2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Austin: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Swimmers are gearing up for the 3rd and final prelims session of the 2017 Arena Pro Swim at Austin. This morning’s action will include the 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 IM. The women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free heats will take place at the end of the session, but the top 8 seeded swimmers in each of those events will swim in finals only.

In today’s prelims, we’ll see Andrew Wilson, Nic Fink, and Josh Prenot take on the 100 breast to set up a potential rematch after the three swimmers raced in the 200 breast on Friday. The 100 back will feature U.S. Olympic backstrokers Matt Grevers and Jacob Pebley, while Japanese Olympic medalist Daiya Seto will take on the 200 fly and 200 IM. On the women’s side, Melanie Margalis will be taking on a double with swims in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Her Georgia teammate Hali Flickinger is the top seed in the 200 fly.


  1. Hali Flickinger, 2:10.32
  2. Hannah Saiz, 2:12.58
  3. Taylor Pike, 2:13.11
  4. Holly Hibbott, 2:14.11
  5. Ashly Fiorilli, 2:14.93
  6. Eva Merrell, 2:15.21
  7. Lydia Jones, 2:16.44
  8. Jacomi Strydom, 2:16.53

Georgia’s Hali Flickinger was a full 2 seconds ahead of the 200 fly field, taking the top seed in 2:10.32. U.S. Junior National Teamer Taylor Pike earned the 3rd seed for finals at 2:13.11, finishing just behind 2nd seed Hannah Saiz (2:12.58). U.S. National Teamer Eva Merrell will also be in the mix tonight after placing 6th in 2:15.21.


  1. Jack LeVant, 2:01.41
  2. Daiya Seto, 2:02.02
  3. David Dixon, 2:03.79
  4. Daniel Kim, 2:03.81
  5. Marcos Lavado, 2:03.93
  6. Rob Hill, 2:04.27
  7. James Bretscher, 2:04.45
  8. Jared Graham, 2:04.59

North Texas Nadadores’ Jack LeVant led the way through 200 fly prelims. LeVant was just a second shy of his lifetime best this morning, taking the top seed for finals in 2:01.41. Picking up 2nd was Japan’s Daiya Seto in 2:02.02. Seto swam a personal best in the 100 fly earlier in the meet and looked great in last night’s 400 IM final. Look for him to put up another world-ranked time in tonight’s final.


  1. Melanie Margalis, 1:08.70
  2. Breeja Larson, 1:08.79
  3. Imogen Clark, 1:08.84
  4. Kayla Brumbaum, 1:09.10
  5. Alex Walsh, 1:10.23
  6. Anna Belousova, 1:10.59
  7. Katie Matts, 1:10.77
  8. Hillary Metcalfe, 1:12.80

The top 3 of the women’s 100 breast were within 2 tenths of each other, with Melanie Margalis (1:08.70) and Breeja Larson (1:08.79) taking the top 2 spots. NC State’s Kayla Brumbaum swam a lifetime best 1:09.10 to take 4th behind Imogen Clark (1:08.84). Nashville Aquatic Club’s 15-year-old Alex Walsh was 5th with a 1:10.23.


  1. Andrew Wilson, 1:00.95
  2. Michael Andrew, 1:01.05
  3. Nic Fink, 1:01.99
  4. Josh Prenot, 1:02.05
  5. Richard Funk, 1:02.25
  6. David Murphy, 1:02.91
  7. Zack Warner, 1:03.23
  8. Nick Zito, 1:03.59

Andrew Wilson and Michael Andrew were separated by just a tenth this morning, with Wilson taking top seed for finals in 1:00.95 ahead of Andrew’s 1:01.05. Nic Fink (1:01.99) and Josh Prenot (1:02.05) will swim alongside them tonight after taking 3rd and 4th respectively.


  1. Lucie Nordmann, 1:01.54
  2. Hilary Caldwell, 1:02.17
  3. Danielle Hanus, 1:02.21
  4. Elise Haan, 1:02.40
  5. Alexia Zevnik, 1:02.41
  6. Taylor Ruck, 1:02.86
  7. Kayla Sanchez, 1:02.99
  8. Mackenzie Glover, 1:03.01

Lucie Nordmann earned top seed for finals with a 1:01.54 this morning. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (1:02.17), who won the 200 back last night, finifhed a nail ahead of Danielle Hanus (1:02.21) as they went 2nd and 3rd respectively. NC State teammates Elise Haan and Alexia Zevnik rounded out the top 5 with a pair of 1:02.4s.

Canadian junior standouts Taylor Ruck, who swims for Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and Kayla Sanchez each earned a slot in the final. Mackenzie Glover, who made the podium in the 200 back last night, squeaked into the final at 8th.


  1. Jacob Pebley, 54.60
  2. Matt Grevers, 55.08
  3. Sean Lehane, 55.66
  4. Hennessey Stuart, 55.71
  5. Rob Hill, 56.37
  6. Markus Thormeyer, 56.76
  7. Coleman Stewart, 56.83
  8. Carson Olafson, 57.45

U.S. Olympic backstrokers Cal’s Jacob Pebley and Matt Grevers will be racing in the middle of the pool for tonight’s 100 back final. Pebley was the fastest man through the heats with a 54.60, while Grevers took 2nd in 55.08. Academy Bullets’ Sean Lehane (55.66) and NC State’s Hennessey Stuart (55.71), who each medaled in last night’s 200 back, came in at 3rd and 4th respectively.

Stuart’s NC State teammate Coleman Stewart will join him in the final after posting a lifetime best 56.83 to take 7th behind Canadian Olympian Markus Thormeyer (56.76).


  1. Mary-Sophie Harvey, 2:14.22
  2. Melanie Margalis, 2:14.74
  3. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, 2:15.19
  4. Emma Day, 2:15.53
  5. Alex Walsh, 2:16.80
  6. Kayla Sanchez, 2:17.39
  7. Katie Matts, 2:17.88
  8. Candice Hall, 2:17.92

Canada’s Mary-Sophie Harvey will be shooting for another gold tonight after taking the top seed for finals witha 2:14.22. Taking 2nd was Melanie Margalis (2:14.74), who was one of 3 swimmers to make this final in addition to the 100 breast final. That group also includes Alex Walsh (2:16.80) and Katie Matts (2:17.88). Kayla Sanchez also made her 2nd final of the day here, taking 6th in addition to her 7th place finish in the 100 back. That makes back-to-back event appearances for Sanchez.

MEN’S 200 IM

  1. Michael Andrew, 2:01.83
  2. Daiya Seto, 2:02.47
  3. Martyn Walton, 2:04.61
  4. Soeren Dahl, 2:04.73
  5. Josh Prenot, 2:05.15
  6. James Dergousoff, 2:05.37
  7. Yuki Kobori, 2:05.47
  8. Jake Foster, 2:06.19

Race Pace Club’s Michael Andrew, Japan’s Daiya Seto, and Cal’s Josh Prenot were back in action to qualify for their 2nd final of the day in the 200 IM. Andrew was the top qualifier for finals, posting a 2:01.83 ahead of Seto’s 2:02.47. Prenot finished 5th in 2:05.15, just behind NC State’s Soeren Dahl (2:04.73). 16-year-old Jake Foster earned a spot in the final, closing out the top 8 with his 2:06.19.

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6 years ago

MA has been doing pretty well at this meet, and his 400 IM wasn’t egregious either. The 100 back final should be a good one with Pebley and Grevers, then a bunch of younger guys. Seto will probably take the 200 IM tonight.
Also, where is WOLFPACK to talk about how Coleman Stewart is going to make a huge “STATEment” by blowing away the field in finals?

6 years ago

Lol 2:02 from Seto, dude will blow away the competition latter tonight

6 years ago

Jack LeVant is a beast he’s gonna do great at Texas next year.

bobo gigi
Reply to  BackstrokerLCM
6 years ago

USA is desperately looking for new talents in the men’s 200 fly. With MP retired that’s now by far the weakest event of US swimming on the men’s side. It must make Mel Stewart cry. 🙂 In the last 15 years there has never been much depth. MP was really the tree who hid the forest. Who can follow in the footsteps of Mel Stewart, Tom Malchow and of course Michael Phelps? Is there someone to target a medal and even a gold medal in 2020 against Chad le Clos, Kenderesi and the Japanese swimmers who will be very strong at home? Right now it’s tough to say. Conger had a great showing at US nationals in 2015 in 1.54… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Respectfully, you said this about women’s sprinting last year (and the year before…and the year before). The variable you’re not considering is that about 10,000 American teenaged boys will jump into the water all over the country tomorrow morning before any of us are awake trying to fill Michael’s shoes. Someone we haven’t heard of yet will emerge.

Reply to  Marley09
6 years ago

With all due respect. No one. Will ever. Fill Michael Phelps’ shoes. What he did will never be duplicated. Period. End of era. The good news is. He changed the sport forever. Will there be talented swimmers emerge? Of course. And it will be exciting. There will be phenomenal swimmers in every event. But we will never witness the likes of MP. He is truly in a class by himself forever.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Thanks BOBO It should be a fun 4 years to see how team USA develops and team Canada too. As much as I want team USA to dominate Tokyo I also want Japan to have a strong showing. Swimming should be exciting for the next few years

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I forgot to mention Chase Kalisz and Pace Clark as other candidates.
MP was the tree which hid the forest
or rather the tree that hid the forest.
Anyway you understood me.
Since MP has taken the power in 2001, best times per swimmer:
2001. MP 1.54.58 Tom Malchow 1.55.03 Andrew Livingston 1.58.08
2002. MP 1.54.86 Tom Malchow 1.55.13 Michael Raab 1.58.46
2003. MP 1.53.93 Tom Malchow 1.55.24 Michael Raab 1.57.33
2004. MP 1.54.04 Tom Malchow on the decline 1.57.06 Michael Raab 1.57.60
2005. MP 1.55.26 Davis Tarwater 1.56.67 Stefan Hirniak 1.58.15
2006. MP 1.53.80 Davis Tarwater 1.57.00 Dan Madwed 1.57.56
2007. MP 1.52.09 😯 Davis Tarwater 1.56.03 Gil… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Conger didn’t perfom well in 2016 but hopefully he’ll be back in 2017. He has the potential, he improved in SCY last year that will help for LCM (turns,…) and he is an enduring swimmer ( 4’12 in 500 yards at 17). Many factors can explain his slump during Trials, an obviously very special event. Swimming is fortunately not an exact science…

Reply to  BackstrokerLCM
6 years ago

Jack is a junior. Class of 2018… Where did you hear he committed to Texas? I don’t recall that announcement…

Reply to  Swimfan
6 years ago

Shoot a bit of misinformation just double checked you’re right. But it’d be a likely outcome in state great school great swim team

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