Arena Pro Swim Series Austin, TX, Day 1 Prelims Recap


100 LCM Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom dominates the first event of the meet, touching the pads in the 100 free in 53.72 to seed her first going in to tonight’s final. Excluding Sjostrom, who was the only woman to break the 54 second barrier this morning, 54 was the time to go to make it back into the A final, making tonight’s final one to watch. Here are the other 7 swimmers joining Sjostrom in the final; Abby Weitzeil (54.11), Dana Vollmer (54.44), Katie Ledecky (54.45),  Katinka Hosszu (54.58), Chantal van Landeghem (54.86), Missy Franklin (54.90) and Amanda Weir (54.96).

It was a similar situation on the men’s side, France’s Jerem Stravius was the only male to break the 49 second barrier this morning and nothing above 49 seconds made a spot in the A final. Tonight’s final will consist of Stravius (48.90), Nathan Adrian (49.26), Ryan Lochte (49.55), Jimmy Feigen (49.61), Matt Grevers (49.91), Michael Phelps (49.94), Michael Chadwick (49.96) and San Condorelli (49.97).

200 LCM Breast

Laura Sogar (2:27.42) edges out Molly Hannis (2:27.93) to take the top spot for tonight’s A final. Also coming back tonight is Anna Belousova (2:28.12), Melanie Margalis (2:28.27), Hilda Luthersdottir (2:28.32), Alia Atkinson (2:29.18), Breeja Larson (2:29.21) and  Esther Gonzalez Medina (2:29.77).

In the men’s event, Josh Prenot will take lane 4 tonight, after his 2:11.04 swim this morning. Also in tonight’s A final; Kevin Cordes (2:11.48), Erik Persson (2:12.38), Chase Kalisz (2:13.46), Andrew Wilson (2:13.47), Nic Fink (2:13.50), Will Licon (2:13.89) and Nicholas Schafer (2:14.86).

100 LCM Fly

Sjostrom (56.72) and Vollmer (57.62) both returned to the pool for their 2nd event of the morning, with a 1-2 seed in the 100 fly respectively. They will be joined by Noemie Thomas (58.70), Sarah Gibson (59.05), Kelly Naze (59.35), Felicia Lee (59.79), Claire Donahue (59.89) and Farida Osman (59.97) in the A final tonight.

Lochte and Phelps also came back for their 2nd event of the day, making it back for the A final in times of 52.58 and 52.99 respectively. Tonight’s final will be a race to watch with the top 8 all swimming between 52 high or 53 low this morning. The other 6 swimmers for the A final are; Giles Smith (52.63), Tom Shields (52.65), Tim Phillips (52.91), Matthew Josa (53.18), Simon Sjodin (53.20) and Zheng Wen Quah (53.23), who made the A final over Singapore national teammate Joseph Schooling. After scratching the 100 free, Jack Conger didn’t make it back to the A final, but is seeded 2nd in the B final (53.61), just behind Kyler VanSwol (53.50).

400 LCM Free

Ledecky and Hosszu swim impressive times for their 2nd event of the morning, clocking in in 4:01.45 and 4:06.58 respectively. Also coming back tonight is Leah Smith, who finished just ahead of Hosszu in 4:06.06 for a lane 5 spot, Lotte Friis (4:07.95), Stephanie Peacock (4:07.98), Becca Mann (4:08.17), Sarah Henry (4:11.37) and Cierra Runge (4:11.57).

5 of 8 swimmers with a 3:53 low in tonight’s final will make the men’s 400 free A final a race to watch. Michael McBroon will lead the way tonight in lane 4 with a prelims time of 3:51.34. Joining him is Jordan Pothain (3:51.49), Connor Jaeger (3:52.07), Jay Lelliott (3:53.10),  Mads Glaesner (3:53.20), True Sweetser (3:53.21), Zane Grothe (3:53.30) and Ous Mellouli (3:53.40).

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7 years ago

US Open record for Sjostrom in the 100 free! 53.12

KATIE LEDECKY 53.75???? Whoa.

7 years ago

Does anyone know why Clark Smith didn’t swim the 400 free? I was really interested as to what he would go.

7 years ago

Long course is a different animal. Swimming 70 meters of a 100m free is vastly different than swimming 30 yards of a 100 yard free.

He is going to have to get a lot stronger swimming wise if he wants to compete with the big bossy.

7 years ago

I’m being optimistic but maybe a WR for ledecky in the 400 free? The 100 will basically be a warm up for her, so…

Reply to  Ok
7 years ago

When she races , no mather where , she is the only swimmer to have the power to brake a WR anytime she feels . So why not

7 years ago

What happened with Ryan Hoffer’s 100 free today?

Reply to  E GAMBLE
7 years ago

He only had 30m of underwater to work with…

Joel Lin
7 years ago

Of course she can Dee. I wouldn’t bet against Dana Vollmer.

Andrew Majeske
Reply to  Joel Lin
7 years ago

Looks like she will be right in the mix for the 400 free relay scrum also.

7 years ago

GREAT!!! :-)))

7 years ago

Great progress from Vollmer, but she’ll need to be faster than ever to beat Sjoestroem in Rio de Janeiro. Can she? Yes. Will she? Probably not.

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My name is Lani Cabrera and I’m from a small island in the Caribbean called Barbados. I am a senior on the swim team at Florida Gulf Coast University and I also swim for the Barbados National Team. I am studying Public Relations here at FGCU and I have always had …

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