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AUSTIN, Texas, January 19. MISSY Franklin continued hauling in the gold hardware on the Arena Grand Prix circuit, now up to eight titles overall after doubling up tonight in Austin.
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
Two out of the five qualifiers from prelims decided to scratch, leaving just a trio of swimmers to open up the Universal Sports live television broadcast in the distance medley event. Canada's Alexa Komarnycky smoked the sparse field with a winning time of 4:47.15. Crimson's Margaret D'Innocenzo checked in second with a 4:59.12, while Lakeside's Peyton Greenberg earned third in 5:08.01.
Men's 400 IM
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary of Club Wolverine eased his way to a first-place check with a 4:20.36, while Island's Alec Page raced into second in 4:27.97. Santa Clara's Alex Wold rounded out the top three in 4:25.56.
Clary was happy with his time this early in the season considering he has undertaken a pretty ambitious schedule this weekend. He cut more than six seconds from his preliminary swim of 4:26.91. Clary told a story that he swam prelims without a warmup on a bet with Ryan Lochte, and he had to get under 4:30 this morning for the win. He obviously won the wager, and then warmed up properly for tonight to nearly break 4:20, which had been his personal goal.
Palo Alto's Curtis Ogren (4:26.22), Tucson Ford's Samuel Rowen (4:29.74), ITESM's Miguel Robles Castro (4:33.82), LR's Jerome Boucher (4:34.84) and Island's Will Brothers (4:35.73) also competed for the title in the championship finale.
Women's 200 free
Missy Franklin of the Colorado Stars trounced the championship field with a speedy effort of 1:57.69, which ranks among her personal top 20 times. The win gave her a second gold this weekend, and sixth overall as part of the Arena Grand Prix circuit. Longhorn's Quinn Carrozza upgraded her bronze from last night to silver with a 1:59.42, while Canada's Barbara Jardin took bronze after a silver last night with a 1:59.98 as the top three all cleared 2:00.
Franklin has had a busy schedule outside of the pool the past month or so, but has made an effort to workout at a local pool no matter where her personal appearance schedule takes her, including the Golden Globes.
Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton raced into fourth with a time of 2:00.01, while Island's Alexa Komarnycky earned fifth in 2:02.28. First Colony's Simone Manuel placed sixth in 2:02.38, while SMU's Nina Rangelova (2:02.91) and SMU's Nathalie Lindborg (2:03.64) checked in with the other two finishes in the championship heat. Notably, Mission Viejo's Kathryn McLaughlin ripped off a 2:01.05 to win the B final.
Men's 200 free
It looked like Olympic superstar Ryan Lochte, sporting a teeny pink brief, was well on his way to his sixth gold of the Arena Grand Prix. Then, the final wall happened with Longhorn's Ricky Berens destroying the field off the wall to win in 1:48.39 coming home in 27.23.
Lochte had led into the final wall with a 1:20.77, but faded to third with a 1:50.19 at the finish as Club Wolverine's Michael Klueh snuck into second with a 1:49.48 coming home in 27.30. The win is Berens' first of the series, while Klueh now has a silver to go with bronze last night.
Conor Dwyer finished fourth in 1:50.72, while Island's Ryan Cochrane touched fifth in 1:52.04. IX3's Charlie Houchin (1:52.49), Island's Keegan Zanatta (1:52.69) and Santa Clara's Alex Wold (1:53.23) snared the rest of the finishes in the A final, while First Colony's Brett Pinfold turned in a 1:51.94 to win the B finale.
Women's 200 back
World-record holder Missy Franklin dropped a scorching effort of 2:07.31, giving her three golds this weekend and eight overall on the Arena Grand Prix series. Her swim tonight is her seventh best in her career in what is her top event, even though she's got plenty in the tank for other events. Her time also broke the 2:07.59 pool record previously held by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry, who ruled the pool in Austin while training with Kim Brackin during her time as the head women's coach of Texas.
Hilary Caldwell placed a distant second in 2:12.13, while Miyuki Takemura took third in 2:13.74. Lauren Lavigna (2:13.77), Barbara Jardin (2:13.79), Palo Alto's Ally Howe (2:15.42), Longhorn's Quinn Carrozza (2:15.95) and SMU's Isabella Arcila (2:16.12) also vied for the title in the finale. Allie Szekely of Central Bucks topped the B final in 2:14.58.
Men's 200 back
Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers blasted the distance dorsal with a strong time of 1:58.84, who took the swim out hard to push the pace in case Club Wolverine's Tyler Clary had something in the tank after winning the 400 IM. Clary wound up cruising into silver with a 2:01.02, while another Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin took third in 2:03.82. The silver was Clary's second medal of the meet, while Vyatchanin has now won three medals on the circuit, including a silver and a bronze in Minneapolis.
Stanford's Bobby Bollier (2:05.32), Langley Olympian's Jake Tapp (2:06.91), Palo Alto's Curtis Ogren (2:06.98), GMAC's Andrew Ford (2:08.94) and First Colony's Brett Pinfoled (2:11.56) also competed in the championship heat.
Women's 50 free
SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir blitzed the finale with a sizzling no-breather time of 25.53. Weir keeps on rolling with her swimming career, having already won a pair of silvers in 2004 at the Athens Olympics and a bronze in London in 2012 all in relay duty. Canada's Victoria Poon tracked down silver in 25.84, while First Colony's Simone Manuel finished third in 25.85.
SMU's Isabella Arcila (26.12), Nathalie Lindborg (26.26) and Nina Rangelova (26.32) took fourth through sixth, while Mission Viejo's Kathryn McLaughlin (26.49) and Canada's Noemie Thomas (26.68) also turned in times in the finale.
Men's 50 free
California's Nathan Adrian smoked one of his top times ever with a 21.70 to capture the star-studded finale. His best effort is a 21.46 from the 2009 FINA World Championships, while the 21.70 approached the time he turned in during the finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials last summer with a 21.68. He also blasted the pacesetting time of 22.00 clocked by Matt Targett this morning at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Australia.
Cal teammate Anthony Ervin tied Longhorn's Jimmy Feigen for second-place honors as both posted 22.43s. Longhorn's Garrett Weber-Gale (22.96), Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers (22.98), Palo Alto's Geoffrey Cheah (23.09), Canada's Kelly Aspinall (23.29) and Canada's Luke Peddie (23.35) also swam in the finale.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Michael Andrew, who swims for the eponymous Team Andrew, finished 11th with a 24.09, coming up half-a-second short of Caeleb Dressel's 13-14 U.S. National Age Group record of 23.50 set in 2011.
At the end of the night, Ryan Lochte graced his fans with an awesome picture of Lochte, Missy Franklin and Conor Dwyer via Twitter.
– Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) January 20, 2013