ORLANDO, Florida, February 15. BRAZIL’s Bruno Fratus smoked his preliminary meet record of 22.24, but just missed becoming only the third swimmer under 22 seconds this year as he hit the wall in a sizzling 22.00 in the men’s 50 free. That time pushed him to third in the world behind only James Magnussen (21.88) and Nathan Adrian (21.89), as Fratus continues to enjoy some strong training at Auburn.
Cesar Cielo, the world record holder who is training at Mesa Aquatics Club in Arizona, raced his way to second overall in 22.15. That shot him to fourth in the world ahead of Ning Zetao’s 22.23 from Perth.
The American-record holder Jimmy Feigen turned in a 22.48 to take third, just edging his previously eighth-ranked season beast of 22.49 from Austin. He’s now tied with Anthony Ervin as the second fastest American this year.
NYAC’s Adam Brown placed fourth in 22.74 with SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones taking fifth in 22.77. Club Wolverine’s Miguel Ortiz earned sixth in 22.79 with SwimAtlanta’s Karl Krug touching seventh in 22.80. Renzo Tjon A Joe posted the final finish in the finale with a 23.27.
Hungary’s Krisztian Takacs clipped Zach Hayden at the wall, 22.93 to 22.98, for the consolation heat win.