Arkady Vyatchanin
Courtesy of: Azaria Basile
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MESA, Arizona, April 26. RUSSIAN Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin won the battle of the titans with gentle giant Matt Grevers in the men's 100-meter back at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa.

Vyatchanin posted a time of 54.40, clearing Grevers' time of 54.50. NYAC's David Plummer rounded out the podium with a third-place 55.85.


Grigory Tarasevich (56.01), Jacob Pebley (56.20), Ryan Murphy (56.20) and PASA's Eugene Godsoe (56.30) also competed in the A final, taking fourth through seventh.

The big news about this event is that Ryan Lochte scratched the night due to continued knee issues. That helped pull 15-year-old pro Michael Andrew into the big final tonight with Andrew taking eighth overall in 57.16.

Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or won the B final in 56.19 with Sweden's Martin Nilsson taking second in 57.63. Auburn's Albert Subirats placed third in 58.22.

Queens' Matt Josa (58.30), PASA's Jason Dunford (58.42), Brock Bonetti (58.50) and Gator's Jian Wang (59.16) snared the rest of the B final finishes.

=== A - Final ===

1 Vyatchanin, Ark 30 New York Athleti 56.64 54.40 870
r:+0.71 26.94 54.40 (27.46)
2 Grevers, Matt 29 Tucson Ford Deal 56.32 54.50 865
r:+0.66 26.84 54.50 (27.66)
3 Plummer, David 28 New York Athleti 56.34 55.85 804
r:+0.76 27.36 55.85 (28.49)
4 Tarasevich, Gri 18 Univ Louisville- 56.41 56.01 797
r:+0.62 26.99 56.01 (29.02)
5 Pebley, Jacob 20 Una Cal-PC 57.34 56.20 789
r:+0.70 27.62 56.20 (28.58)
5 Murphy, Ryan 18 Una Cal-PC 57.16 56.20 789
r:+0.67 27.75 56.20 (28.45)
7 Godsoe, Eugene 26 Palo Alto Stanfo 57.36 56.30 785
r:+0.61 27.79 56.30 (28.51)
8 Andrew, Michael 15 Indie Swimming-M 57.84 57.16 750
r:+0.67 27.94 57.16 (29.22)

=== B - Final ===

9 Shapira Bar-Or, 24 Unattached-MI 57.72 56.19 789
r:+0.68 28.03 56.19 (28.16)
10 Nilsson, Martin 20 Stockholmspolise 58.70 57.63 732
r:+0.69 28.31 57.63 (29.32)
11 Subirats, Alber 27 Auburn Aquatics- 57.95 58.22 710
r:+0.65 27.75 58.22 (30.47)
12 Josa, Matthew 19 Unattached-NC 59.10 58.30 707
r:+0.59 28.77 58.30 (29.53)
13 Dunford, Jason 27 Palo Alto Stanfo 59.15 58.42 702
r:+0.62 28.56 58.42 (29.86)
14 Bonetti, Brock 18 Una RA-CC 58.91 58.50 699
r:+0.77 28.78 58.50 (29.72)
15 Wang, Jian 20 Gator Swim Club- 59.25 59.16 676
r:+0.63 29.19 59.16 (29.97)