Minneapolis Grand Prix Day Two Finals: Live Recap

Minneapolis Grand Prix Day Two Finals: Live Recap

Women 200 Yard Butterfly

In a great start to the evening’s races, Tori Simenec, Kelsey Drake and Ruby Martin in lanes 3, 4 and 5 put on quite a show. Drake was out first, turning in 56.3 with Martin right on her heels. Simenec began her charge at the 150 and put pressure on the leaders. Martin looked like she was answering, but Simenec slipped in to the wall first, winning the B-final in 1:57.46 to Martin’s 1:57.58. Drake was 2:00.35.

The A-final produced an even more stunning finish. Elizabeth Beisel was out in 55.1 with Caitlin Leverenz right behind her in 55.5. Katie McLaughlin was another 2/10 back but right in the chase. Maya DiRado moved up on the leaders at the 150 from out in lane 7, and all four of them raced for home. Leverenz clocked a 1:54:34 to win; Di Rado finished second in 1:54.97; and a hard-charging McLaughlin tied with Beisel for third in 1:55.15.

Men 200 Yard Butterfly

Grant Shoults of Mission Viejo won the B-final with a very strong middle 100; he dropped nearly 4 seconds off his seed time and touched in 1:45.32 ahead of Ryan Harty (1:47.06) and Bowen Anderson (1:47.65).

Tyler Clary led the A-final from start to finish, winning in 1:44.73. Usually the strongest back-halfer, he took it out first this time and held on. Kyler VanSwol matched Clary’s second half but finished just behind, going 1:45.35. Third place went to Guillermo Blanco in 1:45.53.

Women 50 Freestyle

In terrific double, Katie McLaughlin was back in the B-final of the 50 free, where she stunned the field with a 22.82 victory. Rhi Jeffrey in lane 4 finished second with 22.86, and Blake Zeiger was third in 22.98.

Margo Geer, the fourth-fastest of all time in the event, went out like a rocket and left no doubt as to who would win the event. She touched in 21.94, the only sub-22 sprinter in the field. Karlee Bispo came in second from way out in lane 1; she went 22.46 while Zoe Avestruz took third in 22.48.

Beata Nelson went a lifetime best and picked up a fourth-place finish with 22.51. Becca Weiland was 22.56 for fifth, then Lisa Boyce (22.59), Shannon Vreeland (22.66), and Annie Ochitwa (22.74).

Men 50 Freestyle

The B-final of the men’s 50 free went to Darian Townsend, who kept a slight lead over the field the entire time, in 20.02. Marcus Schlesinger got to the wall just in front of En-wei Hu-Van Wright, 20.32.

And then came the fireworks.

American record-holder Nathan Adrian just crushed it with an 18.83, seemingly miles ahead of everyone else. Bruno Fratus touched in 19.33, exactly a half-second back, while Miguel Ortiz picked up the bronze in 19.42.

The entire championship final came in under the 20-second mark: Danny Tucker was fourth in 19.52, then Derek Toomey (19.65), James Disney-May (19.71), Mark Weber (19.75), and Marcelo Chierighini (19.80).

Women 100 Backstroke

A lot of familiar names were back for yet another final when the 100 back took to the water. Katie McLaughlin and Maya DiRado opposed each other once again, but this time DiRado took control early on and continued to build her lead, finishing with a smooth 53.16. Marie-Pier Couillard took second in 54.00, and Katie Hoff picked up a third in 54.47.

The championship final was all Beata Nelson, though. After her NAG last night in the 100 fly, and the way she went out in the 100 back tonight, it looked like we might have another record to celebrate. And while she went a best time –her first sub-52 performance– she fell just short of Rachel Bootsma’s 15-16 NAG with her 51.67 victory. Dominique Bouchard was second in 52.33 and Zoe Avestruz, third, with 52.82.

Men 100 Backstroke

Michael Andrew was the top seed in the consolation final of the men’s 100 back and he followed up with a win of the heat. Out in a 23.5, Andrew finished in 48.67. Austin Surhoff followed in with 49.12, just .01 ahead of Stephen Seliskar’s 49.12.

Club Wolverine’s Junya Koga had an explosive swim in the championship final of the men’s 100 back. He went 44.86 and won by well over a body length. Teammate Miguel Ortiz was second with 45.94. Badger’s James Wells rounded out the podium in 46.19.

Women 500 Freestyle

Gabrielle Kopenski, the 14-year-old from Frisco Aquatics, who dropped about 7 seconds between prelims and finals, won the consolation of the 500 free with 4:42.61. Jessica Plant of Minnesota came in second at 4:44.65; Sandra Soe out of Santa Clara went 4:47.08.

Elizabeth Beisel led the championship final from start to finish, but there was a lot of jockeying going on for second place as Shannon Vreeland, Lindsay Vrooman and Brooke Zeiger all took turns making a run at it. Beisel touched in 4:37.00, a five-second improvement from her prelims time and only 2.5 off her seed time. Beisel has had some excellent mid-season swims at this meet. Minnesota freshman Zeiger had the strongest back half and wound up second in 4:39.50. Vrooman finished just in front of Vreeland, 4:40.13 to 4:40.99.

Becca Mann of North Baltimore and Kiera Janzen of Minnesota tied for fifth with 4:42.93. Golden Gophers Sam Harding (4:46.44) and Brooke Lorentzen (4:46.48) rounded out the top eight.

Men 500 Freestyle

In the consolation final, Michael Nunan went for the outside smoke in lane 8, taking it out very strong and keeping the lead for most of the race. Aidan Burns came home in a 1:44.2, though, and got in there for the win with 4:23.04. Nunan held on for second in the heat, going 4:24.25. Ben Bravence of Minnesota was third in 4:26.13.

There was intrigue in the A-final of the 500, but it wasn’t in the battle for first. Club Wolverine’s Connor Jaeger took control from the beginning and set the pace for the rest of the field, effectively sewing up the win early on. However, Tyler Clary and Frank Dyer kept the crowd in suspense over the last 150 or so as they raced for second. Clary got the touch in 4:18.45; Dyer was third with 4:18.83.

Michael Weiss (4:21.04), Nick Norman (4:22.33), CJ Smith (4:24.07), Ryan Feeley (4:24.10), and Jeremy Bagshaw (4:24.91) also finished in the top eight.

Women 200 Breaststroke

The consolation final of the women’s 200 breast was one of the best races of the evening session. The top three were nose-to-nose throughout most of the race. Golden West’s Nora Deleske made a move to put some distance behind her and it paid off, as she was able to stay in front and finish in 2:14.68. Deleske dropped .6 in prelims and another .8 in finals for a total of a 1.3-second improvement. Asphalt Green’s Anna Belousova finished just behind Deleske, touching in 2:15.02; she, too, picked up a new best time. Frisco Aquatics’ Destiny Nelson was the third of the trio to hit the wall; she went 2:15.22.

Minnesota’s Kierra Smith repeated her morning performance, just faster, in the A-final. She went out strong and came back even stronger, dropping another .7 and finishing in 2:05.12, turning in the sixth-fastest 200 breast in history. Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg just edged California’s Caitlin Leverenz, 2:07.97 to 2:07.99 for second.

Hilda Luthersdottir came in next (2:09.69), followed by Bronwyn Pasloski (2:10.43), Haley Spencer (2:10.54), Justine Bowker (2:14.39), and Emily McClelland (2:14.67).

Men 200 Breaststroke

John Bushman won the consolation final, just dipping under his seed time with 1:56.22. Minnesota’s Conner McHugh took second in the heat, ahead of Alpkan Ornek of North Baltimore (1:59.01).

The A-final produced a lot of excitement, with close contests across the board. BJ Johnson took it out first and that ended up making the difference. He was the eventual victor with 1:53.80. Marat Amaltdinov of Purdue dropped another 1.1 and finished second in 1:54.46. North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer was only .05 behind him. Lyam Dias of Purdue (1:55.22), Carlos Almeida of Louisville Cardinals (1:55.23), and NY Athletic Club’s Mike Alexandrov (1:55.95) were all bunched up and finished nearly together, while Matthew Anderson (1:57.40) and Trevor Hoyt (1:58.57) rounded out the top eight.


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bobo gigi
8 years ago

Day 2 race videos

Men’s 50 free A-Final
Women’s 50 free A-Final
Men’s 100 back A-Final
Women’s 100 back A-Final
Men’s 200 fly A-Final
Women’s 200 fly A-Final
Men’s 500 free A-Final
Women’s 500 free A-Final
Men’s 200 breast A-Final
Women’s 200 breast A-Final
Thanks to USA swimming.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

2.05.12 for Kierra Smith.

Good night everyone.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Women’s 200 breast. I said that Kierra Smith was the favorite but I forgot that Melanie Margalis was in the race and she looks very strong since last year. Close battle to expect between both girls.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Jaeger wins the men’s race in 4.15. Nothing to say.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Solid 4.37.00 for Miss Beisel who easily wins the 500 free.
She knows she will need a very very strong freestyle in 2016 to beat Ye Shiwen and Katinka Hosszu in the 400 IM.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Nice 4.42.61 for 14-year-old Gabrielle Kopenski.
She crushed her PB of 4.49.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

44.86 for Koga!
Always impressive to see someone under 45.
I can’t still believe Nick Thoman has swum 44.07 one year ago!

8 years ago

Wow!Koga 44.86 is strong!

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