In what seems to be a trend tonight, Katie Ledecky won the women’s 400m freestyle in start-to-finish fashion in a new junior world record of 4:03.84. That improved upon her own official record of 4:05.27 from prelims, though it was still four seconds slower than her personal best.
Veteran swim star Natalie Coughlin kicked off the women’s 100m freestyle with a strong start, leading the field to the wall in 26.16 – very similar to how she paced her prelims swim.
Dwyer was a body length behind McBroom at the halfway point, and couldn’t catch up to him going into the last 100, with McBroom winning in 3:50.87. That’s withing about a second of his lifetime best.
Alia Atkinson stole the show tonight in the 200m breaststroke leading from start to finish.
Nathan Adrian smiles after his 48.2 win in the 100 free during the post race interview with Rowdy Gaines.
Michael Phelps has more fun in the 100 fly post race interview.
Michael Phelps didn’t get a win in his first final coming back from an 18-month retirement at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix, but the men’s 100 fly final was still the best race of the night between him and rival Ryan Lochte.
2014 Mesa Grand Prix: Friday Morning Heat Sheets Show Split Up of Michael Andrew/Michael Phelps Battle
Simone Manuel has dropped the 200 free from her Friday schedule so that she may focus on the 50 instead.
Michael Phelps looks very smooth and very low in his butterfly races so far at the Mesa Grand Prix.
Another look at Phelps’ finals swim in the 100 butterfly, including numbers from the 2012 Austin Grand Prix.
After breaking the junior world record in the 400 freestyle with a 4:05.27 in prelims, Katie Ledecky re-broke her mark in…
He’s Baaaack. The winningest Olympian of all-time Michael Phelps swam his first race since the 2012 Olympics on Thursday at the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix. He took the top seed over Rival Ryan Lochte, and the two will swim side-by-side in finals.
Katie Ledecky was over five seconds short of her lifetime best, but still broke the FINA Junior World Record on Thursday morning in Mesa.
Here is Phelps by the numbers this morning in Mesa in his 100 butterfly.
Michael Phelps 100 butterfly prelim – comeback – in photos.