MISSION VIEJO, California, April 20. THE TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions continued with the first full day of swimming. California's Nathan Adrian and Trojan's Jessica Hardy each shot down pool and meet records during the evening of action.
California's Nathan Adrian smoked the meet and pool record in the men's 100 free with a 48.54. That time smashed the 48.75 set by 2008 Olympic hero Jason Lezak set earlier that year for Rose Bowl Aquatics. His performance cleared Adrian's season best of 48.62 set at the Indy Grand Prix, and jumped him to 10th in the world rankings. Trojan's Ricky Berens placed second in 49.68 in the A final in a fated 1-2 finish. Now, both Adrian and Berens are widely known for swimming with split suits after Adrian did so during his 48.62 earlier this month. Berens split his suit back during the 2009 World Championships in Rome. California's William Copeland rounded out the top three tonight in 50.72.
Trojan's Jessica Hardy demonstrated she's on the right path towards trying to reclaim an Olympic roster spot after losing one due to a positive doping test back in 2008. Four years ago, she posted a meet and pool record time of 54.54. Tonight, she broke that meet record with a strong 54.45 as a positive sign heading into Trials later this summer. California's Liv Jensen placed second in 55.72, while California's Catherine Breed took third in 57.16.
USC's Katinka Hosszu topped the women's 200 fly finale in 2:09.79. She's been much faster this year with a 10th-ranked 2:07.58 from the Indy Grand Prix. Trojan's Lyndsay De Paul checked in second in 2:10.73, while PASA's Jasmine Tosky placed third in 2:12.41. Hosszu doubled up with a winning time of 2:13:50 in the women's 200 back. North Coast's Kendyl Stewart (2:14.73) and Raleigh's Henriette Stenkvist (2:15.75) rounded out the top three.
FAST's Tyler Clary, the same day hear appeared on the Morning Swim Show to talk about his budding DJ and race car driving careers, secured the men's 200 fly crown in 1:58.13. That swim was short of his meet and pool record from 2011 of 1:57.32. Clary earned his second triumph of the night with a 1:57.63 in the men's 200 back. That effort shot him up to 11th in the world rankings. Clary had plenty of open water to swim in as Trojan's Omar Pinzon touched second in 2:00.07. California's David Russell placed third in 2:01.17.
FAST went 1-2 in the men's 400 free with Matt McLean (3:51.56) and Michael Klueh (3:53.09) turning in the top two times. Trojan's Dominik Meichtry picked up third-place honors in 3:54.67. Ashley Steenvoorden touched out Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton, 4:10.08 to 4:10.10, in the women's 400 free.
This meet, formerly known as just the TYR Swim Meet of Champions, has memorialized Fran Crippen by enshrining him in the meet title. Crippen, a former Mission Viejo Nadador, passed away Oct. 2010 while competing at the FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in the United Arab Emirates.