2018 Indianapolis Pro Swim Series: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Friday night finals are set to get underway from Indianapolis at the TYR Pro Swim Series, with plenty of heavy hitters raring to go in a fast night of racing.

Katie Ledecky will take on a tough double in the 400 IM and 200 free, though the timeline indicates she’ll have over an hour between the two. Melanie Margalis took the 2nd seed to Ledecky in both events this morning, but has scratched the 200 to solely focus on the 400 IM.

Chase KaliszJay Litherland and Gunnar Bentz will have an intriguing battle in the men’s 400 IM, while Nathan Adrian (50 free), Jacob Pebley (200 back) and Blake Pieroni (200 free) would have to be considered favorites in the other three men’s events.

Simone Manuel and Taylor Ruck will clash once again in the 50 free after going 1-2 in the heats, while Manuel will also contest the 200 free and Ruck the 200 back.


  • PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 4:36.81
  2. Ella Eastin, UN, 4:38.43
  3. Katie Ledecky, STAN, 4:38.88

Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg and reigning NCAA champion Ella Eastin separated themselves from the field on the breaststroke leg of the women’s 400 IM, but Margalis’ freestyle was the difference maker as she charged home in 29.52 to win in a time of 4:36.81, a new PB. Margalis, who sat 7th in the world rankings with her 4:37.43 at the Austin Pro Swim, moves up to 4th in the world.

Eastin ended up 2nd in 4:38.43, slotting her into 11th in the world, while top seed from prelims Katie Ledecky moved up from 7th at the 300 to 3rd at the finish in 4:38.88, thanks to a sub-minute final 100. Eastin’s swim was a personal best.

Hali Flickinger (4:40.36) had a strong freestyle leg as well for 4th, and Ally McHugh (4:40.51) nearly ran her down but settled for 5th. Leah Smith had a solid rebound swim after a sub-par 4:52 in prelims, winning the B-final in 4:43.20.


  1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 4:10.55
  2. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 4:17.09
  3. Daniel Sos, UN, 4:18.12

To no surprise Chase Kalisz was the leader wire-to-wire in the men’s 400 IM, looking strong on all four strokes as he won by over six seconds in 4:10.55. His 4:08.92 from Atlanta is #1 in the world this season, but that swim is still faster than the 2nd ranked man (Kosuke Hagino, 4:10.69).

Jay Litherland maintained 2nd place throughout the race, characteristically closing strong in 57.8 to go 4:17.09, with youngster Daniel Sos hot on his tail for 3rd in 4:18.12. That swim is a new best time for Sos, who previously had a best of 4:20.46 from the World Junior Championships last summer.

Gunnar Bentz (4:21.34) closed in 27.89 attempting to run down Sean Grieshop for 4th, but ran out of room with Grieshop (4:21.05) holding him by three tenths.


  • PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Simone Manuel, STAN, 24.59
  2. Margo Geer, MVN, 24.72
  3. Taylor Ruck, HPCO, 24.76

Stanford’s Simone Manuel threw down an impressive 24.59 to edge out Margo Geer and Taylor Ruck to win the women’s 50 freestyle, moving her up into 10th in the world after getting into the top-20 this morning.

Geer was 24.72 for 2nd, which improves her lifetime best of 24.78 done earlier this year, and Ruck proved she’s a consistent 24-second swimmer by dipping below 25 again in 24.76. She sits 7th in the world with her 24.26 from the Commonwealth Games.

Mallory Comerford (25.09) took 4th, and Kayla Sanchez (25.33) edged Kelsi Dahlia (25.36) for 5th.


  1. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 21.97
  2. Ali Khalafalla, IST, 22.14
  3. Justin Ress, WOLF, 22.51

After going 48-point once again last night in the 100 free final, Nathan Adrian produced another sub-22 second 50m swim tonight in 21.97, picking up the victory of Indiana’s Ali Khalafalla and Wolfpack Elite’s Justin Ress. Adrian drops his season best by just over a tenth, and jumps up from tied for 23rd to tied for 12th in the world.

Khalafalla took off over three tenths from the morning for 2nd in 22.14, finishing just .02 off his lifetime best. Ress, who went a PB of 22.36 in prelims, had his second fastest swim ever in 22.51. Aaron Greenberg (22.63), Ryan Held (22.64) and Blake Pieroni (22.80) were the other three sub-23 for 4th, 5th and 6th.


  1. Taylor Ruck, HPCO, 2:08.11
  2. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:10.00
  3. Erin Voss, UN, 2:11.05

Taylor Ruck came back shortly after her 3rd place finish in the 50 free with an impressive victory in the 200 back, leading from the get-go to clock 2:08.11, out in 30-point and holding 32s the rest of the way. This is her second 200 back win at a PSS this year, with her 2:06.36 from Atlanta ranking her 2nd in the world.

Kentucky’s Asia Seidt held 2nd the entire race, touching in 2:10-flat to come just over a second off her lifetime best. Erin Voss (2:11.05) took 3rd, just ahead of Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton (2:11.41), while sprint specialist Olivia Smoliga saved up a bit in order to come home the fastest of anyone in 32.30, taking 5th in 2:11.77.


  • PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu, 2017
  1. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 1:57.03
  2. Grigory Tarasevich, CARD, 1:59.39
  3. Carson Foster, RAYS, 2:00.60

Cal’s Jacob Pebley took control of the men’s 200 back final on the second 50 and cruised to a big win by over two seconds, touching in 1:57.03. Pebley sits 4th in the world this year with his 1:55.85 from Atlanta (when he was racing teammate Ryan Murphy head-to-head).

Russian Grigory Tarasevich of Cardinal Aquatics was the only other one sub-2:00 in 1:59.39, while 16-year-old Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays passed veteran Matt Grevers on the fourth 50 to grab 3rd. Foster’s 2:00.60 was his fastest ever in-season swim, surpassing his 2:00.73 from Austin.

Grevers ended up 4th in 2:01.89, with Nicolas Albiero 5th in a new best time of 2:02.25.


  1. Katie Ledecky, STAN, 1:55.42
  2. Simone Manuel, STAN, 1:58.06
  3. Mallory Comerford, UN, 1:58.71

Katie Ledecky picked up her third win of the meet in the women’s 200 free, asserting herself early with the quickest first 100 in 56.62 before touching in 1:55.42. After her preliminary showing of 1:57.00 put her 13th in the world, she jumps up to 4th.

Simone Manuel made it a Stanford 1-2 in 1:58.06, closing fiercely in 29.57 after flipping 5th at the 150. Mallory Comerford had a similar swim, turning in 6th with 50 metres to go but charging back in 29.74 to take 3rd in 1:58.71. That just misses her in-season best of 1:58.54.

Katie Drabot made it three Cardinal swimmers in the top-4 with her 1:58.86, and Leah Smith moved up from 8th at the 150 to 5th at the wall in 1:59.15.


  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang, 2016
  1. Blake Pieroni, IST, 1:48.19
  2. Felix Auboeck, CW, 1:48.45
  3. Zane Grothe, MVN, 1:48.52

Indiana’s Blake Pieroni, the first man ever under 1:30 in the yards version of this event, picked up the first win of his professional career in the men’s 200 free as he held off the likes of Felix Auboeck and Zane Grothe down the stretch. Pieroni had a slight edge at the 100, extended it on the third length, and then held strong coming home in 27.16 to touch in 1:48.19, missing the fastest in-season swim of his life by just .05.

Auboeck was back in 26.93 to barely hold off Grothe for 2nd, as the Mission Viejo Natadore stormed home in 26.57 and was just .07 behind the Austrian at the wall. Marwan El Kamash was the only other man to get under 1:50 in 1:49.33 for 4th, while Norbert Szabo equalled his preliminary time for 5th in 1:50.35.

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4 years ago

Did anyone else kind of ignore Margalis and focus solely on KL and Eastin that last 100 haha

4 years ago

With Ledecky going 1:55 in the 200free,will the 800m World Record go? She had the chance of going under 1:54 but why did she hold back? I think she might smash her 800free World Record tonight.

Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

This is purely hypothetical, but if Taylor Ruck wanted to swim for the United States in 2020 (for example, be on the 800 relay with her Stanford teammates Ledecky, Manuel, and Drabot), what would it take? Olys are 26 months away and US Trials are 25 months out. Is there enough time should she so desire? Can an athlete be fast tracked? BTW, I’m assuming she will represent Canada.

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

Because she has represented Canada, she would have to live in USA for a year…which wouldn’t be a problem…and therefore not swim for Canada or USA internationally for that year.

Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

And pay back the money spent on her by the High Performance Centre .

Swim Fan
Reply to  Sum Ting Wong
4 years ago

Taylor swims for Canada and will represent Canada, period. No point in speculating, Super Fan, or making dramatic innuendo, Sum Ting Wong.

Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  Swim Fan
4 years ago

So what is wrong with pointing out that there would be contractual agreements with a HPC spot . There is a lot of money put into supporting swimmers there . Even if ppl never thought about it now might start thinking of the costs of swimming , it is a step forward .

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

Well for starters she’d have to obtain a US citizenship…

Reply to  Splash
4 years ago

Did she not grow up and train in the US? I was assuming she had dual citizenship?

Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

She was born in Canada to Canadian parents. They moved to the states when she was quite young

bobo gigi
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
4 years ago

😆 They have already lost Missy. They will never give Taylor Ruck to US swimming! 😆 They would be crazy to make a direct relay rival unbeatable. They count on Stanford to make Ruck improve and make the Canadian relays stronger to beat USA in 2020. USA is nice to make its rivals better. 🙂
The only thing which could make the Canadians change their opinion would be an exchange. You take our own Bieber, he becomes American and is banned from Canada while we give you Taylor Ruck. Baby, baby, baby, oh!

Ex Quaker
4 years ago

I gotta give Rowdy credit- I’m enjoying the commentary tonight.

Becky D
4 years ago

“I’m sorry that I let you down.”

From now on, I’ll consider this is TYR throwing shade at NBC/Universal.

4 years ago

All I’m getting isna screen sayimg Live Video Coming Up. Watch Ledecky break Pelligrini’s WR now that I can’t watch it.

4 years ago

Margo will win in the 50 this summer at US nats

Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Lol!!! Maybe second.

Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

We’ll see

Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Margo looks great, but why would anyone bet against Simone?

Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Wow! But will she beat Simone at Pan Pacs?
Pan pacs>>nationals

Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

Also, that’s a lifetime best

Becky D
4 years ago

I can’t believe I still pay Comcast through the nose, and I’M sitting here watching a still on my TV, with muffled commentary by Rowdy. Gah.

Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

I pay thru the nose for Spectrum and it doesn’t even carry the Olympic Channel so I have to stare at twitter and meet mobile! ????

Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

Sorry to hear that. The only reason I have spectrum and cable for that matter is to get nbcsn and the Olympic channel.

Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

Change to Sling TV. You can get both the Olympic Channel and NBCSN

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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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