2017 Arena PSS – Atlanta: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The first finals session from Atlanta is bound to be an exciting one, with plenty of great races on the docket.

Of note, Park Tae Hwan has scratched the men’s 100 free in order to focus on the 400. Mallory Comerford has done the same in the 100 fly (and 400 free B final) to focus on the 100 free.

Highlights tonight include Katie Ledecky‘s 100/400 free double, which will be separated by a mere 13 minutes according to tonight’s timeline. Kelsi Worrell and Tom Shields headline the 100 fly, while both the men’s and women’s 200 breast events should be fun with plenty of contenders in each.

Simone Manuel will look to lower her pool record from this morning in the women’s 100 free, while the men’s event became a lot more wide open with Park’s scratch. Joao De LuccaBlake PieroniMohamed Samy and Michael Chadwick were all sub-50 this morning. Both 400s will likely be run away wins for Ledecky and Park, though both Felix Auboeck and Clark Smith could give Park a run in the men’s event.


  • US Open Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2015
  • GT Pool Record: 57.60, Rachel Komisarz, 2007
  1. Kelsi Worrell, CARD, 57.50
  2. Hellen Moffitt, NCAC, 58.59
  3. Rebecca Smith, HPCO, 58.72

Kelsi Worrell was out fast in 26.98 and increased her lead coming home, recording a time of 57.50 to break a ten year-old pool record and move to #6 in the world.

Hellen Moffitt had a strong back half to run down Rebecca Smith for 2nd, getting to the wall in 58.59 to Smith’s 58.72. Top seed from this morning Aliena Schmidtke took 4th in 59.04.

In the B final, 17-year-olds Mabel Zavaros (59.29) and Dakota Luther (59.98) both got under the 1:00 barrier.


  • US Open Record: 50.22, Michael Phelps, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 51.86, Joseph Schooling, 2016
  1. Tom Shields, CAL, 52.09
  2. Jack Conger, UT, 52.56
  3. Santiago Grassi, AU, 52.62

After Tim Phillips had the lead at the turn, Cal’s Tom Shields used his phenomenal underwater skills to take the lead and he held strong throughout the back 50, touching in a time of 52.09. That swim improves his season best of 52.42 and moves him up from 25th to 12th in the world rankings.

Texas’ Jack Conger took off about half a second from the morning to touch 2nd in 52.56, just ahead of the top seed from the morning Santiago Grassi of Auburn. Phillips ended up 5th in 52.92, just behind Pavel Sankovich (52.81) and 0.01 ahead of Matthew Josa.

In the B final, Marcus Schlesinger threw down the fastest opening 50 of anyone in 23.85, ultimately winning the heat by nearly a second in 52.70.


  • US Open Record: 2:20.38, Rebecca Soni, 2009
  • GT Pool Record: 2:21.46, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Katie Meili, MAC, 2:23.18
  2. Lilly King, UN, 2:25.90
  3. Kierra Smith, LLSC, 2:25.93

Katie Meili took off from lane 7 tonight and never looked back. After winning this event in Mesa in mid-April, she topped that performance with another win in a time of 2:23.18, a new best time. She had the fastest opening and closing 100 of anyone in the field, putting together a complete performance. She improves from 21st to 5th in the world for 2016-17.

Behind Meili, rivals Lilly King and Kierra Smith battled hard the entire race, with King getting the touch by three one-hundredths. Melanie Margalis took 4th in 2:26.56. Bethany Galat took the B final in 2:31.30.


  1. Chase Kalisz, NBAC, 2:10.74
  2. Cody Miller, BAD, 2:11.58
  3. Nicolas Fink, ABSC, 2:11.65

In a very tight field, Chase Kalisz pulled away on the third 50 and held everyone at bay coming home, winning the event in a new best time of 2:10.74. Both Cody Miller and Nicolas Fink were in the hunt the whole race but couldn’t hang with Kalisz on the last 100, taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Carlos Claverie took off over 2 seconds from the morning for 4th in 2:12.11.

Canadian Richard Funk topped the B final in 2:14.80.


  • US Open Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  • GT Pool Record: 53.75, Simone Manuel, 2017
  1. Simone Manuel, UN, 53.82
  2. Sandrine Mainville, HPCO, 54.44
  3. Mallory Comerford, UOFL, 54.59

Simone Manuel was out first and extended her lead coming home, touching 1st in 53.82, just off her morning swim of 53.75 that was a new pool record. Sandrine Mainville was out just a tenth behind Manuel and managed to hold off the rest of the field for 2nd in 54.44.

Mallory ComerfordAmanda Weir (54.59) and Katie Ledecky (54.69) all had a strong back half but were unable to run down Mainville for 2nd, taking 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

In the B final, Madison Kennedy took the heat win in 55.15 just ahead of Kelsi Worrell (55.27), fresh off her win in the 100 fly.


  • US Open Record: 47.58, Jason Lezak, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 48.29, Nathan Adrian, 2016
  1. Blake Pieroni, UN, 49.18
  2. Joao De Lucca, CARD, 49.25
  3. Michael Chadwick, UN, 49.54

Michael Chadwick got out fast, but Blake Pieroni and Joao De Lucca charged hard coming home to make it a very close battle to the wall. At the touch, it was Pieroni in 49.18, managing to hold off De Lucca who had the fastest back 50 in the field at 25.28. Chadwick took 3rd, with Matias Koski (49.71) and Jacob Pebley (49.80) both under 50 seconds as well.

In the B final, Cal’s Ryan Murphy got out to a fast opening 50 of 23.77, finishing to win the heat in 49.60 chopping over a second off his morning swim.


  1. Katie Ledecky, UN, 4:00.98
  2. Joanna Evans, UT, 4:08.44
  3. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 4:08.62

As expected Ledecky was out from the start, opening up a 2-second advantage just 100m in. She nearly even split the race, out in 2:00.0 and back in 2:00.9 to win in 4:00.98. The time improves her #1 world ranked time by three one-hundredths.

At the halfway mark it was a battle between three women for 2nd, with Joanna EvansCierra Runge and Hali Flickinger all in the mix at 2:03s. However, Evans and Flickinger pulled away on the back half, with Evans getting the touch for 2nd in 4:08.44 to Flickinger’s 4:08.62. Runge finished 7th, though just half a second back of 4th.

Vien Nguyen held off late charges from both Easop Lee and G Ryan to win the B final in 4:11.52.


  • US Open Record: 3:43.53, Larsen Jensen, 2008
  • GT Pool Record: 3:47.78, Yannick Agnel, 2011
  1. Park Tae Hwan, KOR, 3:44.38
  2. Felix Auboeck, CW, 3:50.39
  3. Patrick Callan, TAC, 3:51.66

Just as Ledecky, Park Tae Hwan was well ahead the entire race, winning in a very fast 3:44.38. That swim is well under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 3:48.15 and will qualify him for the World Championships. Park, who closed in an incredible 26.27, shattered the existing pool record by over three seconds. He improves his #4 world ranked time of 3:44.68 set back in November.

Club Wolverine’s Felix Auboeck had a solid swim to take 2nd in 3:50.39, followed by Patrick Callan who shaved over five seconds off his entry time for 3rd. The race for 4th was tight, with swimmers 4 through 8 all clocking 3:53-something, but it was Marcelo Acosta who got the touch in 3:53.11.


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7 years ago

I am very confused that Where is Conor Dwyer???

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Usual KL domination and another great time in the 400 free. I know we are used to greatness with her but let’s not be jaded. 4.00.98 was a world record not a long time ago (until 2009 and the magical suits)…. And I like her way to swim it. 2.00.02/2.00.96.
Simone dominant in the 100 free. Times will drop when it counts the most.
Kalisz in the shape of his life. If he can peak at the right time and doesn’t waste his energy in too many events, I don’t see him beaten in the 400 IM at worlds.
A good win for Pieroni. He could be the 4th guy of the US relay in the world… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Bobo, there will be no American on the podium in the IM’s. Not even Kalisz.
Otherwise you posted some weeks ago that how could somebody win the Hungarian Nationals in w100breast with 1:09,90. I don’t know either, but Réka Vécsei (from Miskolc) is 14 years old at the moment and she is swimming very nicely (I was there). And she won the 200breast in Debrecen, too.

David W
7 years ago

How can people here not comment on the fact that a 17 year old from OKLAHOMA (I’m from OK btw) went a 3:51 400 free and dropping 2 more seconds from prelims and 5 from his best time and beat international level people??? SMH!!! In my opinion Pat’s 400 was the highlight of the day!! ??

Reply to  David W
7 years ago

Nice swim!!! Numbers like that suggest he is rested, shaved and tapered. Looks like he is swimming one event a day. I think all the big dogs in the 400 also hit the 800 and multiple events yesterday. Fresh legs are fast legs. Still props to the kid. Nice time drop.

7 years ago

Easop Lee set the South Korean record in the 400 free with her 4:11.98 out of the ‘B’ Final!

7 years ago

Interesting women’s 400 free to watch. Did Flickinger negative split? Runge faded.

7 years ago

Congrats Blake!! Fear the beard.

7 years ago

don’t sleep on Chase Kalisz, he is becoming insanely versatile. You heard it here first….Chase will be swimming 4+ events at worlds this year. He will also break a Wr, I’m not sure in which event it will be but he is looking really good and ive heard crazy stories about his training recently.

samuel huntington
Reply to  drswimmmer
7 years ago

he’s great, but a wr? not happening

Reply to  drswimmmer
7 years ago

Care to share the “crazy stories”? 🙂
His 200 breast is faster than last PSS, 200 fly and 200 IM will be fun to watch.

Reply to  drswimmmer
7 years ago

maybe if the wr weren’t a 4:03 in his best event…

Reply to  iLikePsych
7 years ago

True but I wouldn’t totally rule it out… he looks awesome. 4:04 wouldn’t surprise me and that’s getting pretty close!

Reply to  Caleb
7 years ago


Reply to  Uberfan
7 years ago

4:06.75 last summer; blowing out best times in mid-season meets ever since, I guess you’re right, he’ll be lucky to crack 4:10 this summer.

Reply to  Caleb
7 years ago

Kalitz ain’t breaking no world record. 4:03 in the 400IM. That world record is lasting semi forever. The 200 breast world record is 2:06 mid and just forget the 200 fly record of 1:51.
200 im is 1:54:00.

I still don’t think he,s going to beat hagino in the 400 IM if hagino,s elbow is fully healed. Kalitz is slightly better at butterfly. I think hagino has a best of 1:56 or so in the 200 fly. Kalitz is also better at breaststroke. Hagino is better at backstroke and freestyle.

Reply to  drswimmmer
7 years ago

He has to drop 4 seconds in his 200 breast 4 seconds in his 200 fly and 3 seconds in both IM’s to break a world record

Reply to  Uberfan
7 years ago

alright but hes getting faster and faster, and I assume hes unrested at this meet.

7 years ago

Lily king training harder than everyone else in that race

Reply to  Bayliss
7 years ago

Actually I’m impressed with that effort from her. She looks like she is stepping up the. 200 breaststroke from last year.

Reply to  Bayliss
7 years ago


About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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