ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. IT might not have been good enough to challenge Christine Magnuson’s meet record of 25.33 or a Top 10 time in the world rankings, but SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace still managed to beat the field to the wall with a 25.55 in the women’s 50 free. That’s good enough also to earn herself a first-place paycheck.
T2’s Amanda Kendall nearly turned in a lifetime best with a swift 25.68 for second, just off her best time ever of 25.61. Kendall, who had been a star at LSU before having to leave the school due to some conduct issues and never fully accomplished a transfer to Arizona, has found success with head coach Paul Yetter at T2 in Florida.
Canada’s Sandrine Mainville just touched out her PPO training partner Victoria Poon, 25.72 to 25.74, for the final spot on the podium. Cats’ Melissa Gates raced her way to fifth in 25.80, while Bulldog’s Megan Romano touched sixth in 25.87.
15-year-old Fernanda Delgado of Brazil picked up seventh in 26.02, while SwimMAC’s Katie Meili claimed eighth overall in 26.05.
Canada’s Hannah Riordan managed to win the consolation heat with a time of 25.97. That was about half-a-second ahead of Arlene Semeco’s 26.27 to finish runner-up in the heat.