MISSION VIEJO, California, April 22. THE TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Championships closed the doors on the 2012 edition with quite a few strong times going up on the scoreboard.
California's Tom Shields cracked an ancient pool record in the men's 100 fly with a swift 52.90 in the event. That time blasted the 53.35 set by Pablo Morales for Concord way back in 1986, and bettered the meet record of 53.57 set by Tucson Ford's Lyndon Ferns in 2007. Stanford's Jason Dunford placed second in 53.51, also under the previous meet record. Trojan's Omar Pinzon claimed third in 54.85.
Novaquatics' Steve West cleared the U.S. Olympic Trials cut in the men's 100 breast with a 1:04.68 with a win in the B final at the age of 40. His swim also cleared the FINA Masters World Record for the men's 40-44 age division, owned by Vladislav Bragin with a 1:04.86 set last year. This meet, however, is not listed as sanctioned by U.S. Masters Swimming in meet information. Therefore, the world record will not stand. Last year, West became the oldest man to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials at this meet with a 2:20.65 in the men's 200 breast at the age of 39.
Trojan's Eric Shanteau won the A final in the men's 100 breast with a 1:01.47, while Trojan's Mike Alexandrov touched second in 1:01.84 in a close finish. Redlands' Valeriy Dymo completed the top three in 1:02.15.
Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton and Ashley Twichell cruised through the first 1300 meters, before both dropped the hammer down the final 200 meters with Sutton edging Twichell, 16:35.38 to 16:35.70. Sutton had swum part of the race without a counter, leading her to check where her counter went at one point during the race. The swims pushed Sutton and Twichell to 18th and 20th in the world rankings. Mission Viejo's Brooke Lorentzen rounded out the top three in 17:00.19.
Trojan's Lyndsay De Paul dominated the women's 100 fly with a winning time of 59.84, while Sandpipers' Olivia Barker took second in 1:00.84. California's Amanda Sims touched third in 1:00.95. Notably, Trojan's Jessica Hardy qualified third in 1:00.84, but scratched the finale.
Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman won the women's 100 back in 1:02.00, while Nova's Ella Eastin took second in 1:02.79. Golden West's Cindy Tran clinched third in 1:03.03. Coffman just finished an unreal effort at the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics Championships, where she routinely captured NAIA titles. Tran had a strong March as well, defending her 100-yard back NCAA title with a sterling 50.31.
Minnetonka's David Plummer raced to the finish in 54.52 for the men's 100 back title, defending his triumph from a year ago. California's David Russell placed second in 54.93, while Israel's Guy Barnea finished third in 55.68.
Mission Viejo's Chad La Tourette turned in a 7:59.31 to win the men's 800 free. That performance jumped him to 13th in the world rankings. FAST's Michael Klueh touched second in 8:02.56 for 24th, while North Coast's Scott Clausen picked up third in 8:17.36.
Trojan's Rebecca Soni checked in with a 1:07.43 to win the women's 100 breast. Her fastest time this year is a third-ranked 1:06.88 from the Austin Grand Prix in January. Gold Medal's Rebecca Ejdervik placed second in 1:09.57, while Santa Barbara's Katy Freeman finished third in 1:10.46. Unfortunately, Trojan's Jessica Hardy elected to scratch a potentially epic finale after clocking a 1:07.93 to lead prelims. She owns the top time in the world this year with a 1:06.12 set at the Indy Grand Prix last month.
California's Caitlin Leverenz edged USC's Stina Gardell, 2:13.37 to 2:13.76, in the women's 200 IM. Leverenz has been much faster this year with a third-ranked 2:09.71 from the Indy Grand Prix last month. California's Liv Jensen wound up third in 2:17.93.
FAST's Tyler Clary closed the show with a pool and meet record in the men's 200 IM when he clocked a 2:00.20. That time eclipsed his record of 2:01.14 set from a year ago. Trojan's Omar Pinzon finished second in 2:04.62, while Aquazot's Corey Okubo completed the top three in 2:06.74.