Katie Ledecky, Conor Dwyer Top 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Points Totals

Photo Courtesy: Kara Sekenski

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The final round of 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series action concluded with two stops in Indianapolis and in Santa Clara this weekend. With two opportunities to finish in the top three, a number of swimmers increased their point totals.

On the men’s side, Conor Dwyer finishes this year’s series as the winner with 53 points. He takes home the one-year lease on a BMW X-1 and an additional $10,000 prize. This weekend, Dwyer won the 400 freestyle and finished second in the 200 freestyle.

Nathan Adrian won the 50 freestyle in Santa Clara, but it was his only finals swim of the weekend, putting him in second overall. While Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps did not compete in Pro Series meets this weekend, Santo Condorelli scored enough points in Indianapolis to move into a tie for third.

For the women, Katie Ledecky finished far ahead of the field, as she so often does. In this particular race, she emerged victorious without even swimming this weekend. However, with her plans to remain eligible to swim at Stanford beginning in the fall, she will turn down prizes.

Maya DiRado competed in Santa Clara this weekend, and emerged second overall. With Ledecky’s prize decline, DiRado wins the one year car lease. Melanie Margalis was on fire in Indianapolis this weekend, and racked up enough points to finish ahead of Leah Smith, who also had a successful meet in Indy. Missy Franklin chose not to race at a Pro Series meet this weekend, and finished fifth.

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Official USA Swimming rules state:

There will be separate Arena Pro Swim Series standings for male and female swimmers. To be eligible for the BMW lease, a swimmer must (i) be a U.S. citizen, (ii) be a USA Swimming member, (iii) possess a valid U.S. driver’s license, and (iv) no longer be NCAA eligible. The BMW prize will be offered to the highest finishing eligible male and female athlete who meets all the criteria, even if he/she is not the overall points winner for the series.

To be eligible for the $10,000 series bonus, awarded to the overall male and female winners of the Series regardless of nationality, athletes must no longer be NCAA eligible.

In the event of a tie of Arena Pro Swim Series points, the Arena Pro Swim Series winner will be the swimmer who earned the highest single-race FINA power point ranking.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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