AUSTIN – The third day of the Arena Pro Swim Series featured a strong double from NCAP’s Andrew Seliskar.
Seliskar produced the only sub-2:00 time of the morning in the men’s 200-meter fly with a 1:59.49. He could be looking at an in-season best tonight, which would require a time faster than the 1:57.40 he clocked at the Charlotte Grand Prix last year.
Andrew Torres finished second overall in 2:00.12 with Mission Viejo’s Grant Shoults placing third in 2:00.94.
NBAC’s Tom Luchsinger (4th/2:01.59) and SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary (6th/2:03.01) were two other high-profile swimmers to make the A final.
Seliskar then picked up his second top seed of the day with a 2:02.42 in the men’s 200-meter IM. He has the ability to dip under 2:00, and will need some serious speed against the top swimmers in the finale.
California’s Josh Prenot qualified second in 2:02.82 with Trojan’s Conor Dwyer finishing third in 2:03.11. Michael Weiss (2:03.99) and SwimMAC’s Tyler Clary (2:04.19) are also among the top finishers.
Mission Viejo’s Katie McLaughlin led the women’s 200-meter fly field by more than a second with a 2:10.98. That’s nearly an in-season best for the 17-year-old as she went a 2:10.37 at the 2013 edition of the Austin Grand Prix.
NCAP’s Cassidy Bayer, 15, finished second overall in 2:12.03, which is an in-season best for Bayer. It cleared the 2:13.14 she set at the 2013 PV State Championships en route to that summer’s Nationals.
SwimMAC’s Cammile Adams cruised into third with a 2:12.37, and has the pedigree to pick up the win tonight as the reigning 200 fly Pan Pacific Champion.
A day after spending plenty of time signing autographs for fans on behalf of Arena, Aggie’s Breeja Larson turned in the top seed in the women’s 100-meter breast. She clocked a time of 1:08.50, which puts her within striking distance of her in-season best of 1:07.32 from the Mesa stop of the 2013 Arena Grand Prix.
Alabama’s Kaylin Burchill finished second in 1:09.08, while California’s Marina Urzainqui hit the wall third in 1:09.17.
15-year-old pro Michael Andrew crushed his lifetime best in the 100 breast to lead the field with a 1:02.18. That swim blasted his previous top time of 1:03.49 from last summer’s Junior Nationals.
The swim also put the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record on notice. Carsten Vissering set that mark with a 1:01.94 in 2013. Andrew, who obliterated the NAG record books in the 11-12 and 13-14 age groups, has been looking for his first long course mark in the 15-16 division.
Trojan’s Glenn Snyders finished second in 1:02.30 with Tennessee’s Brad Craig claiming third in 1:02.36. Texas’ Austin Temple (1:02.97) and NYAC’s Eric Friedland (1:02.99) are also in the mix.
The women’s 100-meter back championship final is certainly star-studded. California’s Natalie Coughlin, one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of the sport, led the way with a 1:01.15.
Coughlin has been focusing more on her sprint freestyle lately, but has decided to get back to her backstroke roots.
Oakville’s Dominique Bouchard, the 200 back victor, took second in 1:01.50 with 16-year-old Canadian Danielle Hanus placing third in 1:01.79.
Nearly the rest of the A final is filled with big names like NYAC’s Megan Romano (1:01.94), Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:01.97) and SwimMAC’s Kirsty Coventry (1:02.29).
Scottsdale 14-year-old phenom Taylor Ruck qualified seventh in 1:02.37 with Alabama’s Emma Saunders joining the ridiculous final with a 1:02.57.
Club Wolverine’s Junya Koga hit the wall in 54.57 to lead the way in the men’s 100-meter back, while Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers placed just behind with a 55.12. California’s Ryan Murphy, the 200 back winner last night, checked in with a third-place 55.49.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, still looking to shake off some jet lag after two rough days here in Austin, put up the top time of the women’s 200-meter IM in 2:14.92.
NCAP’s Katie Ledecky, already a winner of three freestyle events this week, checked in with a lifetime best 2:16.04 for second. That’s a bit better than the 2:16.27 she clocked here last year.
California’s Caitlin Leverenz wound up third overall in the morning with a 2:16.09, while Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry posted a fourth-place 2:16.18.