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MEN’S 200 butterfly – 2014 Arena Grand Prix Orlando – Reported by Jared Anderson
The men’s 200 fly will probably go down as the tightest 3-man finish of the weekend. American Tyler Clary and Singaporean Florida high schooler Joseph Schooling battled much of the way before Hungarian David Verraszto suddenly sprang into the dual on the last 50. The three came to the wall dead even, but it was Verraszto that got the touch, going 1:59.59. Clary was just behind in 1:59.63 and Schooling was even closer to him at 1:59.65 in a thrilling photo finish. That’s the second victory for Verraszto this weekend; he won the 400 IM in a huge time last night.
Island Swim Club’s Alec Page led the next pack of swimmers into the wall, going 2:01.03 for fourth place. Puerto Rico’s Yeziel Morales was fifth, Brazil’s Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira sixth, Colombia’s David Arias Gonzalez seventh and another Canadian, Eric Hedlin, eighth.
The B final went to Swim Ontario’s Evan White. The 18-year-old went 2:03.18 to win by a second and a half.