Arkady Vyatchanin competes in the men's 200 yard backstroke prelims during the U.S. Winter National Championships at the Texas Swimming Center.
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ORLANDO, Florida, July 19. A healthy mix of youngsters and grizzled veterans took to the water this evening at the Speedo Champions Series stop held in Orlando.

Fort Lauderdale's Lindsey McKnight picked up a close victory in the women's 200-meter free to kick off the night. She charged to a 2:03.14 for the win, edging Area Tallahassee's Cecilia Williams, who clocked a 2:03.27 for second. Saint Andrew's Megan Moroney also popped a 2:03 with a third-place time of 2:03.92.


With top seed Sebastien Rousseau scratching after rocking a 1:51.57 in prelims, Club Seminole's Kevin Rogers took home gold in the men's 200-meter free with a 1:51.99. That's a huge personal best for Rogers, who came into today with a 1:54.89 personal record from the 2011 YMCA Long Course Nationals. Metro's Julian Ballestas checked in with a second-place time of 1:52.60, while Clearwater's Nazareno Boscaino placed third in 1:54.48 as a 15 year old. Bolles record-setter Caeleb Dressel finished fourth in 1:54.59.

One of the top breaststroke prospects in the Class of 2014, Emily Kopas of Shark Aquatics posted a 1:11.44 to win the women's 100-meter breast. That's just a second off her top time ever. T2's Ksenia Golovkina raced to second in 1:12.52, while Adirondack's Alyssa Carle finished third in 1:13.54.

Club Seminole's Jared Pike followed with a 1:03.30 to 1:03.70 triumph ahead of SoFlo's Alex Rodriguez in the men's 100-meter breast. Coral Springs' Ilya Evdokimov chased down a third-place finish with a time of 1:04.58.

Area Tallahassee's Alex Merritt broke the 1:02 barrier for the first time en route to winning the women's 100-meter fly. Her winning time of 1:01.55 eclipsed her 1:02.10 lifetime best from 2011 U.S. Junior Nationals. That's a big deal after a bit of a plateau. Moroney earned her second podium with a second-place 1:02.47 following her bronze in the 200 free. Scarlet's Brittany Guinee wound up third in 1:02.82.

Arkady Vyatchanin, who is currently in the process of making a sport's citizenship change from his Motherland of Russia after a spat with the Russian Swimming Federation, took home the men's 100-meter fly in 53.65. The 29 year old Olympic medalist chose not to swim for Russia at Worlds this year, even after winning a pair of backstroke national titles in Kazan earlier this year. Rousseau turned in a 54.32 for second, while North Palm Beach's David Knight took third in 54.41.

T2's Justine Mueller dominated the women's 400-meter IM in 4:47.29, while Fort Lauderdale's Lauren Driscoll took home second with a 4:52.98. Jordan Smith wrapped up the podium with a third-place 4:54.68. Club Seminole's Juan Sequera pipped Gator's William Silva, 4:26.60 to 4:26.80, for the men's 400-meter IM crown. Sequera's teammate Kyle Doxtater took third in 4:29.31.


Results: Speedo Champions Series, Orlando: Day Two

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