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ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. FUTURE California Golden Bears Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy shined with sterling efforts in the 100 backstroke to highlight the second night of action at the Arena Grand Prix in Orlando.
Meanwhile, Clearwater's Becca Mann clinched her second 400-meter triumph of the meet with a freestyle win after her IM victory last night.
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It wound up being one of the most exciting races of thenight, with Trojan's Mike Alexandrov clipping Davie's Felipe Lima at the wall,2:14.13 to 2:14.16. That's a reversal of fortunes from last night's 100 breastfinale where Lima took the title.? That'sAlexandrov's fourth gold medal of the tour, having swum at all threestops.? He now has six total medals.? Lima scored a pair of titles this weekend,having just joined the circuit in Orlando. Gabriel Souza snared bronze with a2:17.40.
Tennessee's Brad Craig finished fourth in 2:18.75, while Mexico'sChristian Schurr turned in a fifth-place time of 2:19.80.? Azad Al-barazi claimed sixth overall with a2:20.80, while Daniel Le snagged seventh in 2:21.70.? Redlands' Dmitriy Shvetsov completed thefinale with an eighth-place 2:22.75.?Venezuela's Carlos Claverie, 16, topped the B final in 2:19.64.?
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Canada's Martha McCabe, who has a bronze medal to her creditfrom the 2011 World Championships, survived a near false start with a winningtime of 2:29.58.? McCabe plunged into thewater before the start, but officials deemed that she was okay to continue, andshe made the most of her effort. SMU's Raminta Dvariskyte picked up her secondsilver of the tour with a 2:31.15, while Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson turnedin a 2:31.91 for bronze after winning the 100 breast last night.?
Teenagers rounded out the rest of the field.? Germany's Margareth Hummel, 15, and Davie'sEmily Kopas, 16, tied for fourth with matching 2:35.63s.? KING's Carolyn McCann, 17, finished sixth in2:37.93, while SwimMAC's Kathleen Baker, 15, wound up seventh with a2:40.02.? Saint Andrew's RachelBradford-Feldman, 15, drew a disqualification.
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Olympic silver and bronze medalist Ryan Cochrane easedthrough the middle-distance event with a 3:51.62 to capture the crown.? That time is the fifth-best in the world thisyear, and gave him a second gold medal on the circuit.
Club Wolverine's Michael Klueh earned second in 3:53.71, histhird silver of the Grand Prix tour, while Conor Dwyer clinched third with a3:54.70. That's Dwyer's second bronze of the meet, along with two silvers.
Ix3's Charlie Houchin (3:55.03), Island's Eric Hedlin(3:57.62), Davie's Esteban Enderica (3:57.82), Island's Alec Page (3:59.18) andScotland's Robbie Renwick (4:03.38) rounded out the heavily internationalfield.?
WOMEN'S 400 FREE FINALS
Clearwater's Becca Mann, 15, clinched her second title ofthe meet along with her 400 IM last night, and fourth of the Arena Grand Prixcircuit thus far.? She blazed to a4:10.66 in the middle distance event, her third-best time ever behind a 4:08.65from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and a 4:10.38 also from Trials. In sum, Mannhas captured eight medals during two of the three stops on the circuit.
Canada's Alexa Komarnycky gave Mann a bit of a push, butcouldn't catch up as she settled for silver with a 4:11.49. That's her thirdmedal of the tour after a gold and bronze in Austin.? Canada's Barbara Jardin earned third-placehonors in 4:12.42, also her third medal of the circuit with a silver and bronzein Austin.
Canada's Samantha Cheverton (4:12.73), Ashley Steenvoorden(4:13.02), York's Courtney Harnish (4:18.21), Andreina Pinto (4:24.99) andDynamo's Kylie Stewart (4:27.73) also competed in the championship.? Harnish, just 13, demolished her lifetimebest of 4:21.59 from the 2012 U.S. Junior National Championships last summer. ?
MEN'S 100 BACK FINALS
He might not have tracked down Jack Conger's 17-18 U.S.National Age Group record in the event, but Bolles' Ryan Murphy definitelyclaimed some serious scalps with his triumph in the dorsal competition. Murphytouched out Australia's Bobby Hurley, 54.92 to 54.95, for the win.? That's just his sixth time under 55 seconds,and stands as his fourth-fastest time ever.?Hurley, meanwhile, earned his second silver of the meet as he continuesto respond to a training base change to Tucson, Ariz.
Olympic superstar Ryan Lochte, with his E! realitytelevision crew filming his every move today, picked up third-place honors in55.42. That's his ninth circuit medal thus far as he's earned six golds, asilver and two bronzes.?
Bryce Bohman (55.58), Germany's Yannick Lebherz (55.83),Club Wolverine's Tyler Clary (55.88), Germany's Felix Wolf (56.14) and Canada'sCharles Francis (57.14) finished fourth through eighth in the finale.? Arkady Vyatchanin turned up the heat in the Bfinal with a winning 56.57.
WOMEN'S 100 BACK FINALS
American-record holder Missy Franklin posted the top time inthe world this year with a 59.34, beating a 59.7 from Emily Seebohm down inAustralia earlier this year.? The wingave Franklin her second gold of the meet, and push her overall medal tally to12 with 11 of them by way of victory.?Franklin has now cleared 1:00 15 times during active competition withtonight's time standing seventh in her career rankings.?
Glenview Titan's Olivia Smoliga, an 18-year-old who has thepotential to develop into an Olympic talent by 2016, finished with silver in1:01.81.? Canada's Hilary Caldwell woundup third overall in 1:02.19. That's Caldwell's third medal on the tour, alongwith a pair of silvers in Austin.
Dynamo's Kylie Stewart (1:02.72), Saint Andrew's TasijaKarosas (1:02.75), SwimMAC's Kathleen Baker (1:02.84), Redlands' YulduzKuchkarova (1:03.06) and Germany's Eileen Diener (1:03.14) comprised the restof the championship finale.??
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2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin keeps on keeping onas he scorched the field in the men's splash-and-dash with a sizzling effort of22.43.? He finished well ahead of JoshSchneider, who took second in 22.88 as the only other sub-23.? The win is Ervin's first on the Arena GrandPrix tour after sharing a silver in Austin.?Meanwhile, Adam Brown picked up third in 23.01 as he bettered the WestVirginian Tim Squires (23.08) for bronze.?Squires had led prelims with a 23.09 before matching his lifetime bestin the finale.
Germany's Tim-Thorben Suck (23.22), Central Florida's AlexForbes (23.56) and Bolles' Ryan Murphy (23.95) placed fifth throughseventh.? Meanwhile, Olympic butterflyspecialist Tyler McGill swam the event butterfly, posting a 24.12.? That's his fifth-fastest swim in his careerin the sprint fly.?
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Olympic 100 fly silver medalist Christine Magnuson of TucsonFord touched out Denmark Olympian Jeanette Ottesen Gray in the finale, 25.33 to25.36. That time is among Magnuson's top 10 times ever in her career.? She owns a trio of 24.7s as part of herportfolio with a 24.72 top time from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.? Ottesen Gray, meanwhile, is a three-timeOlympian for Denmark with a gold medal in the 100 free at the 2011 WorldChampionships.? She earned her secondsilver of the meet.
SwimMAC's Madison Kennedy edged superstar Missy Franklin ofthe Colorado Stars for bronze, 25.46 to 25.65.?Meanwhile, Glenview Titan's Olivia Smoliga turned in a fifth-place26.01, while Canadian Sandrine Mainville finished sixth in 26.05.
SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir (26.22) and Fox Chapels HeidiMiller (26.70) also competed in the finale, while Jamaican Olympian AliaAtkinson raced to the B final win in 26.57.?
MEN'S 200 FLY FINALS
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary was the only swimmer toclear 2:00 today as he surged to a win in 1:59.42.? He held off fellow Club Wolverine Wu Peng,who wound up taking second in 2:00.80. The win is Clary's second of the meet,and third of the Arena Grand Prix series.?He also has a trio of silvers from Austin.? Wu, meanwhile, claimed his first medal of thecircuit tonight.? Island's Alec Pageplaced third in 2:00.93, to match his silver in Austin for his second medal ofthe tour.
SwimOntario's Zack Chetrat (2:01.02) and Brayden Salmon(2:04.79) finished fourth and fifth in the finale, while Mexico's Israel DuranMata picked up sixth in 2:05.32.? Bolles'Joseph Schooling (2:05.96) and Gamal Assaad (2:07.52) closed out thechampionship field.?
Notably, Clearwater's Frank Tapia Nadales threw down a2:04.37 to win the consolation heat this evening.?
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Canadian Olympian Audrey Lacroix went out fast, the onlyswimmer under 1:03 with a 1:02.89 at the halfway mark, and kept on adding toher lead throughout the race before closing out with a 2:09.63 for thetriumph.? That's her second gold medal ofthe Arena Grand Prix circuit, and her fourth overall since she joined the tourin Austin.?
Clearwater's Becca Mann, 15, picked up her first silver ofthe meet with a 2:10.83, having already won the 400 IM last night, and a bronzein the 100 breast.? Now, Mann hascollected seven total medals on the Arena Grand Prix circuit after taking theAustin stop off.? Mann's time is alifetime best, clearing her 2:11.19 from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.? New York's Kim Vandenberg rounded out thepodium with a third-place time of 2:14.99.
Metro's Isabella Paez just missed her personal best fromprelims of 2:14.84 with a fourth-place 2:15.03, while Dynamo's Nicole Staffordclaimed fifth in 2:16.29. Andreina Pinto (2:18.58), Davie's Laura Gutierrez (2:20.00)and Clearwater's Brooke Bennett (2:20.07) also vied for the title thisevening.?
Bennett, 32, is on the comeback trail as a three-timeOlympic gold medalist with wins in the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 SydneyGames.??