Is there any doubt who is the world’s greatest all-around female swimmer?
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the world champion in both individual medleys, won two finals in a 35-minute span at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Saturday. She also took two titles on Friday.
Hosszu started by winning the 200m butterfly by nearly two seconds in 2:09.66 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. She captured the 100m backstroke by nearly two seconds in 59.64 a half-hour later, coming from behind at the 50m turn to win in the fourth fastest time of 2014.
Hosszu, 25, is a three-time Olympian and known as the Iron Lady of swimming. She debuted at Athens 2004 at 15, finishing 31st in the 200m free. She was fourth, eighth and ninth in three events at London 2012. She’s preparing for what’s sure to be a busy schedule at the European Championships in August.
She attempted to win a third race in a 55-minute stretch but ran out of gas and finished last in the 400m freestyle. The 400m free winner was five-time 2012 Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt, who prevailed in 4:08.65. Schmitt surprisingly failed to make last year’s World Championships team.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot in the past year,” Schmitt said on Universal Sports. “I’m more motivated right now.”
World bronze medalist Connor Jaeger bagged the men’s 400m free in 3:48.89 over world 200m free silver medalist Conor Dwyer.
Two-time Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the women’s 50m free in 24.65. U.S. veteran Jessica Hardy was third. American Josh Schneider took the men’s race in 22.17 ahead of Brazil’s second-best sprinter, Bruno Fratus. U.S. Olympic medalists Anthony Ervin and Cullen Jones were fourth and fifth.
Micah Lawrence, who was sixth in the 2012 Olympic 200m breaststroke, won the event Saturday in 2:24.68. Anton McKee, the Iceland Olympian who swims for the University of Alabama, won the men’s 200m breast in 2:13.06.
Three-time Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin, who is trying to find a new country to represent, took the men’s 100m backstroke in 53.81.
Andrew Seliskar, 17, came from behind to win the men’s 200m butterfly in 1:57.4.