Vollmer and Franklin Win in Orlando at the Arena Grand Prix
Olympic gold medalists Dana Vollmer and Missy Franklin were each victorious on the first night of competition of the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando. Vollmer won the women’s 100m fly while Franklin earned a first-place finish in the 200m free. The meet, taking place at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, runs through Saturday, February 16.
The evening kicked off with the women’s 200m free. Franklin swam a strong race and finished in 1:58.01 for the win. She was followed by Samantha Cheverton of Pointe-Claire Swim Club in 2:00.10 and Becca Mann in 2:00.28.
Vollmer’s Thursday-night win came in her signature event, the women’s 100m fly. She won the race in 58.91. Denmark’s Jeanette Otteson placed second in 59.36 and Audrey Lacroix was third in 59.71.
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary placed first tonight, earning the top spot in the men’s 400m IM. Clary touched the wall in 4:24.56 and was followed by Esteban Enderica in 4:25.12. Third place went to Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer in 4:25.30.
The men’s 100m fly was won by Olympian Tyler McGill with a time of 53.38, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field. Second place went to Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) in 54.40 and Santo Condorelli was third in 54.62.
Becca Mann followed-up her third place finish in the 200m free with a win in the women’s 400m IM. Mann swam a 4:41.24 for the win while Samantha Arevallo Salinas came in second in 4:50.23. Third place went to Kylie Stewart of Dynamo Swim Club in 4:52.08.
In other races, Germany’s Yannick Lebhertz won the men’s 200m free in 1:49.48. There was a tie for second place with Conor Dwyer and Australia’s Robert Hurley both finishing with a time of 1:49.81. The women’s 100m breast was won by Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club in 1:08.51. Katie Meili placed second in 1:09.00 and Sweden’s Rebecca Ejdervik was third in 1:09.49. On the men’s side, Brazil’s Felipe Lima won the 100m breast in 1:00.86. Second place went to Mike Alexandrov in 1:00.90 and Bradley Craig was third in 1:03.28.
For highlights and meet results, please visit the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando landing page.
The next stop on the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series is in Mesa, Ariz., April 11-13. 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.