U.S. swimmers recorded 11 top-three finishes Friday night to open the Arena Pro Swim Series meet at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, California.
Josh Prenot led the way with his win in the 100-meter breaststroke. Prenot, a product of the Cal-Berkeley program, won in 1:01.15, just ahead of the 1:01.38 by Azad Al-Barazi, who swam for Syria at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tales Cerdeira, a member of the 2012 Brazilian Olympic team, was third in 1:01.59.
In the 200-meter freestyle, 2012 Olympian and 2015 U.S. champion Conor Dwyer recorded the world's third-fastest time this year, finishing second in 1:45.41. Sun Yang of China won the race, recording the best time in the world in 2016 with a 1:44.82. Australian Kyle Chalmers was third in 1:47.64.
Maya DiRado, an Olympic medal contender in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, was third in the 200-meter freestyle, behind Australian swimmers Emma McKeon and Bronte Barratt.
2012 Olympian Jessica Hardy was second in the 100-meter breaststroke. Sarah Haase, the 2015 NCAA champion for Stanford, won the race, while Australia's Georgia Bohl was third.
Caitlin Leverenz, also a 2012 Olympian, was second to the wall in the 400-meter IM, behind Australia's Keryn McMaster and ahead of Canadian Sarah Darcel.
Americans swept the men's 100-meter butterfly final as 2010 junior national champion Seth Stubblefield was first to the wall in 52.31 seconds. Tom Shields, a member of the gold-medal-winning 4x100-meter medley team at last year's world championships, was 0.02 seconds back. Giles Smith, the 2015 Pan American Games champion, finished third in 52.91 seconds.
In the men’s 400 meter individual medley, Australian Olympian Mitchell Larkin took the victory with a time of 4:17.35; Abrahm DeVine, a two-time all-American for Stanford University, was second in 4:19.22, while Max Williamson, also a Stanford swimmer, was third with a 4:19.45.