Grevers and Hoff Win High Point Awards in Southern California Grand Prix

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grand-prix-swimOlympians Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Katie Hoff (Towson, Md.) took home the men’s and women’s high-point award Monday at the Southern California Grand Prix in Long Beach, Calif. Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) took home one gold medal in the 100y fly and a total of three meet records were broken on the final night of competition.

In the first race of the night, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) won the 100y fly in 45.68. Japan’s Masayuki Kishida was second in 46.32 and Grevers was third in 46.64. Phelps won three of his five events in Long Beach and claimed a total of 16 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series points.

In the closest race of the night, Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) set a meet record in the women’s 100y breast. Hardy and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni (Plainsboro, N.J.) were even throughout the entire race but Hardy out-touched Soni by one one-hundreth of a second to finish in 58.99 to Soni’s 59.00. Ariana Kukors (Auburn, Wash.) was third in 1:02.25.

Later in the evening, Kukors picked up a gold medal and set a meet record in the women’s 200y IM. Kukors swam a strong race to finish in 1:55.05. Hoff was second in 1:55.43 and Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas) was third in 1:58.44. In the men’s 200y IM, Japan’s Hidemasa Sano won the race with a time of 1:43.79. Austria’s Markus Rogan was second in 1:45.69 and Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was third in 1:47.40.

Japanese Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima set a meet record and won gold in the men’s 100y breast with a time of 52.17. Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.) was second in 52.81 while Paul Kornfeld (Kingwood, Texas) was third in 53.84.

Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.) won the women’s 1650y free with a time of 16:10.85. Bonnie Brandon (Centennial, Colo.) was second in 16:17.45 and Lynette Lim (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) was third in 16:35.07. On the men’s side, Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev.) won the gold with a time of 15:11.89. John Koehler (Bloomington, Ind.) was second in 15:24.04 and Matt Waggoner (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was third in 15:31.28.

In the women’s 100y fly, Vollmer picked up the gold with a time of 51.42. Felicia Lee (Wayne, N.J.) was second in 52.71 and Hoff was third in 53.37.

Margaret Hoelzer (Huntsville, Ala.) claimed her first gold of the meet with a win in the women’s 100y back. Hoelzer swam a 52.97 for the win and was followed by Lee, who picked up her second silver of the night, with a time of 53.30 and Cindy Tran (Westminster, Calif.) was third in 53.71. On the men’s side, Grevers picked up his fifth gold medal of the meet with a time of 45.97 in the men’s 100y back. Rogan claimed the silver in 46.45 and Phelps took the bronze with a time of 46.67.

The USA Swimming Grand Prix continues February 12-15 with the 2010 Missouri Grand Prix in Columbia, Mo., the third stop of the eight-meet series. Chloe Sutton currently leads the Series with a total of 31 points and Matt Grevers and Rebecca Soni are tied for second with 26 points. The winner of the Series will be awarded $20,000.

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