Ryan Lochte
Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
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MESA, Arizona, April 25. RYAN Lochte's unworldly underwaters proved to be the difference in the men's 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa.

Lochte, swimming for SwimMAC, edged NYAC's Darian Townsend, 1:49.48 to 1:49.94, in what proved to be an epic battle here in Mesa. Lochte, however, gained an advantage with every turn.


The Woodlands' Michael McBroom, who won the 400 free last night, took third in 1:50.42 this evening in the shorter distance event.

NBAC's Tom Luchsinger (1:51.88), Louisville's Matthias Lindenbauer (1:52.220), PASA's Jason Dunford (1:52.42), SCSC's John Foster (1:54.37) and Stanford's Bobby Bollier (1:55.41) completed the championship heat.

NBAC's Doga Celik captured the consolation heat with a 1:53.04, while teammate Austin Surhoff touched secon din 1:53.51. Crimson's Liam Egan snared third in 1:54.00.

Venezuela's Andres Doria (1:54.12), Julio Galofre (1:54.35), Sri Lanka's Matthew Abeysinghe (1:54.44) and Michael Nunan (1:54.64) also posted legal swims in the B final. Azura's Carlos Herrera was one of several swimmers tonight to pick up a DQ in the B final.

=== A - Final ===

1 Lochte, Ryan 29 SwimMAC Carolina 1:51.96 1:49.48 808
r:+0.66 25.43 53.15 (27.72)
1:21.32 (28.17) 1:49.48 (28.16)
2 Townsend, Daria 29 New York Athleti 1:51.63 1:49.94 798
r:+0.72 25.34 53.04 (27.70)
1:21.31 (28.27) 1:49.94 (28.63)
3 McBroom, Michae 22 The Woodlands Sw 1:51.35 1:50.42 788
r:+0.79 26.39 54.43 (28.04)
1:23.06 (28.63) 1:50.42 (27.36)
4 Luchsinger, Tom 23 North Baltimore- 1:52.38 1:51.88 757
r:+0.75 26.20 54.53 (28.33)
1:23.08 (28.55) 1:51.88 (28.80)
5 Lindenbauer, Ma 20 Univ Louisville- 1:52.02 1:52.22 750
r:+0.73 25.96 54.06 (28.10)
1:22.92 (28.86) 1:52.22 (29.30)
6 Dunford, Jason 27 Palo Alto Stanfo 1:52.47 1:52.42 746
r:+0.73 26.06 55.13 (29.07)
1:24.52 (29.39) 1:52.42 (27.90)
7 Foster, John 27 Santa Clara Swim 1:53.17 1:54.37 709
r:+0.84 26.10 54.84 (28.74)
1:24.36 (29.52) 1:54.37 (30.01)
8 Bollier, Bobby 24 Stanford Swimmin 1:52.93 1:55.41 690
r:+0.79 26.82 56.11 (29.29)
1:25.98 (29.87) 1:55.41 (29.43)

=== B - Final ===

9 Celik, Doga 22 North Baltimore- 1:54.47 1:53.04 734
r:+0.73 26.01 54.89 (28.88)
1:23.89 (29.00) 1:53.04 (29.15)
10 Surhoff, Austin 23 North Baltimore- 1:54.24 1:53.51 725
r:+0.78 26.34 55.16 (28.82)
1:24.54 (29.38) 1:53.51 (28.97)
11 Egan, Liam 18 Crimson Aquatics 1:54.32 1:54.00 716
r:+0.80 27.11 55.66 (28.55)
1:25.42 (29.76) 1:54.00 (28.58)
12 Doria, Andres 18 Venezuela 1:53.31 1:54.12 714
r:+0.75 26.82 56.46 (29.64)
1:25.64 (29.18) 1:54.12 (28.48)
13 Galofre, Julio 26 Bolles School Sh 1:54.03 1:54.35 709
r:+0.75 26.87 56.24 (29.37)
1:25.78 (29.54) 1:54.35 (28.57)
14 Abeysinghe, Mat 18 Sri Lanka-SC 1:54.23 1:54.44 708
r:+0.66 27.15 56.31 (29.16)
1:25.64 (29.33) 1:54.44 (28.80)
15 Nunan, Michael 20 Unattached-MN 1:53.21 1:54.64 704
r:+0.84 26.77 55.92 (29.15)
1:25.34 (29.42) 1:54.64 (29.30)
-- Herrera, Carlos 19 Azura Florida Aq 1:54.17 DQ
r:+0.70 26.81 56.62 (29.81)
1:26.27 (29.65) DQ (28.55)