McLean Wins 200m Free at Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte
May 14, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Former Virginia swimming standout and current UVa volunteer assistant coach Matt McLean (Class of 2011) won the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, which was held May 9-12 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
McLean claimed the 200m free in a time of 1:49.02 against a star-studded field including Olympians Ryan Lochte, Connor Jaeger, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens, Joe Schooling and Charlie Houchin. He also finished third in the 400m free in a time of 3:51.57.
Rising junior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) qualified for the finals of the women’s 100m fly and 100m back. In the 100m fly, she finished seventh in 1:01.74, while in the 100m back, she placed eighth in 1:03.89. Williamson will compete for the United States at the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.
Incoming freshman Leah Smith was third in the women’s 200m free (1:59.62) and 400m free (4:10.85) and fourth in the 800m free (8:34.34).
McLean will look to earn a spot on the U.S. World Championship team at the U.S. Swimming Championships, to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., June 25-29.