PHOENIX, Arizona, March 15. FLORIDA is the place to be this weekend for fast swimming, with the NCSA junior nationals halfway done in Orlando and the Speedo sectionals just getting started in Fort Lauderdale. The Bolles School Sharks got things rolling at sectionals last night with a national age group record in the long course 200 free relay. Ryan Murphy, Santo Condorelli, Josh Booth and Joseph Schooling swam a 1:34.11 to break the 17-18 age group record by four tenths of a second. Competition starts in earnest today with Olympians Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer going head to head in the 200 free, and Brazilian Felipe Lima going for a possible sub-1:00 swim in the 100 breast.
After two days of national age group records at the NCSA junior nationals, things cooled off just a bit last night in Orlando, but the times were still impressive. Jack Conger won the 200 free in 1:34.27 a few minutes after a very fast 21.07 in the 50 fly. Simone Manuel made it two-for-two in the freestyle events with a 200 free win in 1:44.22, and Becca Mann beat Kaitlyn Jones to the wall in the women's 400 IM with a personal best 4:07.51.
But probably the swim of the night has to go to Missy Franklin, who made a run at Elizabeth Pelton's American record in the 200 backstroke at the Speedo sectionals in Federal Way, Washington. Franklin's time of 1:48.42 just missed the record by three hundredths of a second, but puts her third on the all-time list. This swim came not long after Franklin posted a personal best 47.28 in the 100 free, and though we know Franklin can definitely do a tough double when it counts, no doubt the 100 free took some of the edge off her 200 back.
Tyler Messerschmidt is taking this season off from collegiate competition, but put down a great 100 free tonight at the Federal Way sectionals that would have qualified him for the NCAA for the California Golden Bears, fourth-fastest in the nation, to be specific. His teammate at Scottsdale Aquatic Club, Ryan Hoffer, broke the 13-14 national age group record in the 100 free with a 44.81.
You can read full recaps of the meets mentioned on today's show at swimmingworld.com.
And we'll close the show with a bit of light humor. In about five weeks, Ryan Lochte's reality show will debut on the E! channel in the United States. A new commercial was recently released, and we wanted to end today's show with a sneak peek at “What Would Ryan Lochte Do.” So that will close out today's Streamlined News. I'm Jeff Commings. Thanks for watching.