2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Day 2 finals in Indianapolis should be another fast one with plenty of American and international talent on display. The order of events have been switched around a bit from the morning, with the 400 IM going from last on this mornings program to first tonight.

Of note, Mallory Comerford has scratched out of both the 200 and 50 free finals, heading back home to prepare for NCAAs. Also out of the 200 free A-final is Hali Flickinger, who has chosen to focus on the 200 back. Check out all of tonight’s scratches here.

The men’s 50 free will arguably be the most exciting tonight, with a stacked field from top to bottom. Bruno FratusNathan AdrianCullen Jones and Vladimir Morozov occupy the top four seeds.

Women’s 400 IM Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Hannah Miley, Great Britain, 4:40.22
  2. Abbie Wood, Great Britain, 4:40.38
  3. Ye Shiwen, China, 4:42.44

Great Britain’s Hannah Miley used a strong back half to claim gold in the women’s 400 IM in 4:40.22, just out-touching her teammate Abbie Wood. Wood led for the majority of the second half, before being nipped at the wall by Miley. Wood touched in 4:40.38, and it was China’s Ye Shiwen who used a quick 30.21 final lap to take third in 4:42.44.

Early leaders Sarah Darcel of Island Swimming and Rosie Rudin of Great Britain wound up 4th and 5th in 4:43.85 and 4:46.13 respectively. Kelly Pash of Carmel won the B-final in 4:51.29.

Men’s 400 IM Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 4:05.25, Michael Phelps, 2008
  1. Daiya Seto, Japan, 4:10.22
  2. Josh Prenot, California, 4:14.74
  3. Max Litchfield, Great Britain, 4:15.84

Japan’s Daiya Seto dominated the men’s 400 IM from start to finish, touching in 4:10.22. That time is just five one-hundredths off of his world leading time for the 2016-17 season at 4:10.17 done in November.

American Josh Prenot from California Aquatics had a quick 1:08.8 breaststroke leg to separate himself from Great Britain’s Max Litchfield, touching in 4:14.74 for second. Litchfield took third in 4:15.84. His brother Joe Litchfield placed 4th in 4:25.87.


  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.40, Allison Schmitt, 2012
  1. Federica Pellegrini, Italy, 1:56.07
  2. Kayla Sanchez, HPCO, 1:58.46
  3. Zhu Menghui, China, 1:58.78 / Katerine Savard, CAMO, 1:58.78

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini was never seriously challenged, cruising to the win in a fast time of 1:56.07. That time is just 0.03 off her world leading time from December.

Kayla Sanchez of the High Performance Centre Ontario had a very impressive swim to get in there for second in 1:58.46, and China’s Zhu Menghui tied for third in 1:58.78 with Katerine Savard of CAMO. Sanchez takes over the 7th fastest time in the world, and Zhu and Savard tie for 10th.

Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg (1:59.42) took 5th. Jazmin Carlin of Great Britain won the B-final in 2:00.14.

Men’s 200 Free Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 1:44.10, Michael Phelps, 2008
  1. James Guy, Great Britain, 1:47.11
  2. Duncan Scott, Great Britain, 1:47.29
  3. Stephen Milne, Great Britain, 1:48.31

James Guy held off British teammate Duncan Scott for the win in the men’s 200 free, clocking a time of 1:47.11. That time improves his 4th ranked time in the world of 1:47.34, though doesn’t move him up any spots. Scott put up a 1:47.29 to move from 9th to 5th in the world.

Stephen Milne made it a British sweep claiming 3rd in 1:48.31. Recent Texas commit Drew Kibler picked up 4th in 1:49.47, and Japan’s Reo Sakata took 5th in 1:49.52. Another Brit, Timothy Shuttleworth, won the B-final in 1:50.03.

Women’s 200 Back Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.68, Missy Franklin, 2013
  1. Hilary Caldwell, Island Swimming, 2:08.68
  2. Liu Yaxin, China, 2:09.80
  3. Dominique Bouchard, Oakville, 2:10.41

Olympic bronze medalist Hilary Caldwell threw down the fastest time in the world this year with a time of 2:08.68 to win the women’s 200 back, surpassing Australia’s Emily Seebohm.

China’s Liu Yaxin took silver in 2:09.80, giving her the 9th best time in the world this year, and Dominique Bouchard of the Oakville Aquatic Club snagged bronze in 2:10.41. She just out-touched GBR’s Jessica Fullalove, who was 2:10.44 for 4th.

American Olympian Hali Flickinger was 5th in 2:11.69, and Indiana’s Rachel Matsumura emerged victorious in the B-final in 2:13.78.

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Men’s 200 Back Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 1:53.08, Aaron Peirsol, 2009
  1. Xu Jiayu, China, 1:55.04
  2. Jacob Pebley, California, 1:55.56
  3. Ryosuke Irie, Japan, 1:58.32

China’s Xu Jiayu got out fast and held on for dear life, touching first in 1:55.04 to improve his world leading time previously sitting at 1:55.19. Jacob Pebley of California closed hard but ran out of room, settling for silver in a time of 1:55.56. He also improves his 2nd world ranked time of 1:55.95.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie took 3rd in 1:58.32, and Akrady Vyatchanin was 4th in 1:59.54.

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Women’s 50 Free Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 24.13, Cate Campbell, 2008
  1. Zhu Menghui, China, 24.97
  2. Michelle Williams, HPCO, 24.98
  3. Madison Kennedy, SwimMac, 25.16

Zhu Menghui of China snuck in at the wall to out-touch HPC Ontario’s Michelle Williams by one one-hundredth for gold in the women’s 50 free, 24.97 to 24.98. Madison Kennedy of SwimMac came in for 3rd in 25.16.

Sandrine Mainville of CAMO touched 4th in 25.29, and Kelsi Worrell was 5th in 25.37.

Grace Ariola of Waves Bloomington won the B-final in a swift 25.63.

Men’s 50 Free Final

  • U.S. Open Record: 21.14, Cesar Cielo, 2009
  1. Nathan Adrian, California, 22.09 *TIE
  2. Vladimir Morozov, Trojan, 22.09 *TIE
  3. Bruno Fratus, Unattached, 22.23

In an absolutely loaded heat, Nathan Adrian and Vladimir Morozov tied for the win in the men’s 50 free A-final in a time of 22.09, giving them shared position of 6th in the world.

Brazilian Olympian Bruno Fratus touched 3rd in a time of 22.23, and Michael Andrew moved up from 8th this morning to finish 4th in 22.47. Marcelo Chierighini and Josh Schneider tied for 5th in 22.66, and Cullen Jones was 7th in 22.68.

Italy’s Luca Dotto won the B-final in 22.41 over Ziv Kalontarov of Auburn (22.71).




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bobo gigi
5 years ago

It’s quiet when I’m not here to comment live.

Only 1 American win. No surprise with around 80% of best US swimmers absent and with a foreign invasion. Fortunately these Chinese, British, Canadian, Italian and Japanese swimmers were not banned from entering USA.
And the only American win is tied with . . . a Russian.
Russia is never far from USA these days….

Chinese have well prepared that meet. Fast times. Not easy to beat Pebley right now.
Seto is used to swimming fast all year. He’s very consistent around 4.10.
Pellegrini dominant. I thought she would have retired after Rio. Kayla Sanchez one of the many young Canadian girls with a bright future. Canada… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Well the US & Russia are only separated technically by 3-4 kms at the Dolmenes & mainlands 80km across the Bering Strait . Thats like a return trip across the Channel .

Anyway if these RussiaRussiaRussia hysterics are to be believed – we are in for an exciting year . Plucky Putin is killin it .

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

“It’s quiet when I’m not here to comment live.” Bobo Gigi.
Well, Bobo, there is a very nice Russian proverb that comes in mind immediately: “Пустая банка громко гремит “. It can be translated roughly as ” an empty can makes a lot of noise”

5 years ago

Verraszto swam 4:10.01 in Marseille yesterday.

Mama G
5 years ago

Go Rachel!

5 years ago

Not to take anything away from the swimmers, but so far the most exciting moment of this meet was when I saw that Natalie was commentating instead of Rowdy.

5 years ago

Who gets the money in a tie?

5 years ago

4.10.22 in March is ridiculous!

James Guy won that on sheer determination of not wanting to be beaten by another Brit ha

bobo gigi
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Seto is used to swimming fast times all year.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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