SANTA CLARA, California, May 31. JEFF Commings and Tiffany Elias analyze day two finals of the Arena Grand Prix Santa Clara. There were a number of great races, including ones in the sprints from Nathan Adrian and Megan Romano. The fans were also treated to a major upset in the women's 100 butterfly.
Athens Bulldog Megan Romano overtook veteran Natalie Coughlin down the stretch with a 54.16 for the win in a loaded women's 100 freestyle finale, even though Coughlin was ahead through the initial 85 meters. Coughlin appeared to have the race in the bag, but wound up fading a bit as Romano surged past her.
In the men's 100 freestyle, California's Nathan Adrian posted a ridiculously fast second-50 split to power to a body-length win with a meet-record performance of 48.08. Gators Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer finished second and third in the finals.
Canada's Katerine Savard came from behind in the finals of the women's 100 butterfly to overtake world-record holder Dana Vollmer 58.83 to 58.90. Vollmer had been looking to beat her season-best time of 58.24 from the Charlotte UltraSwim, which ranks 10th in the world. But, it wasn't in the cards this evening.