Ledecky, Prenot win more gold at Arena Pro Swim Series
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Teenage star Katie Ledecky won her third gold medal, Josh Prenot won his second and Bruno Fratus upset Nathan Adrian in the 50-meter freestyle on Friday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series.
Ledecky, an Olympic champion from Bethesda, Maryland, added the 200 freestyle to the 100 and 400 she won a night earlier. Her time of 1 minute, 56.16 seconds, was more than 2 seconds clear of the field.
Fratus, from Brazil, finished in 21.91, while Adrian, an Olympic gold medalist from Bremerton, Washington, who won the 100 on Thursday, was second in 22.17.
Prenot, who won the 200 breaststroke on Thursday, used a strong leg in his specialty to capture the 400 individual medley in 4:16.08, just two-tenths of a second faster than Tyler Clary. Ryan Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, was third in 4:18.68. Prenot, from Santa Monica, California, was 35.81 on the third leg of the race, almost 2 seconds faster than Olympians Clary and Lochte.
Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel of Saunderstown, Rhode Island, won the 400 IM in 4:36.71, then just missed in the 200 backstroke 45 minutes later. Canadian Dominique Bouchard used her usual strong finish to win the backstroke in 2:10.02 while Beisel finished in 2:10.09.
Beisel also used a strong leg in the breaststroke to win the medley, as did runnerup Caitlin Leveren. Beisel was 40.15 in the breaststroke and Leveren, who is getting married next weekend, was 39.88 to finish in 4:38.35. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who was runnerup to Ledecky twice on Thursday, was leading at the halfway point but fell apart in the breaststroke (42.46) and finished third in 4:39.93.
”I focused on the 200 free this morning, and I was happy with that,” Beisel said. ”Tonight I’m definitely pleased with the times, and I’m a little surprised that they were as fast as they were.”
Conor Dwyer of Winnetka, Illinois was almost 2 seconds clear in the men’s 200 free, finishing in 1:47.76.
Ryan Murphy of Jacksonville, Florida, took the men’s 200 free in 1:56.91, holding off Matt Grevers.
Farida Osman twice lowered the Egyptian record in the women’s 50 free, winning the final in 24.92 after clocking 25.24 in qualifying.