2017 TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions
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- LCM (50m)
- Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, California
- Results can be found on Meet Mobile, Search: “Irvine”
A few big names came to play on the first full day of the Fran Crippen Memorial Meet of Champions held in Irvine, including a pair of Olympic gold medalists and Cal Bear alumni in Nathan Adrian and Tom Shields.
Adrian produced the most impressive swim of the night, clocking 48.74 to win the men’s 100 free handily by over two seconds. Adrian continued his recent trend of coming home strong in this race, splitting 23.53/25.21. New Zealand’s Daniel Hunter (50.78) and Matt Stanley (50.89) rounded out the top three, and Stanford distance ace Liam Egan was 4th in 52.29.
Notably, 18-year-old Nate Biondi, son of eight-time Olympic gold medalist Matt Biondi, placed 5th in a time of 52.95. Biondi has committed to swim for the Cal Bears beginning next year.
Shields put up a solid time of 1:58.05 to win the men’s 200 fly, a full second faster than the 1:59.09 he posted to finish 2nd at the Mesa Pro Swim Series two weeks ago.
Mexican Ramiro Ramirez Juarez put up a time of 2:00.41 to place 2nd ahead of Stanford’s Grant Shoults (2:00.41) and New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby (2:03.37).
A third Olympic gold medalist from Cal was in action, as Abbey Weitzeil competed in the women’s 100 freestyle. Weitzeil took 2nd in the event in a time of 55.88, losing out to Canyon Aquatics’ Amanda Kendall who touched in 55.34 for the victory.
The men’s 400 free was another intriguing race, involving all three of Stanford’s distance men in Egan, Shoults and True Sweetser. Egan led wire-to-wire to earn the victory in 3:53.25, followed by Shoults (3:57.04) and New Zealand’s Ashby (3:58.51). Sweetser was 4th in 3:58.63.
Other winners on night 2:
- Helena Gasson, New Zealand, women’s 200 fly (2:12.64)
- Taylor McCoy, Gold Medal Swim Club, women’s 200 back (2:16.07)
- Patrick Conaton, Unattached/Stanford, men’s 200 back (2:01.17)
- Hayley McIntosh, New Zealand, women’s 400 free (4:15.43)