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ORLANDO, Florida, February 14. SEVERAL meet records took a tumble this evening at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando, but maybe none more impressive than the sizzling 50 free put in by Bruno Fratus. Not to mention he did so in front of the world record holder in the finale.
Women's 200 fly
After finding her way this morning, making sure to hold some in reserve for the night, Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu blasted the meet record in the butterfly with a 2:08.47 as she cruised through the finale for her third title.
Her time smashed the previous record of 2:09.63 set by Audrey Lacroix last year, and vaulted herself to fourth in the world this year. Her previous season best had been a fifth-ranked 2:09.35, but she leapfrogged Lacroix's 2:09.18 from Austin to take the title.
Lacroix, meanwhile, finished a full second back with a 2:09.47, which would have been phenomenal if not for Hosszu's scorcher . Canada's Katerine Savard, the 100 fly victory, rounded out the podium with a third-place 2:10.94.
Chattahoochee Gold's Lauren Case, 15, placed fourth overall in 2:14.25, a second off her personal best, while California's Caitlin Leverenz clinched fifth overall. Metro's Isabella Paez finished sixth in 2:14.99, while GPAC's Delaney Walz, 15, posted a seventh-place 2:15.26. That's a huge personal best for Walz, dashing her previous time of 2:16.76. Lake Erie's Kaitlyn Johnson rounded out the championship heat with an eighth-place 2:18.33.
If Gator's Andreina Pinto steps up to the blocks during a consolation heat this weekend, there's a good chance that she's walking away with the win. Already with a handful of consolation victories last night, Pinto picked up the 200 fly with a 2:12.62.
Men's 200 fly
In an incredibly tight battle, Hungary's David Verraszto added the 200 fly to his 400 IM title from last night with a huge touchout of Tyler Clary and Joseph Schooling. Verraszto hit the wall in 1:59.59, just off Clary's meet record of 1:59.42 set a year ago.
Clary, meanwhile, snared second overall in 1:59.63. Clary has been fighting off a back injury from a month ago as well as a pair of bouts with flu. It will be interesting to see what Clary can do when he has the ability to put in some full training. Schooling, a Singapore swimming star who trains at Bolles, finished third in 1:59.65.
Canada's Alec Page placed fourth in 2:01.03, while Yeziel Morales claimed fifth in 2:02.33. Luiz Pedro Ribeiro Pereira earned sixth overall in 2:04.84, while David Gonzalez (2:06.13) and Eric Hedlin (2:03.18) also vied for podium spots in the championship heat.
Canada's Evan White, who has set a decent amount of Canadian national age group records, topped the B final with a time of 2:03.18.
Women's 50 free
It might not have been good enough to challenge Christine Magnuson's meet record of 25.33 or a Top 10 time in the world rankings, but SwimMAC's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace still managed to beat the field to the wall with a 25.55. That's good enough also to earn herself a first-place paycheck.
T2's Amanda Kendall nearly turned in a lifetime best with a swift 25.68 for second, just off her best time ever of 25.61. Kendall, who had been a star at LSU before having to leave the school due to some conduct issues and never fully accomplished a transfer to Arizona, has found success with head coach Paul Yetter at T2 in Florida.
Canada's Sandrine Mainville just touched out her PPO training partner Victoria Poon, 25.72 to 25.74, for the final spot on the podium. Cats' Melissa Gates raced her way to fifth in 25.80, while Bulldog's Megan Romano touched sixth in 25.87.
15-year-old Fernanda Delgado of Brazil picked up seventh in 26.02, while SwimMAC's Katie Meili claimed eighth overall in 26.05.
Canada's Hannah Riordan managed to win the consolation heat with a time of 25.97. That was about half-a-second ahead of Arlene Semeco's 26.27 to finish runner-up in the heat.
Men's 50 free
Brazil's Bruno Fratus smoked his preliminary meet record of 22.24, but just missed becoming only the third swimmer under 22 seconds this year as he hit the wall in a sizzling 22.00. That time pushed him to third in the world behind only James Magnussen (21.88) and Nathan Adrian (21.89), as Fratus continues to enjoy some strong training at Auburn.
Cesar Cielo, the world record holder who is training at Mesa Aquatics Club in Arizona, raced his way to second overall in 22.15. That shot him to fourth in the world ahead of Ning Zetao's 22.23 from Perth.
The American-record holder Jimmy Feigen turned in a 22.48 to take third, just edging his previously eighth-ranked season beast of 22.49 from Austin. He's now tied with Anthony Ervin as the second fastest American this year.
NYAC's Adam Brown placed fourth in 22.74 with SwimMAC's Cullen Jones taking fifth in 22.77. Club Wolverine's Miguel Ortiz earned sixth in 22.79 with SwimAtlanta's Karl Krug touching seventh in 22.80. Renzo Tjon A Joe posted the final finish in the finale with a 23.27.
Hungary's Krisztian Takacs clipped Zach Hayden at the wall, 22.93 to 22.98, for the consolation heat win.
Women's 100 back
Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds, who already stands seventh in the world with a 1:00.71 from the Belgium Cup, led wire-to-wire in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 1:01.26. She had to hold off a bit of a late charge from Katinka Hosszu, but she had more than enough to capture the title.
Hosszu, who already has won three titles this weekend, threw down a swift final 50 meters after turning seventh overall, to take second in 1:01.55. That's about half-a-second off her season best of 1:01.11 from the Nice Invite in France that ranks her 10th overall in the world.
Gator's Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez put together a strong swim to claim third place overall with a 1:01.80 as the only other 1:01 of the night. Ontario's Dominique Bouchard placed fourth in 1:02.03, while Canada's Hilary Caldwell placed fifth in 1:02.33.
T2's Elise Haan (1:02.92), Gisela Morales (1:03.18) and Bulldog's Megan Romano (1:03.39) rounded out the A final this evening.
Karin Tomeckova touched out Ontario's Kennedy Goss in the consolation heat, 1:02.48 to 1:02.95, as she powered past Goss down the stretch.
Men's 100 back
Arkady Vyatchanin, a Russian Olympian who has been denied U.S. citizenship and currently is still figuring out what to do other than return to representing Russia, won the 100 back A final this evening in 54.07. That's a bit shy of his fifth-ranked 53.88 from the Austin stop of the Arena Grand Prix.
Club Wolverine's Junya Koga finished second overall in 55.64, while Germany's Yannick Lebherz couldn't replicate his win in the 200 free as he took third in 55.96.
Germany's Gabor Balog (56.41), Auburn's Albert Subirats (57.08), CCAC's Ethan Young (57.36) and Club Wolverine's Miguel Ortiz (58.26) also competed for the title in the championship finale.
During the consolation heat of the men's 100-meter backstroke at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando, 14-year-old professional swimmer Michael Andrew tracked down yet another U.S. National Age Group record.
Andrew turned in a strong time of 57.13 as he finished second in the consolation heat to Hungary's David Folhazi (57.00). That swim bettered his previous record of 57.38 set at the Austin stop of the Arena Grand Prix last month.
With the record, Andrew has posted nearly 50 age group record revisions since first putting a serious hurting on the 10-and-under records as a youngster. This summer, he decided to turn professional as he and his family decided the homeschooled and hometrained swimmer never intended on going the collegiate route. There's also talk about the Andrew family moving from the Midwest to Florida, so Andrew is definitely enjoying his time in Orlando.
Women's 400 free
IX3's Chloe Sutton put on a perfect race against the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu as she led Hosszu throughout most of the race, and made sure she held off Hosszu's final last charge. Sutton finished the race in 4:10.11 to win the finale, holding off Hosszu, and moving within striking distance of the World Top 10 currently anchored by Lotte Friis (4:09.35).
Hosszu, who already posted a sixth-ranked 4:08.61 in Luxembourg a week ago, wound up taking second in 4:10.50 to end an extremely difficult double with some serious jet lag involved. York Y's Courtney Harnish, just 14, picked up third-place honors in 4:12.41 to crush her previous best of 4:14.79.
Gator's Andreina Pinto, who has been dominating consolation heats this weekend, picked up fourth in 4:14.72. Clearwater's Alexandra Aitchison touched fifth in 4:18.09, while Hungary's Agnes Mutina wound up sixth overall in 4:18.87.
Swim Florida's Kendall Brent (4:19.71) and Joanna Evans (4:20.69) clocked in at seventh and eighth in the championship finale.
Barrington's Kirsten Jacobsen, 16, turned in a swift time of 4:18.26 to win the consolation heat of the middle distance event. That's two seconds better than her previous lifetime best of 4:20.82 from last July.
Men's 400 free
Canada's Ryan Cochrane crushed his meet record in the men's 400-meter freestyle as no one else in the heat even came close to challenging the Canadian. Cochrane put in a 3:49.83 to blast his previous meet record of 3:51.62 he set a year ago. His performance also jumped Cochrane up to fifth in the world. He has a bit more time to drop to give Tae Hwan Park (3:47.72) a run for the top of the heap, but his time is strong for this time in the season.
The Woodlands' Michael McBroom checked in with a second-place time of 3:55.14, while Mexico's Andres Olvera Alejos snared third overall in 3:55.73. Hungary's David Verraszto, who has been topping events routinely this week, wound up fourth in 3:56.68.
Germany's Maximilian Bock took fifth in 3:58.47, while Canada's Eric Hedlin wound up sixth in 3:59.10. Canada's William Brothers (3:59.32) and Dion Dreesens (4:01.92) comprised the rest of the championship heat.
Wisconsin's Michael Weiss dominated the consolation heat in the middle distance event with a 3:57.33. He won the B final by nearly three seconds with Ontario's Teddy Kalp taking runner up with a 4:00.24.
Women's 200 breast
SwimMAC's Micah Lawrence nearly matched her fourth-ranked season best of 2:25.73 from Austin as she pulled away from the field with a sizzling final 50 split in the 200 breast. She raced her way to a 2:25.97 this evening, obliterating the meet record of 2:29.58 set by Martha McCabe a year ago.
BlueFish's Laura Sogar, who is sixth in the world with a 2:26.14 from Austin, touched second overall in 2:28.32 as she just beat 100 breast winner Alia Atkinson (2:28.34) to the wall for third.
Bolles' Olga Lapteva picked up fourth-place honors with a 2:35.45, while Venezuela's Mercedes Toledo earned fifth overall in 2:35.54.
T2's Justine Mueller (2:35.60), Clearwater's Sydney Pickrem (2:36.21) and California's Caitlin Leverenz (2:38.12) also competed for the title this evening.
T2's Ashley Wolter edged Mexico's Esther Gonzalez Medina for the consolation heat win, 2:35.67 to 2:35.78.
Men's 200 breast
Sean Mahoney turned in a meet record to win the 200 breast finale as he clocked a 2:14.03. That swim clipped the 2:14.13 set by Mike Alexandrov last year and moved Mahoney just on the outskirts of the World Top 10 currently anchored by Li Xiang with a 2:13.72.
Melquides Alvarez Caraballo took second overall in 2:14.57, while Alexandrov placed third in 2:15.29 in what proved to be a close contest for the top three.
Felipe Lima wound up fourth in 2:16.48 with James Guest (2:18.69) and Brad Craig (2:19.21) taking fifth and sixth in the finale. Andrwe Poznikoff (2:19.27) and Adam Ritter (2:21.53) closed out the finale with seventh and eighth-place finishes.
Alec Page closed out the B final with a 2:19.11 for the win, while fellow Canadian Evan White finished runner-up in the consolation heat with a 2:20.16.