Vollmer Wins Double Gold at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) earned two gold medals Friday at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Vollmer won both the women’s 100m free and 100m fly and broke the meet record in the latter. The meet, the final stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series, runs through Sunday, June 3.


Vollmer won the 100m free in 54.38. Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) was second in 54.77 while Australia’s Brittany Elmsie finished third in 54.89. In her second race of the evening, Vollmer turned in a meet-record time of 57.03 to win the women’s 100m fly. Coughlin placed second to Vollmer for a second time Friday, turning in a time of 58.44. Jasmine Tosky (Palo Alto, Calif.) placed third in 59.63.


In the men’s 100m free, Korea's Park Tae-Hwan surged ahead in the final 25 meters to win the race in 48.85. Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin (Berkeley, Calif.) was second in 49.95, while Aaron Wayne swam a 50.04 for third place.


Tae-Hwan took home his second medal of the night with a win in the men’s 400m free. He had a strong swim from start to finish, turning in a time of 3:44.96. Australia’s Ryan Napoleon was second in 3:49.79 and Canada's Ryan Cochrane placed third 3:50.56. In the women’s race, Australia’s Bronte Barratt won the event with a time of 4:06:13. Chelsea Chenault (Walnut Creek, Calif.) was second in 4:08.95 while Australia’s Kylie Palmer rounded out the top three in 4:09.79.


The men’s 100m fly saw a strong performance from Japan’s Takuro Fuji. He won the race in 52.79, Takeshi Matsuda was second in 52.84 and Tom Shields placed this in 53.02.


Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) led the field from start to finish, winning the women’s 200m breast in 2:26.46. Kaitlin Freeman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was second in 2:27.83 and Sarra Lajnef was third in 2:30.09. On the men’s side, Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima won the men’s race in 2:13.24. Scott Weltz placed second with a time of 2:14.27 and Mexico’s Christian Schurr Voigt was a close third in 2:14.35.


In Thursday night’s action, Korea’s Park Tae-Hwan won the men’s 800m free in 7:52.07, setting a new meet record. Canada’s Ryan Cochrane was second in 7:57.19 and Australia’s Ryan Napolean finished third in 7:59.10. The women’s 1500m free was won by New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle in 16.21.73. Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky.) placed second in 16.23.36 and Gator Swim Club’s Adriena Pinto was third in 16.24.16.


For more information about the meet, including the live webcast and complete results, go to www.usaswimming.org/grandprix. Prelims of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix continue Saturday at 9 a.m. PT and finals begin at 5 p.m. PT. The meet concludes on Sunday, June 3.

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