AUSTIN, Texas, January 18. SWIMMAC’s Micah Lawrence held off a hard-charging Laura Sogar of BlueFish to capture the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:25.73 at the Arena Grand Prix stop in Austin.
Lawrence split the race 33.79, 37.38, 37.24, 37.32 as she made sure to get her hand to the wall first in the finale. Lawrence is coming off the fun-filled Duel in the Pool, where she made a name for herself by showing off her quirky personality with some of her public relations commitments.
Sogar, meanwhile, just back in town after a 12-hour photo shoot with sponsor Arena in San Antonio yesterday, picked up silver with a time of 2:26.14. She split the race 33.84, 37.01, 37.99, 37.30 to take second overall. SMU’s Rachel Nicol pocketed bronze with a 2:28.09.
The rest of the field finished well behind with Canada’s Tera Van Beilen taking fourth in 2:32.44. SMU’s Raminta Dvariskyte checked in with a fifth-place time of 2:33.70, while SwimMAC’s Katie Meili claimed sixth in 2:34.22.
16-year-old Destiny Nelson of Frisco snared seventh in the finale with a 2:36.17, while T2’s Justine Muller wound up eighth overall in 2:36.86.
Abbigail Duncan smoked the B final by nearly two seconds to win the heat in 2:33.34. That’s still two seconds back of the Missouri swimmer’s lifetime best of 2:31.80, but it was more than enough to torch the rest of the field.