WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
June 1, 2012
It was a mixed bag of results Friday night at the 45th annual Santa Clara International Grand Prix at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
Two-time Olympian Alia Atkinson of South Florida Aquatic Club qualified for the championship final in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:34.84, but was disqualified in the final on a controversial call for two fly kicks off the wall.
Atkinson would have finished third in 2:30. She plans to time trial the event on Saturday in addition to competing in the 50-meter freestyle.
SOFLO teammate Marcella Marinheiro, 17, finished the 100-meter freestyle in 1:01.50, just off her best time of 1:00.99. Marinheiro swims the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday
In other finals:
Defending world butterfly champion Dana Vollmer, 24, of California Aquatics won the 100-meter freestyle in 54.38, duplicating her morning prelim time. Eleven-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, 29, of California Aquatics, was second in 54.77 and Aussie teenager Brittany Elmsie, 17, was third in 54.89.
Vollmer and Coughlin went 1-2 again in the 100-meter butterfly. Vollmer swam a meet record 57.03 to win followed by Coughlin in 58.44 and Jasmine Tosky third in 59.63.
South Korea’s Tae-Hwan Park, 22, won his second event of the meet in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.85 followed by Anthony Ervin, 31, of California Aquatics, in the midst of a comeback and Aaron Wayne, 21, was third in 50.04. Park also won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:44.96 followed by Aussie Ryan Napoleon in 3:49.79 and Canadian Ryan Cochrane in 3:50.56.
In morning prelims, Nathan Adrian was top qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle in 48.50 and then scratched from the final so he could make his older brother’s wedding in Washington.
Caitlin Leverenz, 21, of California Aquatics won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:26.46 followed by Katlin Freeman, 25, of Santa Barbara in 2:27.83 and Gainesville Swim Club’s Sarra Lajnef in 2:30.09.
Japan Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima, 29, of Coca Cola Japan won in 2:13.24, slower than his morning time of 2:13.10. Scott Weltz, 25, of Marin Pirates was second in 2:14.27 and Mexico’s Christian Schurr Voight was third in 2:14.35.
The Aussies went 1-3 in the women’s 400-meter freestyle. Bronte Barratt, 23, won in 4:06.13 and Kylie Palmer, 22, was third in 4:09.79. Terrapins Swim Team teenager Chelsea Chenault, 17, was second in 4:08.95.
Japan’s Takuro Fujii won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.79 followed by countryman Takeshi Matsuda in 52.84. Thomas Shields of California Aquatics was third in 53.02.
More SOFLO News
Arizona State All-American butterflyer Caroline Kuczynski, in the midst of a training trip in Sweden, will swim in her first meet since the Canadian Olympic Trials which she just missed making the 2012 team. Kuczynski and some of her teammates are swimming Saturday in the Distrikt Masterskap in Burlov, Sweden. “Just a little training meet for me,” she tweeted. “Nothing I’m rested, shaved or tapered for.”..
Two-time Olympian Vlad Polyakov is bypassing the Santa Clara meet in favor of the June 14th Last Chance Meet in the Bahamas. Polyakov said he was ill after his trip to Kazakhstan and decided to get healthy before attempting his Olympic qualifying cuts before the June 18th FINA deadline…
Five-time Olympian Dara Torres of Coral Springs Swim Club will be the guest speaker at the June Luncheon of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Alliance at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 6th at the Marriott Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. in Coral Springs. To register go to CSChamber.com and click on the event calendar or call 954-752-4242. Torres’ presentation is titled “Age Is Just A Number” and includes lunch. Fee is $25 for members and $40 for guests.
Austin Elite Invitational
During morning prelims, Michael Phelps, fresh off altitude training in Colorado, popped a 53.4 in the 100-meter butterfly at the Austin (Tex.) Elite Invitational. Phelps came back to beat Chinese rival Wu Peng in the final in 52.02. Chris Brady was second in 53.25 and Peng was third in 53.67. It is Phelps last meet before the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month.
“I didn’t swim smart or very well in the 100, and I got beat because of it,” Phelps told reporters afterwards. “I was angry with myself for that and I turned it around a little in the 100 butterfly. Without a doubt, the clock is ticking for the upcoming Olympics and I have to keep working hard to be where I want to be by July 27.”
In other races, North Baltimore’s Allison Schmitt is showing how versatile she is by winning the 100-meter freestyle in 53.94. Schmitt was also coming off altitude training. Megan Romano was second in 54.16 and Missy Franklin third in 54.73.
Texas swimmer Jimmy Feigen won the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 48.63, his fastest time ever in a textile suit. Phelps was second in 49.05. George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was third in 49.84.
Another Texas swimmer, Laura Sogar won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.76. Four-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen won the men’s race in 2:13.54.
Texas A&M swimmer Sarah Henry, coming back from an ACL injury, won the 400-meter freestyle in a best time of 4:09.16. Missy Franklin swam a best time 4:13.36 in the B final of the 400 freestyle. Matt Patton took the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:51.07.
Texas swimmer Kathleen Hersey won the 100-meter butterfly in 58.79.
Comets Area 2 Developmental Meet Rained Out Friday
Bad weather forced the cancellation of Friday’s opening session of the Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Meet at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines. The timed final meet will resume Saturday morning with the second session. The 200-meter individual medley makeup event will be the first event on Saturday morning. The 400-meter individual medley will be the first event Sunday morning and 400-meter freestyle the last event on Sunday. The sessions are combined on Saturday and Sunday with the 12-and-under and 13-and-over athletes swimming together.
IF YOU GO
What: Comets Florida Gold Coast Area 2 Developmental Meet
Where: Academic Village Pool, 17191 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines
Schedule: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheet per session. For information call 954-538-3721. Meet director is Luis Soler.
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