Day Two Prelims at Arena Grand Prix – Charlotte: Hosszu Top Qualifier in Three Races

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, May 17. SPRINT freestylers are expected to highlight this morning’s preliminaries at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, the site of the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte.

Also on tap is North Baltimore star-studded freestyle roster in the 400 freestyle and a tough triple for Katinka Hosszu in the 200 fly, 100 back and 400 free.

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Women 200 fly

Katinka Hosszu, the Hungarian Iron Lady, kicked off her morning with a smooth 2:11.94 in the 200 fly prelims to take the top seed. She’ll be looking to beat or match her top time of the season, a 2:08.22 from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet a couple of weeks ago, but with a triple on her mind tonight, just finishing well might be the goal.

Emma Nunn of Nova of Virginia swam in the first heat of “A flight” and held on to qualify second with a 2:12.88. That’s just a second off her lifetime best of 2:11.68 from last year’s U.S. Open, so it’s possible she could challenge that time tonight. Megan Kingsley of Mount Pleasant Swim Club took third with a 2:13.22, with Canoe’s Kate Mills placing fourth in 2:13.35.

Becca Mann, the 17-year-old sensation from North Baltimore, was fifth with a 2:13.36, ahead of the 2:13.59 posted by Flynt Y’s Courtney Weaver. Meredith Hoover of North Carolina Aquatic Club qualified seventh with a 2:13.98, while Andreina Pinto rounded out the A final qualifiers with a 2:14.23.

Katerine Savard (2:14.55), Cammile Adams (2:14.60), Kaitlin Pawlowicz (2:14.62), Tanja Kylliainen (2:14.99), Lauren Harrington (2:15.12), Easop Lee (2:15.39), Madison Homovich (2:16.35) and Elizabeth Beisel (2:17.06) will participate in the B final.

Men 200 fly

Dylan Bosch, the new U.S. Open and NCAA record holder in the 200-yard butterfly, took the top qualifying spot in today’s heats with a 2:00.21. He’s been much faster this season, with a 1:56.92 from the South African nationals that put him on the Commonwealth Games team. Next to him in the final will be 17-year-old rising star Andrew Seliskar of Nation’s Capital, the reigning junior world champion in this event, after a 2:00.50. Tom Luchsinger from North Balitmore, a world championship finalist in this event, rounded out the top three qualifiers with a 2:01.02.

Benjamin Colley of North Carolina was fourth-fastest with a 2:01.03, with Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore fifth with a 2:01.14. Joe Schooling of Bolles took sixth with a 2:01.91, while Steve Schmuhl of Indiana qualified seventh in 2:01.95. In eighth was Dynamo’s Mick Litherland with a 2:02.08.

Qualifying for the B final were: Sebastien Rousseau (2:02.46), Omar Pinzon (2:02.70), Thiago Pereira (2:02.79), Nico van Dujin (2:03.09), Ben Southern (2:03.34), Yeziel Morales (2:04.48), Kevin Litherland (2:04.69) and Pete Brumm (2:04.73).

Women 50 free

Ivy Martin (Unattached) and Madison Kennedy (SwimMAC Carolina) tied for the top time in the heats with a 25.68. Amanda Weir of SwimAtlanta was third overall with a 25.80, while Jessica Hardy got in fourth with a 25.90.

Also in the A final will be Great Britain’s Rebecca Guy after her 25.93 performance this morning, and Tennessee’s Faith Johnson, who swam a 25.99. Katie Meili of SwimMAC (26.15) and Megan Romano of Athens Bulldog (25.18) rounded out the top eight.

Jessica Lloyd and Kelsi Hall tied for ninth with matching times of 26.24 to lead swimmers for the B final. Nora McCullagh (26.35), Caroline Simmons (26.38), Sveta Khakhlov (26.43), Michelle Williams (26.48), Natalie Labonge (26.55) and Maddy Frost (26.55) also made the top 16.

Men 50 free

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus likely saved up plenty of energy for tonight’s 50 free final, coasting to the wall with a top time of 22.60. He’s been a 21.45 already this season, good enough for second in the world so far behind countryman Cesar Cielo.

Josh Schneider, who trains at SwimMAC but represents the New York Athletic Club, qualified second with a 22.71. Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece, the reigning NCAA co-champion, was third with a 22.72. Cal Aquatics’ Anthony Ervin and SwimMAC’s Roy Burch rounded out the times under 23 seconds this morning, with Ervin posting a 22.84 and Burch swimming a 22.99.

Cullen Jones of SwimMAC posted a 23.03 for sixth, while Club Wolverine’s Miguel Ortiz was seventh in 23.04. Miguel’s brother Bruno tied for eighth with Gator Swim Club’s Brad Deborde with times of 23.37 and will likely participate in a swimoff to determine who gets in the A final or B final.

Update: Bruno Ortiz won the swimoff with a 22.75 to Deborde’s 22.91. Despite the faster time, Ortiz will still swim in lane eight in the final.

Mark Weber will definitely swim in the B final with his 23.38 that ranks 10th overall. Paul Powers (23.39), Matt McGinnis (23.40), Yuri Kisil (23.41), James Peek (23.55), Kyle Darmody (23.64) and Mario Todorovich (23.67) are also in the B final.

Women 100 back

Hosszu really turned on the jets in her 100 back heat, posting a 59.94 to barely beat out her best time of the season that had been 59.98. That held her in a tie for eighth in the world with China’s Xueer Wang, but Hosszu now holds that ranking by herself. It wasn’t far off her lifetime best of 59.40.

Ali DeLoof of Club Wolverine qualified second with a 1:01.24, a lifetime best by 1.3 seconds for the Michigan standout. Kathleen Baker of SwimMAC also got into the top three with a 1:02.04.

Carolina Colorado, representing Bolles School Sharks but swimming for Colombia internationally, qualified fourth with a 1:02.08. Romano was fifth with a 1:02.79 for her second A final of the day. Ellen Williamson of Virginia took the sixth-fastest time with a 1:02.82, with Kennedy Goss of Swim Ontario qualifying seventh in 1:02.94. Marie-Pier Couillard qualified eighth with a 1:03.15.

In the B final will be Helen Moffitt (1:03.28), Isabella Arcila (1:03.30), Fernanda Gonzales (1:03.38), Zoe Mattingly (1:03.78), Kaitlyn Jones (1:03.81), Yin Yan Lau (1:03.82), Brooke Zeiger (1:03.95) and Emily Meilus (1:04.21).

Men 100 back

David Plummer, the world championship silver medalist, will have a tough battle on his hands tonight with the Man With No Country, Arkady Vyatchanin. While the former Russian Olympic medalist searches for a new country, he’s been putting up strong times in the Arena Grand Prix Series. Plummer qualified first with a 54.70, while Vyatchanin cruised through prelims with a 55.35. Great Britain’s Charlie Boldison qualified third overall with a 55.55.

James Wells of Indiana posted a 55.63 for fourth overall, while 50 back winner Junya Koga was fifth with a 55.81. Pavel Sankovich, representing Belarus, was sixth in 55.92. Omar Pinzon, looking for redemption after being cleared by FINA of doping charges, qualified seventh with a 56.09. Eugene Godsoe got into the A final with a 56.13.

Shane Ryan (56.33), Albert Subirats (56.73), Michael Andrew (56.95), Drew teDuits (56.99), Jonathan Carlisle (57.12), Pedro Oliveira (57.18), Corey Main (57.20) and Connor Green (57.36) will race in tonight’s B final.

Women 400 free

Hosszu will have a challenge from five freestyle specialists from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in tonight’s 400 free final, though the Hungarian made a statement with a controlled top swim of 4:10.56 this morning. Leah Smith of Virginia swam in the same prelim heat as Hosszu, but couldn’t get past the Iron Lady, posting a 4:11.01.

The ladies qualifying third through seventh in the final will be wearing North Baltimore caps. Gillian Ryan got the third spot with a 4:11.85, Becca Mann took fourth with a 4:12.12, Cierra Runge will be in the fifth spot with a 4:12.27, Allison Schmitt taking sixth in 4:12.47 while Lotte Friis captured seventh with a 4:12.87.

Rounding out the A finalists was Seal Innovation’s Chloe Sutton with a 4:13.01.

Lindsay Vrooman (4:16.05), Andreina Pinto (4:16.42), Ashley Steenvoorden (4:17.00), Hannah Moore (4:17.12), Elizabeth Beisel (4:17.67), Vien Nguyen (4:18.18), Sam Cheverton (4:18.44) and Jessica Thielmann (4:18.75) got into the B final. Notably, Nguyen could be chasing her Vietnamese national record of 4:16.06 in tonight’s final.

Men 400 free

Club Wolverine dominates the field in the men’s 400 free, just as North Baltimore did in the women’s race. The Ann Arbor-based squad took the top four qualifying spots for the final. Leading the way is Michael Klueh, thanks to a 3:55.06. Connor Jaeger was second with a 3:56.53, while Anders Nielsen placed third with a 3:56.71. Sean Ryan rounded out the Club Wolverine qualifiers with a 3:57.45.

Matias Koski of Dynamo qualified fourth in 3:57.95 to present a challenge to the Michigan freestyle corps. Kevin Litherland of Dynamo got in the A final, posting a 3:57.99 for fifth. Conor Dwyer, last night’s 200 free winner, put North Baltimore in the final with a 3:58.03, while Mateo de Angulo of Valle Elite and Colombia qualified eighth in 3:58.13.

Charlie Houchin (3:58.68), Townley Haas (3:59.04), Evan Pinion (3:59.90), Matt McLean (3:59.97), Mitch D’Arrigo (4:00.27), Jay Litherland (4:00.75), Justin Glanda (4:02.42) and Cameron Stitt (4:02.78) qualified for the B final.

Women 200 breast

With Emma Reaney and Laura Sogar scratching from their prelim races, the door was left wide open for Micah Lawrence to sail through this morning’s swim, and she coasted through with a 2:29.02. The rest of the field will still be strong, as Tennessee Aquatics’ Molly Hannis qualified second with a 2:31.41 and Melanie Margalis of Athens Bulldog was third with a 2:31.61.

Emily McClellan of Milwaukee got into the A final with a 2:32.08 for fourth place, beatingher lifetime best by nearly two seconds. Annie Zhu of North Baltimore was fifth with a 2:33.33 and Lilly King of Newburgh Sea Creatures continued her great meet with a 2:34.83 for sixth. Katie Meili of SwimMAC was seventh with a 2:35.18 while Gretchen Jacques qualified eighth with a 2:35.47.

Annie Lazor (2:35.76), Miranda Tucker (2:35.94), Raminta Dvaris (2:36.07), Lauren James (2:36.26), Maija Roses (2:36.38), Abigail Fisher (2:36.53), Madisyn Cox (2:37.61) and Amanda Lawson (2:38.04) will participate in the B final.

Men 200 breast

Anton McKee, who had a solid freshman season at Alabama, made an impressive transition to the long course pool with a top time of 2:14.66 that lowers his lifetime best from 2:15.12. The Iceland native will be chased in the lanes next to him by North Baltimore’s Chase Kalisz (2:15.04) and Lewis Coleman of Great Britain (2:15.73).

Also in the A final will be Cody Miller of Badger in his first meet since wrapping up his collegiate career at Indiana. Miller swam a 2:16.16 to put him fourth overall. Mike Alexandrov of Trojan Swim Club, the winner of both sprint breaststrokes last night, was fifth with a 2:17.47. Thomas Dahlia of Louisville was sixth in 2:17.68, Brendan McHugh of Greater Pennsylvania continued a strong meet with a seventh-place time of 2:18.24, and Matthew Ackman of Canada was eighth with a 2:20.03.

Carlos Almeida (2:20.67), Ross Palazzo (2:21.12), Brad Craig (2:21.26), Gabriel deSousa (2:21.43), Tristan Slater (2:21.67), Matt McNamara (2:22.30), Paul Corbae (2:22.34) and Tynan Stewart (2:22.34) rounded out the field for the B final.

Women 50 fly

Not swimming in the 50 freestyle prelims paid off for SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in the 50 fly, as she took the top seed for finals with a 26.47. That’s one hundredth of a second outside the global top 20, with China’s Yu Zhang and Yufei Zhang sharing 19th with a 26.46.

Kristel Vourna of Alabama scored the second seed with a 26.73 over the 26.76 by Claire Donahue. Kelsi Worrell of Louisville got fourth with a 27.03, .01 ahead of Canada’s Katerine Savard and her 27.04. Sveta Khakhlov was sixth with a 27.15, while Carolina Colorado and Ivy Martin tied for seventh with times of 27.45 to get into the A final.

Participating in the B final tonight will be Aliena Schmidt (27.65), Jessica Lloyd (27.82), Elsa Welshofer (27.83), Emma Ball (27.96), Michelle Williams (27.97), Faith Johnson (28.05), Courtney Weaver (28.06) and Zoe Mattingly (28.11).

Men 50 fly

The morning session concluded with a swift 24.04 from Greek rising star Kristian Gkolomeev to set himself up for a second title run after qualifying second in the 50 free. He’ll be chased by Bolles School’s Joe Schooling, who posted a 24.15 for a third A final appearance in the butterfly events. Albert Subirats, who represents Auburn Aquatics domestically and Venezuela internationally, was third overall with a 24.30.

Pavel Sankovich of Belarus (and Florida State) posted a 24.45 for fourth, ahead of the 24.48 by Tim Phillips and the 24.49 by Cullen Jones, both of SwimMAC Carolina. Eugene Godsoe, the world championship silver medalist in this event, tied for sixth with Jones, while Michael Andrew of Indie Swimming rounded out the A finalists with a 24.52.

Mario Todorovich (24.58), Matt Josa (24.61), Sean Fletcher (24.63), Mark Weber (24.76), Soeren Dahl (24.93), Miguel Ortiz (24.97), Elvis Burrows (24.99) and Patrick Park (25.07) will race in the B final tonight.

Results For: Arena Grand Prix, Charlotte: Day 2 prelims A flight

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