Adrian, Manuel win 100 free races at Austin GP

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Nathan Adrian won the men's 100-meter freestyle and Simone Manuel took the women's event on the opening day of the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night.

Adrian controlled the men's final from the start, finishing in 48.26. Yannick Agnel of France was second in 49.31, followed by Conor Dwyer in 49.39.

"It's a good start to the long course season," Adrian said. "You see what you did right, see what you did wrong, and you see what moves you need to make going into the competitive summer season."

Manuel pulled ahead of the field in the final 25 meters to win in 54.38 seconds. Allison Schmitt was a half-second behind and Megan Romano and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace were tied for third in 54.94.

Katie Ledecky won the women's 400 free in 4:04.46, about 5 seconds ahead of runner-up Lotte Friis. Chloe Sutton was third in 4:12.11.

"It's a little different than it used to be, not going for best times," Ledecky said. "Now I'm just getting up and racing and finding ways to improve, working on little things like race strategy, saving my legs, those kinds of things."

Micah Lawrence edged Laura Sogar to take the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.73 -- winning by just 0.41 seconds. Rachel Nicol was third in 2:28.09.

Also, Tom Shields won the men's 100 fly, England's Ross Murdoch took the 200 breaststroke, Agnel the 400 free and Canada's Noemie Thomas the women's 100 fly.