Written by Sharon Robb
May 11, 2013
Olympian Jessica Hardy won the sprint breaststroke double Friday night at the Arena Grand Prix Charlotte UltraSwim at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Hardy won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 30.71, just out-touching Tennessee swimmer Molly Hannis in 30.72.
She won the 100-meter breaststroke in another close race against Hannis in 1:07.03 to 1:07.39.
“Breaststroke is fun,” Hardy said. “It definitely takes the pressure off after swimming only freestyle at the Olympics. I know that my fall-back stroke is a solid stroke now.
“I’m having fun with both of them and I am enjoying it again. I am hoping to swim breaststroke at the Olympics next time.”
U.S. national swim team member Mike Alexandrov also swept the 50-meter breaststroke (27.71) and 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.00).
Chase Kalisz won the 400-meter individual medley by seven seconds in 4:15.66. Elizabeth Beisel of Gator Swim Club won the women’s 400 IM by three seconds in 4:41.30.
Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.76.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens, competing in front of his hometown crowd, was fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:49.50, an event he won last year by beating Michael Phelps.
Berens was reeled in by Matt McLean (1:49.02), Conor Dwyer (1:49.29) and Singapore Olympian Joseph Schooling of Bolles (1:49.47). Schooling won the 100-meter butterfly in 52.33.
Japan’s Junya Koga won the 50-meter backstroke in 25.11. Olivia Smoliga won the 50-meter backstroke in 28.50 and Davie Nadadores Carolina Colorado of Colombia was third in 28.81.
“I would have liked to have been a lot faster than that, but that’s the way it is,” Berens said.
Olympian Ryan Lochte, 28, entered in eight events, finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle and ninth in the 100-meter butterfly. He told reporters Friday night that his finishes were due to lack of training because of his post-Olympic break that included a reality TV show which continues to dip in the ratings.
“After the Olympics, I needed some time off,” Lochte said. “I was going pretty much twenty years straight without taking a break. I just needed to reboot, to recharge my body. I’ve done that and now I’m back here getting my butt kicked. Hopefully, this is a good wakeup call.”
Olympian Missy Franklin is not competing in the meet this weekend. She is graduating from high school and celebrating her birthday.
The meet concludes on Sunday. Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
Olympic bronze medalist Troy Dumais advanced into the 3-meter springboard final of the AT&T Diving Grand Prix at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. Also, a week after competing in her first senior international meet, U.S. teenager Murphy Samantha Bromberg, 17, advanced into the women’s platform final. Action continues today at the pool.
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