By Sharon Robb
November 14, 2015—Bermuda national record holder Lisa Blackburn of South Florida Aquatic Club swam a lifetime-best during second day action in the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Blackburn, at 43, one of the oldest swimmers in the meet, turned in a 26.77 in the 50-meter freestyle. Her seed time was 27.50. It was the first time she broke 27.1. She has now turned in three lifetime-bests this year.
Blackburn is one of two 43-year-olds in the meet. Erika Braun of Marlins of Raleigh is the other.
Several other Florida swimmers did well during the meet.
Marcelo Acosta, 19, of Azura Florida Aquatics was among top finishers, placing second in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:53.57 after going 3:54.84 in prelims, which earned him the second seed.
Florida alum Conor Dwyer won the 400-meter freestyle by two body lengths in 3:53.47. True Sweetser, 18, of Gator Swim Club tied for sixth in 3:58.19. Joey Pedraza of RallySport Aquatics was 16th in 4:07.43 after going 4:02.83 in prelims.
Canadian and Bolles alum Santo Condorelli was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.24 behind Nathan Adrian in 21.56. Bolles alum George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth in 22.44 and Elvis Burrows of Trinity Prep was eighth in 22.86.
Gator Swim Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin was third in the 100-meter backstroke in 54.45. SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach was fourth in 55.24 after going 55.02 in prelims. Former American Heritage swimmer Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was 16th in 56.97 after going 56.82 in prelims.
St. Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis, 23, one of the early leaders, finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:27.73.
St. Andrew’s alum Rachael Bradford-Feldman, 18, a freshman at Louisville, finished tenth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:32.55, slower than her prelim time of 2:32.49, both Olympic Trials cut times.
Andreina Pinto, 24, of Gator Swim Club was fifth in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:14.87 after going 2:14.28 in prelims.
In other finals:
200-meter butterfly: Cammile Adams of SwimMAC pulled away in the final 50 meters to win in 2:08.16. Former Clearwater swimmer Becca Mann of North Baltimore was fourth in 2:11.16.
50-meter freestyle: Brazilian Etien Medeiros broke open a close three-woman race to win in 24.92. She broke the pool record in prelims in 24.73.
100-meter backstroke: Olympian Missy Franklin reeled in the early leaders to win in 1:00.18. Early leader Rachel Bootsma faded to fourth in 1:01.02. Thirteen-year-old Regan Smith of Riptide Swim Team won the “B” final in 1:01.49 holding off Kendyl Stewart of Trojan Swim Club in 1:01.95.
200-meter breaststroke: Minnesota’s Kierra Smith came from behind to win in 2:24.73. Minnesota’s Haley Spencer was second in 2:26.92.
400-meter freestyle: Teenage world record holder Katie Ledecky, 18, of Nation’s Capital had no problem winning by more than a body length in 4:02.67.
200-meter butterfly: Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore won after trailing 18-time Olympic gold medalist and training mate Michael Phelps for most of the race until the final 20 meters. Kalisz won in 1:58.07 and Phelps was second in 1:58.38. The pair were swimming stroke for stoke in the final 20 meters.
50-meter freestyle: California’s Nathan Adrian pulled away early to win in 121.56.
100-meter backstroke: David Plummer, 30, of New York Athletic Club won in 52.85. Plummer went out in 25.59.
University of Louisville’s Carlos Claverie of Venezuela held off Nick Fink of Athens Bulldogs to win in 2:10.86. Fink was second in 2:10.93.
On the third and final day, Saturday’s events are: 200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1500 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.
1.Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:08.16, 2. Hannah Saiz, SSTY 2:10.37, 3. Haley Anderson, TROJ 2:10.77; FLORIDA: 13. Andreina Pinto, GSC 2:14.87, 23. Vien Nguyen, STA 2:18.93, 35. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:20.02, 43. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:22.81.
1.Etiene Medeiros, Brazil 24.92, 2. Simone Manuel, Unattached 24.94, 3. Abbey Weitzell, CANY 25.07; FLORIDA: 18. Sveta Khakhlova, Club Seminole 25.73, 21. Chin Pigot, Unattached 26.04, 30. Rhi Jeffrey, APEX 26.41, 50. Lisa Blackburn, SOFLO 26.77, 53. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 26.86, 66. Stephanie Peacock, MV 27.06, 68. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 27.15, 87. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 28.72, 88. Michel Konkoly, T2 Aquatics 29.24.
1.Missy Franklin, STAR 1:00.18, 2. Kylie Masse, UTS 1:00.31, 3. Dominique Bouchard, OAK 1:00.66; FLORIDA: 40. Carolina Colorado, SOFLO 1:05.35.
1.Kierra Smith, Unattached 2:24.36, 2. Haley Spencer, MINN 2:26.92, 3. Martha McCabe, TSC 2:17.23; FLORIDA: 5. Melanie Margalis, SPA 2:27.73, 9. Justine Bowker, T2 Aquatics 2:30.85, 10. Rachel Bradford-Feldman, LOU 2:32.55, 45. Elizabeth Beisel, GSC 2:45.03.
1.Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital 4:02.67, 2. Leah Smith, Unattached 4:04.67, 3. Becca Mann, NB 4:07.67; FLORIDA: 5. Stephanie Peacock, MV 4:08.23, 10. Melanie Margalis, SPA 4:11.52, 14. Vien Nguyen, SA 4:16.15, 23. Andreina Pinto, GSC 4:22.94.
1.Chase Kalisz, NBAC 1:58.07, 2. Michael Phelps, NBAC 1:58.38, 3. Grant Shoults, MVN 2:00.41; FLORIDA: 10. Sebastian Rousseau, GSC 2:02.10, 32. Dan Wallace, GSC 2:09.61.
1.Nathan Adrian, CAL 21.56, 2. Santo Condorelli, CANY 22.24, 3. Brad Tandy, FORD 22.27; FLORIDA: 4. George Bovell, CW 22.44, 8. Elvis Burrows, TP 22.86, 13. Renzo Tjon A Joe, Unattached 22.98, 53. Teo D’Alessandro, Princeton 23.84, 90. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 25.00.
1.David Plummer,NYAC 52.85, 2. Grigory Tarasevich, LOU 54.28, 3. Arkady Vyatchanin,NYAC 54.45; FLORIDA: 4. Ryan Lochte, SwimMAC 55.24, 16. Dylan Carter, Unattached 56.97, 31. Pavel Sankovich, Club Seminole 57.96, 37. Niki Denisyako, GSC 58.48, 50. Sebastien Rousseau, GSC 59.68.
1.Carlos Claverie, LOU 2:10.86, 2. Nicolas Fink, ABSC 2:10.93, 3. Cody Miller, BAD 2:13.91; FLORIDA: 41. Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, GSC 2:25.98, 45. Matt Limbacher, T2 Aquatics 2:27.19, 47. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:27.35, 54. Nick D’Innocenzo, GSC 2:29.28.
1.Conor Dwyer, TROJ 3:48.11, 2. Marcelo Acosta, Azura 3:53.57, 3. Connor Jaeger, CW 3:55.23; FLORIDA: 6. True Sweetser, GSC 3:58.19, 16. Joey Pedraza, RACE 4:07.43, 19. Dan Wallace, GSC 4:03.49, 43. Carlos Omana, GSC 4:08.46, 44. Alex Gomez, GSC 4:08.49.
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