Matt McLean smokes time trial before Virginia, North Carolina dual meet.
Courtesy of: Matt McLean

MESA, Arizona, April 11. MATT McLean talks to SwimmingWorld.TV's Jeff Commings about how painful his 400 freestyle win at the Mesa Arena Grand Prix was. Even though he says "the splits were deceiving," a win is a win, and spectators can expect more from the 2012 Olympian over the course of the weekend.


400 Freestyle Recap: Virginia's Matt McLean, an Olympic gold medalist from last summer at the 2012 London Games, blistered the pool with a victorious time of 3:51.95 as he continues to shake off the rust from some illnesses since his triumph in London. His time put him on the outskirts of the top 15 in the world this year, impressing plenty of those in attendance. Club Wolverine's Michael Klueh turned in a second-place effort of 3:52.20 as he started a late charge with a 27.42 final 50 meters, but ran out of room to overtake McLean. Anders Nielsen of Michigan, who had been looking for a World Championships qualifying time for Denmark, fell off the pace with a third-place 3:54.09.