Dana Vollmer Returns to Pool After Nearly Two Years Away

Dana Vollmer wins the 100 butterfly.
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Prelims of the final day of the Los Angeles Invite kicked off with world record-holder Dana Vollmer returning to the pool in her signature event: the 100-meter fly. Vollmer won her heat with a 1:00.05 and shaved 2.43 seconds off her entry time of 1:02.48 to claim the second-place seed going into tonight’s finals. Cal’s Farida Osman finished first with a 59.31, while teammate Kelly Naze was third with a 1:00.33.

Cal’s Tom Shields was the top finisher in prelims of the men’s 100-meter fly finishing with a 52.00. Teammate Justin Lynch claimed the second-place seed with a 53.59, while Tucson Ford Aquatic’s Masa Kishida rounded out the top three with a 54.17.

SoCal’s Emily Eastin finished first overall in prelims of the women’s 100-meter back with a time of 1:03.08. Stanford’s Ally Howe was second with a 1:03.32, while Ella Eastin, also of SoCal, claimed third with a 1:03.51.

Cal’s Ryan Murphy posted a 55.85 in the men’s 100-meter back to claim the first-place seed. Tucson Ford Aquatic’s Matt Grevers turned in a 56.01 for the second-place seed, while Trojan Swim Club’s Luca Spinazzola finished third with a 56.22.

Sarah Haase of Stanford leads the women’s 100-meter breaststroke going into tonight’s finals with a 1:08.61. Carissa Metcalf of Guacho Aquatics claimed the second-place seed with a 1:11.68, while Cal’s Maija Roses took third with a 1:12.07.

Brendan McHugh of Greater Philadelphia Aquatics grabbed the first-place seed in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a 1:01.61. Sam Tierney, swimming unattached, turned in a 1:01.84 for a close second, while Coca-Cola’s Kosuke Kitajima was third with a 1:02.16.

Cal’s Camille Cheng and Tucson Ford Aquatic’s Margo Geer will return to finals tonight with strikingly close seeds. Cheng turned in a 2:02.36 to grab the first-place seed, while Geer posted a 2:02.40 for second. SoCal’s Elise Garcia rounded out the top three with a 2:04.56.

Stanford’s Jeff Garnier posted a 2:04.78 to claim the first-place seed in the men’s 200-meter IM. Cal’s Adam Hinshaw finished second in prelims with a 2:04.89, while Iegor Lytvenok of Grand Canyon Aquatics took third with a 2:05.17.

2015 Los Angeles Invite, Live Results – Results


  1. Kara Lennon

    Swim fast!! #swimtowin

  2. Dana Preble

    Woo Hoo!!! Love her!!