A quartet of 2016 U.S. Olympic Team members picked up victories and two records fell Saturday to close the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis.
Touching first for Team USA at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI were Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) in the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 10.43 seconds, Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics) in the men’s 200m IM in 1:58.93, Molly Hannis (Santa Rosa, Calif./Tennessee Aquatics) in the women’s 100m breast in 1:06.47 and Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the women’s 200m fly in 2:09.49.
In a runner-up finish to Prenot, Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) set a junior world record in the 200m IM with a time of 1:59.12, eclipsing Gunnar Bentz’s 2013 mark. World record-holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain won the 100m breast in 58.86, setting a U.S. open record. Olympic bronze medalist Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nevada/Badger Swim Club) touched second to Peaty in 1:00.30.
Other USA Swimming National Team swimmers winning titles included Ali Deloof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Club Wolverine) in the women’s 100m back in 59.82 and Ashley Twitchell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club) in the women’s 800m free in 8:36.17. National Junior Team member Andrew Abruzzo (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club) took the men’s 1500m freestyle in 15:13.93.
In addition to Peaty, other international winners were China’s Li Zhuhao who won the men’s 200m fly in 1:55.29 and Xu Jiayu who took the men’s 100m back title in 53.04.
The five-stop arena Pro Swim Series resumes in Mesa, Arizona, April 13-15. Margalis and Japan’s Daiya Seto are the series leaders with 25 and 32 points, respectively, through two meets.
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Written by John Martin