Senin, 11 April 2011

VOLLMER AND CLARY WIN ON THE FINAL NIGHT OF THE ERIC NAMESNIK MICHIGAN GRAND PRIX

MAJALAH AKUATIK INDONESIA-ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) and Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) each turned in strong performances Sunday, the final night of competition at the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix. Both Vollmer and Clary set pool records in the 100m free and 200m back, respectively, as a total of five pool records were broken at the fifth stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.

Vollmer was in second behind Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) at the halfway point of the 100m free but had a strong second half to give her the top spot. Her swim earned her a pool record with a time of 54.52. Coughlin placed second in 54.93 and Kara Lynn Joyce (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was third in 55.14.

In the men’s 200m back, Clary led the field from start to finish. He finished the race in a pool-record time of 1:56.61, more than three seconds ahead of the rest of the field. World-record holder Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was second in 2:00.21 and Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished third in 2:02.29.

Cesar Cielo picked up his second win of the meet in the men’s 100m free. The Brazilian set the pool record with a time of 49.12. Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) turned in a strong performance in the free as well, placing second in 49.48. Brazil’s Nicholas Santos was third in 50.10.

The men’s 200m IM saw an exciting race between Phelps, Tunisia’s Ous Mellouli and Clary. Phelps had the lead going into the final 50 meters, however, he was unable to hold off a late surge from Mellouli. Mellouli hit the wall first to set a pool record of 1:59.42. Phelps earned second in 1:59.63 and Clary was third in 2:00.56.

Katie Hoff (Towson, Md.) set a pool record and earned the top spot in the women’s 800m free. Hoff swam a strong race from start to finish, turning in a time of 8:35.51. Brazil’s Andreina Pinto placed second in 8:37.44 while National Teamer Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky.) was third in 8:44.36.

Ariana Kukors (Auburn, Wash.) picked up her first win of the meet with a standout swim in the women’s 200m IM. Kukors, the 2009 World Champion in the event, finished more than a second ahead of the rest of the field in 2:11.24. Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) placed second with a time of 2:12.80 while Jasmine Tosky (Palo Alto, Calif.) finished third in 2:13.70.

The women’s 200m back was won by Sweden’s Therese Svendsen with a time of 2:13.08. National Teamer Madison White (Danville, Calif.) was second in 2:14.11 while her teammate at Crow Canyon Aquatics, Sidney Cooke, placed third in 2:16.98.

Germantown Academy’s Arthur Frayler won the final race of the night, the men’s 1500m free, with a time of 15:18.56. Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) placed second in 15:24.63 and Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del.) was third in 15:28.87 (usa swimming)

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