Tyler Clary Wins Double at the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa
Olympic gold medalists Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) and Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) were victorious Friday at the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa. The three-day meet concludes on Saturday, April 13.
Clary won each of his events, taking home the title in the 400m IM and the 200m back, while Coughlin and Adrian sprinted to first in the women’s and men’s 50m free at the Skyline Aquatic Center.
Clary opened the night with a convincing win in the 400IM, touching the wall in 4:24.90. Scott Weltz (San Jose, Calif.) finished second in 4:26.37 followed by Sam Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) in 4:26.86.
In the 200m back, Clary touched the wall in 1:58.13 to earn his second victory of the night. Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the runner-up in 1:59.28 and Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) was third in 1:59.92.
“I was really happy I was able to pull off the double win tonight,” Clary said. “I definitely didn’t think I was going to be able to pull off the (200 backstroke) after the 400IM, but I did and I’m very happy with that.”
Coughlin outlasted a deep field in the women’s 50m free, touching the wall in a personal best time of 24.90. Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) was second in 25.38, while Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park, Ill.) placed third in 25.47.
Adrian topped the men’s field in the 50m free, clocking a time of 21.72. Anthony Ervin (Berkley, Calif.) and Joseph Hale (Redlands, Calif.) placed second and third, respectively, in 22.31 and 22.85.
In one of the closest races of the night, Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) chased down Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) in the final 50-meters to win the 200m free in 1:56.93. Franklin was a close second in 1:56.96 while Erika Erndl (Naples, Fla.) rounded out the top three with a time of 2:00.12.
Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) followed with a victory in the men’s 200m free, clocking a time of 1:48.93. South Africa’s Darian Townsend was second in 1:49.61 and Denmark’s Anders Nielsen captured third in 1:49.67.
Despite being out touched in the 200m free, Franklin bounced back to a three-second victory in the women’s 200m back. She touched in 2:09.35, while Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore, Md.) claimed second in 2:12.37. Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) placed third in 2:13.33
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 400IM in 4:40.01. She was followed by Sweden’s Stina Gardell, who finished in 4:42.26, and Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) grabbed third in 4:42.64.
For highlights and meet results, please visit the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa landing page.
The next stop in the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series is the May 9-12 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by UltraSwim. The Series will conclude June 2, 2013, in Santa Clara, Calif. As part of USA Swimming’s new, eight-year 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 for each meet in the Series. An overall leaderboard for the Series can be found online here.
The Arena Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.