Michael Phelps
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MESA, Arizona, April 25. ANOTHER exciting day is ahead of us at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa as day two prelims produced some more potentially fast times this evening. Meanwhile, NBAC's Michael Phelps completed his comeback meet with a strong butterfly time during his 50-meter free heat.



Women's 400 IM
NBAC's Becca Mann put on a show this morning in the distance medley with a time of 4:46.29 as the 16-year-old continues to step up in terms of world-class competition. USC's Stina Gardell raced to second in the A flight with a time of 4:49.32, while BlueFish's Elizabeth Beisel took third this morning in 4:49.50. Beisel is swimming with a heavy heart after Florida's diving coach passed away yesterday, and she could use that grief to power a strong swim tonight.

California's Caitlin Leverenz wound up fourth in 4:53.70 with Louisville's Tanja Kylliainen placing fifth in 4:54.30.

Iryna Glavnyk (4:56.57), Sonia Wang (4:57.34) and Santa Clara's Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou (4:59.18) also made the championship heat out of the A flight, with B flight swims still to come.

The consolation heat has some top names as well with the likes of Isabella Rongione (5:00.14), T2's Justine Bowker (5:00.57) and Frisco's Destiny Nelson (5:03.35) all in the top 16.

Men's 400 IM
NBAC's Conor Dwyer, who is ranked 17th in the SwimVortex world rankings with a 4:16.58 from the Austin stop of the Arena Grand Prix, raced to the top seed in 4:25.55. Jakub Maly took second in 4:26.16 with SwimMAC's Tyler Clary claiming third with a 4:27.97.

15-year-old Nitro youngster Sean Grieshop continues to make the championship finals this week, posting a fourth-place 4:28.16, while Hayden Palmer touched fifth in 4:33.00.

Wisconsin's Michael Weiss (4:33.81), Gator's Diago Decarvalho (4:34.60) and Scarlet's Jonathan Gomez (4:34.67) captured the rest of the A final spots so far with the B flight still left to swim later this afternoon.

Women's 200 free
Reigning Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky rocked the preliminary swim of the 200 free this morning. Ledecky, who stands 18th in the SwimVortex world rankings with a 1:57.76 from the Austin stop of the Arena Grand Prix. Powered her way to a 1:59.08 this morning. She's definitely in place to make some serious noise in terms of a top 10 swim tonight.

Virginia's Leah Smith took home the second seed out of prelims with a 1:59.08, while NBAC's Allison Schmitt will continue her strong return meet with a third-seeded 1:59.92. Hurricane's Katie Hoff, another comeback kid, also cleared 2:00 with a 1:59.95.

NBAC kept up its freestyle dominance as Gillian Ryan (2:00.50) and Cierra Runge (2:00.76) joined Schmitt in the top eight after grabbing five A finalists in the 400 free last night.

Athens Bulldog Megan Romano (2:01.57) and Mission Viejo's Katie McLaughlin (2:01.66) also made the A final.

Lotte Friis missed out on making the A or B final with a 17th-place 2:04.37 as the NBACer is tuning up here in Mesa.

Men's 200 free
The Woodlands' Michael McBroom, who topped the 400 free last night, raced his way to the top seed this morning with a 1;51.35. NYAC's Darian Townsend touched just behind with a second-place effort of 1:51.63, while SwimMAC's Ryan Lochte also broke 1:52 with a third-seeded time of 1:51.96.

Louisville's Matthias Lindenbauer earned fourth overall in 1:52.02 with NBAC's Tom Luchsinger placing fifth in 1:52.38. Palo Alto's Jason Dunford (1:52.47), Stanford's bobby Bollier (1:52.93) and Santa Clara's John Foster (1:53.17) also made the championship heat.

The B final proved to be heavily international with swimmers like Venezuela's Andres Doria (1:53.31), Bolles' Julio Galofre (1:54.03), Azura's Carlos Herrera (1:54.17) and Sri Lanka's Matt Abeysinghe (1:54.23) making the consolation heat.

Women's 200 back
AquaKids Sharks' Clara Smiddy put on a show this morning to capture the top seed in the distance dorsal tonight. Smiddy threw down a 2:13.29 for lane 4 in the A finale, while Bolles' Carolina Colorado will swim next to her with a 2:13.67 for the second seed.

Boulder City youngster Abby Richter, 14, will have to fight off some serious nerves against a veteran field with a third-place time of 2:15.28. Athens Bulldog Megan Romano (2:15.35) and Gator's Fernanda Gonzalez Ramirez (2:15.41) finished fourth and fifth.

BlueFish's Elizabeth Beisel (2:15.57), Ally Howe (2:15.61) and SMU's Isabella Arcila (2:15.71) also earned transfer spots into the championship heat.

The consolation heat is flush with youth ranging from 14 to 22 with Sweden's Anna Ahlin the only 20-year old in the bunch.

Men's 200 back
SwimMAC's Tyler Clary has an incredible double ahead with finals swims in both the 400 IM and 200 back after clocking a 2:01.05 this afternoon. California's Ryan Murphy, meanwhile, snared second in 2:01.26 as Louisville's Grigory Tarasevich pushed his way to third with a 2:01.76.

Jacob Pebley (2:02.48) and SwimMAC's Ryan Lochte (2:02.54) finished fourth and fifth, while NYAC's Arkady Vyatchanin picked up sixth in 2:03.38 in what is a loaded finale with several Olympians.

Utah's Kristian Kron (2:03.95) and Gator's Jian Wang (2:04.96) also battled their way into the championship finale.

The B final is pretty stacked as well with the likes of Curtis Ogren (2;06.44), Nitro's Sean Grieshop (2:07.33) and NBAC's Connor Kalisz (2:08.64) some of the top names in the consolation heat.

Women's 50 free
The women's splash-and-dash has some star power in the championship finale with SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir (25.33) and California's Natalie Coughlin (25.43) standing 1-2 in the 50 free after qualifying this morning.

Fresno's Cheyenne Coffman put herself in position to make some noise tonight with a 25.44, while T2's Amanda Kendall wound up fourth in 25.50.

Trojan's Jessica Hardy (25.59), SwimMAC's Katie Meili (25.88), Athens Bulldog Megan Romano (25.97) and First Colony's Simone Manuel (26.01) comprised the other finishers to make the top eighth tonight.

Men's 50 free
Phoenix Swim Club's Roland Schoeman is still fully in the discussion for the top sprinters in the world, even at 33 years old. Schoeman posted a 22.43 this morning to qualify first overall. He will be looking to crack 22 seconds for the first time this year as he already ranks 11th in the world with a 22.04 from South African Nationals.

California's Anthony Ervin, another elder statesman at 32, took second in 22.59 with NYAC's Josh Schneider placing third in 22.70. California's Nathan Adrian, who ranks eighth overall with a 21.89 from Austin, took fourth this morning in 22.75.

SwimAtlanta's Karl Krug (22.89), Palo Alto's Alex Coville (22.90), Azura's Renzo Tjon A joe (22.91) and NYAC's Jimmy Feigen (22.94) also made the championship heat.

Michael Andrew, the 15-year-old pro swimming, qualified 10th overall in 23.08 and could be gunning for Caeleb Dressel's 15-16 National Age Group record of 22.39 set a year ago. Andrew's time today is faster than his 13-14 NAG of 23.19 as he continues to show improvement.

Michael Phelps, swimming butterfly, took seventh in the penultimate heat with a 24.06 as he closed out his competition here in Mesa.

Joining Phelps in swimming a different stroke during the freestyle event, Damir Dugonijic threw down a 27.58 swimming breaststroke, which would put him sixth in the world rankings.

Results: Arena Grand Prix Mesa: Day Two Prelims