INDIANAPOLIS – Dana Vollmer won two events and set three meet records Thursday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, taking first in both the women’s 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Vollmer set meet records in the prelims of both events Thursday morning, turning in a time of 54.26 in the 100m free and a time of 57.58 in the 100m fly. She then returned to the pool in finals to break the meet record in the 100m free in 54.21.
Her time in the finals of the 100m fly was 57.73, about a second and a half ahead of the rest of the field.
“I’ve been able to put up 57s in the fly for a while, and I want to try to start consistently being a 56,” Vollmer said. “That’s what I need to do if I want to be a 55 at the Olympics.”
Vollmer’s swims were just three of seven meet records set on the first day of competition at the legendary IUPUI Natatorium.
U.S. National Teamer Micah Lawrence dropped the meet record by more than five seconds in the prelims of the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:25.77, then broke that record again in finals in 2:24.85.
Another National Teamer, Clark Burckle, broke the meet record in the prelims of the men’s 200m breast with a personal best time of 2:09.72. His time of 2:10.56 in finals was good enough for a win over the rest of the field by about a second and a half.
“I’ve been more focused,” Burckle said. “For me, that meant losing quite a bit of weight, not just fat but muscle. I really like swimming yards, and I got a lot bigger, and it really didn’t help me in meters. That made a big difference, and also just living a healthier lifestyle – getting more sleep, drinking more water, eating better foods – all those things that make you a healthier person. I knew if there was a time to do it, it was now.”
Olympian Nathan Adrian also set a meet record en route to a victory in the men’s 100m freestyle, turning in a time of 48.62, out-touching runner-up Michael Phelps by 12-hundredths of a second.
“I was 23.0 out and felt comfortable,’ Adrian said. “I would have loved to be out a little under 23, back around 25, and be a little faster than what I was, but I can’t complain with that. It’s really exciting to see a guy like Ryan (Lochte) and a guy like Michael going fast in finals, because we’re going to need it this summer (at the Olympics)”
Phelps later won the men’s 100m butterfly in 52.23, despite having what he said were a bad turn and finish.
“I think the 100 free I just didn’t set myself up in the morning to be able to do something. I would have liked to have been in the middle of the pool, and maybe that would have been a little faster,” Phelps said. “I’m not too upset with that. I think I’m a little more upset with the 100 fly. I was too relaxed the first 50, had a terrible turn, a terrible finish – pretty much everything I could do wrong, I did it there. Just with those three things, I’m probably a half a second faster.”
Other winners in individual events Thursday included Olympian Allison Schmitt in the women’s 400m free (4:06.94) and World Championship medalist Tyler Clary in the men’s 400m free (3:49.91).
For more information about the meet, including the live webcast and complete results, go to www.usaswimming.org/indianapolisgrandprix.