Knutsen adds 200 fly to 200 free win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Dagny Knutsen had a winning weekend at the Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix.
Knutsen won her second event of the meet Sunday, taking the women's 200 butterfly in 2:11.33. A day after winning the 200 freestyle, she edged high school junior Jasmine Tosky 2:11.33 to 2:11.41.
"I didn't know she was that close to me," Knutsen said. "But I was feeling good and it was an overall good race."
Tosky didn't realize she was that close to winning.
"I decided not to look around," she said. "There was some frustration because I didn't see her. It's not a downer though, it's fine."
Knutsen signed to swim for Auburn this fall, but following a coaching change there decided to decommit and attend the United States Olympic Committee's postgraduate program with the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team. She'll attend nearby Fullerton Junior College while training.
"The whole process was hard," said Knutsen, who scratched from both IM races this week because of a sore groin. "I think it's the best thing for me though. The plan is to keep it a small enough group that things can be individualized."
American Nathan Adrian went 48.83 to win the men's 100 freestyle, the ninth fastest time in the world this season. He's heading to Paris to gain some international experience before the Pan Pacific championships and world championships later this summer.
"It's not going to be a walk in the park to make either team," Adrian said. "The Paris meet will provide good racing experience. Aside from the Pan Pac's, you're not going to see a better field."
Brazil's Henrique Barbosa won the men's 200 backstroke in 2:15.88, three-time Olympian Brian Johns won the men's 200 individual medley in 2:02.06, David Plummer won the men's 100 backstroke in 55.25, and Australian Robert Hurley won the men's 1,500 freestyle in 15:36.07.
Olympian and Stanford All-American Julia Smit won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.82. She won the NCAA title in the event this spring.
Australian teenager Yolane Kukla won the women's 50 freestyle in 25.13. The 14-year-old went against Olympian Christine Magnuson and former American record holder Lara Jackson. Olympian Liz Beisel won her third event of the meet, swimming 2:10.80 in the women's 200 backstroke. Alexa Komarnycky won the women's 800 freestyle, edging Stanford senior Kelsey Ditto, 8:38.31 to 8:38.71.
Kukla has been swimming competitively for two years, following five years of gymnastics.
"I think the power and strength comes from gymnastics," she said. "I haven't tapered yet and I was still able to get up there. It was pretty good."
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