2017 arena Pro Swim Series Atlanta: Kalisz Caps Meet with Two More Golds

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The fourth and final day of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series closed out with several Olympians grabbing gold medals.

Chase Kalisz cruised to top finishes in both the men’s 200 fly and 200 IM, while fellow 2016 Olympian Hali Flickinger was victorious in the women’s 200 fly.

Lilly King rocketed up the world rankings in the 100 breast, settling at second behind Russia’s Yulia Efimova, while the DeLoof sisters flexed their swimming genes by highlighting the women’s 100 back ‘A’ final.

Results

Events:

  • Women’s 200 Fly
  • Men’s 200 Fly
  • Women’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Women’s 100 Back
  • Men’s 100 Back
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 800 Free
  • Men’s 1500 Free

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Women’s 200 Fly

Hali Flickinger soared to a solid finish in finals of the women’s 200 fly, leading the race throughout the majority of the 200 meters. Flickinger delivered a 2:08.90 to claim gold, just off her 2017 best of 2:08.77 from the Austin stop of the arena Pro Swim Series.

It was a battle for second as Lauren Case and Cassidy Bayer charged towards the wall. Case got the best of Bayer in the final 50 meters, stopping the clock at a 2:10.50 over Bayer’s 2:10.67.

Ruby Martin of the Iowa Flyers posted a final time of 2:11.15 for fourth, followed by Dakota Luther’s 2:11.81.

Veronica Burchill (2:13.19), Vanessa Krause (2:13.94), and Mabel Zavaros (2:14.02) rounded out the top eight.

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Men’s 200 Fly

Joseph Schooling jumped to an early lead in the finals of the men’s 200 fly, leading the field up to the final 25 meters. Chase Kalisz made his move slowly throughout the race, turning fourth at the first 50 meters, before edging up to first. Kalisz delivered a 1:55.94 for first, just off his 2017 best of 1:56.82 from the Mesa stop of the arena Pro Swim Series.

Schooling settled for second overall with a 1:56.45, entering the top 20 world rankings for 2017.

Marcos Lavado, the top seed going into finals, slipped to third with a time of 1:57.81.

Olympians Jack Conger and Tom Shields posted close times of 1:58.54 and 1:58.61 for fourth and fifth respectively.

Mark Darragh and Mick Litherland completed the top seven with times of 1:59.81 and 2:00.40.

Gunnar Bentz was a no show for the event.

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Women’s 100 Breast

Lilly King displayed a dominant showing in finals of the women’s 100 breast, leading the field by more than a second at the halfway mark. King stopped the clock at a final time of 1:06.20, propelling her to second in the world rankings for 2017.

Club Wolverine’s Miranda Tucker touched second overall with a time of 1:07.95, while third was picked up by Andrea Cottrell’s 1:08.36.

Olivia Anderson turned in a fourth place finish of 1:10.44, followed by Long Island Aquatic Club’s Margaret Aroesty and her time of 1:10.67.

Elizabeth Roberts (1:11.12), Noelle Peplowski (1:11.43), and Emily Kopas (1:11.56) were sixth through eighth.

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Men’s 100 Breast

The battle for first was in full force throughout the final 25 meters of the race as three athletes barreled towards the wall. Andrew Wilson got off to an early lead and continued to command the race throughout the final meters, turning in a final time of 1:01.07 for first.

Nicholas Fink grabbed a close second with a time of 1:01.14, followed closely by Richard Funk’s time of 1:01.19. Funk’s 2017 best sits at a 1:00.03 from the Canadian Championships in April.

Kevin Cordes posted a final time of 1:01.40 for fourth overall, just ahead of Miguel de Lara Ojeda and his time of 1:01.48.

Mauro Castillo Luna (1:01.58), Carlos Claverie (1:01.79), and Moises Loschi (1:02.01) finished sixth through eighth.

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Women’s 100 Back

Ali DeLoof defended her 100 back title from the Mesa stop of the arena Pro Swim Series with a top showing in Atlanta. DeLoof turned in a final time of 59.96 to be the only athlete beneath the one-minute mark, finishing just off her 2017 world best of 59.43 from Mesa.

Grace Ariola grabbed the silver medal with a final time of 1:00.71, while Claire Adams earned the bronze medal with a 1:01.54.

Hali Flickinger returned from a short break after winning the 200 fly to finish fourth overall with a 1:01.60, just ahead of Erin Voss and her time of 1:02.16.

DeLoof’s two sisters, Catie and Gabby, delivered matching times of 1:02.55 to tie for sixth.

Melissa Postoll was eighth overall with a time of 1:02.80.

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Men’s 100 Back

It was a tight finish in the men’s 100 back as the top two athletes posted times within .03 seconds of one another. World Record holder Ryan Murphy led the field at the 50-meter turn, but was unable to hold off a charging Ryosuke Irie in the final 25 meters. Irie out-touched Murphy 53.50 to 53.53.

Irie’s 2017 best sits at a 53.46 from the Japanese Championships, while Murphy’s 53.53 moves him to fifth in the world rankings for 2017.

Jacob Pebley touched third overall with a time of 54.45, finishing a little over half a second off his 2017 best of 53.77 from the Indy stop of the arena Pro Swim Series.

Arkady Vyatchanin turned in a 54.65 for fourth overall, while David Gamburg finished fifth with a 54.82.

Paul Le (55.20), Sean Lehane (55.21), and Brock Bonetti (55.87) grabbed sixth through eighth respectively.

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Women’s 200 IM

Melanie Margalis shined in finals of the women’s 200 IM, finishing close to three seconds ahead of the competition. Margalis topped the competition with a final time of 2:11.43, finishing exactly one second off her 2017 best of 2:10.43 from the Indy stop of the arena Pro Series.

Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo touched second in finals, stopping the clock at a 2:14.40. She was followed to the wall closely by Brooke Forde and her time of 2:14.59.

Siobhan Haughey collected a fourth place finish of 2:14.79, while Vien Nguyen was fifth with a time of 2:15.58.

Bethany Galat grabbed sixth place with a 2:15.65, followed by Alexandra Wenk and her time of 2:17.04.

Margaret Aroesty completed the ‘A’ final with a 2:18.94 for eighth.

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Men’s 200 IM

Chase Kalisz capped off a speedy weekend of racing with a top showing in the men’s 200 IM. Kalisz pulled ahead of the field in the backstroke leg and never looked back, cruising to a final time of 1:57.21. His time improved upon his previous 2017 best of 1:57.71 from Mesa, moving him up to third in the world rankings.

Jay Litherland picked up second overall with a 2:01.11, while Ryosuke Irie added a bronze medal to his collection with a 2:02.55.

Angel Martinez finished fourth overall with a 2:02.99, just ahead of Mack Darragh’s time of 2:03.59.

Grant Sander and Matthew Josa completed the top heat with times of 2:03.96 and 2:04.92 respectively.

Gunnar Bentz was a no-show for the event.

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Women’s 800 Free

Katie Ledeckyb claimed victory in the women’s 800 free from an earlier heat that swam during the prelims session. Ledecky’s time of 8:15.71 sits just off her world best of 8:15.44 from the Mesa stop of the arena Pro Swim Series.

Joanna Evans led the final heat of the women’s 800 during finals from start-to-finish, delivering a time of 8:36.10 to secure second place. G Ryan of Club Wolverine finished close behind with a time of 8:36.40 for third.

Club Wolverine picked up fourth and fifth place finishes as Rose Bi and Sierra Schmidt finished with times of 8:36.96 and 8:38.92 respectively.

Megan Byrnes grabbed sixth with a time of 8:40.77, while Easop Lee was seventh with a final time of 8:45.13.

Summer Finke completed the top eight with a time of 8:50.94.

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Men’s 1500 Free

Park Tae Hwan posted a dynamic win in the men’s 1500 free, finishing more than ten seconds ahead of the competition. He stopped the clock at a time of 15:06.38, earning him the gold and a spot in the top 20 world rankings for 2017.

Felix Auboeck grabbed second overall with a time of 15:16.63, while Marcelo Acosta was third with a 15:!6.95.

Zane Grothe turned in a fourth place finish of 15:22.05, followed by Henning Muehlleitner and his time of 15:33.47.

Robert Finke (15:34.42), Poul Zellmann (15:34.56), and PJ Ransford (15:44.35) rounded out the top eight.

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