Phelps, Shields Swim to 100m Butterfly Tie in Santa Clara
Twenty-two time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) raced to a tie in the 100-meter butterfly, and Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) topped Phelps in the 100m freestyle to highlight Friday’s action at the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
In his second swim of the session, Phelps surged over the final 50 meters to share the 100m fly first-place finish with Shields in 52.11 seconds. Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.) was third in 53.11.
Earlier in the night, Adrian continued his strong season with a victory in a star-studded 100m free in 48.17, clear of Phelps in 48.80 and Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.), who was third in 49.76.
In the first final of the evening, Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas) touched first in 54.44 in the 100m free, clear of Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), who was second in 54.51, and Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.), who took third in 55.08.
Felicia Lee (Wayne, N.J.) of Stanford was victorious in the women’s 100m fly with a time of 59.62, followed by Kelly Naze (Englewood, Colo.) in 1:00.22 and Noelle Tarazona (Claremont, Calif.) in 1:00.38.
In the 200m men’s breast, Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) earned the win in 2:11.82 as Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.) touched second in 2:12.43 and BJ Johnson (Seattle, Wash.) finished third in 2:12.55.
Olympian Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) earned the women’s 200m breast victory in 2:26.53. Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) took second in 2:29.57, and Annie Zhu (Brooklyn, N.Y.) placed third in 2:30.02.
After taking second Thursday in the 800m free, Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) won the 400m free in 3:47.98. Michael McBroom (The Woodlands, Texas) was second in 3:49.26, and Canada’s Ryan Cochrane took third in 3:50.84.
Denmark’s Lotte Friis picked up her second win in as many nights, touching first in the women’s 400m free with a time of 4:06.83. Canada’s Brittany McLean was second in 4:07.23 with Andreina Pinto of Venezuela taking third in 4:07.25.
Competition continues through Sunday beginning with 9 a.m. PDT prelims, followed by 5 p.m. PDT finals. Tickets are required for each session and can be purchased at the Swim Center store during the meet.
Universal Sports Network will televise live coverage from the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. Click here to find Universal Sports Network on your television provider. Additionally, a live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online Thursday through Sunday via usaswimming.org.
The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara is the sixth and final stop of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series, which provides the nation’s best swimmers opportunity to face top-flight competition on U.S. soil.
As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series offers 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 7 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).
In addition to serving as the series finale, the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara also serves as a key tune-up meet for the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, which are slated for Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, California.