USA Swimming Grand Prix, Columbus: Jasmine Tosky Doubles

By David Rieder

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 3. THE final night of long course meter swimming at the Columbus Grand Prix featured impressive swims by accomplished veterans and rising stars, who together posted four times that rank in the top six in the world. At the helm was 16 year-old Jasmine Tosky, who scored victories in both the 100 free and 200 fly.

Men's 1500 Free
Germantown's Arthur Frayler put on a dominating performance in the men's mile to win with a time of 15:28.59, the 14th fastest time in the world this year. Frayler, 16, swam side-by-side with Dayton Raider's John Koehler for the first half of the race, but Koehler fell well back and ended up second with a time of 15:46.89. Ohio State's Stefan Sigrist clocked a time of 15:56.65 for third, rounding out the sub-16:00 times.

Women's 200 Back
North Baltimore's Elizabeth Pelton jumped out to a huge lead from the start and pulled away throughout the race to post a time of 2:08.67 for the win. The time ranks Pelton fifth in the world, behind Emily Seebohm's 2:08.19 and Gemma Spofforth's 2:09.18, and it is less than a second off Pelton's best time from the Worlds last summer in Rome, which is 2:08.04. Finishing second was Dynamo's Kylie Stewart, with a time of 2:14.25, ahead of ASK's Dagny Knuston's 2:14.57, the third best time overall.

Men's 200 Back
SwimMAC's Nick Thoman completed the backstroke sweep, dominating the longer distance, putting up a time of 1:58.65 for the win, moving him to sixth in the world. Trojan's Markus Rogan came in second with a time of 2:00.82, holding off a late charge from Kim Jiheun, unattached, who clocked 2:01.22 for third. Notably, California's Guy Barnea clocked a 100 split of 55.44 in the B-final, faster than his third-place swim from the 100 back on Friday.

Women's 100 Free
Palo Alto's Jasmine Tosky used a strong back-half to run down Puerto Rico's Vanessa Garcia to take her second victory of the weekend. Tosky clocked a time of 55.60, ahead of Swim Florida's Erika Erndl, who blazed the final five meters to nearly steal the race. Meanwhile, Garcia faded to third in a time of 56.03. Notably, 200 back winner Elizabeth Pelton of North Baltimore returned to finish fourth in 56.41, while three-time winner at this meet, while Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton, the Grand Prix series leader, came in seventh with a time of 57.25.

Men's 100 Free
Auburn's Cesar Cielo led a sweep of Auburn foreign swimmers in the 100 free, winning in a time of 49.00. Cielo improved his fifth-placing in the world rankings from the 49.13 he clocked at the Austin Grand Prix. His teammates George Bovell and Nicholas Santos clocked times of 50.59 and 51.13, respectively, to round out the top three. Meanwhile, SwimMAC's Cullen Jones was the top American in the race, finishing fifth in 51.49, well off the 50.45 he posted in prelims.

Women's 200 Fly
Palo Alto's Jasmine Tosky returned following her victory in the 100 free to claim the long fly race, clocking a time of 2:10.69, which is the tenth fastest in the world. Tosky ran down ASK's Dagny Knutson in the back half before opening up a sizable lead. Knutson wound up second in 2:12.70, ahead of Penn State's Kelly Nelson, who checked in at 2:15.50. Mission Viejo's Chloe Sutton, the series points leader, just missed a top-three finish, finishing in 2:15.71.

Men's 200 Fly
Club Wolverine's Wu Peng dominated the race from start to finish, posting a time of 1:57.55, the 11th best in the world. His teammate Mark Hsu was the only other swimmer under two minutes, as he checked in at 1:59.93, ahead of the Great Lake Aquatics' William Hamilton, who clocked 2:00.49.

400 Free Relays
Southern Methodist's team of Ana Santos, Justine Clark, Therese Svendsen, and Emily Vavourakis posted an eight second victory in the women's 400 free relay in a time of 3:52.93, while Machine Aquatics and Westerville Aquatics rounded out the top three. On the men's side, Ohio State's team of Joel Elber, Justin Farra, Stephen Sakaris, and Zachary Holmes clocked a time of 3:32.48 to win ahead of Machine Aquatics and Scarlet Aquatic Club.