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Franklin, Lochte double up in Santa Clara

June 2, 2013
Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin

Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) both doubled up in the win column Saturday to highlight the third night of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara. The four-day meet concludes Sunday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Despite having just 10 minutes between finals, Franklin was victorious in the 200m free and 200m back. Lochte won the 400m individual medley and followed with a first-place finish in the 200m back.

In the tightly contested 200m free, Franklin finished in 1:58.26 to edge fellow Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.), who was second in 1:58.29. Elizabeth Pelton (Baltimore, Md.) was third in 1:58.52.

In the 200m back, Franklin, who holds the world record in the event, finished in 2:08.24 to earn the victory. Kendyl Stewart (Carlsbad, Calif.) placed second in 2:10.72, and Canada’s Hilary Caldwell finished third in 2:11.92.

“It’s definitely all about practice with this double because it is the lineup for U.S. Nationals and world champ trials … It’s a tough double to have because I really would like to qualify for both those individual events for Barcelona, but it’s so fun,” said Franklin referencing this month’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis. “It’s so great to have this practice beforehand to really get the hang of it, see what works best and race against the same competitors that I’ll be racing when we are at trials, too.”

Lochte won his first event of the night with a meet record of 4:11.36 in the 400m individual medley. He came out of the gates quickly and held off runner-up Chase Kalisz ( Bel Air, Md.) for the victory. Kalisz was second in 4:11.85, and Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) took third in 4:15.39.

In the 200m back, Lochte topped the field with a time of 1:57.51. Olympian Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) was second in 1:58.02, and Russia’s Arkady Vyatchanin placed third in 1:58.46.

Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) claimed his third victory of the meet with a win in the men’s 200m free in 1:49.14. Bobby Hurley of Australia placed second in 1:49.21, and Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) grabbed third in 1:49.48.

Olympic gold medalists Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) and Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) closed the night with wins in the 50m free. Coughlin won the women’s event in 25.06. Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) was second in 25.24, and Christine Magnuson (Knoxville, Tenn.) placed third in 25.28.

Adrian took the men’s 50m free in 21.76 to break his own 2009 meet record. Brazilian Olympian Cesar Cielo was second in 22.04, with Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) placing third in 22.07.

Olympian Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.) opened the session with a win in the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:40.05. Andie Taylor (Issaquah, Wash.) was second in 4:42.32, followed by Elizabeth Beisel (Saunderstown, R.I.) in third in 4:46.60.

For highlights and meet results, please visit the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara landing page.

The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara is the final stop of the six-event 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series. As part of USA Swimming’s new, eight-year partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series offers swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events for each meet in the Series. An overall leaderboard for the Series can be found online here.

The Arena Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championships Trials in Indianapolis, Ind., the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.


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