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AUSTIN, Texas, January 19. THE second day of preliminary competition is complete at the Arena Grand Prix held in Austin, Texas.
Swimmers will be vying for cash prizes this evening with $500 on the line for first-place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place.
Women's 400 IM
Island's Alexa Komarnycky topped the distance medley this morning with a 4:54.41 as just five swimmers competed. Lakeside's Leah Stevens took second in 4:55.60, while Palo Alto's Ally Howe qualified third in 4:57.11. Crimson's Margaret D'Innocenzo (4:57.58) and Lakeside's Peyton Greenberg (5:11.32) also competed in the morning.
Men's 400 IM
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary, who is swimming a pretty heavy schedule this weekend, topped qualifying in the distance medley event with a 4:26.91. Island's Alec Page won the first heat and qualified second with a 4:27.97, while Palo Alto's Curtis Ogren earned third in 4:30.28.
Santa Clara's Alex Wold (4:31.90), Tucson Ford's Samuel Rowan (4:34.03), ITESM's Miguel Robles Castro (4:34.69), Island's Will Brothers (4:34.78) and Jerome Boucher (4:38.63) all made their way into the championship heat.
Women's 200 free
Missy Franklin of the Colorado Stars will be vying for her seventh title of the Arena Grand Prix tonight as she topped qualifying by nearly a second with a 2:00.48. Longhorn's Quinn Carrozza has been making some noise this weekend, including a bronze medal last night. This morning, she clocked a 2:01.55 to qualify second. Canada's Barbara Jardin finished third in 2:02.12.
SMU's Nina Rangelova qualified fourth in 2:02.54, while Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton picked up fifth in 2:03.07. Island's Alexa Komarnycky (2:03.43), First Colony's Simone Manuel (2:03.74) and SMU's Nathalie Lindborg (2:03.88) rounded out the top eight heading into the championship heat.
Sutton is definitely enjoying herself at this meet as Austin continues to provide a great atmosphere for the pro swimmers in attendance.
– Chloe Sutton (@csutswim) January 19, 2013
Men's 200 free
In one of the deepest fields of a somewhat sparse meet, Longhorn's Ricky Berens qualified first with a 1:50.92 out of five heats this morning. Club Wolverine's Michael Klueh placed second in the morning with a 1:51.25, while Conor Dwyer checked in third with a 1:51.95.
Santa Clara's Alex Wold wound up fourth in 1:52.15, Olympic star Ryan Lochte moved his way into the championship heat with a fifth-place 1:52.47. IX3's Charlie Houchin placed sixth out of the morning with a 1:52.69. Island's Ryan Cochrane (1:53.10) and Keegan Zanatta (1:53.22) also earned transfer spots into the championship finale.
Women's 200 back
World-record holder Missy Franklin should be looking at a back-to-back double victory this evening after dominating qualifying in the distance dorsal with a time of 2:10.66. Hilary Caldwell finished three seconds back for the second seed with a 2:13.67. Miyuki Takemura earned the third seed with a 2:15.20. Lauren Lavigna (2:16.16), Longhorn's Quinn Carrozza (2:16.21), Canada's Barbara Jardin (2:16.55), SMU's Isabella Arcila (2:17.06) and Palo Alto's Ally Howe (2:18.39) also will compete for the title this evening.
Men's 200 back
The gentle giant Matt Grevers of Tucson Ford earned the top seed with a time of 2:06.81, while Club Wolverine's Tyler Clary touched just behind for second in 2:06.89. Clary is taking on an ambitious schedule this weekend, routinely doubling up each day. He made mention of the schedule on Twitter.
400IM and 200BK this morning. And I thought yesterday was hard…haha
– Scott Tyler Clary (@TylerClary) January 19, 2013
Palo Alto's Curtis Ogren (2:07.59), Stanford's Bobby Bollier (2:07.98), Jake Tapp (2:08.29), Andew Ford (2:08.30), Arkady Vyatchanin (2:09.18) and First Colony's Brett Pinfold (2:11.84) also will swim in the finale tonight.
Women's 50 free
Canada's Victoria Poon touched out SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir, 26.01 to 26.03, in the women's splash-and-dash as the sprint frees closed out the day. First Colony's Simone Manuel tied SMU's Nathalie Lindborg for third with 26.20s, while SMU's Isabella Arcila (26.27) and Nina Rangelova (26.41) qualified fifth and sixth. Mission Viejo's Kathryn McLaughlin (26.78) and Canada's Noemie Thomas (26.96) completed the championship heat.
Men's 50 free
Longhorn's Jimmy Feigen led the way this morning with a 22.30, while Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers could be looking at a 100 back/50 free double after clocking a 22.79 to qualify second. California's Nathan Adrian set up a potential sprint sweep this weekend with a third-seeded 22.83. Adrian had a happy omen this morning as he tweeted part of his morning breakfast.
– Nathan Adrian (@Nathangadrian) January 19, 2013
Palo Alto's Geoffrey Cheah (23.15), California's Anthony Ervin (23.18), Longhorn's Garrett Weber-Gale (23.20), Luke Peddie (23.55) and Kelly Aspinall (23.58) also earned spots into finals.
Ryan Lochte scratched prelims of the event, alluding to the move on Twitter this morning.
Day 2 of the #austingrandprix meet. I have the 200 free and the 50free. Wait the 50? That's not my event!
– Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) January 19, 2013
The men's 50 free finale features five swimmers who represented the U.S. in the Olympics in either Beijing or London.