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Brace For Vollmer; Lawrence Steps Up

Mar 29, 2012  - Craig Lord

At USA Swimming's Indianapolis Grand Prix, Dana Vollmer got her hand to the wall first twice, over 100m free and 'fly, Michael Phelps once in the 100 'fly after he produced the only sub 25sec homecoming split hat left him shy of Nathan Adrian 48.62 to 48.74 in the 100m free; and the greatest Olympian's training partner Allison Schmitt  won a stroke-for-stroke battle with Katie Hoff by 0.06sec in 4:06.94 over 400m free.

Results at a glance:


  • 100m free    Dana Vollmer 54.21;  Missy Franklin 54.62; Allison Schmitt, 54.72
  • 400m free    Allison Schmitt 4:06.94; Katie Hoff 4:07.00; Gillian Ryan, 4:09.56
  • 200 breast    Micah Lawrence 2:24.85;  Caitlin Leverenz 2:25.63; Emma Schoettmer 2:28.47  
  • 100 'fly        Dana Vollmer; Claire Donahue 59.43; Caitlin Leverenz, 59.56 


  • 100m free    Nathan Adrian 48.62; Michael Phelps 48.74; Darian Townsend 49.14
  • 400m free    Tyler Clary 3:49.91; Michael Klueh, 3:50.66  Conor Dwyer; 3:51.59
  • 200m breast Clark Burckle 2:10.56; Neil Versfeld 2:11.99; Scott Weltz 2:13.51 
  • 100m 'fly     Michael Phelps 52.23; Marcin Tarczynski 52.92; Eugene Godsoe 53.00 

Race reports:

Women's 100m freestyle

The job of practising being comfortable with solid morning heats effort was done earlier in the day, the finals about doing it right and getting a hand to the wall first. Dana Vollmer, of Cal, did it twice. First up came the 100m free, a 26.22 turn ahead of Missy Franklin the gain she maintained on the way him to a 54.21 to 54.62 win, with Allison Schmitt third in 54.72 on the way to her own victory in the 400m free. The winning time was 0.05sec inside the meet mark Vollmer set in heats.

Men's 100m freestyle

Nathan Adrian, Cal, was out in 23.07, a fair way up, as he'd need to be, on Michael Phelps (23.82). While others ahead of the 14-times Olympic gold winner could not cop with the only sub 25sec home comer in the race, Phelps on 24.92 for a 48.74 finish, Adrian could: in 25.55 to the wall, the 23-year-old stopped the clock in 48.62, a meet record inside the 48.89 of Phelps from a year ago. Third went to South Africa's Darian Townsend in 49.14, with David Walters on 49.22.

Women's 200m breaststroke

Micah Lawrence, SwimMAC Carolina, led from start to a 2:24.85 meet mark inside the 2:25.77 she clocked in heats. Lawrence arrived at the meet with a 2:25.19 from pan Pacs last year but went to bed smiling over her first sub-2:25 swim. She had company all the way in the form of Caitlin Leverenz, a medley force in the making and on 2:25.63, just 0.01sec shy of her all-time best as a 16-year-old breaststroke specialist back in 2007. Emma Schoettmer took third in 2:28.47 just ahead of Micaelle McKeehan and 2004 Olympic champion Amanda Beard.

Men's 200m breaststroke

After a 2:09.72 in heats, Clark Burckle, Tucson Ford Deal, claimed victory in 2:10.56 ahead of Neil Versfeld, of Athens Bulldog and South Africa, on 2:11.99. Scott Weltz took third in 2:13.51 , with former world record holder and comeback trailer Brendan Hansen, on 2:15.55 at a time of preparing for another Olympic assault.   

Women's 400m freestyle

Having warmed up in the 100m free, Schmitt was back for battle with katie Hoff, the two rarely more than half a second apart over eight laps than ended 4:06.94 to 4:07.00 in Schmitt's favourite. The splits tell the tale:

  • Schmitt: 1:00.48 (31.17) 2:03.34 (31.11) 3:05.23 (30.99) 4:06.94 (30.30)
  • Hoff:        59.97 (31.04) 2:03.11 (31.63) 3:05.33 (30.95) 4:07.00 (30.52)

After the first 100m, 0.23sec was the furthest apart they go on the 100m splits.

Men's 400m freestyle

Tyler Clary, the 23-year-old racing for Fast Swim Team-C, crashed through 3:50 for the first time, his 3:49.91 victory earned from the front via a half-way split of 1:54.28. Second went to Michael Klueh, 3:50.66, third to the man closest to the winner up to the 200m mark, Conor Dwyer, on 3:51.59 just ahead of Matt Patton, Charles Houchin and seasoned international Peter Vanderkaay.

Women's 100m butterfly

Vollmer was back after taking a post 100m free breather. At the turn the world champion found herself a touch behind Claire Donahue 27.07 to 27.21 but the Cal swimmer, on a 57.58 meet mark in heats, swept home in 30.52 for a comfortable 57.73 win ahead of 59.43 and 59.56 efforts from Donahue and Cal training partner Leverenz, also racing her second top-three finish of the day.

Men's 100m butterfly

The solo events came to a close with Phelps showing his second-lap strength once again, 24.82 at the turn followed by a 27.41 for a 52.23 victory over Marcin Tarczynski, on 24.88 at the turn, 52.92 by the close, and Eugene Godsoe, on 24.67 and 53.00.