The 2016 Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions opened in Mission Viejo, California Thursday night, with Stephanie Peacock and Ous Mellouli earning distance wins.
Live results (also available on the Meet Mobile app)
Peacock, who now trains with the Mission Viejo Nadadores club that hosts the yearly event, won the women’s 800 free in 8:25.89. That’s a great midseason swim for Peacock – it’s the fastest she’s been since the U.S. Open in 2012, where she set her lifetime-best at 8:24.36. She was 8:28 at Nationals last summer.
Her winning swim from the Swim Meet of Champions ranks her #8 worldwide for the season:
Behind her, 18-year-old Hailey Houck of the Sandpipers of Nevada had a huge swim, cutting more than three seconds off her lifetime-best and notching a new Olympic Trials cut time. Houck was second overall in 8:47.23, more than seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
32-year-old Olympic champion Ous Mellouli, also swimming for Mission Viejo, won the men’s 1500 free in 15:15.46. That’s a drop of about a second from what he went at the Mesa Pro Swim Series earlier in the month, and is his best swim since 2013 in the event.
Mellouli won this event at the 2008 Olympics for Tunisia, and he took the bronze medal in 2012.
The top 5 finishers were all under the U.S. Olympic Trials cut, though it was a new cut for just one of them. Mission Viejo’s Daniel O’Connor was 15:35.98 for second behind Mellouli, with former Mission Viejo standout and now-California Golden Bear Nick Norman going 15:48.09 for third.
17-year-old Carter Grimes of the Sandpipers of Nevada went 15:48.09, dropping 5 seconds and earning a new Olympic Trials cut. Meanwhile Logan Redondo was 15:49.30 for Mission Viejo.
Women’s 800 Free
Men’s 1500 Free