A strong Australian team have travelled over to the American West Coast to continue their preparations for the Olympic Games this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was very apparent that preparations are going well for the team from down under, as they took another five titles in the finals session on the last day of the Arena Pro Series in Santa Clara yesterday.
Having taken the 400m freestyle convincingly earlier in the weekend it was no surprise that JessicaAshwood kick started the Day 3 finals with a dominate 800m freestyle display. Aussie Ashwood clocked a time of 8.18.14, which is a time that only Katie Ledecky has beaten this year (8.06.68). Although Ledecky is swimming times that are changing the history of the event, Ashwood is now the next name on the list as a favourite for an Olympic medal this summer.(more…)
American Backstroke swimmer David Plummer obliterated the field in the 100 metres backstroke last night at Day 2 of the Arena Pro Series in Indianapolis. The 30-year-old veteran swam a lightening 52.40 to shoot right to the top of the world rankings in 2016. Whilst his American compatriot, Ryan Murphy, was beating the Australian World Champion Mitch Larkin on the West Coast in a time of 52.76, Plummer is showing he knows how to peak at exactly the right time with the USA Olympic trials only weeks away. Plummer has sent a message to the youngster Murphy (best time of 52.18 on a relay lead off) and Olympic Champion Matt Grevers (best time of 52.08) that they will have their work cut out if they wish to take the two Rio qualifying births instead of him.
The other stand out swim of Day 2 in Indianapolis came in the final of the Women’s 400 freestyle. Leah Smith, having already won the half distance the night before, cruised through the field to take the victory in 4.03.33. Not only was this yet another lifetime best for Smith, this puts her second in the world behind her team mate, the unparalleled Katie Ledecky, but more importantly makes her favourite to take the second spot behind her American team mate at the trials. (more…)
The two final legs of the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series fall simultaneously this weekend in Santa Clara and Indianapolis. These competitions act as the final tune up for American swimmers before their Olympic trials at the end of the month in Omaha (26th June-3rd July), but also offer an opportunity for some travelling overseas swimmers to assess their preparation with only eight weeks until the Olympic Games.
The first day of racing in the Santa Clara sun brewed up some exciting racing. The headline will go to Sun Yang with his 200m freestyle performance, but there were some additional excellently executed races by others in the Friday evening west coast heat.