Pace-Setting Efforts From Franklin
Jan 20, 2013 - Craig Lord
Olympic champion Missy Franklin set a pool record of 2:07.31 to trace the helm of the early 2013 world rankings over 200m backstroke on the second night of the Austin, Texas, round of the Arena Grand Prix at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
By then, Franklin had already won the 200m free in another pace-setting time, 1:57.69. On backstroke, her effort got inside Kirsty Coventry's previous pool mark, of 2:07.59, and left her way up on the field, Hilary Caldwell second in 2:12.13. On freestyle, Quinn Carrozza followed Franklin home in 1:59.42, with Canada's Barbara Jardin third in 1:59.98.
Olympic 100m free champion Nathan Adrian brought the solo events to a close with a 2013 standard-setting 21.70 victory in the dash, the quality of that enhanced by the 22.43 efforts with which Anthony Ervin and Jimmy Feigen shared silver. A gold medal at London 2012 was more of a start than an end result for Adrian and his full potential as a sprinter, a 21.70 in January would indicate.
Olympic 100m back champ Matt Grevers clocked 1:58.84 to keep Olympic 200m champ and US teammate Tyler Clary at bay in the 200m back, while Clary claimed a gold of his own, on 4:20.36 in the 400m medley. Ricky Berens clocked 1:48.39 to keep Michael Klueh (1:49.48) and Ryan Lochte (1:50.19) at bay in the 200m free.
In a 400m medley that included joust five swimmers in total, betas and finals, Alexa Komarnycky (CAN) finished first in 4:47.15. Amanda Weir took the women's freestyle dash in 25.53.