Swimming: Missy Franklin, Lochte win at Austin Grand Prix


AUSTIN, Texas | Olympian Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke, closing out the Austin Grand Prix with her fourth victory of the meet on Sunday.

Franklin was the only swimmer to break 30 seconds over the first 50 meters and she finished in 1 minute flat. The 17-year-old senior at Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School also won the 200 back, and the 100 and 200 freestyles earlier in the three-day meet on the University of Texas campus.

Hillary Caldwell finished second in the women’s 100 back in 1:01.82 and Isabella Arcila took third at 1:02.22.

Franklin picked up four first-place finishes in total at the three-day event.

Ryan Lochte won the 200 individual medley, beating fellow Olympians Tyler Clary and Conor Dwyer. Lochte touched in 2:00.98 and Dwyer took third in 2:03.09.

In the 200 butterfly, Bobby Bollier won in 1:58.18 and Clary finished second at 1:59.43. Dan Madwed was third in 1:59.73.

Olympian Matt Grevers won the 100 back to complete a sweep of the backstroke events. He finished in 53.75 seconds. Eugene Godsoe was second at 54.75 and Arkady Vyatchanin was third at 56.87.

Chloe Sutton won the 800 free in 8:33.34 to go with her earlier win in the 400 free. Ashley Twichell was second at 8:36.22 and Leah Stevens finished third in 8:48.93.

Karlee Bispo was a double winner, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.37 and the 200 IM in 2:12.49, where Franklin finished second in 2:12.57.

The next Grand Prix event is scheduled for Feb. 14-16 in Orlando, Fla.