SANTA CLARA, California, June 3. JAPAN’S Takeshi Matsuda and Australia’s Emily Seebohm saved their best swims for the last night of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix, posting sizzling times in the 200 fly and 100 back, respectively.
In the first event, Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi used a strong last 50 to pull away from the rest of the heat and win the women’s 200 fly in 2:07.32. Palo Alto’s Jasmine Tosky took the race out fast but faded to second in 2:09.66, while New York Athletic Club’s Kim Vandenberg hit the wall third in 2:10.02. Takeshi Matsuda kept the ball rolling for Japan with a sizzling time of 1:54.57 in the men’s 200 fly, only about half a second off his fastest time this year of 1:54.01, which happens to be the fastest time in the world. Australia’s Nick D’Arcy, who owns the second fastest time in the world this year at 1:54.71, finished second in 1:56.43. Bobby Bollier wound up third in 1:56.77.
Australia’s Leisel Jones, preparing for her fourth trip to the Olympics next month, won the women’s 100 breast in 1:07.37, moving her into a tie for 13th in the world. South Florida’s Alia Atkinson touched in 1:08.45 while Australia’s Sarah Katsoulis picked up third with a 1:09.08. Meanwhile, Canada’s Scott Dickens had a huge last 50 meters on his way to a convincing win in the men’s 100 breast. Dickens finished in 1:00.69, with New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders in second (1:01.44) and Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima in third (1:01.56).
In the women’s 100 back, Australia’s Emily Seebohm missed breaking the 1:00 barrier by the slimmest of margins, touching in 1:00.00. Canadian Julia Wilkinson got to the wall second in 1:00.45, with California’s Natalie Coughlin in third at 1:00.83. On the men’s side, Aussies Ashley Delaney (54.89) and Hayden Stoeckel (55.51) finished first and second, with Randall Bal in third at 56.03.
The outcome of last night’s thrilling finish in the women’s 400 IM was reversed tonight in the 200 IM. Caitlin Leverenz turned the tables on Australia’s Stephanie Rice, holding on for the victory, 2:10.81 to 2:11.18. Stanford’s Madeline Dirado finished third in 2:13.70. On the men’s side, Japan finished 1-2 in the event with Ken Takakuwa (2:00.55) and Yuya Horihata (2:01.44) sweeping the top two podium spots. Scott Weltz of Marin Pirates squeaked into third at 2:03.31.
The women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free wrapped up the individual event schedule. New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle swept the distance events after winning the 1500 on Thursday, posting a time of 8:29.44 in the 800. Alexa Komarnycky of Canada took second in 8:32.68 while Gator Swim Club’s Andreina Pinto rounded out the podium with an 8:33.28. In the men’s 1500, Gator Swim Club’s Alejandro Gomez had the top time at 15:30.06. Korea’s Hyunseung Lee came in second at 15:31.47 while Palo Alto’s Adam Hinshaw took third in 15:36.52.
The women’s and men’s 400 medley relays were also contested at the end of the evening.