SANTA CLARA, California, June 1. DANA Vollmer won the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, the latter in a new meet record, and Tae Hwan Park picked up his second and third wins of the meet in the second day of action at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix.
Vollmer matched her preliminary time in the women's 100 free to win the championship final tonight in 54.38. Teammate Natalie Coughlin touched right behind in 54.77, while Australia's Brittany Elmslie was third in 54.89. Korea's Tae Hwan Park picked up his second win of the meet with a 48.85 in the men's 100 free. California's Anthony Ervin dipped under 50 with a 49.95 for second, in front of Terrapin's Aaron Wayne at 50.04.
In the women's 200 breast, California's Caitlin Leverenz took control from the start and held off Santa Barbara's Katlin Freeman to win in 2:26.46. Freeman touched second in 2:27.83, while Gator Swim Club's Sarra Lajnef recorded a 2:30.09 for third. Leverenz was just off her fastest time this year of 2:25.63 from the Indianapolis Grand Prix in March. Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, the two-time defending Olympic champion who will be going for a three-peat in London, won the men's 200 breast in 2:13.24. He already owns the top time of 2012 at 2:08.00 from Japan's Olympic Trials in April. Marin Pirates' Scott Weltz took second in 2:14.27, while Mexico's Christian Schurr was third (2:14.35).
Bronte Barratt of Australia dominated the women's 400 free with a solid effort of 4:06.13, just off her fastest time this year of 4:05.74. Chelsea Chenault of Terrapins finished second in 4:08.95, while Australia's Kylie Palmer touched third in 4:09.79. Tae Hwan Park picked up his third win of the meet with a dazzling 3:44.96 in the men's 400 free, just off his second-ranked time of 3:44.22, which he swam last weekend at the Mel Zajac Jr. International. Australia's Ryan Napoleon grabbed second in 3:49.79, in front of Canada's Ryan Cochrane (3:50.56).
After setting a new meet record of 57.07 in the women's 100 fly preliminaries, Vollmer lowered it even further tonight to 57.03 to improve upon her top time of 57.21 from last month. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom holds the top time of 2012 at 56.79. California's Natalie Coughlin finished second in 58.44, while Palo Alto's Jasmine Tosky was third in 59.63. In the men's 100 fly, Japan's Takuro Fujii (52.79) and Takeshi Matsuda (52.84) finished first and second, just ahead of California's Tom Shields, who touched in 53.02.
Results from the men's and women's 400 freestyle relays will be posted when they become available.