2016 Arena Pro Swim Series Indianapolis: Day One Prelims Live Recap


Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle

Top 8 Women:

  1. Leah Smith – 1:56.66
  2. Melanie Margalis – 1:59.24
  3. Vien Nguyen – 1:59.47
  4. Hali Flickinger – 1:59.90
  5. Brittany MacLean – 1:59.99
  6. Allie Davis – 2:00.02
  7. Andrea Pinto – 2:00.26
  8. Rebecca Postool – 2:00.63

Leah Smith opened up this morning’s prelim session with a fantastic swim in the women’s 200 freestyle. Smith won the second to last heat in a time of 1:56.66. Her time beats her lifetime best of 1:57.26, which she posted at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte in early May. Smith’s time now puts her 14th in the world rankings.

Her time was over two seconds faster than Melanie Margalis who recorded a time of 1:59.24. There were three other women under the two minute mark. Vien Nguyen (1:59.47), Hali Flickinger (1:59.90) and Brittany MacLean (1:59.99). Coming into the competition MacLean was the top seed having put up a 1:56.94 at the Canadian Olympic Trials, a time which ranks 16th in the world.

Allie Davis was the sixth fastest qualifier (2:00.02) followed by Andrea Pinto (2:00.26) and Rebecca Postool (2:00.63).

Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle

Top 8 Men

  1. Zheng Wen Quah – 1:49.48
  2. Michael Wynalda – 1:49.51
  3. Michael Klueh – 1:49.71
  4. Michael Weiss – 1:49.76
  5. Anders Nielsen – 1:49.85
  6. Connor Jaeger – 1:50.06
  7. Jay Litherland – 1:50.24
  8. Justin Glanda – 1:50.47

Zheng Wen Quah of Singapore was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 freestyle recording a time of 1:49.48. Quah went out almost a second faster than the next fastest qualifier turning at the 100 meter mark in a time of 52.89. Michael Wynalda was the second fastest qualifier hitting the wall in a time of 1:49.51.

There were three other men under the 1:50 mark; Michael Klueh (1:49.71), Michael Weiss (1:49.76) and Anders Nielsen (1:49.85).

Connor Jaeger, who is the top ranked entrant in the 400 and 1500 freestyle, was the sixth fastest qualifier putting up a time of 1:50.06. Jay Litherland, who is the top seed in the 400 IM, which is also scheduled for this morning, posted a 1:50.24 followed by Justin Glanda who finished in a time of 1:50.47.

Joao De Lucca, who was the top seed in the event, finished 17th in a time of 1:51.37.

Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke

Top 8 Women:

  1. Andrea Cottrell – 1:08.54
  2. Annie Lazor – 1:08.58
  3. Melanie Margalis – 1:08.59
  4. Zoe Bartel – 1:09.10
  5. Micah Lawrence – 1:09.10
  6. Miranda Tucker – 1:09.30
  7. Katharine Ross – 1:09.48
  8. Emily Fogle – 1:09.55

Andrea Cottrell put up the top time recording a time of 1:08.54. She was followed closely by Annie Lazor (1:08.58) and Melanie Margalis (1:08.59). Margalis had already swum the 200 freestyle qualifying for the final with the second fastest time.

Zoe Bartel had the fourth fastest time of 1:09.01 followed by Micah Lawrence (1:09.10), Miranda Tucker (1:09.30), Katharine Ross (1:09.48) and Emily Fogle (1:09.55).

Lilly King, who ranks second in the world and Hilda Luthersdottir, who ranks ninth in the world, both decided not to swim the event.

Men’s 100 Meter Breaststroke

Top 8 Men:

  1. Nic Fink – 59.93
  2. Cody Miller – 1:00.37
  3. Kevin Cordes – 1:00.93
  4. Sam Tierney – 1:01.65
  5. Carlos Claverie – 1:02.16
  6. Yin Lionel Khoo – 1:02.94
  7. Calum Tait – 1:03.09
  8. Anthony Albracht – 1:03.33

Nic Fink was the top qualifier in the men’s 100 breaststroke putting up at time of 59.93. Coming into the competition Fink was one of two Americans ranked in the world’s top 20 with a time of 1:00.00, which he posted at the Paris-Chartres World Cup event in August.  His time this morning moves him up to 13th in the world rankings.

Cody Miller was the second fastest qualifier posting a 1:00.37 followed by Kevin Cordes who finished in a time of 1:00.93. Sam Tierney, who ranks 24th in the world having put up a 1:00.15 in December, hit the wall in a time of 1:01.65. He was followed by Carlos Claverie (1:02.16), Yin Lionel Khoo (1:02.94), Calum Tait (1:03.09) and Anthony Albracht (1;03.33).

Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly

Top 8 Women:

  1. Kelsi Worrell – 58.10
  2. Christina Bechtel – 59.60
  3. Ivy Martin – 59.90
  4. Maggie MacNeill – 1:00.17
  5. Veronica Burchill – 1:00.28
  6. Hali Flickinger – 1:00.32
  7. Dana Grindall – 1:00.56
  8. Bailey Nero – 1:00.65

Kesli Worrell, the Pan American Games gold medalist, was the top qualifier in the women’s 100 butterfly posting a time of 58.10. Worrell was over a second faster than the next competitor and her time puts her 23rd in the world rankings.

There were two other women under the one minute mark; Christina Bechtel (59.60) and Ivy Martin (59.90). Maggie MacNeill was the fourth fastest qualifier recording a time of 1:00.17 followed by Veronica Burchill (1:00.28), Hali Flickinger (1:00.32), Dana Grindall (1:00.56) and Bailey Neron (1:00.65).

Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly

Top 8 Men:

  1. Zheng Wen Quah – 52.89
  2. Santo Condorelli – 43.32
  3. Dylan Bosch – 53.40
  4. Sean Campsie – 53.81
  5. Albert Subirats – 54.28
  6. David Boland – 54.48
  7. Mack Darragh – 54.51
  8. Joshua Quallen – 54.53

Zheng Wen Quah was the top qualifier for the second time in an event this morning. Quah had the fastest 200 freestyle in prelims and followed that up posting the morning’s top time in the 100 butterfly. Quah hit the wall in a time of 52.89.

Santo Condorelli was the next fastest qualifier recording a 53.32 followed by Dylan Bosch who touched in a time of 53.40. Sean Campsie was the fourth fastest qualifier finishing in a time of 53.81 followed by Albert Subirats (54.28), David Boland (54.48), Mack Darragh (54.51) and Joshua Quallen (54.53).

Women’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

Top 8 Women:

  1. Vien Nguyen – 4:44.40
  2. Brooke Forde – 4:46.07
  3. Emily Cameron – 4:47.32
  4. Kaitlyn Jones – 4:48.26
  5. Rachel Bradford-Feldman – 4:48.31
  6. Lauren Edelman – 4:49.23
  7. Kathryn Painter – 4:49.81
  8. Sharlene Brady – 4:52.18

Vien Nguyen was the top qualifier in the women’s 400 IM recording a time of 4:44.40. Nguyen was followed by Brooke Forde who posted a 4:46.07 and Emily Cameron who touched in a time of 4:47.32.

Kaitlyn Jones had the fourth fastest time of the hitting the wall in a time of 4:48.26 followed by Rachel Bradford-Feldman (4:48.31), Lauren Edelman (4:49.23), Kathryn Painter (4:49.81) and Sharlene Brady (4:52.18).

Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

Top 8 Men:

  1. Jay Litherland – 4:24.22
  2. Gunnar Bentz – 4:24.59
  3. Michael Weiss – 4:25.67
  4. Ian Rainey – 4:25.74
  5. Nolan Tesone – 4:26.20
  6. Ryan Massey – 4:26.45
  7. Cameron Stitt – 4:27.79
  8. Dylan Ludahy – 4:28.52

Jay Litherland qualified for his second final of the day holding onto the top seed in the men’s 400 IM recording a time of 4:24.22. Earlier in the morning Litherland qualified for the 200 freestyle with the seventh fastest time of the prelims.

Gunnar Bentz was the next fastest qualifier posting a time of 4:24.59 followed Michael Weiss who touched in a time of 4:25.67.

Ian Rainey was the fourth fastest qualifier hitting the wall in a time of 4:25.74 followed by Nolan Tesone (4:26.20), Ryan Massey (4:26.45), Cameron Stitt (4:27.79) and Dylan Ludahy (4:28.52).

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Leah Smith 1:56.66 8th best US ever!
I love watching her…her stroke is easy on the eye. Just surprised she gets so close to the wall when she turns. Really hoping she can get close to 4:00 in the 400!

Teacher and Coach

Results are on the Omega Timing website. Leah Smith just kicked it off with a 1:56.66 in the 200 free!

bobo gigi

That’s a great swim by Leah Smith. She continues to improve her speed and it’s very good for her 400 free. But once again, why she’s always so fast in prelims while it’s not necessary?


She’s a proud swimmer, she wants to make the best out of every swim she has.


She will be the 4th leg of that insane 800 Us free relay .


I think if you ask the guys she trained with at altitude, at the US Olympic training center, they would vote for Ledecky swimming clean-up. Just watch that Pan-Pacs relay again! Leah Smith definitely should be on the relay though.

Bobo- At trials, she probably won’t want to chance it. You never know what might happen if you’re close to the bubble and people are swimming lights out at that meet. Might not be a bad idea to practice swimming fast in the morning. She might not need to go all out, but she’ll still want to swim fast enough in prelims and semis at trials to make sure she gets her chance to swim faster in finals.


you gotta swim fast to swim fast. she’s three weeks out from trials and she’s trying to train her body to swim as fast as she possibly can. you only have so many opportunities to do that in real racing conditions throughout the season. and why does the swimming community have this weird fetish with swimmers peaking in finals of their taper meet, ultimate outcome be damned? if smith were to 1:55.0, 1:54.8, 1:55.0 at trials to place second, is that somehow worse than her going 1:56.0, 1:55.5, 1:55.2 and finishing third? for the former, she went too fast in semis, shame on her? for the latter, she smartly navigated all 3 of her swims and was just unlucky in… Read more »

Joel Lin

Ricky Bobby swimmin’.


That’s right Joel. If you ain’t first, you’re last! Love that movie.


Bobo- I think there’s a mindset that you have about prelims and energy conservation that stems from your following of Track and Field. On the track athletes do as much as they can to conserve the preliminary rounds, with the mindset of “survive and advance.” This makes sense in the T&F world as recovery is MUCH harder from a running race when compared to swimming. Doubles like that of Missy Franklin in 2012 (13minutes between 200Fr Semi/100BkFinal) and Phelps through all of Beijing would be literally impossible for a runner. However, swimming by nature is a sport that allows for easy recovery. This is why those doubles are possible. This is why triathletes hit the pool on or right after… Read more »


Depend’s on the event and the person. w/m400im, m1500, w800, or 200 fly in both gender isn’t the best mode of energy conservation. But all together you are right.

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