Per Bill Fay of The Associated Press…
ORLANDO, Fla. — The first day of the Arena Pro Swim Series went as expected with Olympians Michael Phelps, Katie Ladecky and Conor Dwyer winning the featured events.
Phelps ran down Tom Shields in the final 50 meters and held on at the wall to win the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 52.28. Shields was just behind at 52.35
Ladecky easily beat a field packed with Olympians in the 200-meter freestyle. The 19-year-old from Capital Swim Club in Washington D.C., swam a 1:55.73 to beat fellow Olympians Missy Franklin, who swam 1:57.67 and Allison Schmitt, who was third at 1:58.16.
Dwyer was swimming competitively for the first time in two months. He jumped ahead of Dion Dreesens on the final turn and coasted home to win the men’s 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.96. Dressens was second at 1:48.17.
The three-day meet concludes Saturday.