Men’s 50 Freestyle – FINAL – 2014 Austin Grand Prix – reported by Jared Anderson / SwimSwam Much like the…
After besting a pair of international distance stars in the 400, plus finishing second to Nathan Adrian in the 100 free last night, Agnel was back at it on night 2 in the middle-distance, going an unbelievable 1:45.76 to win the 200 free.
In a tightly-bunched final field for the splash-and-dash, it was savvy veterans who rose to the top. Multi-time Olympian Natalie Coughlin went 25.17, getting her hand on the wall first in a field loaded with big names.
In a battle of US Olympians, it was Allison Schmitt who triumphed over Katie Ledecky in the 200 freestyle.
Dwyer used a strong backstroke leg to build a lead on Tunisian Olympian and long-distance specialist Ous Mellouli. The two were almost identical split-wise apart from that backstroke, where Dwyer went 1:06.4 to Mellouli’s 1:07.5. That one second proved to be the difference as Dwyer went 4:16.58 to Mellouli’s 4:17.69.
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SwimMAC’s Lawrence pulled out to an early lead and survived a late charge by 2013 NCAA Champ Laura Sogar to win the Austin Grand Prix 200 breaststroke.
Adrian won the race from an outside lane, leading wire-to-wire to put up a great time against a stacked field.
Katie Ledecky simply swam away from the field in this race as she’s become known for doing, picking up a win by 5 seconds over a tough field.
Yannick Agnel once again proves his freestyle prowess over a huge range of distances, winning the 400 free at Austin.
Tom Shields used his outstanding underwaters to leave the field in his wake on night 1 of the Austin Grand Prix.
Dwyer executes an odd double at the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, 100 free and 200 breast, but handles it with ease with his NBAC base of training.
Micah Lawrence won in front of a very familiar crowd in the 200 breast. The SwimMAC pro, who grew up in the Austin area, went 2:25.73, splitting her race with incredible consistency to win the event.
Yannick Agnel continues to impress on American soil after joining Bob Bowman’s North Baltimore Aquatic Club for his training.
The American sprint star pulled out a surprising 48.26 to blow away a great field here in the 100 free. For a swim in mid-January, that’s an awfully promising time for one of the many great sprinters in a crowded world field.