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NASHVILLE, Tennessee, March 16. OLYMPIAN Claire Donahue put on a show in the women's 50-yard free today at the Speedo Champions Series stop in Nashville, deciding to swim it fly while everyone else was still competing with the crawl.
While Nora McCullagh (22.87), Alexi Smith (23.36) and Lauren Rhodes (23.39) might have finished 1-2-3, Donahue's impressive 23.47 to tie Bailey Scott for fourth was a crowd-pleaser. That's among the top times ever in the event, even though full record-keeping on the stroke 50s in yard are not that complete. USA Swimming lists the top 50-yard fly as a 23.29 from Andrea Georoff in 2000, while Rachel Bootsma (23.73) and Dana Vollmer (23.88) each have 23-second times to their credit in SWIMS.
Caitlin Casazza claimed the women's 200-yard fly title in 1:58.91, while Hannah Magnuson took second in 2:0.19. Lydia Jones earned third in 2:00.97. Jimmy Yoder cruised to victory in the men's 200-meter fly with a 1:45.77. Zach Bunner (1:47.02) and Connor Oslin (1:48.15) picked up second and third.
Kyle Darmody captured the men's 50-yard free in 20.04, while teammate Matt Josa took second in 20.41. Chris Powell wound up third in 20.61. Fellow SwimMAC swimmers Kathleen Baker (2:11.17), Alexa Martelle (2:14.05) and Maija Roses (2:17.04) went 1-2-3 in the women's 200-yard breast. Duke's Garrett House won the men's 200-yard breast in 1:59.75, while Michael Chadwick took second in 2:03.06. Ben Spinek earned third in 2:03.44.
Baker doubled up with a 52.52 in the women's 100-yard back, while teammate McCullagh finished second in 53.81. Magnuson touched third in 54.66. Darmody also earned his second win of the night with a47.62 in the men's 100-yard back. Josa finished second in 48.02, while Bunner took third in 48.52.
Stephanie Peters dominated the women's 500-yard free with a 4:45.47, while Rebecca Postoll (4:52.29) and Elsa Welshofer (4:54.48) earned second and third. Yoder doubled up as wll, clocking a 4:25.36 to win the men's 500-yard free. Darmody took second in 4:@6.73, while Koya Osada earned third in 4:29.12.