Elite Team Races Well at Austin Grand Prix
January 16, 2012
Several FAST Elite Team swimmers raced in the Austin Grand Prix meet last weekend. The meet was highly competitive with more than 40 U.S. National Teamers competing, as well as many of the top swimmers from Canada, Great Britain and France. Highlights from each day are below. Complete results can be viewed here.
Michael Klueh took second place in the 400 Freestyle (4:51.62). Matt McLean turned in the fastest time of the event winning the Consolation Final with an impressive 3:49.88 which was a season best. Katie Hoff swam a lifetime best 1:00.95 in the 100 Butterfly. Hoff and Robert Margalis posted season bests in the 200 Breaststroke -- Hoff finished 8th in 2:32.14 and Margalis took 19th place in 2:21.01. Whitney Burnett turned in two Top 20 finishes in the first day, swimming to 16th in the 100 Freestyle and 17th in the 100 Butterfly.
Hoff took second place with a season best 4:39.74 in the 400 IM, her third fastest time in the event since the 2008 Olympics. Soon after the IM, Hoff raced to a third place finish in the 200 Freestyle, improving on her time from the morning Preliminaries. Burnett also improved on her morning time and finished in 15th place. Margalis took 5th place in the Men's 400 IM with a time of 4:25.39. McLean and Klueh represented FAST well in the 200 Freestyle, taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively. McLean's time of 1:48.02 was a season best by over a second and just 0.12 behind the first place finisher, 2008 Olympian Ricky Berens.
Hoff raced to an impressive 2:12.95 in the 200 IM, finishing just a half second behind the winner, Natalie Coughlin. Burnett won the Bonus Final of the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.90, knocking off 4 seconds off of her time from the Preliminaries. Margalis took 8th place in a very competitive Men's 200 IM Final. Hoff swam a season best in her second race of the evening, the 100 Breaststroke. Her time of 1:11.59 earned the 12th place spot overall. Michael Klueh won the final event of the evening, the Men's 1500 Freestyle. McLean also swam the 1500, finishing in 4th place.