By Sharon Robb
November 12, 2015—South Florida Aquatic Club’s Claire Donahue was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly on opening day of the Arena Pro Swim Series Thursday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Donahue, 26, went out fast in her signature event and led the field in 26.89 but faded in the back half in 32.25 to finish in 59.14, off her morning time of 59.07.
SOFLO’s Lisa Blackburn, 43, national record holder for Bermuda, finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:14.67. SOFLO teammate Kile Aukerman, 22, finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.99. Teammate Carolina Colorado finished the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.29.
Melanie Margalis of St. Petersburg and Florida alum Conor Dwyer were top Florida finishers. Margalis, 23, of St. Petersburg started off strong and held off Micah Lawrence down the final stretch to win the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:07.44. Margalis was also fifth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:58.11.
Dwyer, now swimming for Trojan Swim Club, won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.88.
Other Top 8 finishers with Florida connections were:
Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach and SwimMAC was second in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:48.66 after nearly catching Dwyer in the final 50 meters.
Bolles alum and Canadian Santo Condorelli was second in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.58. Condorelli went out fast to grab the early lead in 24.4 but was reeled in by Giles Smith in the final 10 meters in 52.57, just 1/100th of a second ahead of Condorelli. Michael Phelps, coming off three weeks of high altitude training in Colorado Springs, was third in 52.99.
The men’s 100-meter butterfly featured two other swimmers with Florida ties. Pavel Sankovich of Club Seminole was fourth in 53.25. Lochte was disqualified.
South African Sebastien Rousseau of Gator Swim Club was fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:25.93. Training mate Dan Wallace of Great Britain was tenth in 4:27.29.
Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen of St. Augustine was eighth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:45.15.
Olympian Elizabeth Beisel of Gator Swim Club was fifth in the 400-meter individual medley before being disqualified.
U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club was seventh in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.14. Donahue went out fast in 26.89 for the first 50 to lead in but faded down the stretch.
In other championship finals:
Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Teenager Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital topped an impressive women’s field to win in 1:55.37. Missy Franklin of Colorado Stars was second in 1:56.73 and Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore was third in 1:57.28
Men’s 100-meter breaststroke: Sam Tierney, 22, won in 1:00.82. Cody Miller of Badger was second in 1:00.86. Brazilian Felipe Lima was fifth in 1:01.35.
Women’s 100-meter butterfly: Kelsi Worrell won in a Louisville school record 57.91 . U.S. Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollmer, back in the pool after the birth of her first child, was second in 58.07.
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann of North Baltimore pulled away from Olympian Caitlin Leverenz to win in a pool record 4:37.04. Leverenz was second in 4:39.10.
Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club won in 4:18.50. Tyler Clary of SwimMAC was second in 4:21.01.
Friday’s events are: 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 freestyle.
Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org.
The Arena Pro Swim Series is the first of seven stops. The circuit will award a record $350,000 in total prize money. The top three finishers in each event win $1,000, $600 and $200. The overall point series winners will earn an additional $10,000 in bonus money and one-year lease for a BMW.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Katie Ledecky, NC 1:55.37, 2. Missy Franklin, STARS 1:56.73, 3. Allison Schmitt, NBAC 1:57.28; FLORIDA: 5. Melanie Margalis, SPA 1:58.11, 13. Becca Mann, NBAC 2:00.21, 32. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:06.92, 35. Vien Nguyen, St. Augustine 2:03.89, 40. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 2:04.31, 97. Chin Pigot, Unattached 2:10.14.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Melanie Margalis, SPA 1:07.44, 2. Micah Lawrence, MAC 1:07.45, 3. Andee Cottrell, KY 1:08.14; FLORIDA: 11. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:09.9141. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 1:14.67.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, KY 57.91, 2. Dana Vollmer, CAL 58.07, 3. Noemie Thomas, CAL 58.23; FLORIDA: 7. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 59.14, 28. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 1:01.84, 32. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:02.29, 34. Rhi Jeffrey, Apex 1:02.35, 66. Svetlana Khakhlova, Club Seminoles 1:04.94, 71. Chin Pigot, Unattached 1:06.40.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Becca Mann, NBAC 4:37.04, 2. Caitlin Leverenz, CAL 4:39.10, 3. Katie Ledecky, NC 4:39.18; FLORIDA: 5. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 4:43.12, 9. Vien Nguyen, STA 4:45.15, 35. Andreina Pinto, Gator Swim Club 5:01.41.
200-meter freestyle: 1. Conor Dwyer, TROJ 1:47.88, 2. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 1:48.66, 3. Joao De Lucca, CARD 1:49.06; FLORIDA: 39. Teo D’Alessandro, Bolles/Princeton 1:54.76, 55. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 1:55.83, 77. Niki Denisyako, Gator Swim Club 1:57.35, 79. Arkady Vyatchanin, Gator Swim Club/New York Athletic Club 1:57.48, 101. Alex Gomez, Gator Swim Club 2:00.20, 110. Carlos Omana, Gator Swim Club 2:01.02.
100-meter breaststroke: 1. Sam Tierney, Unattached 1:00.82, 2. Cody Miller, Badger 1:00.86, 3. Carlos Claverie, LOU 1:01.19; FLORIDA: 40. George Bovell, Bolles/Club Wolverine 1:05.56, 43. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Gator Swim Club 1:06.26, 53. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 1:06.99, 56. Nick D’Innocenzo, Gator Swim Club 1:07.77.
100-meter butterfly: 1. Giles Smith, PHOE 52.57, 2. Santo Condorelli, CA 52.58, 3. Michael Phelps, NBAC 52.99; FLORIDA: 4. Pavel Sankovich, SEM 53.25, 38. Arkady Vyatchanin, Gator Swim Club/New York Athletic Club 56.43, 47. Niki Denisyako, Gator Swim Club 57.13.
400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, NBAC 4:18.50, 2. Tyler Clary, MAC 4:21.01, 3. Corey Okubo, PRIN 4:23.89; FLORIDA: 4. Sebastien Rousseau, GSC 4:25.93, 10. Dan Wallace, GSC 4:27.29, 18. Carlos Omana, GSC 4:34.41, 20. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, GSC 4:35.39, 35. Joey Pedraza, RallySport Aquatics 4:42.89, 36. Nicholas Sweetser, Gator Swim Club 4:43.81.
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