USA Swimming Short Course Nationals: Dana Vollmer Doubles Up

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, December 4. DURING the second night of swimming at the U.S. short course national championships, California's Dana Vollmer secured a pair of victories.

Vollmer snatched the women's 100 fly title in 51.39, while teammate Amanda Sims finished second in 52.96. Issaquah's Kathryn Kinnear took third in 53.09. Vollmer then doubled up with a meet-record time of 1:42.36 in the women's 200 free. She finished less than a second off her American record of 1:41.53, while ASK's Dagny Knutson placed second in 1:42.61 after leading with a 1:16.70 at the 150-yard mark. FAST's Katie Hoff earned third in 1:44.27.

California's Erica Dagg, Caitlin Leverenz, Amanda Sims and Liv Jensen overtook Aquajets' Rachel Bootsma, Abigail Duncan, Hailey Szews and Tess Behrens, 1:40.05 to 1:40.18, in the women's 200 medley relay. Southern California's Lili Shiota, Anna Kowalczyk, Yumi So and Lyndsay DePaul took third in 1:40.99.

SwimMAC's Nick Thoman, Nelson Westby, Cullen Jones and Joseph Skuba turned in a meet-record time of 1:26.02 in the men's 200 medley relay. California's Guy Barnea, Nolan Koon, Graeme Moore and Nathan Adrian touched just behind with a second-place 1:26.16. Michigan's Alon Mandel, Neal Kennedy, Christopher Brady and Evan Ryser wound up third in 1:28.32.

Hoff made a run at her American record (4:00.56) in the women's 400 IM with a swift time of 4:01.95. Southern California's Katinka Hosszu finished a distant second in 4:04.17, while Neptune's Madeline DiRado snagged third in 4:06.48.

Robert Margalis cruised to the win in the men's 400 IM with a 3:45.24. Michigan's Andre Schultz (3:46.66) and Tyler Clary (3:48.30) rounded out the top three. Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers touched out Jason Dunford, 46.28 to 46.33, in the men's 100 fly. California's Nathan Adrian claimed third in 46.62.

Club Wolverine's Peter Vanderkaay claimed the men's 200 free crown in 1:34.08. California's William Copeland turned in a second-place 1:35.02, while Matt Bartlett took third in 1:35.86.

The women's 100 breast featured a star-studded field. Trojan's Rebecca Soni smoked the event with a winning meet-record time of 58.62. She finished just under a second back of Tara Kirk's American record time of 57.77. KING's Megan Jendrick finished second in 59.26. SwimMAC's Justine Mueller placed third in 59.39. Suburban's Corrie Clark (59.74), Terrapin's Kasey Carlson (59.81) and Canada's Annamay Pierse (59.92) also cleared 1:00.

Mike Alexandrov topped the men's 100 breast in 52.07, beating Kosuke Kitajima for the win. Kitajima settled for second in 52.44, while Longhorn's Eric Shanteau earned third in 52.84.

Indiana's Kate Fesenko threw down a 27.19 in the final 50 yards to touch out Phoenix Swim Club's Noriko Inada, 52.70 to 52.75, in the women's 100 back. Presley Bard finished third in 53.19. Nick Thoman then closed to within a second of the American record in the men's 100 back. Thoman clocked a 45.60, a second off Ryan Lochte's 44.60. Rexford Tullius took second in 46.21, while Grevers finished third in 46.22.

The 800 free relays completed the night. California's Leverenz, Lauren Boyle, Jensen and Sara Isakovic garnered the women's crown in 7:07.11. Southern California's Hosszu, DePaul, Shumway and Haley Anderson touched second in 7:13.16. California's B team of Blake Hayter, Katie Kastes, Heather White and Dagg finished third in 7:17.75.

Southern California's Clement Lefert, James White, Zoltan Povazsay and James Martin cruised to the men's title in 6:25.44. Michigan's Dan Madwed, Charles Houchin, Hassaan Abdel Khalik and Andre Schultz placed second in 6:27.05, while Michigan's B team of Adam DeJong, Tyler Clary, Ryan Feeley and Roman Willets claimed third in 6:35.14.

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