Race Video: Katinka Hosszu wins 200 Free, 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Orlando

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WOMEN’S 200 Freestyle – Reported by Jared Anderson

To no surprise, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu started out her 2014 U.S. Grand Prix adventure with a runaway victory. What might have been a little surprising is that her finals time was about a half-second slower than what she went this morning. Hosszu is limited by the Grand Prix’s rules and able to swim only 7 events over the weekend,  a far cry from her usual packed schedules. That led to some speculation that perhaps we’d see her blow up events at finals with the extra rest. That theory will need plenty more observation to support it, but this finals 200 free also makes one wonder if there will be an adjustment period for the Iron Lady – she might need a few competitions to get used the extra time between events in the more limited schedule.

Nonetheless, both of her 200s today were under the old meet record, with her prelims 1:57.60 officially taking the record moving forward. Second in this race was her country-woman Agnes Mutina, who went 2:00.50 – that barely touched out American Chloe Sutton, who had a nice swim in 2:00.61.

Another American star, Megan Romano, was fourth in another two-double-oh (2:00.98) and fifth place was 14-year-old Courtney Harnish of York YMCA.

The B final wen to Gator Swim Club’s Andreina Pinto, who cut more than three seconds off her morning swim to go 2:01.14.

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Steve Nolan

Cameraman just holding the camera walking back and forth on-deck…not the hotness.

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