LA Invite Day 2: Yufei Zhang Tops Head-to-Head 200 fly vs. Hosszu


  • USC Uytengsu Aquatic Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • July 12th-15th
  • Prelims at 8:30 a.m., finals at 5 p.m.
  • Psych sheet
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2018 CA Los Angeles Invite (1)”

Night two of the 2018 Los Angeles Invite featured finals for the women’s 800 free and 400 IM, men’s and women’s 100 free, 200 fly, 200 back, and 400 free relay, as well as the men’s 400 free.

Top prelims qualifier Katinka Hosszu (8:44.31) scratched the final, paving the way for Trojan Swim Club’s Isabella Rongione to kick off the night with a win in the 800 free, going 8:48.87. South Bay’s Juli Arzave was second in 8:50.70, followed by North Coast’s Greta Fanta in 8:53.48.

Trojan Swim Club’s Kasia Wilk topped the women’s 100 free in 55.68, followed by Andrea Murez (Israel) in 55.76. Lihui Lao, swimming unattached, was third in 55.85. Olympic champion in the 100 breast Ruta Meilutyte put up a fifth-place performance of 56.24. In the men’s race, 20-year-old Jintong Yang put up a stellar 48.63 to take the top spot after going 49.85 in prelims. Veteran Vlad Morozov was second in 48.82, and Hexin Zu was third in 49.37. Conor Dwyer took fourth place in 49.38.

Former world junior record holder Yufei Zhang edged out Katinka Hosszu to win the women’s 200 fly, with the two going 2:08.79 and 2:09.27 respectively. Zhang said after the race that she was targetting a 2:07.  Liyan Yu was third in 2:12.80. Nova’s Andrew Koustik put up a commanding win the men’s race, going 1:57.84; his previous best in the event was 1:58.15. Schuchang Zhou was second in 2:00.49, and Peak’s Ethan Hu was third in 2:01.67.

Katinka Hosszu came back to win the 200 back shortly after swimming the 200 fly, going 2:12.18. SoCal Aquatics’ Harvard-commit Samantha Shelton was second in 2:13.20, and Buenaventura’s Solie Laughlin was third in 2:15.30. Yutian Wang topped the men’s race in 1:59.74, followed by UCSB’s Douglas Nogueira in 2:04.12. Baja’s Fernando Ruvalcaba Cruz was third in 2:05.39.

Katinka Hosszu went 4:44.22 to win the 400 IM, her third event of the night. Rising USC senior Riley Scott – primarily a breaststroker – was 2nd in 4:48.01, over a second drop off her previous best. Nova’s Isabelle Odgers took third in 4:53.67.

2015 open water world champion and 2016 Olympic 1500 finalist Jordan Wilimovsky won the men’s 400 free in 3:53.56, followed by UCSB’s Logan Hotchkiss in 3:58.15. Orca’s Ben Olszewski took third in 3:58.53.

Nova’s women’s team of Ella Ristic, Ayla Spitz, Amanda Hseh, and Mackenzie Degn won 400 free relay in 3:49.41. In second was Gator Swim Club in 3:54.41, and in third, Team Rebel Aquatics in 3:54.50. Nova’s men’s team of Sean Slusiewicz, Owen Kao, Dominic Falcon, and Andrew Koustik won the men’s race in 3:30.03. Team Rebel Aquatics was second in 4:34.10, followed closely by Peak in 3:34.23.





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6 years ago

Kasia Wilk is Team Rebel not Trojan

6 years ago

This is how the USA could go,
Plenty of immigration, excessive immigration leads to the new inhabitants of califor

bobo gigi
6 years ago

USA the new dream training place for Chinese swimmers….
So funny 😆

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Totally agree. uSA was badmouthing Australia coaches for taking the Chinese money to coach their athletes and now we are doing the same thing. Hypocritical

Reply to  Superfan
6 years ago

I think using the phrases “USA” and “Australia” to represent who was badmouthing who and who is coaching who is probably overly broad to describe the truth.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

You are correct, it was Australian swimmers who were upset at Australian coaches for training foreign swmmers from known PED-violating programs, and USA swimmers should be just as upset at American coaches like Marsh and Schubert who are doing the same in the USA. Yufei Zhang comes from a team where her coach (Liu Haitao) has been suspended for two years in connection with the doping ban of one of his teen swimmers, Liu Zixuan.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

What do you mean?

Reply to  Superfan
6 years ago

I don’t think people realized that is what was happening. They show up at a meet and you think they are just visiting the USA for a couple travel meets. Now it is revealed that they are here for extended training. The Chinese own a lot of property here it wouldn’t surprise me if one day they buy a training facility without anyone knowing it until it has happened

Reply to  Taa
6 years ago

Yes, they do. own property/ Irvine would have had grown as much if the Chinese were not interested in it. It grew 11,000 last year.

6 years ago

Also… Koustik is starting to look dangerous in that 200 fly. 2018 might be too early but 2020 may be his year…

6 years ago

Jintong Yang was a former World Junior Champs elite distance swimmer… It’ll be interesting to see how he develops in the sprints…

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