Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) topped a talented field for the second straight night to win the 100m free Sunday on the final day of the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, presented by UltraSwim, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Ervin, who won the 50m free on Saturday, completed the sprint-distance sweep with a time of 49.14 to take the 100m free title. He led at the turn and held off Charlotte native Ricky Berens, who was second in 49.99, and third-place finisher Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.), who was third in 50.35, over the final 50 meters.
“Whether you give it 100 percent from the get-go or try to conserve, it’s still a bit of a struggle at the end,” Ervin said. “I just push it and try to hold on and that’s just the way I do it.”
In the last final of the night, Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) earned his second meet record and third victory of the weekend with a time of 15:02.68 in the 1,500m free. He was also victorious in the 400m free and 800m free, and notched a meet record in the 800m free to open the competition Thursday. Michael McBroom (The Woodlands, Texas) was second in the event in 15:03.38, and Finland’s Matias Koski placed third in 15:20.22.
Local favorite Kathleen Baker (Charlotte, N.C.) posted a lifetime best of 2:14.46 en route to the 200m IM victory. Annie Zhu (Brooklyn. N.Y.) was second in 2:15.00, and Brooke Zeiger of Bluefish Swim Club finished third in 2:15.40.
After placing second in the 200m back earlier in the night, Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.) surged in front over the final 50 meters to take the women’s 100m free in 55.24. Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kan.) was second in 55.39, and Olympian Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took third in 55.57.
Kaitlin Harty (Gardner, Mass.) claimed the 200m back in 2:10.38. Romano took second in 2:11.37, and Zeiger logged her second third-place finish of the night in 2:11.59.
Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md.) won for the second time on the weekend, taking the 200 IM in 1:59.66 after claiming the 400 IM on Friday. Singapore’s Joseph Schooling took second in 2:00.77. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was third in 2:01.56.
Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla.) surged ahead over the final 50 to win the 200m back in 1:59.93. Jack Conger (Rockville, Md.) finished second in 2:00.25, followed by Lochte, who grabbed his second third-place finish of the night in 2:00.80.
Following a win in the 400m free on Saturday, Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.) closed strong over the final 50 meters to claim the 800m free title in 8:25.88 for her second victory of the weekend. Venezuela’s Andreina Pinto was second in 8:25.93, followed by Chile’s Kristel Kobrich in 8:31.77.
For highlights and meet results, please visit the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte landing page.
Following the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte, the Series will make its final stop May 30-June 2 in Santa Clara, Calif. As part of USA Swimming’s new, eight-year partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events for each meet in the Series.
The Arena Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championships Trials in Indianapolis, Ind., the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.