Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Robert Gibbs.
ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES AT MESA
- Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, April 16, 2016
- Skyline Aquatic Center
- Mesa, Arizona (same as Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7 hours)
- Prelims 9AM / Finals 5PM (12PM/8PM Eastern Daylight Time)
- Psych Sheet
- Live Stream
- Live Results
- Meet Central
- Saturday AM Program
WOMEN’S 100 METER FREESTYLE – FINAL
- FINA A: 54.43
- S. Olympic Trials: 56.49
- Simone Manuel, Unattached, 53.80
- Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic Club, 54.22
- Dana Vollmer, California Aquatics, 54.54
Again, the top three seeds reprised their placings from this morning. Simone Manuel knocked .13 off her time from this morning to take the win in 53.80. That’s Manuel’s best time this season by a little over a tenth of a second. The only two USA women who have been faster this season were also in the heat. One of them, Abbey Weitzeil, turned just ahead of Manuel, but Manuel ran her down in the middle of the pool, and while it looked like Weitzeil may have closed the gap some toward the end, it wasn’t enough, and she settled for 2nd in 54.22. Veteran Dana Vollmer took 3rd in 54.54 after going under 57 in the 100 fly last night.
Amanda Weir, the only 30-something in the field, tied Lia Neal for 5th in 54.70. Katie Ledecky took 6th in 54.89 a little under an hour after swimming the 800 free. She currently has the fastest time among US women this season, with a 53.70 from January’s Arena Pro Series meet in Austin. Kelsi Worrell held off Margo Geer, 55.45 to 55.50, for 7th place.
Allison Schmitt had a great swim to win the B-final, dropping 6 tenths of a second to be the only one in the heat to dip under 55, posting a very solid 54.88.