Just One “A” Scratch For Day 1 Finals of Arena Pro Swim Series Austin


The first evening session of the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin sees all but one A-Final remain in tact across both the men and the women.

Dana Vollmer decided to focus solely on the 100m butterfly race tonight, foregoing her 3rd-seeded spot in the first event, the women’s 100m freestyle. Vollmer clocked a swift mark of 54.44 in the 100 free, her fastest since returning to competition post-baby, but will certainly have her hands full in her signature fly event swimming alongside Swedish showstopper, Sarah Sjostrom. 

With Vollmer’s scratch, High Performance Center-Ontario’s Sandrine Mainville gets bumped up to the 100m freestyle A-Final, having been seeded 9th with her time of 55.03. Subsequently, Texas A&M’s Claire Rasmus now finds herself in the B-Final.

The two other scratches on the night come in the B-Finals of the 100m butterfly races, with SwimMAC Elite’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace opting out of the B-Final for the women and Texas’ Joseph Schooling scratching out for the men. AVW’s absence now moves Andrea Ward into the B-Final, while Schooling’s scratch opens the door for Soeren Dahl to swim tonight.

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Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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