2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa

The third stop of the 2017 Arena Pro Swim series kicked off this morning in Mesa, Arizona. Final heats for the 100 freestyles, 200 breaststrokes, 100 butterflys and 400 freestyles will be stacked with Olympians and international stars.

Women’s 100 Free – Finals

Coming off of a fast morning swim of 54.02 in the 100 freestyle, Simone Manuel didn’t disappoint in finals. She led the field finishing in a 53.66. She swam extremely fast at this meet last year as well where she went a 53.80. The 53.66 she swam tonight was her fastest time at a non-national or international championship. Following right behind her was Louisville’s Mallory Comerford with a 54.22 and Lia Neal rounded out the top 3 with a 54.38 just edging out Katie Ledecky who swam a 54.78.

The B final was stacked with world class backstrokers – Etiene Medeiros (56.13), Mie Nielsen (56.26), and Gabrielle Fa’Amausili (56.53).

Top 8:

  1. Manuel, 53.66
  2. Comerford, 54.22
  3. Neal, 54.38
  4. Ledecky, 54.78
  5. Worrell, 54.84
  6. Hansson, 54.92
  7. Weir, 55.13
  8. Kendall, 56.00

Simone Manuel‘s 53.66 put her top 10 in the world rankings:

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Men’s 100 Free – Finals

Entering tonight as the third seed, 2012 Olympic champ Nathan Adrian took the victory over Joao De Lucca by a second and a half. Adrian finished in a 48.18 taking off 2.02 seconds from this morning and putting up the second fastest time in the world this year. Even more impressive than the time was how he split the race. He took out the first 50 in 23.24 and came home in 24.94. Both De Lucca (49.67) and Christian Quintero (49.89) stayed consistent with their prelims swims dropping 0.02 from this morning.

The pair of New Zealanders – Daniel Hunter and Matthew Stanley finished sixth and seventh with times of 50.06 and 50.39. The only collegiate swimmer from A Final was aMarius Kush who finished eighth with a 50.54.

Top 8:

  1. Adrian, 48.18
  2. De Lucca, 49.67
  3. Quintero, 49.89
  4. Shields, 49.97
  5. Pebley, 50.04
  6. Hunter, 50.06
  7. Stanley, 50.39
  8. Kusch, 50.54

Women’s 200 Breast – Finals

Texas Longhorn’s Madisyn Cox swam a lifetime best this morning in the 200 breaststroke putting up the fastest time heading into finals with a 2:27.02. She dropped another 1.13 seconds tonight in finals, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Katie Meili (bronze medalist in Rio) and Melanie Margalis, who is the current series leader heading into the Arena Pro Series in Mesa. Meili finished first in a 2:25.67 while Margalis swam a 2:25.71.

Meili was on the Olympic Team in the 100 breaststroke, but didn’t swim the 200 at trials. After the race she said the 200 is “a little long” but she “likes the challenge”.

USC’s Riley Scott (2:30.51) finished sixth while Louisville’s Andrea Cottrell (2:31.84) finished seventh. They were the collegiate swimmers in the field and sixteen year-old Zoe Bartel rounded out A-Final with a 2:32.89.

Top 8:

  1. Meili, 2:25.67
  2. Margalis, 2:25:71
  3. Cox, 2:25.89
  4. Hannis, 2:28.20
  5. Larson, 2:28.71
  6. Scott, 2:30.51
  7. Cottrell, 2:31.84
  8. Bartel, 2:32.89

Men’s 200 Breast – Finals

Josh Prenot, who was a Rio Olympian in this event, cruised to a fourth place finish in prelims with a 2:14.72. Tonight, he dropped 4.25 seconds in finals as he swam to a first place finish with a 2:10.47 – nearly a second faster than anyone else. Chase Kalisz who was top seed after this morning finished second with a 2:11.29 and Olympic breaststroker Kevin Cordes was just .4 behind Kalisz with a 2:11.50.

Daniel Roy held his own in finals as a high school junior going a 2:12.84. He swam  just over two seconds faster than this morning and was part of the U.S Junior Pan Pacs last summer.

Top 8:

  1. Pernot, 2:10.47
  2. Kalisz, 2:11.29
  3. Cordes, 2:11.50
  4. Claverie, 2:11.92
  5. Roy, 2:12.84
  6. Schroder, 2:14.28
  7. Yang, 2:17.48
  8. Bornstein, 2:17.68

Women’s 100 Fly – Finals

Coming off of a fifth place finish in the 100 freestyle just an hour or so earlier, Kelsi Worrell swam to her first individual win at Mesa in the 100 Fly. Worrell won finals with a 58.60 adding just 0.18 from this morning, but it was enough to fend off Louise Hansson who finished in a 58.80. Hansson also pulled off double events as she finished sixth in the 100 freestyle.

The top five swimmers were all under a minute with Kendyl Stewart in third (59.52), Amanda Kendall in fourth (59.60) and Lauren Case in fifth (59.80).

Mallory Comerford was another who swam doubles with the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. While she finished second in the 100 freestyle, she tied for sixth in the 100 butterfly with Aliena Schmidtke in a time of 1:00.18.

Top 8:

  1. Worrell, 58.60
  2. Hansson, 58.80
  3. Stewart, 59.52
  4. Kendall, 59.60
  5. Case, 59.80
  6. T-6 Schmidtke, 1:00.18
  7. T-6 Comerford, 1:00.18
  8. De Paula, 1:00.75

Men’s 100 Fly – Finals

The whole field in the men’s 100 fly seemed to get faster at night with the top 7 all under 54 seconds – in prelims it was only the top 5. It was Tom Shields‘ underwater coming off of the 50m mark that separated him from the field. He won the event for Team USA with a 52.42. He was 1.12 faster than this morning. Fellow American Tim Phillips was right behind him with a 52.87 followed by Germany’s Marius Kusch with a 53.43.

Russia’s Daniil Antipov was another swimmer under 54:00 in the B Final with a time of 53.79.

Top 8:

  1. Shields, 52.42
  2. Phillips, 52.87
  3. Kusch, 53.43
  4. Grassi, 53.45
  5. Gutierrez, 53.55
  6. Carter, 53.61
  7. Harting, 53.87
  8. Stubblefield, 54.49

Women’s 400 Free – Finals

In her first long course swim of the season, Katie Ledecky moved to #1 in the world ranks in the 400 freestyle this morning. She led prelims with a 4:01.96 and she only got faster in finals where she swam to a 4:01.01 – nearly eight seconds faster than the rest of the field. It was Ledecky and her Olympic teammate Leah Smith leading the pool with clean water. Smith finished with a 4:07.70, which was four seconds faster than anyone else.

Ledecky’s 50 splits were consistently in the mid-30’s getting down to 29.59 on the last 50. Smith swam a similar race plan splitting 31’s consistently.

In the B Final, it was another Katie from Stanford who took the lead – Katie Drabot. She won the B Final with a 4:15.23.

Top 8:

  1. Ledecky, 4:01.01
  2. Smith, 4:07.70
  3. Harvey, 4:11.48
  4. Schmidt, 4:11.57
  5. Nguyen, 4:13.34
  6. Cox, 4:14.00
  7. Anderson, 4:14.20
  8. Ault, 4:14.46

Men’s 400 Free – Finals

The men’s 400 freestyle shaped up to be a close race between Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta and high school senior Sean Grieshop. Acosta finished in a 3:53.38 edging out Grieshop by just under a second where Grieshop finished with a 3:54.29. The two were nearly even at the 200 mark with Acosta splitting a 1:56.43 and Grieshop a 1:56.47. The difference in the race came down to the last 50 where Acosta closed it out stronger with a 27.85 while Grieshop split a 28.46.

America’s Taylor Abbott was a close third with a 3:55.11 just edging out Israeli national Marc Hinawi who swam a 3:55.99.

Top 8:

  1. Acosta, 3:53.38
  2. Grieshop, 3:54.29
  3. Abbott, 3:55.11
  4. Hinawi, 3:55.99
  5. Yeager, 3:59.87
  6. Stump, 4:00.47
  7. Bresette, 4:00.96
  8. Bayo, 4:01.45




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3 years ago

48.1 Adrian. Good response to the Aussies. I wonder if this new race strategy will carry into trials/worlds

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

23.24 out 24.94 back, great splits! If Adrian gets a little more easy opening speed he could be a serious factor in one of the more open events of 2017

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

So consistent in season

3 years ago

Manuel and Adrian looked great

3 years ago

PB for Cox ???

Reply to  NORTH
3 years ago

Yes by 1.32 seconds according to meet Mobile 2:25.89