Heron, Golding Lead SOFLO On Day Two Of Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series

By Sharon Robb

April 15, 2017—It was the South Florida Aquatic Club girls’ turn on Day Two of the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Kelley Heron and Kathleen Golding turned in some solid swims against a strong field of Olympians, national and collegiate swimmers.

Heron won the “D” final in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:23.33. Her splits were 34.62, 35.50, 36.44, 36.77. In prelims, she went 2:23.33. Her splits were 34.62, 35.50, 36.44, and 36.77. Both times were best unshaved, non-rested times.

Golding, was third in the “C” final of the 400-meter individual medley in 4:59.18. She dropped six seconds from her prelims where she finished in 5:05.86. She was also 40th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.13.

Other SOFLO finishers:

Max Asnis, 200-meter freestyle, 51st, 2:00.45.

Luke Lezotte, 50-meter freestyle, 41st, 24.35.

Ricardo Roche, 400-meter individual medley, 40th, 5:00.44.

In Friday night’s finals:

Women’s 400-meter individual medley: In one of the most exciting races of the night, CanadianMary-Sophie Harvey won in 4:38.05 just ahead of Katie Ledecky in 4:38.16.

Men’s 400-meter individual medley: Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz of North Baltimore Aquatic Club pulled away from the field to win in 4:11.01. Josh Prenot of Cal was second in 4:17.72.

Women’s 200-meter freestyle: Katie Ledecky won in 1:56.31, nearly 2 minutes ahead of Leah Smith in 1:58.47 after completing an impressive double with the 400 IM. It was also the fourth fastest time this year in the world rankings.

Men’s 200-meter freestyle: American Heritage alum Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago won in 1:48.45 ahead of Joao de Lucca of Louisville in 1:49.51.

Women’s 50-meter freestyle: Simone Manuel won in 24.66 ahead of Madison Kennedy in 24.99.

Also in the sprint event, Olympian Dana Vollmer finished 55th in 27.59. Vollmer swam the race six months pregnant. She also announced by wearing a green TYR tech suit that her second child will be a boy. Vollmer competed with her doctor’s permission.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a 50 where I took four or five breaths,” Vollmer said. “A 50 felt long for the first time in my life. Time didn’t matter, place didn’t matter. I loved being here.”

Men’s 50-meter freestyle: Finland’s Ari-Pekka Liukkonen knocked off Olympic champion Nathan Adrian in the sprint event, 21.94-22.25.

Women’s 200-meter backstroke: Eva Merrell of Aquazots won by nearly half a second in 2:11.63.

Men’s 200-meter backstroke: Olympian Jacob Pebley won in 1:55.56 ahead of Arkady Vyatchanin in 1:58.61.

The third and final day events on Saturday are: 200-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, women’s 800-meter freestyle and men’s 1500-meter freestyle.

The third stop of the pro meet series features 500 swimmers including Olympic, national and collegiate champions. Prize money is being awarded. First place will earn $500, second place $300 and third place $100.

Prelims are 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. MST. The meet, both prelims and finals, will be live streamed at usaswimming.org.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com