Arena Grand Prix Santa Clara, Results: Lotte Friis Emerges From Packed Field for 400 Free Win

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SANTA CLARA, California, June 20. ALTHOUGH she’s having a bit of a mythical head-to-head with her nemesis Katie Ledecky, NBAC’s Lotte Friis managed to still find success with a winning time in the women’s 400-meter free at the Arena Grand Prix.

Last night, Friis picked up the 1500 free title, but Ledecky stole her thunder with a world record time just minutes later. Tonight, Friis managed to win the middle distance event in 4:06.83, but couldn’t come close to the world-best 4:03.09 Ledecky had just clocked in Texas at The Woodlands Senior Invitational.

Canada’s Brittany MacLean (4:07.23) and Gators’ Andreina Pinto (4:07.25) made Friis work, finishing just .4 behind the winner. NBAC’s Cierra Runge raced to fourth tonight in 4:08.01.

BlueFish’s Elizabeth Beisel (4:08.67), Becca Mann (4:12.30), A&M’s Sarah Henry (4:12.72), NBAC’s Gillian Ryan (4:13.51) and Bulldogs’ Amber McDermott (4:15.06) also put up A final times tonight.

Stanford’s Maya DiRado touched out Pleasanton’s Moriah Simonds, 4:13.52 to 4:13.65, in the B final of the middle distance event. Dynamo’s Kylie Stewart checked in with a third-place time of 4:14.90.

Catherine Breed (4:15.82), Madisyn Cox (4:18.13), Bulldogs’ Shannon Vreeland (4:18.66), SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker (4:19.70), NCAC’s Danielle Siverling (4:19.78), and NOVA’s Emma Nunn (4:21.30) comprised the rest of the consolation heat.