2017 Santa Clara PSS: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2017 Arena Pro Swim Series – Santa Clara

The 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara continues tonight at the George F. Haines Aquatic Center in Santa Clara, California. Swimmers have gathered to compete in the 100 fly, 200 breast, 100 free, and 400 free. Several stars headline tonight’s action, including Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Kelsi Worrell, Conor Dwyer, Tom Shields, Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, and more. Read on for live updates of tonight’s events.


  1. Kelsi Worrell– 57.44
  2. Hellen Moffitt– 58.99
  3. Katie McLaughlin– 59.17

Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Worrell rocked a season best 57.44 to dominate the 100 fly field, clipping .06 off her former season best of 57.50 from the PSS stop in Atlanta. Worrell remains the 6th fastest swimmer in the world this year, and was a second and a half ahead of anyone else tonight.

Behind her, UNC’s Hellen Moffitt used her front half speed to take the advantage over Cal teammates Farida Osman and Katie McLaughlin. On the 2nd 50, McLaughlin made a late move, but Moffitt was able to hold her off in 58.99 to McLaughlin’s 59.17. Osman wound up 4th in 59.36.

MEN’S 100 FLY:

  1. Jack Conger– 52.24
  2. Caeleb Dressel– 52.29
  3. Tom Shields– 52.58

As usual, Cal’s Tom Shields had the edge with his front half speed, but coming in hot just a nail behind him was Texas’ Jack Conger. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel lurked just a few tenths behind, and it all came down to who had the most left in the tank on the back half. Dressel was the fastest of the 3 swimmers with his 27.17 closing split, but Conger did just enough to secure the gold, holding him off with a 52.24. Dressel’s 52.29 for silver was just .07 shy of his lifetime best, which stands at a 52.22 from 2016 Trials.

Shields held on for 3rd, touching in 52.58. Also clearing the 53-barrier was Stanford’s Andrew Liang (52.98), who narrowly out-touched Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz (53.03) for 4th.


  1. Madisyn Cox– 2:25.62
  2. Emily Escobedo– 2:26.91
  3. Melissa Rodriguez– 2:28.21

Texas’ Madisyn Cox was on fire all throughout the yards season, and she’s kept that momentum going into the meters pool. Tonight, she swam a personal best 2:25.62 to win 200 breast gold, knocking a couple tenths off the 2:25.89 she swam at the PSS stop in Mesa. Cox now moves up to 20th in the world this year, bumping fellow U.S. National Teamer Melanie Margalis down to 21st.

Also rolling to a new best time today was Emily Escobedo. This morning, she shaved .03 off her best with a 2:26.91. She matched that in the final to take silver, while Melissa Rodriguez (2:28.21) rounded out the podium behind her.

Texas A&M’s Esther Gonzalez and USC’s Riley Scott were locked in a close battle for 4th place. Scott had the lead at the 100 mark by a full second, but Gonzalez picked up the pace to pull ahead on the back half. At the finish, Gonzalez was slightly faster, clocking in at 2:28.86 to Scott’s 2:28.97.


  1. Josh Prenot– 2:10.80
  2. Nic Fink– 2:11.86
  3. Will Licon– 2:12.13

Cal’s Josh Prenot and Texas’ Will Licon went head-to-head in the 200 breast, with Licon putting up a 1:03.52 split at the 100 to take the early lead ahead of Prenot’s 1:03.66. Prenot took to his usual back-half surge, however, taking off and never looking back as he won the race in 2:10.80. He wasn’t the only swimmer to capitalize off his back-half speed. Georgia’s Nick Fink charged to a 1:07.12 split, clocking in with a final time of 2:11.86 to take silver ahead of Licon (2:12.13).

A handful of men aside from Licon raced to the wall with 2:12s. Missing the podium by just a tenth was Miguel De Lara Ojeda in 2:12.25. U.S. Olympians Chase Kalisz and Kevin Cordes were neck-and-neck at the finish, but Kalisz got his hands to the wall first in 2:12.61 to Cordes’ 2:12.67.


  1. Simone Manuel– 54.31
  2. Lia Neal– 54.64
  3. Siobhan Haughey– 54.84

Stanford teammates Simone Manuel and Lia Neal battled it out with Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil and Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey in a stacked 100 free field. At the halfway point, Olympic champ Manuel led as she flipped in 26.45 with Cal’s Weitzeil trailing by just a tenth. Manuel maintained her lead throughout the back half, winning with a 54.31.

Behind her, Neal (54.64) and Haughey (54.84) stepped on the gas on the 2nd 50, running down Weitzeil to take silver and bronze respectively. Weitzeil held on for 4th, touching in 55.47.


  1. Nathan Adrian– 48.55
  2. Caeleb Dressel– 49.26
  3. Michael Jensen– 49.35

Cal’s Nathan Adrian ran away with the 100 free, flipping in 23.41 en route to his 48.55 for gold. That was a few tenths shy of his season best, which stands at a 48.18 from the PSS stop in Mesa. Behind him, Florida’s Caeleb Dressel popped off a season best time of 49.26 to take 2nd place, giving him his second silver of the evening.

After a fantastic yards season as a freshman, Cal’s Michael Jensen has already been dropping time in the long course pool. He had a big performance in this race to round out the podium. Jensen broke 50 seconds for the first time, throwing down a 49.35 to run down Russian rocket Vlad Morozov (49.40) and Brazilian Olympian Marcelo Chierighini (49.47) into the finish. His previous best time was a 50.06 from last summer.


  1. Katie Drabot– 4:08.33
  2. Cierra Runge– 4:10.64
  3. Leah Stevens– 4:14.03

Stanford’s Katie Drabot had a big swim in the 400 free, knocking 3 seconds off her lifetime best to win the race in 4:08.33 ahead of Wisconsin’s Cierra Runge (4:10.64). The field tightened up behind them, as the next 6 swimmers finished in the 4:14-range. Stanford teammates Leah Stevens (4:14.03) and Ella Eastin (4:14.19) battled closely with Pleasanton Seahawks’ Miranda Heckman (4:14.25) for the final podium spot, with Stevens getting her hand to the wall for the bronze.


  1. Clark Smith– 3:49.40
  2. Jay Litherland– 3:50.96
  3. Marcelo Acosta– 3:52.49

Texas’ Clark Smith was the only man to break 3:50 tonight, taking it out in 1:53.54 to lead the race from start to finish. His winning time of 3:49.40 put him over a second and a half ahead of the field. Georgia’s Jay Litherland came from behind on the back half, charging to a 3:50.96 for silver with the fastest final 100 split of the field (56.39).

Stanford’s True Sweetser held a slight lead over Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta at the 300-meter mark in their battle for bronze. He was nearly a second ahead as they flipped for the final 100 meters, but Acosta dropped the hammer, outsplitting Sweetser 57.12 to 58.38 on the last 100. At the touch, Acosta nabbed the bronze in 3:52.49, followed by Sweetser in 3:52.83.



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Ledecky is now a sprinter

Ledecky wins 100 free.

stanford fan

lol she scratched in prelims


Why was Ledecky a scratch?


Not sure. Saw her at Stanford this afternoon practicing with a couple of other girls on their own. Maybe she had Finals?


Dressel in the 100fly. Not too shabby. 52.29


He looked like he was just taking it easy the first 50.


The piano now hitting Shields at the 70m mark.


After watching the mens 100m fly B final on Youtube it looks like the piano hit Michael Andrew at the 60m mark. He popped right up off the wall. https://youtu.be/_n9AxRaCqpc?t=52s


lol – many pianos are having fun with swimmers , which one is better ? lol


did anybody got a piano at the 55 m mark ? lol


If shields doesn’t hit his taper I choose Conger and Dressel for 100 Fly.

Attila the Runt

Even if he does. The other two will have big drops.


True I could see them both challenging 50.


It’s all about the 50 for Shields. Did you see the field run him down?


Wait for the 200 fly. That will be a Steinway event.

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