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Seven Meet Records Fall at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando

2/14/2014

The second night of competition at the Arena Grand Prix at Orlando featured a total seven meet records and winning performances from competitors from seven different countries. U.S. swimmers Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) and Sean Mahoney (Rio Vista, Calif.) each won their event and broke meet records Friday night. The three-day meet, taking place at the YMCA Aquatic Center, concludes Saturday.

 

Two-time Olympian Sutton broke the meet record on the way to a win in the 400m free. She had a strong swim from start to finish and was able to hold off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu at the finish for a time of 4:10.11. Hosszu was second in 4:10.50 and Courtney Harnish (York, Pa.) placed third in 4:12.41.

 

Olympian Micah Lawrence won the 200m breast with a time of 2:25.97, breaking the meet record by more than three seconds. Laura Sogar (Exeter, R.I.) was second in 2:28.32 and Alia Atkinson of Jamaica was third in 2:28.34.

 

The men’s 200m breast saw another meet record fall with a strong swim from Sean Mahoney, who finished in 2:14.03 and was followed by Melquiades Alvarez Carabello of Spain in 2:14.57. Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) finished third in 2:15.29.

 

Canada’s Ryan Cochrane cruised to a victory in the men’s 400m free, breaking his own meet record with a time of 3:49.83. He finished more than five seconds ahead of the field. Michael McBroom (Plymouth, Pa.) was second in 3:55.14 and Andres Olvera Alejos of Mexico was third in 3:55.73.

 

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu added her third gold medal of the meet with a win in the women’s 200m fly. She swam a meet-record time of 2:08.47 for the win. She was followed by Canadian swimmers Audrey Lacroix and Katerine Savard in 2:09.47 and 2:10.94, respectively.

 

The men’s 200m fly saw a close race between all top three finishers. Hungary’s David Verraszto held off Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) to touch the wall .04 ahead of the Olympic gold medalist in 1:59.59. Clary swam a 1:59.63 and Joseph Schooling of Singapore was third in 1:59.65. Only .06 seconds separated the top three finishers.

 

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas won the 50m free with a time of 25.55. Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va.) placed second in 25.68 and Sandrine Mainville of Canada was third in 25.72. On the men’s side, Bruno Fratus of Brazil was victorious in the 50m free, winning with a meet-record time of 22.00. Fellow countryman and Olympic gold medalist Cesar Cielo was second in 22.15 and National Teamer Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas) was third in 22.48.

 

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds won the women’s 100m back with a strong swim of 1:01.26. She edged out Hosszu, who finished second in 1:01.55. María Fernanda González Ramirez of Mexico rounded out the top three in 1:01.80.

 

The men’s 100m back was won by Russian Arkady Vyatchanin, who also broke the meet record with his time of 54.07. Junya Koga of Japan was second in 55.64, just edging out Yannick Lebherz of Germany in 55.96.

 

The Arena Grand Prix at Orlando concludes Saturday, with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. ET followed by finals at 6 p.m. ET. A webcast of the competition along with complete results and meet information, is also available online via usaswimming.org.

 

The Arena Grand Prix Series offers swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. In total, $150,000 in prize money is available to be distributed over the course of the six-meet series. At each meet, $500 will be awarded for a first-place finish, $300 for second and $100 for third in all individual events. Arena is serving as the title sponsor for the Arena Grand Prix Series for the second straight year.


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