Junya Koga
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 16. A star-studded finale produced an international win in the men's 50-meter back at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte as Club Wolverine's Junya Koga had just too much in the tank against David Plummer.

Koga popped a time of 25.00 for the win, a bit off his sixth-ranked season best of 24.68 from Japanese Nationals, as he is clearly the top swimmer in the field at this time of the year. Plummer wound up taking second in 25.17, bettering his season best of 25.24 to move into a 17th-ranked tie with Kosuke Hagino in the world rankings.


Shane Ryan pocketed third overall in 25.79. James Wells (25.83), Miguel Ortiz (25.84), Charlie Boldison (25.96), and Michael Andrew (26.27) also swam in the big final tonight.

Bolles' Omar Pinzon snared the B final win in 26.26 in the sprint event. Drew teDuits (26.42) and Jimmy Dagley (26.75) placed second and third in the heat.

Michael Klueh (26.80), Jonathan Carlisle (26.81), Matthew Josa (26.94), James Peek (27.22) and Zach McGinnis (28.54) also put up times in the finale.

=== Championship ===

1 *Junya Koga 26 Club Wolverine-M 25.57 25.00
2 David Plummer 28 New York Athleti 25.70 25.17
3 Shane Ryan 20 Unattached-MA 26.04 25.79
4 James Wells 22 Badger Swim Club 25.97 25.83
5 *Miguel Ortiz 23 Club Wolverine-M 26.19 25.84
6 *Charlie Boldis 21 Great Britain 25.96 25.96
7 Albert Subirats 27 Auburn Aquatics- 26.24 26.15
8 Michael Andrew 15 Indie Swimming-M 26.31 26.27

=== Consolation ===

9 *Omar Pinzon 24 Bolles School Sh 26.55 26.26
10 Drew teDuits 20 Unattached-WI 26.64 26.42
11 Jimmy Dagley 19 Una TNAQ-SE 27.00 26.75
12 Michael Klueh 27 Club Wolverine-M 26.94 26.80
12 Zach McGinnis 23 New York Athleti 26.74 26.80
14 *Jonathan Carli 21 Great Britain 26.87 26.81
15 Matthew Josa 19 SwimMAC Carolina 26.55 26.94
16 *James Peek 19 Duke Aquatics-NC 26.82 27.22