2017 ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES – ATLANTA
- May 4-7, 2017
- McAuley Aquatic Center
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Long Course (50m)
- Prelims/Finals: 10 AM / 7 PM (EST)
- Psych Sheet (as of May 4th)
- Meet Central / Live Stream
- Live Results (Omega)
- Results Also on Meet Mobile (search Atlanta)
- Friday Finals Heat Sheet
The first finals session from Atlanta is bound to be an exciting one, with plenty of great races on the docket.
Highlights tonight include Katie Ledecky‘s 100/400 free double, which will be separated by a mere 13 minutes according to tonight’s timeline. Kelsi Worrell and Tom Shields headline the 100 fly, while both the men’s and women’s 200 breast events should be fun with plenty of contenders in each.
Simone Manuel will look to lower her pool record from this morning in the women’s 100 free, while the men’s event became a lot more wide open with Park’s scratch. Joao De Lucca, Blake Pieroni, Mohamed Samy and Michael Chadwick were all sub-50 this morning. Both 400s will likely be run away wins for Ledecky and Park, though both Felix Auboeck and Clark Smith could give Park a run in the men’s event.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINAL
- US Open Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2015
GT Pool Record: 57.60, Rachel Komisarz, 2007
Kelsi Worrell was out fast in 26.98 and increased her lead coming home, recording a time of 57.50 to break a ten year-old pool record and move to #6 in the world.
MEN’S 100 FLY FINAL
- US Open Record: 50.22, Michael Phelps, 2009
- GT Pool Record: 51.86, Joseph Schooling, 2016
After Tim Phillips had the lead at the turn, Cal’s Tom Shields used his phenomenal underwater skills to take the lead and he held strong throughout the back 50, touching in a time of 52.09. That swim improves his season best of 52.42 and moves him up from 25th to 12th in the world rankings.
Texas’ Jack Conger took off about half a second from the morning to touch 2nd in 52.56, just ahead of the top seed from the morning Santiago Grassi of Auburn. Phillips ended up 5th in 52.92, just behind Pavel Sankovich (52.81) and 0.01 ahead of Matthew Josa.
In the B final, Marcus Schlesinger threw down the fastest opening 50 of anyone in 23.85, ultimately winning the heat by nearly a second in 52.70.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- US Open Record: 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni, 2009
- GT Pool Record: 2:21.46, Rebecca Soni, 2011
Katie Meili took off from lane 7 tonight and never looked back. After winning this event in Mesa in mid-April, she topped that performance with another win in a time of 2:23.18, a new best time. She had the fastest opening and closing 100 of anyone in the field, putting together a complete performance. She improves from 21st to 5th in the world for 2016-17.
Behind Meili, rivals Lilly King and Kierra Smith battled hard the entire race, with King getting the touch by three one-hundredths. Melanie Margalis took 4th in 2:26.56. Bethany Galat took the B final in 2:31.30.
MEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
In a very tight field, Chase Kalisz pulled away on the third 50 and held everyone at bay coming home, winning the event in a new best time of 2:10.74. Both Cody Miller and Nicolas Fink were in the hunt the whole race but couldn’t hang with Kalisz on the last 100, taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Carlos Claverie took off over 2 seconds from the morning for 4th in 2:12.11.
Canadian Richard Funk topped the B final in 2:14.80.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE PRELIMS
- US Open Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
- GT Pool Record: 53.75, Simone Manuel, 2017
Simone Manuel was out first and extended her lead coming home, touching 1st in 53.82, just off her morning swim of 53.75 that was a new pool record. Sandrine Mainville was out just a tenth behind Manuel and managed to hold off the rest of the field for 2nd in 54.44.
MEN’S 100 FREE PRELIMS
- US Open Record: 47.58, Jason Lezak, 2008
- GT Pool Record: 48.29, Nathan Adrian, 2016
Michael Chadwick got out fast, but Blake Pieroni and Joao De Lucca charged hard coming home to make it a very close battle to the wall. At the touch, it was Pieroni in 49.18, managing to hold off De Lucca who had the fastest back 50 in the field at 25.28. Chadwick took 3rd, with Matias Koski (49.71) and Jacob Pebley (49.80) both under 50 seconds as well.
In the B final, Cal’s Ryan Murphy got out to a fast opening 50 of 23.77, finishing to win the heat in 49.60 chopping over a second off his morning swim.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE PRELIMS
As expected Ledecky was out from the start, opening up a 2-second advantage just 100m in. She nearly even split the race, out in 2:00.0 and back in 2:00.9 to win in 4:00.98. The time improves her #1 world ranked time by three one-hundredths.
At the halfway mark it was a battle between three women for 2nd, with Joanna Evans, Cierra Runge and Hali Flickinger all in the mix at 2:03s. However, Evans and Flickinger pulled away on the back half, with Evans getting the touch for 2nd in 4:08.44 to Flickinger’s 4:08.62. Runge finished 7th, though just half a second back of 4th.
MEN’S 400 FREE PRELIMS
- US Open Record: 3:43.53, Larsen Jensen, 2008
GT Pool Record: 3:47.78, Yannick Agnel, 2011
Just as Ledecky, Park Tae Hwan was well ahead the entire race, winning in a very fast 3:44.38. That swim is well under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 3:48.15 and will qualify him for the World Championships. Park, who closed in an incredible 26.27, shattered the existing pool record by over three seconds. He improves his #4 world ranked time of 3:44.68 set back in November.
Club Wolverine’s Felix Auboeck had a solid swim to take 2nd in 3:50.39, followed by Patrick Callan who shaved over five seconds off his entry time for 3rd. The race for 4th was tight, with swimmers 4 through 8 all clocking 3:53-something, but it was Marcelo Acosta who got the touch in 3:53.11.