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SANTA CLARA, California, June 21. CALIFORNIA’s Missy Franklin tracked down the women’s 200-meter freestyle victory at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara as she just missed the top 10 in the world.
Franklin clocked a 1:56.96 for the win, moving to 12th in the world rankings with that performance. Katie Ledecky is still the top American in the world with a sixth-ranked 1:56.27 from the Mesa stop.
Franklin helped pull a pair of lifetime bests out of NBAC’s Cierra Runge (1:58.35) and First Collony’s Simone Manuel (1:59.01) as the two went 2-3 in the event. California’s Elizabeth Pelton took fourth in the event with a 1:59.67, while Canada’s Brittany MacLean also beat 2:00 with a fifth-place 1:59.92.
Bulldogs’ Jordan Mattern (2:00.52), NBAC’s Allison Schmitt (2:00.66), Bulldogs’ Shannon Vreeland (2:01.11) and CFSC’s Alyson Ackman (2:01.25) rounded out the A final tonight.
Five swimmers posted 2:01s in the B final with NBAC’s Gillian Ryan capturing the top time with a 2:01.32. NBAC’s Lotte Friis touched second in 2:01.35 with Stanford’s Maya DiRado claiming third in 2:01.64. SMU’s Nina Rangelova (2:01.70) and Stanford’s Julia Anderson (2:01.97) also cleared 2:02.
California’s Caroline Piehl (2:02.44), NCAC’s Danielle Siverling (2:02.58), PSAA’s Karlee Bispo (2:03.42) and PASA’s Jennifer Campbell (2:03.71) also competed in the consolation heat.