Two American Records Fall on the Second Night of AT&T Winter Nationals
AUSTIN, Texas – The Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center was the home to history on the second night of the 2012 AT&T Winter National Championships with Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) setting American records in the 100y back and 100y breast, respectively.
Kevin Cordes would set the first of two American records the Austin crowd would witness. His swim of 51.10 bettered the previous record of 51.32 he swam in March earlier this year. Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) wasn’t far behind with a 51.62 which was good for second. Olympian Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) finished third 51.99.
Grevers’ record-breaking swim closed out the individual events in Austin, Texas. At the 50y split, Grevers was just twenty-seven hundredths ahead of fellow National Team member Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.) but swam a 23.12 back-half and touched the wall in 44.55. Godsoe finished in second in 45.36 and Gator Swim Club’s Arkady Vyactchanin touched third in 45.92. Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) previously held the American record with a 44.60 swim on March 24, 2006.
The women’s 400y medley began the individual events for the second night. USC’s Stina Gardell claimed the gold medal with a 4:03.79 swim. The next swimmer, Celina Li from the Pleasanton Seahawks, was over four seconds behind her in 4:07.95. Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) claimed the bronze in 4:08.60.
For the men, Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.) won it in 3:43.06. Tucson Ford’s Austen Thompson touched the wall in 3:44.60 for second and Trojan Swim Club’s Alexander Tikhonov was third in 3:45.32.
In the women’s 100y fly, 2008 Olympian Christine Magnuson (Knoxville, Tenn.) walked away with her first gold medal of the meet with a 51.86 swim, just three one-hundredths of a second ahead of USC’s Kendyl Stewart. Olympian Kathleen Hersey would round out the top-three in 52.04.
Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) won the men’s 100y fly in a meet-record time of 44.88. He had previously tied the record (45.07) in the morning prelim session. Oxford graduate Davis Tarwater (Knoxville, Tenn.) walked away with the silver medal (45.32) while Arizona’s Giles Smith earned the bronze (45.81).
Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) got her first gold medal of the evening with a 50.43 in the 200y free. T2 Aquatics’ Erika Erndl and Longhorn Aquatics’ Karlee Bispo were nearly dead even for second and third with Erndl getting edge in 50.81 and Bispo going 50.84.
University of Texas alum, Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) provided the local fans a stellar swim. Trailing Lochte 45.15 to 45.25 at the 100y turn, Berens overtook the lead and finished in a meet-record time of 1:31.96. Lochte would touch third in 1:33.26 while Louisville’s Joao De Lucca jumped to second with a 1:32.57.
Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) claimed her first National title with a 58.32 in the 100y breast ahead of Ellyn Baumgardner’s (Fairfax, Va.) 58.86. A third National Team member, Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.), would take home third place in 58.89.
Franklin collected her second title of the night with a 51.87 in the 100y back. The battle for second and third was between Texas’ Sarah Denninghoff and Arizona’s Lauren Smart. Denninghoff was able to out-touch Smart and logged a 52.57. Smart finished in 52.59
The three-day meet is the last major domestic USA Swimming event of the year and will conclude on Saturday with preliminary heats taking place at 9 a.m. CT and finals beginning in the evening at 5 p.m. CT. The event will be broadcast on NBC as a one-hour special on Sunday, December 2 from 2-3 p.m. ET.
For complete results from tonight, please visit USA Swimming’s event page.