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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.