Kathleen Baker Tops Hosszu at Speedo Grand Challenge

Kathleen Baker. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2018 Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, California, concluded Sunday night with some fast swims from some of the big names in the sport.

Kathleen Baker won the 100-meter backstroke in 1:00.20, breaking the meet record in the event and topping a packed field that included runner-up Katinka Hosszu (1:01.46), Amy Bilquist (1:01.48) and Louise Hansson (1:01.77).

Ryan Murphy won the 100 back in a meet-record 53.29, edging Ryosuke Irie (53.31).

Thirteen-year-old Claire Tuggle continued to have a strong meet, winning the 800 free in 8:42.72.

Jorge Caneta (2:29.61) won the 200 breast ahead of Riley Scott (2:31.37). Will Licon won the 200 breast in 2:11.42, begin the field by six seconds.

Jordan Wilimovsky won the 1,500 free in 15:11.70.

Katie McLaughlin won the 200 butterfly in 2:11.22. Andrew Seliskar won the men’s event in 1:58.64.

In the 7-12 age division, Lily Neumann won the 50 free in 27.23, a meet record. Daniel Verdolaga won the boys event in 27.48. Asia Kozan won the 200 IM (2:26.98). Verdolaga won the boys event in 2:26.30. Kozan won the 50 fly (29.58) in a meet record. Verdolaga won the boys event in 29.07.



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    P. Laughlin

    Great meet, missed Sunday finals, but all the rest was a lot of fun to watch. Awesome swims!

Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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