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Peacock sets meet record on night one of the U.S. Open

8/7/2012

INDIANAPOLIS - When Stephanie Peacock ended her 800m freestyle race, she had no idea she had broken a meet record set by Janet Evans in 1987.

“I didn’t know until right after; I didn’t even know,” said Peacock of her first place, 8:24.36 finals time.

Peacock led the race in a strong start and a strong finish, outlasting second place Ashley Steenvoorden (8:33.41) and third place Ashley Twichell (8:34.56).

“I decided to go out for it,” said Peacock of her record-breaking strategy. “I didn’t care if I died at the end. Not being afraid and just going for it helped me a lot.”

Thomas Luchsinger was the winner of the men’s 200m butterfly, clocking 1:57.51. Luchsinger powered on after the first 100m, touching first at the turn all the way to the finish. Michael Flach finished second (1:58.40) and Iain Macmillan finished third (1:58.72).

In the women’s 200m butterfly, winner Kelsey Floyd (2:08.74) brought home a strong final 75m, out-touching second place Jasmine Tosky (2:08.91) by nearly two-tenths of a second.

“I wanted to make it feel like a sprint in the last 75m,” said Floyd. “I breathe to the left, so I could see Jasmine the whole time. She’s a great competitor.”

Floyd’s coach, Matt Kredich, commended her hard work.

“This morning she was relaxed and happy with her finish,” said Kredich. “She had the plan of having an aggressive last 75m. She did a great job staying with the leaders and she did what she really loves to do: accelerate into the wall. She was pleased that she got her hand on the wall first and pleased that she went faster than Trials.”

“It’s funny; it’s a good learning experience,” said Floyd. “When you’re relaxed you end up swimming smarter than when you are under the pressure of trying to do your best.”

Megan Romano (53.92) led the finals of the women’s 100m freestyle with a strong turn, keeping ahead of the competition during the entire 100m.

“I wanted to do better than I did at Trials,” said Romano. “I wanted to come out and prove to people that I was faster than what I did at Trials. I swam out of emotion.”

Romano was followed by Erika Erndl (54.79) and Sandrine Mainville (55.48).

“I didn’t come off the wall the way I wanted to; there was some turbulence there,” said Erndl. “I came back and went faster. I had a faster time that at Trials, so I’ll take it.”

The men’s 100m freestyle was championed by French swimmer, Mehdy Metella (49.18). He was followed by Australian swimmers Kenneth To (49.35), and Matt Abood (49.77).

Metella’s coach, Huot-Marchand Francois, spoke positively of their experience in the race.

“We are looking for this type of age group competition with a density of high performance,” he said. “Hopefully, that will raise the level of performance as we hope to be on the Olympic team for Rio.”

Michael McBroom (15:09.22) led the men’s 1500m race, out-touching second place Eric Hedlin (15:09.45) in the final 50m. In third place was Sean Ryan (15:20.79).

“I tried to go out smooth for the first 1000m and bring it home for the last 500m,” said McBroom. “I improved off my time from Trials. It was a solid race for a shave and taper race.”

In the final event of the evening, the Canadian women’s relay team (3:45.31) barely passed the Australians (3:45.42) to win the 400m freestyle relay. In third was Wisconsin Aquatics (3:46.67).