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SANTA CLARA, California, June 21. BRAZIL’s Bruno Fratus certainly proved to be disappointed after bashing the field in the men’s 50-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara.
Fratus, who ranks second in the world with a 21.45, had to swim basically by himself after California’s Nathan Adrian scratched this morning. Adrian is the fifth-ranked swimmer in the world with a 21.66 and the two were destined for an epic head-to-head. But, Adrian, citing a need for a break after swimming nine 50s in just nine days due to his entrance in the Mare Nostrum tour, pulled out of the event this morning.
That left Fratus with a chance to post a half-a-second win against a world-class field as he clocked a 22.03. California’s Anthony Ervin, an Olympic gold medalist in his own right, took second in 2.558 with NYAC’s Josh Schneider placing third in 22.63.
Nitro’s Matt Ellis (22.71), Brad Tandy (22.79), Paul Powers (22.89), NYAC’s Adam Brown (23.05), Stanford’s Alex Coville (23.08) and John Murray (23.10) also swam in the championships heat.
Club Wolverine’s George Bovell took home the B final title in 22.71 with Redlands’ Joey Hale taking second in 23.01. Wyatt Ubellacker clinched third in 23.19.
Santo Condorelli (23.20), Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers (23.27), Hong Kong’s Geoff Cheah (23.31), California’s Seth Stubblefield (23.31), Auburn’s James Disney-May (23.31) and California’s Tyler Messerschmidt (23.43) also vied for the consolation title.