SANTA CLARA, Calif. – World Championship medalist Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) won two events Saturday night at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix, the final stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. Clary won both the 400m IM and the 200m back to pick up his first two medals of the competition. The meet concludes Sunday, June 3.
Clary turned in the top time in the 400m IM, swimming a 4:15.02 for the win. Japan’s Yuya Horihata placed second in 4:16.27 and Josh Prenot rounded out the top three spots with a time of 4:18.77. Clary’s second win of the night came in the 200m back. Clary had a steady swim to win in 1:57.09. Japan’s Kazuki Watanabe was second in 1:59.56 and Australia’s Ashley Delaney was third 2:00.14.
The men’s 50m free saw a strong performance from Cal Aquatics’ Anthony Ervin. Ervin turned in a time of 22.35 for the win. He was followed by Cal Aquatics teammate William Copeland, who swam a 22.74 for second place. Japan’s Takuro Fuji finished third with a time of 22.86.
Australia’s Yolane Kukla, who is just 16-years-old, won the women’s 50m free in 24.97. Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.) had a strong swim, earning second place in 25.05, and Aussie Libby Trickett placed third in 25.22.
The women’s 200m back featured a close Aussie 1-2 finish with Meagan Nay winning in 2:08.04 and Emily Seebohm placing second in 2:08.08. Canada's Hilary Caldwell was third in 2:11.41.
Australian Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Rice turned in a strong performance in the women's 400m IM. She led the field throughout the race to win the event in 4:35.87. Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) made up a lot of time on the breaststroke leg, but was unable to overtake Rice. She placed second in 4:37.13 while Min Zhao finished third in 4:40.67.
Australian Bronte Barratt lowered her own meet record by .01 in the women’s 200m free. She won the event in 1:57.17. Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) placed second with a time of 1:57.25 and Japan's Hanae Ito was third in 1:58.05.
Korea’s Park Tae-Hwan kept his undefeated streak in Santa Clara alive Saturday, winning his fourth even of the competition with a strong swim in the 200m free. Tae-Hwan swam a 1:46.88 which bested the rest of field by almost two seconds. Australian Ryan Napoleon finished second 1:48.66 and Japan's Yuki Kobori was third with a time of 1:49.36.
For more information about the meet, including the live webcast and complete results, go to www.usaswimming.org/grandprix. Sunday will be the final day of competition at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. PT and finals begin at 5 p.m. PT.