in the 200 free in 3 weeks ( + Phelps , Lochte and Dwyer ) or Haas .

Irish Ringer
Reply to  tm71
4 years ago

Or Hagino instead of guy.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

I had to look twice. Not a typo…man oh man that is a scary time before Trials. I wonder what kind of 400 Dwyer is going to throw down later this weekend. Going to be quick.

Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

Don´t know if Dwyer will drop more.. him going 1:45 is almost his usual… not much variation..

4 years ago


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