Ella Eastin Takes 200 Fly on Night 2 of 2018 Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Friday was the first full day of action at the 2018 Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC and many of the west coast’s most popular names have collected victories. Among the victors for night two were Stanford’s Ella Eastin and Grant Shoults and international stars Li Bingjie, Kierra Smith, and Vladimir Morozov.

Women’s 200 Fly

Stanford’s Ella Eastin flew to victory in the 200 fly finals, posting a time of 2:09.82.

BREA’s Justina Kozan might have been the youngest in the field at 14, but she didn’t let that stop her from securing second place over many athletes older than her. Kozan powered to a 2:12.35, touching just ahead of Olympian Haley Anderson’s 2:12.39.

Men’s 200 Fly

Brendan Meyer of CLPR turned in the only sub-two minute swim of the men’s races, stopping the clock at a 1:59.36.

Irvine Novaquatics’ Andrew Koustik touched second overall with a time of 2:00.64, followed by Stanford’s Grant Shoults and his time of 2:00.81.

Women’s 100 Free

Cal’s Katie McLaughlin and China’s Yang Junxuan held a close race throughout the 100 free, but it was McLauglin who touched first with a time of 54.45. Yang was a close second with a time of 54.57.

Chinese national teammate Yanhan Al took third with a time of 55.38.

Men’s 100 Free

Vlad Morozov sprinted to the top of the podium in the men’s 100 free, posting the only 48-second swim. Morozov has been faster this calendar year, with his world leading time sitting at a 47.75 from the Russian National Championships.

Michael Chadwick posted a close second with a time of 49.01, while Blake Pieroni turned in a 49.51 for third.

Women’s 200 Breast

Canadian Olympian Kierra Smith powered to a strong victory in the women’s 200 breast, delivering a 2:25.93 for the win. Smith’s fastest time for 2018 is a 2:23.62 from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which currently ranks her seventh in the world.

Riley Scott of MP grabbed second overall with a time of 2:28.14, just ahead of New York Athletic Club’s Breeja Larson and her time of 2:28.64.

Men’s 200 Breast

Minnesota’s Conner McHugh and GTAC’s Sam Iida raced to a tight finish, with a shy .02 seconds separating their final times. McHugh turned up the heat in the final 50 meters, splitting a 35.08 over Iida’s 35.37 to finish with a time of 2:16.13 over Iida’s 2:16.15.

KISU’s Jaren LeFranc also posted a 2:16 time, turning in a 2:16.55 for third.

Women’s 400 Free

Chinese teen phenomenon Li Bingjie collected her second victory in two days, powering ahead of the competition to a final time of 4:06.26. Li’s best time of 2018 stands at a 4:05.37 from the Chinese National Championships.

Veteran distance swimmer Haley Anderson grabbed her second medal of the day with a time of 4:09.97.

Zhang Ke of China grabbed third with a time of 4:10.89.

Men’s 400 Free

Grant Shoults of Stanford added a gold medal from the 400 free to his collection, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 3:51.82.

China’s Qiu Ziao, last night’s 1500 free victor, finished second overall with a time of 3:54.27, followed closely by Stanford’s True Sweetser and his time of 3:54.35.

Women’s 50 Back

Minnesota’s Tevyn Waddell won the women’s 50 back shootout with a final time of 28.90, followed closely by Trojan’s Anika Apostalon’s 28.99.

PSC’s Emi Moronuki delivered a third place finish of 29.18.

Men’s 50 Back

Trojan teammates Siman SudartawaVladimir Morozov and Luca Spinazzola claimed the top three podium spots in the men’s 50 back shootout. Sudartawa was victorious with a 25.33, while Morozov picked up second with a 25.53.

Spinazzola rounded out the top three with a 26.11.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2018 CA MVN Fran Crippen Memorial SMOC. 

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