Saturday, January 16, 2010

USA Swimming Grand Prix, Long Beach: Day 2 Prelims

Whenever a major meet comes around, Jason Marsteller of Swimming World is at the computer typing up an instant recap. This weekend, he is spending all of his time at the CeraVe Invite in New Jersey, so I will be doing instant recaps from finals sessions tonight and tomorrow night. Check out Swimming World TV at 8pm eastern/5pm pacific for that coverage. Remember that live results and live video are available from Long Beach. I enjoyed the conversations on the live video during short course nationals, so let's keep that going tonight.

I had some practice with prelims this morning:

Women's 100 Free

Trojan's Jessica Hardy (49.11) led the way in the first event of prelims of the meet. She and Dana Vollmer of California Aquatics (49.64) were the only two swimmers under 50 seconds. Vollmer's teammate Madison Kennedy was 4th with a time of 50.18, while FAST swimmers Katie Hoff (50.08), Ariana Kukors (50.24), and Caroline Burckle (51.07) finished 3rd, 5th, and 8th, and USC swimmers Joan Christel Simms (50.72) and Presley Bard (50.99) were 7th and 8th. Notably, star sprinter Kara Lynn Joyce of FAST swam a 51.11 and took 9th, so she will be swimming in the B-Final tonight.

Men's 100 Free

Three-time Olympian and 2008 American relay hero Jason Lezak, representing Rose Bowl Aquatics, made his debut for 2010 in Long Beach, taking his spot in the finals of his pet event with a 7th place finish and a time of 44.92. Rising star Vladimir Morozov led the way with a 43.46, followed by Olympian Matt Grevers, the only other swimmer under 44, who swam a 43.87. The Cal Aquatics pair of Will Copeland (44.03) and Bennett Clark (44.61) finished 3rd and 5th, while international swimmers Trojan's Markus Rogan (44.43) and Tucson Ford's Masayuki Kishida (44.81) were 4th and 6th. Rounding out the field was 30-year old Robert Bogart (45.19) from the Santa Clara Swim Club.

Women's 200 Fly

Swimmers from the University of Southern California will dominate the final, with four swimmers from USC making the cut, which was sub-2:02. World champs bronze medalist Katinka Hosszu, from Hungary, representing USC, swam a 1:59.01, finishing 2nd behind her teammate Lyndsay De Paul (1:57.79). Also of USC, Yumi So took 3rd in 1:59.09. Rounding out the sub-2:00 swims was Felicia Lee of North Baltimore (1:59.51). The other four swimmers who will go for the title tonight are North Coast's Kendyl Stewart (2:00.00), USC's Tanya Krisman (2:00.53), Noelle Tarazona (2:01.26), and Andrea Kropp (2:01.84).

Men's 200 Fly

Trojan's Hidemasa Sano crushed the field by more than three seconds in the 200 fly prelims, finishing in a 1:43.35. Next best was Todd Patrick of North Baltimore, who checked in at 1:46.64. 1000 free winner last night, Robert Margalis of FAST, took 3rd in 1:48.51. Backstroker David Russell of California Aquatics (1:48.66), Club Wolverine's Alex Vanderkaay (1:48.91), California Capital Aquatics' Evan Virtue (1:48.98), Trojan's Eddie Erazo (Puerto Rico) (1:50.25), and FAST's Tamas Kerekjarto (Hungary) (1:50.27).

Women's 200 Back

North Baltimore's Elizabeth Pelton put on a dominant performance in the event in which she placed 6th at the worlds. She touched in 1:55.08, well ahead of the 1:57.91 turned in by FAST's Katie Hoff. Touching next was Melanie Klaren of Mission Viejo (1:58.09), followed by FAST's Ariana Kukors (1:58.44) and USC's Presley Bard (1:58.47). Bonnie Brandon of Mission Aurora, who took second in the 1000 free last night, was 6th in 1:58.94, while USC's Lyndsay De Paul was 7th in 1:59.24. As is her custom, FAST's Margaret Hoelzer, the Olympic silver medalist, squeaked into the final field with a 2:00.03. Look for Hoelzer to cut major time tonight.

Men's 200 Back

With no cap and a full head of hair and wearing merely a practice suit, Trojan's Markus Rogan paced the 200 back prelims. The Austrian, who formerly held the world record in this event in short course meters, checked in with a 1:45.67. Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers, the Olympic silver medalist in the 100 back, placed second in 1:46.12, while Cal Aquatic's David Russell (1:46.13) took third. FAST's Robert Margalis qualified for his second final of the day, finishing fourth in 1:46.78. North Baltimore swimmers Ellis Miller (1:46.93) and Patrick Murphy (1:47.86) took 5th and 8th, while Jiheun Kim of UCB (1:47.17) and Peter Kline (1:47.52) of Cal Poly rounded out the field.

Women's 500 Free

Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo backed up from her win in the 1000 free last night to take the top seed in the 500 free ahead of American Record-holder Katie Hoff. Sutton touched at 4:45.56, while Hoff, in her third swim of the morning session, came in at 4:46.29. World Championship team member Haley Anderson of USC finished third in 4:47.62, followed by PSP's Lynette Lin (4:47.74), West Coast's Kelsey Cummings (4:51.14), North Baltimore's Felicia Lee (4:51.54), FAST's Caroline Burckle (4:52.97), and North Coast Aquatics' Nita-Karlina Petric (4:53.63).

Men's 500 Free

Representing North Baltimore, swimming superstar Michael Phelps made his 2010 debut in Long Beach, swimming the 500. Phelps cruised through the swim and touched in 4:24.20. Finishing 2nd was John Koehler of the Dayton Raiders (4:27.33), who took second in the 1000 last night, while Swiss Olympian Dominik Meichtry, representing Trojan, took third in 4:27.37. Zane Grothe of Beach Heatwave, the 3rd-place finisher in the 1000, took fourth in 4:27.55, while Cal Poly's Matt Waggoner (4:28.78), Santa Clara Swim Club's Jackson Partin (4:30.70), Club Wolverine's Alex Vanderkaay (4:30.91), and Mission Viejo's Jan Daniec (4:31.14) rounded out the top eight.

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