| Saturday, March 5, 2016
Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 48.05 seconds – the second-fastest time in the world this year – to complete a sprint sweep at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Orlando.
Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics) led from the start, covering the first 50 meters in 23.07 and holding off a strong field for the win. Italy’s Luca Dotto was second in 49.33, with Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) touching third in 49.57.
“Every time I jump in the pool all I’m looking for is to perform as fast as my body possibly can that day, and today I was fortunate to be 48.0,” said Adrian, who won the 50m free last night and has swept the sprints at all three Arena Pro Swim Series events in 2015-16. He leads the men’s series standings with 30 points.
“We’ve been training pretty specifically for the 100 freestyle,” Adrian added. “I don’t know that it’s manifested itself in my swims over the past four months until now, but it’s really nice to see that specific work pay off.
In the women’s 100m free, Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) earned the win over a field featuring four U.S. Olympic gold medalists in 54.27. She was first at the turn and withstood charges from Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) for the victory. Schmitt was second in 54.56, while Ledecky took third in 54.67.
National Team member Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif./Stanford Swimming) capped a big weekend in Orlando with her third victory of the meet, touching in 2:10.77 in the women’s 200m IM to rank third in the world for 2016. She also won the 400m IM and 200m fly earlier in the meet.
After winning the 100m back last night, Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo./Colorado Stars) completed a backstroke sweep with a victory in the 200m back, coming from behind to win in 2:08.77 ahead of Canada’s Dominique Bouchard, who was second in 2:08.90.
On the men’s side, Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) closed out a pair of backstroke wins in Orlando by touching in 1:57.23 for the 200m victory.
Other winners Saturday in Orlando included:
• Denmark’s Lotte Friis in the women’s 800m free in 8:29.81
• Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in the men’s 200m IM in 1:59.82
• El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta in the men’s 100m free in 15:13.09
Click here for complete results from Orlando.
The Arena Pro Swim Series at Orlando is the third of seven stops 2015-16 Arena Pro Swim Series. As part of USA Swimming’s partnership with swimwear leader Arena, the circuit will feature a record $350,000 in overall prize money. Swimmers may earn awards for top-three finishes in all individual Olympic events across the series. At each meet, $1,000 will be provided for a first-place finish, $600 for second and $200 for third. In addition to the single-event prize money, the overall male and female winners of the season-long Series will earn a $10,000 bonus.
For the third consecutive season, longtime USA Swimming partner BMW will award the grand prize of a one-year lease of a BMW vehicle to the highest-scoring eligible male and female U.S. swimmers.
Male and female overall Arena Pro Swim Series champions will be honored at the conclusion of the 2015-16 series based on the number of points accumulated throughout the seven 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).