(Video Interview) Josh Prenot and Tom Shields Pick Up Wins in Mesa

Cal training partners Josh Prenot and Tom Shields each picked up event wins on the first night of competition at the arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa. Watch video interviews with each from afterwards.

Both men discussed the impact of their respective Olympic experiences and becoming Olympic medalists and also reacquainting themselves with long course in preparation for World Championship Trials.

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(Video Interview) Nathan Adrian Still Motivated for Next Quad

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Nathan Adrian blasted the fastest time in the world this year in winning the men’s 100 free in Mesa and afterwards spoke with Swimming World.

Adrian explained after the race whether he was surprised by the quick result and what changes he made for his second meet after a post-Olympics layoff.

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Marcelo Acosta Back Halfs 400 Free to Win in Mesa

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Louisville freshman Marcelo Acosta used a stellar back half to distance from the field to win the 400 free A-final in Mesa. Acosta, an El Salvador native won the race in 3:53.38 to hold off a late charge from Cal incoming freshman Sean Grieshop. Grieshop was second at 3:54.29 and Taylor Abbott was third at 3:55.11. Grieshop looks to be one of the stars of the future after the retirement of Connor Jaeger. Most of the players for the 400 free spots for Budapest are not present at this meet.

Marc Hinawi (3:55.99), Chris Yeager (3:59.87), Isaac Stump (4:00.47), Liam Bresette (4:00.96) and Christian Bayo (4:01.45) also swam in the A-final.

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RBC Heritage: Luke Donald starts well as Bud Cauley leads in South Carolina

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RBC Heritage first-round leaderboard
-8: B Cauley (US); -6: L Donald (Eng), G De Laet (Can), S Saunders (US); -5: S Lowry (Ire), R Henley (US), D Lee (NZ), I Poulter (Eng), B Crane (US), W Simpson (US)
Selected others: -3: M Kaymer (Ger), B Grace (SA), M Kuchar (US), A Johnston (Eng); -2: T Hatton (Eng), M Laird (Sco); -1: R Knox (Sco); level: D Willett (Eng)

Luke Donald shot a six-under-par 65 to be tied second after day one of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

The world number 96 carded five birdies, an eagle and dropped just one shot to join Canada’s Graham de Laet and American Sam Saunders in second.

American Bud Cauley leads on eight under, dropping no shots in his round.

England’s Ian Poulter produced one of the lowest rounds of his season to reach five under, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry tied fourth on the same mark.

Danny Willett – who missed the cut as defending champion at the Masters last week – described his level-par start as “steady”.

Englishman Donald – who was world number one in 2011 – last won on the Japan Tour in 2013, with his most recent PGA Tour victory arriving at the Transitions Championship in March 2012.

But he has finished second at this event – held at Harbour Town Golf Links – four times in the past eight years.

The 39-year-old started the day on the back nine but after turning in three under, produced an eagle on the second hole when his 209-yard approach left a short putt.

Cauley, 27, sat out all of the 2015 season after shoulder surgery and has missed the cut on his last two outings.

But he needed just one putt on each of the last three holes to convert successive birdies and in doing so secured a two-shot lead going into Friday’s second round.

Last year’s winner Branden Grace is tied for 19th on two under.

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Katie Ledecky Posts World Leading 400 Free in Mesa

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Coming off her freshman year at Stanford, Katie Ledecky had her first LCM race with Stanford and Greg Meehan in Mesa and posted the world’s fastest time in the 400 free after it had exchanged hands a couple of times over the last few days. Ledecky swam a 4:01.01 to win the race and lead the world rankings ahead of Australia’s Ariarne Titmus (4:04.82). Ledecky’s time would have won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics behind herself. Leah Smith was second in the race at 4:07.70 and Mary-Sophie Harvey finished in third at 4:11.48, after coming off her Canadian trials.

Sierra Schmidt (4:11.57), Vien Nguyen (4:13.34), Madisyn Cox (4:14.00), Haley Anderson (4:14.20) and Taylor Ault (4:14.46) also competed in the A-final.

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Tom Shields Wins 100 Fly in Mesa

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Olympian Tom Shields got his summer started with a solid 100 butterfly win with a 52.42. Shields pulled away over the last 50 with a win over Tim Phillips (52.87) and Marius Kusch (53.43). Shields is the go-to butterflyer for the United States with the impending retirement of the greatest of all-time Michael Phelps and he is put in a worthy swim tonight.

Santiago Grassi (53.45), Long Gutierrez (53.55), Dylan Carter (53.61), Zach Harting (53.87) and Seth Stubblefield (54.49) also competed in the A-final.

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Kelsi Worrell Holds Off Louise Hansson in 100 Fly in Mesa

Olympian Kelsi Worrell held off Swedish Olympian Louise Hansson in the 100 fly at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa. Worrell took it out fast and held off a hard charging Hansson with a 58.60 to Hansson’s 58.80. Worrell still has the eighth fastest time in the world this year with a 58.10 from Indianapolis. Kendyl Stewart was third at 59.52.

Amanda Kendall (59.60), Lauren Case (59.80), Aliena Schmidtke, Mallory Comerford (1:00.18) and Daynara de Paula (1:00.75) also competed in the A-final.

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Josh Prenot Beats Out Kevin Cordes in 200 Breast in Mesa

Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot won the 200 breast at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa with a solid 2:10.47. Prenot back halfed the race to beat out Olympic teammates Chase Kalisz and Kevin Cordes. Kalisz was second at 2:11.29 and Cordes was third at 2:11.50. Prenot has been faster already this year after he went 2:09.93 at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis in the beginning of March.

Carlos Claverie (2:11.92), Daniel Roy (2:12.84), George Schroeder (2:14.28), Calvin Yang (2:17.48) and AJ Bornstein (2:17.68) also competed in the championship final.

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Nathan Adrian Posts Second Fastest 100 Free in World in Mesa

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Nathan Adrian continues to get it done in an in-season meet as he won the 100 free going away at the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series at Mesa with the second fastest time in the world this year. Adrian went a 48.18 to swim the fastest time in the world other than Australia’s Cameron McEvoy and just ahead of the Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia.

Adrian won way ahead of Joao de Lucca (49.67) and Cristian Quintero (49.89). Tom Shields (49.97), Jacob Pebley (50.04), Daniel Hunter (50.06), Matthew Stanley (50.39) and Marius Kusch (50.54) also swam in the A-final.

2017 arena Pro Swim Series Mesa Live Results – Results

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