SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) won gold in the 200m IM Sunday on the final day of competition at the 2012 Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Leverenz held off Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice of Australia to win the event in 2:10.81. The meet was the final stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.
Leverenz also took home the meet’s high-point award on the women’s side for her overall performance at the three-day meet. The men’s award was won by Korea’s Park Tae-Hwan.
In the women’s 200m IM, Leverenz’s strong breaststroke leg powered her ahead of Rice in the third leg of the race and a steady, final 50-meter freestyle was able to hold off the Olympic Champion. Rice finished in 2:11.18 while Madeline Dirado was third in 2:13.70.
The men’s 200m IM was won by Japan’s Ken Takakuwa with a time of 2:00.55. His countryman Yuya Horihata was second in 2:01.44 and Scott Weltz was third in 2:03.31.
Australia’s Ashley Delaney won the men’s 100m back in 54.89 and Hayden Stoeckel, also of Australia, was second with a time of 55.51. Randall Bal rounded out the top three, finishing the race in 56.03. On the women’s side, Australia’s Emily Seebohm was first in 1:00.00, Canada’s Julia Wilkinson placed second in 1:00.45 and the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the event, Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.), was third in 1:00.83.
Canada’s Scott Dickens held off Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima and New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders to win the men’s 100m breast. Dickens won in 1:00.69, Snyders was second in 1:01.44 and Kitajima was third in 1:01.56.
Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda won the 200m fly with a time of 1:54.57. Australia’s Nick D'Arcy was second in 1:56.43 and Bobby Bollier was third in 1:56.77. The women’s 200m fly was won by Japan's Natsumi Hoshi in 2:07.32. Jasmine Tosky (Palo Alto, Calif.) placed second in 2:09.66 and Kim Vandenberg (Moraga, Calif.) was third in 2:10.02.
In other races, Alejandro Gomez placed first in the men's 1500m free with a time of 15:30.06. Korea's Hyunseung Lee was second in 15:31.47 and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics’ Adam Hinshaw finished third in 15:36.52. The women’s 800m free was won by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle in 8:29.44. Canada’s Alexa Komarnycky placed second in 8:32.68 and Andreina Pinto finished third in 8:33.28. Australian Leisel Jones won the women’s 100m breast in 1:07.37, Alia Atkinson placed second in 1:08.45 and Aussie Sarah Katsoulis was third with a time of 1:09.08.
For more information about the meet, go to www.usaswimming.org/grandprix.