Schmitt Earns 400m Free Title in Charlotte
Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) raced to victory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 8.65 seconds on Saturday at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte.
Schmitt outpaced North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Gillian Ryan (Kutztown, Pa.), who was second in 4:09.10, and Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who took third in 4:09.13. After winning the women’s 200m fly and 100m back earlier in the night, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was eighth in 4:12.86.
In the first of her three races of the night, Hosszu easily won the women’s 200m fly in 2:09.66. Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill.) took second in 2:11.61, followed by Kate Mills (Sacramento, Calif.) in 2:12.95.
Hosszu followed with a convincing victory in the 100m back in 59.64. Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C.) touched second in 1:01.39, followed by Ali Deloof (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) in 1:01.83.
Also a double winner on the night, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas sprinted to victory in the women’s 50m free with a time of 24.65 to edge SwimMAC Carolina teammate Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.), who was second in 24.78. Third went to Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) in 25.46 for her third podium finish of the meet.
Vanderpool-Wallace also picked up the win in the 50m fly in 26.28. Kelsi Worrell (Mt. Holly, N.J.) was second in 26.56, followed by Greece’s Kristel Vourna in 26.64.
Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) picked up his second win of the meet with a victory in the men’s 400m free in 3:48.89. Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) grabbed second in 3:50.23, followed by Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) in 3:52.40.
17-year-old Andrew Seliskar (McLean, Va.) surged down the stretch to win the men’s 200m fly in 1:57.40 and earn his first career Grand Prix victory. He finished nearly a second clear of runner-up Dylan Bosch of South Africa, who was second in 1:58.34, and Tom Luchsinger (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) took third in 1:58.77.
National Teamer Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio) got off the blocks quickly in the 50m free and held off the field to earn the win in the 22.17. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus was second in 22.27, followed by Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev in 22.38 for third.
Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) handled the field in the women’s 200m breast with a time of 2:24.68. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla.) finished second in 2:28.39, and Emily McClellan (Delavan, Wis.) grabbed third in 2:29.12.
In other races, Russian Olympic medalist Arkady Vyatchanin edged David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) by five-hundredths of a second to take the victory in the 100m back – 53.81 to 53.86. Japan’s Junya Koga grabbed third in 54.93.
Anton McKee of Iceland won the men’s 200m breast in 2:13.06, followed by Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) in 2:13.92, and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.) in 2:14.34.
Albert Subirats of Venezuela won the men’s 50m fly in 24.00. Singapore’s Joseph Schooling was second in 24.11, and Gkolomeev finished third in 24.15.
The meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. EDT followed by finals at 6 p.m., with a live webcast streamed online through via usaswimming.org.
The Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte is the fifth stop of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series, which provides the nation’s best swimmers six opportunities to face top-flight competition on U.S. soil. The series concludes June 19-22 with the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara (California).
As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. In total, $150,000 in prize money is available to be distributed over the course of the six-meet series. At each meet, $500 will be awarded for a first-place finish, $300 for second and $100 for third in all individual events. Arena is serving as the title sponsor for the Arena Grand Prix Series for the second straight season.
In addition to the prize money, swimmers will compete for a Series grand prize from BMW. For the first time in the history of the Series, BMW will give the highest-scoring eligible male and female U.S. swimmer a one-year lease of a BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Series.
Male and female overall Arena Grand Prix Series champions will be honored at the conclusion of the 2013-14 series based on the number of points accumulated throughout the six meets. Participants will be awarded points in each individual Olympic event throughout the duration of the Series (Five points for first, three for second, one point for third place).