Missy Franklin Sets Up Double In Prelims at Arena Grand Prix

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ORLANDO, Florida, February 16. DURING the third day of preliminary competition at the Arena Grand Prix – Orlando, Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin set up a potential double win tonight in the 200 back, 100 free with top seeds in both events.

Ryan Murphy of Bolles also could be a giant killer again in the 200 back, just a day after beating the likes of Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary in the 100 back.

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Missy Franklin at Arena Grand Prix – Orlandoswimmingworldtv
Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson at Arena Grand Prix – Orlandoswimmingworldtv
Clearwater's Becca Mann at Arena Grand Prix – Orlandoswimmingworldtv
Conor Dwyer at Arena Grand Prix – Orlandoswimmingworldtv


Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin nearly became the onlysub-50 swimmer this morning as he surged to the top seed in 50.39.  Scotland's Robbie Renwick posted a 50.56 forsecond, while Bitterfleder's Kevin Leithold turned in a third-place 50.73.


Tim Squires continued his sterling meet with a fourth-place51.15, that nearly beat his personal best of 50.97 from the 2012 IndianapolisGrand Prix last March.  Bolles' SantoCondorelli finished fifth in 51.75, while Redlands' Joey Hale and Australia'sBobby Hurley tied for sixth with 51.78s. Conor Dwyer grabbed the final transfer spot into the finale with aneighth-place 51.80.

Yanouck Tyriseva with top time in ht1 of m 100 free 54.39 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Wilton Y's Eric Ronda wins ht2 of m 100 free 55.37 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
@JRPascale blasts ht3 of m 100 free 52.52 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
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Near lifetime best for West Virginia's Tim Squires to win ht4 of m 100 free 51.15 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Bryce Kananowicz wins ht5 of m 100 free 55.32 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Josh Booth claims ht6 of m 100 free 53.48 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Jabari Baptiste turns in 53.69 to win ht7 of m 100 free @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Breaststroke specialist Felipe Lima wins ht8 of m 100 free 52.50 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Miguel Perez of Venezuela wins ht 9 of m 100 free 52.32 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Scotland's Robbie Renwick surges to top seed with 50.56 in ht10 of m 100 free @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
@AnthonyErvin smokes ht11 with a 50.39 in m 100 free @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Wow! Incredible swim! RT @SwimmingWorld: @AnthonyErvin smokes ht11 with a 50.39 in m 100 free @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnJessica Koth
Yessssssss fastest time @AnthonyErvin #ArenaGPORDNanya
@AnthonyErvin smokes ht11 with a 50.39 in m 100 free @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld


Shortly after qualifying first in the 200 back, ColoradoStars' Missy Franklin returned to lead qualifying in the 100 free.  She posted a time of 55.77, and might make arun at her top time of 53.52 this evening. Franklin has a pair of 53.52s on record, one at the Olympics in 2012 andone in March of 2012 in the run-up to the Olympics.


California's Dana Vollmer cruised into second in 56.07 inher first meet back after a post-Olympic break during the fall and winter.  Tucson Ford's Christine Magnuson qualifiedthird this morning with a 56.10 as the top three are definitely made up of sometop names in the sport.


Canada's Sandrine Mainville (56.83), Canada's SamanthaCheverton (56.91), SwimMAC's Madison Kennedy (56.98), Dynamo's Nicole Stafford(57.26) and SwimAtlanta's Amanda Weir (57.62) also earned their way into thefinale. 

@FrankinMissy tops w 100 free qualifying with a 55.77 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld


After knocking down big names like Ryan Lochte and TylerClary last night in the 100 back, Bolles' star Ryan Murphy is on path to do it againin the longer distance event after topping prelims with a 2:02.53. Murphy coulddefinitely turn up the heat in the finale if he approaches his personal recordof 1:57.39 from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.


Germany's Yannick Lebherz, meanwhile, earned the second seedwith a time of 2:02.61, while Lochte (2:02.84) and Clary (2:02.85) rounded outthe top four and should provide some extra fireworks during this evening'sfinale.


Germany's Felix Wolf (2:03.11), Arkady Vyatchanin (2:04.17),Bryce Bohman (2:04.34) and Australia's Bobby Hurley (2:04.58) also put up timesfast enough to make the championship finale, while 14-year-old Ethan Youngfinished ninth with a 2:05.72.  Youngcould make a run at Aaron Peirsol's vaunted 13-14 U.S. National Age Grouprecord of 2:02.78 from 1998.

Boleck Depawlikowski of Metro Miami winds ht1 of m 200 back in 2:39.39 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Joey Pedraza tops h2 of m 200 back in 2:09.31 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
West Virginia representing! Bryce Bohman tops ht3 with a lifetime best 2:04.34 in m 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Bolles' Dakota Mahaffey, 15, wins ht4 of m 200 back 2:17.98 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Redlands' Kyle Coan checks in with a 2:09.18 to lead ht5 of m 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
@YannickLebherz closes out ht6 of m 200 back with a 2:02.61 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
@TylerClary setting up strong double tonight, wins ht7 of m 200 back in 2:02.85 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Wow – @ryan_f_murphy and @RyanLochte are stroke for stroke right now in the 200 Back – prelims. Exciting morning!Florida Swim Network
200 Back, heat 8, @ryan_f_murphy wins the heat in 2:02:53 – @RyanLochte second in 2:02.84 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
And @ryanlochte is back in the pool for 200 backstroke #ArenaGPORD #GoodLuckAtArenaGPORD http://pic.twitter.com/bmXnuP0hconor&ryan_mx


When you are the world record holder and reigning Olympicchampion in an event, it's sometimes a bit difficult to stay motivatedin-season. The always enthusiastic Missy Franklin did not seem to have thatproblem this morning with a scorching 2:10.92 to lead the way in prelims of thedistance dorsal.  Odds are she won't beapproaching her world record of 2:04.06 tonight, but she definitely has a shotat her best in-season time of 2:07.31 that she clocked at the Austin stop of theArena Grand Prix last month.


Canadian Hilary Caldwell finished more than three secondsback of Franklin with a 2:14.15 and will likely be battling for second thisevening.  Germany's Eileen Diener tookthird in 2:15.35, while Dynamo's Kylie Stewart picked up fourth in 2:15.49.


Germany's Selina Hocke (2:16.04), Canada's Barbara Jardin(2:16.66), Tasija Karosas (2:17.55) and GTAC's Olivia Smoliga (2:17.91) roundedout the championship finale field that will be chasing Franklin.

Bolles' Harley Lopez Miro earns ht1 win in women's 200 back with a 2:26.05 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Germany's Selina Hocke clocks a 2:16.04 to win ht2 of w 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Verity Abel of Wilton Y posts 2:23.62 for best time in ht4 w 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
York Y youngster Courtney Harnish with the h5 win in 2:21.64 in w 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
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Dynamo's Kylie Stewart prevailsin ht6 of w 200 back with a 2:15.49 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Canada's Hilary Caldwell with a 2:14.15 for ht7 200 back win, @FranklinMissy up next! @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
BAM! @FranklinMissy blazes to 2:10.92 in the morning to lead w 200 back @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
http://yfrog.com/oeavnjbj goooooooo Missy goooooooo #ArenaGPORDNanya

MEN'S 200 IM

Canadian Olympian Alec Page approached his seed time of2:05.35 with a top-seeded swim of 2:05.62 to lead the way in what will prove tobe a loaded Olympian-filled finale. Bolles' Joseph Schooling, 17, qualified second in 2:05.76. Schoolingqualified for the 2012 London Olympics for Singapore.


U.S. Olympians Conor Dwyer (2:06.07) and Tyler Clary(2:06.31) qualified third and fourth, while Bulgarian Olympian Mike Alexandrov,who is now representing the U.S., earned fifth in 2:06.41.  Olympic superstar Ryan Lochte also made thefield with a 2:06.95, while Canadian Olympian Andrew Ford surged to seventh in2:07.49.  Kenek Gil is the onlynon-Olympian in the bunch with an eighth-place 2:07.80 representing Venezuela.

The men's 200 IM A final is LOADED with Olympians @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
200 IM, heat 1 of men, Wesley Olmsted (HTA) wins the heat in 2:17.88 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
200 IM, heat 2, August Querciagrossa (Una-WV) wins the heat in 2:09.64 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
200 IM, heat 3, Dmitriy Shvetsov (Redlands) wins the heat in a time of 2:09.25 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
200 IM, heat 4, Matthew McPheters (BSS) wins the heat in a time of 2:13.98 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
200 IM, heat 5, Ian Rainey (Wilton Y Wahoos) wins the heat in a time of 2:12.30 #arenaGPORDFlorida Swim Network
Grant Sanders tops ht6 of m 200 IM in 2:13.45 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
@TylerClary races to top time in ht7 with a 2:06.31 in m 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Alec Page posts a 2:05.62 to win ht8 of m 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Swimming on lane 4 here's our dear @conorjdwyer #ArenaGPORD #GoodLuckAtArenaGPORD http://pic.twitter.com/SwOQ0CRuconor&ryan_mx
@RyanLochte sizzles in ht9 of m 200 IM with a 2:06.95 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Ryan Murphy (BSS) was originally planned to swim the 200 IM but scratched.Florida Swim Network


Clearwater's Becca Mann, who already has a pair of victoriesin the 400s this weekend, came to play this morning with a lifetime best in the200 IM.  She dropped a stunning time of2:16.73 in the event, clipping her previous best of 2:16.93 set at theClearwater Escape The Heat meet in June of last year.  Not only is she proving to be a strongdistance swimmer, she's also starting to cut some time in her shorter-distanceevents. 


She will have Island's Alexa Komarnycky as a challengertonight as the Olympian cruised into second with a 2:20.67.  She's got the most potential for a blazingswim tonight with a 2:13.88 as her seeded time.   Bahamas' McKayla Lightbourn checked in witha third-place 2:21.81, while Fox Chapel's Heidi Miller earned fourth in2:21.95.


York Y's Meghan Small, just 14, qualified fifth in 2:22.37, whileKING's Carolyn McCann touched sixth in 2:22.62. New York's Kim Vandenberg, a 29-year-old veteran of the sport, earnedseventh in 2:23.11, while Small's teammate Nicole Price gave York two spots inthe finale with an eighth-place 2:23.90.

Emily Kopas wins ht1 of 200 IM 2:27.73 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Way to go Emily! RT @SwimmingWorld: Emily Kopas wins ht1 of 200 IM 2:27.73 @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnZach Healy
Pine Crest's Casey Francis charges to ht 2 win in 2:25.04 w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
KING's Gianna Haugen turned in a 2:29.43 to win ht3 of w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
Saint Andrew's Darby Goodwin turns in 2:25.69 to claim ht 4 of w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
“@SwimmingWorld: Saint Andrew's Darby Goodwin turns in 2:25.69 to claim ht 4 of w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD” @darbygoodwin your famous!!!Quinn Cassidy
York's Meghan Small's 2:22.37 tops ht5 of w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
McKayla Lightbourn, another awesome name, wins ht6 of w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
LIFETIME BEST for Becca Mann as she drops a stunning 2:16.73 to lead w 200 IM @ArenaUSA #ArenaGPORD http://bit.ly/YxuqpnSwimmingWorld
On way to prelims in #orlando. #earlybird #orlandoGP http://pic.twitter.com/ILgf7B8XMike Alexandrov


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