INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 30. THE second evening of the USA Swimming Grand Prix held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI produced yet another spate of strong times from the talent in assemblance.
Women's 400 IM
Trojan's Katinka Hosszu had a much larger margin of victory over California's Caitlin Leverenz, 4:32.83 to 4:36.46, than she pulled off during the yard version of the event at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships. In Auburn, Hosszu bettered Leverenz, 3:56.54 to 3:57.89, for the two fastest short course yard times in history. Hosszu's time tonight shot her to second in the world behind only Hannah Miley, and just two seconds back of her third-ranked lifetime best of 4:30.31 from the techsuit era.
Leverenz's time put her fourth in the world this year behind only Stephanie Rice (4:33.45) and Blair Evans (4:36.21). Longhorn's Kathleen Hersey finished a distant third in 4:43.42.
Trojan's Stina Gardell (4:43.61), Germantown's Rachel Zilinskas (4:51.59), NBAC's Annie Zhu (4:52.18), West Virginia's Rachael Burnett (4:52.22) and Louisville's Tanja Kylliainen (4:52.24) rounded out the championship heat.
Men's 400 IM
NBAC's Michael Phelps turned in a strong time of 4:12.51 in the distance medley, smashing the meet record of 4:13.80 set by Ous Mellouli last year. Phelps moved up to third in the world with the swim behind only Thomas Fraser-Holmes (4:11.81) and Roberto Pavoni (4:12.43). FAST's Tyler Clary placed second in 4:13.01, to move to fourth in the world, while NBAC's Chase Kalisz finished third in 4:19.48.
FAST's Robert Margalis (4:20.01), Germany's Yannick Lebherz (4:20.56), Santa Maria's Josh Prenot (4:22.39), Lake Forest's Conor Dwyer (4:23.56) and Trojan's Tyler Harris (4:24.69) placed fourth through eighth.
Women's 200 free
NBAC's Allison Schmitt bested Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin, 1:56.79 to 1:57.97, with a convincing victory. Schmitt has been much faster with a third-ranked 1:55.83 this year at the Austin Grand Prix, while Franklin just missed her 19th-ranked season best of 1:57.86 also from Austin. California's Dana Vollmer checked in with a third-place 1:58.19.
T2's Katie Hoff (1:58.64), AGUA's Lia Neal (1:59.59), Terrapin's Chelsea Chenault (1:59.59), Athens Bulldog Chelsea Nauta (2:00.54) and Athens Bulldog Morgan Scroggy (2:01.44) posted the rest of the championship final finishes.
Men's 200 free
Tucson Ford went 1-2 in the event with Darian Townsend (1:47.46) and Jean Basson (1:47.94) putting on a battle for the title. Townsend improved to 11th in the world with the swim, while Basson shot to 21st. Charlie Houchin earned third in 1:48.50.
FAST's Michael Klueh (1:48.59), David Walters (1:48.61), SwimMAC's Davis Tarwater (1:50.04), Club Wolverine's Matt Patton (1:50.52) and Dynamo's Matias Koski (1:50.66) also competed for the title.
Louisville's Joao De Lucca (1:49.88), Daytona Beach's Ryan Lochte (1:50.17) and Lake Forest's Conor Dwyer (1:50.23) all qualified in the top eight, but scratched after prelims.
Women's 200 back
Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin shot to fourth in the world in the distance dorsal with a 2:07.97. That swim just missed her meet record from last year of 2:07.96, and is behind only Belinda Hocking (2:06.68), Meagen Nay (2:07.83) and Elizabeth Simmonds (2:07.92) this year. The swim bettered her previously fifth-ranked season best of 2:08.18 from the Austin Grand Prix.
T2's Elizabeth Pelton checked in with a second-place time of 2:09.47, short of her eighth-ranked season best of 2:08.79 set in January. Dynamo's Kylie Stewart took third in 2:10.61 for 22nd in the world rankings.
Raleigh's Henriette Stenkvist (2:13.65), SMU's Therese Svendsen (2:14.60), Vien Nguyen (2:15.19), Longhorn's Kathleen Hersey (2:15.72) and Tucson Ford's Maggie Meyer (2:16.79) rounded out the top eight. Notably, Stephanie Au won the B final in 2:12.99.
Men's 200 back
In a controversial final with a pair of disqualifications by SwimMAC's Eugene Godsoe and FAST's Tyler Clary, Germany's Yannick Lebherz topped the event with a 1:57.52. Bolles' Ryan Murphy placed a close second in 1:57.82. Lebherz moved to fifth in the world rankings behind Ryosuke Irie (1:54.02), Ben Stasiulis (1:56.39), Peter Bernek (1:57.10) and Gareth Kean (1:57.15). Murphy, meanwhile ,improved to eighth in the world, as he continues to stalk Aaron Peirsol's 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record of 1:57.03 from 2000. Corvallis' Jacob Pebley finished third in 1:59.33.
Surprisingly, Daytona Beach's Ryan Lochte wound up fourth in 1:59.34, while Pedro Oliveira (2:00.44) and SwimMAC's Nick Thoman (2:00.45) also swam in the finale. Daytona Beach's Rex Tullius won the B final in 1:59.40.
Women's 50 free
SwimMAC's Madison Kennedy raced to victory in a meet-record time of 24.99 in the splash-and-dash. That swim bested the 25.09 put up by Dana Vollmer last year. Kennedy's effort shot her to 16th in the world rankings. Tucson Ford's Christine Magnuson touched second in 25.17, while Florida's Sarah Bateman earned third in 25.31.
Tucson Ford's Lara Jackson (25.32) and California's Liv Jensen (25.37) took fourth and fifth, while Dara Torres, who is vying for her astonishing sixth Olympic appearance at the age of 44, finished sixth in 25.47 after clocking a 25.36 during prelims. SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir (25.67) and Jennifer Bradford (25.85) wound up seventh and eighth in the finale.
Trojan's Jessica Hardy, who missed out on the championship finale, blazed a 25.04 to win the B final to move to 17th in the world rankings.
Men's 50 free
California's Nathan Adrian claimed his second sprint title of the meet, after winning the 100 free last night even with a suit malfunction similar to Ricky Berens' widely known suit split. Tonight, Adrian clipped Club Wolverine's George Bovell, 21.88 to 21.89, in the splash-and-dash. The swims put Adrian and Bovell into fourth and fifth in the world rankings behind James Magnussen (21.74), Cesar Cielo (21.85) and Florent Manaudou (21.86), while Eamon Sullivan is now tied with Adrian with a 21.88 to his credit from Australian Trials earlier this month.
California's Anthony Ervin, on his own comeback at the age of 30, raced to third in 22.24 for 19th in the world rankings. That bettered his season best of 22.27 from Austin, and keeps him second in the U.S. behind only Adrian's effort this evening.
SwimMAC's Josh Schneider (22.43), SwimMAC's Cullen Jones (22.70), Trojan's Octavio Alesi (22.73), SwimMAC's Roy-allan Burch (22.76) and Club Wolverine's Barry Murphy (22.89) also competed in the finale.