2017 arena Pro Swim Series Mesa: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

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Day two finals of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, AZ have arrived! Follow along with Swimming World for all the latest updates on the action and excitement at the day two finals.

Heat Sheets

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Events: 

  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Women’s 200 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 200 Back
  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 50 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free

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Women’s 400 Individual Medley

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Men’s 400 Individual Medley

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Women’s 200 Free

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Men’s 200 Free

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Women’s 200 Back

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Men’s 200 Back

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Women’s 50 Free

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Men’s 50 Free

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Dana Vollmer Preparing for a New Baby Boy and Tokyo 2020

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By David Rieder.

Dana Vollmer climbed out of the pool, lifting herself into a sitting position instead of onto her knees or feet. Walking off the deck, she wasn’t sure what her time was. She had just swam the 50 free in prelims at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, but unlike almost every other race she’d ever done, the time was of little importance.

When asked what the time meant to her, Vollmer replied simply, “I have no idea.”

“I had no idea what I’d go,” she said. “But time didn’t matter, and place didn’t matter. I’ve loved being here. I’ve loved seeing all my teammates, all the people from Rio. The nerves of doing my modified pre-race routine and warm-up. The race felt great.”

Indeed, the race was her first since the Olympic Games, since she joined three swimmers eight to nine years her junior to capture Olympic gold in the 400 medley relay.

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When the Olympics were over, she and husband Andy Grant decided to add to their family of three, which already includes two-year-old Arlen. Even so, she couldn’t stop the urge to get back in the racing pool, announcing at the end of March that she was headed to Mesa for a quick one-lapper.

Vollmer kept the sex of her new baby a secret until she swam her prelims race in Mesa. She had announced she would make the revelation based on what color racing suit she wore—pink for a girl and green for a boy. She wore green.

“Having a boy!” she said. “We’re excited. Arlen will have a baby brother. Andy has a big brother, and they’re super close. I have a big brother. We were kind of hoping for a girl, but maybe we’ll have three.”

Hang on a second. Did Vollmer really put on a skin-tight kneeskin designed for compression while six months pregnant? Well, yes, she did—but only after taking some extra precautions.

She typically races in a size 26 suit, but TYR gave her suits sized 28, 30 and 32 to try on for her Mesa race. To be safe, Vollmer chose the 32.

“I never thought that I would put a tech suit on when I was pregnant,” she said. “Honestly, it feels fine. It kind of holds everything in. We had to go up a few sizes to fit the belly, so the top of this is pretty big. But it’s not like the race is coming down to hundredths of anything. I just wanted a suit that was comfortable and fit my belly. It’s working.”

Once she got the suit on, she had to race down the pool. She entered a seed time of 26.00, nowhere close to the 24.69 she swam to finish second in the event at the same meet last year.

As it turned out, Vollmer could not quite keep up with her heat, finishing in 27.59 to place 55th overall. And for the first time in her life, she explained, a 50-meter race felt long.

“I’ve just been super out-of-breath,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done a 50 where I’ve taken four or five breaths. But it felt good.”

Her training, she explained, had been far from the norm. She had yet to swim all-out for anything more than a short burst, although she had kept up a modified version of her usual strength training routine.

Quite the opposite from her first pregnancy. At that point in her life, Vollmer believed she was done with the sport altogether. It was not until she spent several weeks on bedrest that she felt motivated to get back in the water for the first time in almost two years.

After Arlen was born, though, Vollmer soon found herself back with Teri McKeever’s training group at Cal, and that comeback culminated with three Olympic medals in Rio, one of each color.

But this time, Vollmer has no intention of retirement. She has set a goal of resuming her full event program as soon as Winter Nationals this coming December, even if she’s not all the way back to top form, and she hopes to be back wearing an American flag cap in the summer of 2018 at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Vollmer has already swum at three Olympics (2004, 2012 and 2016), and she has every intention of making Tokyo her fourth. Unlike four years ago, when she retired after the World Championships in Barcelona, she sees no reason to stop.

“I think I found a better balance in life,” she said. “Swimming became my balance, my escape. It became my ‘me-time,’ a chance for me to be with my teammates again and listen to whatever music I wanted to in the car. The pressure was taken off it. Just really, really loving it again.

“People have said, ‘You have accomplished everything can in the sport. Why aren’t you retiring?’ It’s not about medals. It’s not about world records. It’s the fact that I love the pool, I love my schedule, and I love being with my teammates. Everyone tries to fit working out into their daily life. If I can fit it in when it works for my family and stay at this level, why would I not try to do that?”

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Heat Sheets Posted for arena Pro Swim Mesa Day Two Finals

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USA Swimming has posted the heat sheets for the second night of finals at the arena Pro Swim Mesa. Highlighting the competition will be five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, slated to swim as the top seed in back-to-back women’s championship finals.

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The 400 IM moves from last on the morning schedule to first at night, leaving Ledecky with a quick turnaround between her two races.

Other top seeds include Josh Prenot in the men’s 400 IM, Dylan Carter in the men’s 200 free, Eva Merrell and Jacob Pebley in the 200 back and Simone Manuel and Ari-Pekka Liukkonen in the 50 free.

Ledecky and Melanie Margalis are going for the 400 IM-200 free double, but both Madisyn Cox (eighth) and Ella Eastin (ninth) scratched the 200 free to focus on the IM.

Elsewhere, Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers pulled out of the C-final of the 50 free but will compete in the 100 back on day three.

Sierra Schmidt did not compete in the morning prelims, and she will be out for the remainder of the meet after twisting her ankle.

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Monte Carlo Masters: British pair Dan Evans & Kyle Edmund meet in first round

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Britain’s Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund will meet for the first time on the ATP Tour in round one of the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on Sunday.

The winner will face 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in round two.

Nadal, 30, is seeking to win the event for 10th time, which would also be his 50th clay-court title.

World number one Andy Murray returns after an elbow injury and has a bye into the second round to face Gilles Muller or wildcard Tommy Robredo.

Murray lost to qualifier Vasek Pospisil in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells last month.

The 29-year-old withdrew from the Miami Open the following week because of an injury to his right elbow but played a charity exhibition match against Roger Federer in Switzerland on Monday.

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Vlad Morozov Posts New National Record on Last Day of Russian Nationals

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On the fifth day of Russian Nationals/World Championships trials, Vlad Morozov saved the best for last and set a National Record in the men’s 50 freestyle semifinal. Morozov, who owned the previous record from 2013 (a 21.47), posted a sizzling 21.44 to refresh the national record and the 2017 world rankings. Morozov’s result sets him number one in the world this year. His fastest 50 in the Olympic year was a 21.69 he showed at Nationals. At the Rio Olympics, Vlad sensationally could not make finals, stoppping the clock at 21.88 in the semis. Vlad’s 21.44 he set in Moscow tonight could have won him the bronze medal in Rio.

Evgeny Sedov was second to qualify for finals with a 22.01, his result is quick enough to make the team. Olympian Sergey Fesikov headed into the finals with the third fastest time (22.37).

In the final, Morozov and Sedov swam in lanes four and five and this race was highly expected as one of the most spectacular battles of the meet. Sedov, whose star rose in 2014 when he had a very impressive short course season (posted 20.59 50 free at World Championships in Doha), did not have a successful Olympic year – he failed to make the team at Trials, then he took a break due to injury. Nationals was his “comeback” meet.

Going against Morozov, Sedov sensationally touched the wall first with his personal best in long course – 21.74. Morozov finished second with a 21.76 and it was the first time in four years he did not win gold in the 50 free at Nationals. Fesikov finished third with a 22.14. Sedov and Morozov will represent the country in Budapest.

Yulia Efimova celebrated victory in the women’s 100 breast, with an impressive 1:05.90 – a result that ranks her number one in the world. This result is pretty close to her Olympic final time of 1:05.50 when she won silver. Natalia Ivaneeva finished second (but 0.25 slower to make the team) – 1:07.39. Darya Chikunova got bronze with a 1:08.67.

Later in the night, Efimova performed in the women’s 200 IM final. Victoria Andreeva won the final with a 2:11.75. Efimova, who was chasing Andreeva all the way, finished second with a 2:12.53 – her personal best time. Kristina Vershinina was third with a 2:15.58.

Another great final on the last night was the men’s 200 free. The event was packed with Olympic medalists and a national record holder. In the impressive battle, Mikhail Dovgalyuk managed to put his hand on the wall first, with a 1:46.89. Olympian Alexander Krasnykh, who already won 400 and 800, was second with a 1:47.14. He out-touched Worlds medalist Danila Izotov who got bronze with a 1:47.16. Izotov and Nikita Lobintsev, who was fourth, made the relay team.

In the women’s 100 backstroke final, Polina Egorova was fast enough to beat Darya K Ustinova and grab the gold, stopping the clock at a 1:00.21. This result was slower than her semis time of 59.95, yet it brought Polina to the Worlds team. Ustinova joined her with a 1:00.29 and Maria Kameneva was third with a 1:00.32. Anastasia Fesikova, who was among the favorites for this event, finished fourth with a 1:00.58.

In the men’s 100 breaststroke, with the lineup led by Olympic medalist Anton Chupkov, Vsevolod Zanko stunned with his win of 59.66. It was a close race with Kirill Prigoda grabbing silver with a 59.71 and Ilya Khomenko claiming bronze with a 59.76. Chupkov finished fourth with a 59.86.

In the women’s 50 butterfly, Svetlana Chimrova won gold with a 26.02. Chimrova swept the butterfly events at Nationals and set two National records in the process. Natalia Lovtcova finished second with a 26.71, while Maria Kameneva was third with a 26.72.

17-year-old Egor Kuymov won the men’s 100 butterfly with a European Junior Record of 51.97. Kuymov’s impressive finish helped him to beat the experienced Alexander Popkov, who was second (52.18), and Evgeny Koptelov, who was third with a 52.24. Olympic finalist in this event, Alexander Sadovnikov, fell short and finished sixth with a 52.66.

National Team for World Championships will be announced later tonight.

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Lalla Meryem Cup: Lydia Hall holds two-stroke lead in Morocco

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Wales’ Lydia Hall holds a two-stroke lead in the Lalla Meryem Cup at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco.

Hall, 29, hit a four-under-par 68 to finish her second round on seven under par, two shots ahead of England’s Annabel Dimmock.

Norwegian Suzann Pettersen is a stroke further behind in third place.

“I needed to stay patient and not get ahead of myself. I made a lot of pars and kept the mistakes off the card,” Hall said.

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