Vanderpool-Wallace develops 100 free with sights on 2016

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Women’s 50 freestyle – Final – 2014 Arena Grand Prix

After missing her heat this morning and qualifying from the B-flight during prelims, Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace won the 50 freestyle with the eighth fastest time in the world this year at 24.65. Her SwimMAC teammate, Madison Kennedy finished second at 24.78. Jessica Hardy was third at 25.46, and Ivy Martin, the swimmer from Wisconsin, finished fourth at 25.53. Faith Johnson and Amanda Weir finsihed 5th and 6th, both touching the wall under the 26 second mark.

Katie Meili dropped .63 seconds to win the B-final of the women’s 50 freestyle.

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bobo gigi
6 years ago

100 free in yards and 100 free in long course are 2 very different events.
AVW is another example of that.
She’s the fastest ever in yards.
But she struggles in the big pool.
I wish her the best for the future but she has a long way to go if she wants to be in the olympic final.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

AVW seems to struggle to be consistent in the 100 free long course, but she went a 53.73 at London 2012, so the potential is obviously there since she seems to keep getting better.

6 years ago

Still don’t like USAS teams and coaches training our Olympic competitors! I thought the goal was to increase the medal count for the USA, not the coach.

Reply to  Oficially
6 years ago

How insulting. Your opinion is noted, but think for a moment beyond just national pride. These are all athletes with a few things in common: they are dedicated to the sport they love and thrive in, and they all have zero control over the nation they were born in.

To me, there’s not much more exciting than having more than two swimmers in an olympic final from the same coach. Like when Mike Bottom had like half the 2004 final in the 50 free. How cool was that!?!

6 years ago

Why do you assume the previous poster was basing his comments on national (ie American) pride? Top swimmers from other countries improve the training environment in the US and therefore improve US swimming. I think it equally likely that the previous poster seeks to see their foreign nation improve and beat the US in Olympic swimming.

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