2018 Indianapolis Pro Swim Series: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


The third and final preliminary session will go off this morning from the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, as the fourth stop of the TYR Pro Swim Series will feature the 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 IM on the last day, in addition to the 800 freestyle. The 800 heats will take place this afternoon between prelims and finals, starting at 2:20 ET, except for the fastest heat of each which will be contested with finals.

Among the highlights on day 4 will be reigning Olympic and world champion Lilly King swimming the women’s 100 breaststroke, the fastest two Americans ever in the men’s event Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller will go to battle, and we’ll see Matt GreversJacob Pebley and Justin Ress take each other on in the men’s 100 back. We’ll also see Chase Kalisz look to add two more PSS wins in the 200 fly and 200 IM.

Among today’s scratches, Taylor Ruck has opted out of the women’s 200 IM, and will solely focus on the 100 back, where she’s seeded 2nd to Olivia Smoliga.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:06.76, Cammile Adams, 2012
  1. Katie Drabot, UN, 2:08.38
  2. Hali Flickinger, ABSC, 2:09.11
  3. Ella Eastin, UN, 2:10.17
  4. Cassidy Bayer, NCAP, 2:11.15
  5. Kelsi Dahlia, CARD, 2:11.40
  6. Leah Smith, FORD, 2:12.57
  7. Lauren Edelman, KYA, 2:12.73
  8. Hannah Kukurugya, UN, 2:13.61

Entered with a yards time and thus swimming in heat 1, Stanford’s Katie Drabot dropped a massive personal best in 2:08.38 to qualify 1st overall. Drabot knocked her previous best of 2:25.34 down by over 17 seconds and moves into 14th in the world rankings. She finished 2nd to Ella Eastin this past season at the NCAA Championships in the event.

Hali Flickinger of the Athens Bulldogs won the final heat of the ‘A’ flight to qualify 2nd overall in 2:09.11, coming just over a second off her season-best (2:08.04) which currently ranks her 10th in the world. Eastin and Cassidy Bayer won their circle-seeded heats to advance in 3rd and 4th, with Bayer registering a new season-best of 2:11.15 (Eastin’s was also a season best as it was her first LC 200 fly of the year).

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:55.29, Li Zhuhao, 2017
  1. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 1:58.29
  2. Pace Clark, ABSC, 1:59.58
  3. Corey Gambardella, IST, 2:00.23
  4. Brendan Meyer, CLPR, 2:00.88
  5. Nicolas Albiero, UN, 2:00.90
  6. Zach Harting, UN, 2:01.05
  7. Gunnar Bentz, DYNA, 2:01.12
  8. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:01.19

Chase Kalisz easily won heat 6 of the men’s 200 fly to qualify 1st overall for tonight’s final in a time of 1:58.29. Kalisz currently sits 9th in the world with his season-best of 1:55.63.

Pace Clark, Kalisz’s Athens Bulldog teammate, won the final heat in 1:59.58 for 2nd overall, and Indiana’s Corey Gambardella was right behind him to snatch the 3rd seed in 2:00.23, a new best time. Brendan Meyer won the other circle-seeded heat for 4th in 2:00.88.

Notably missing the A-final was Vini Lanza (2:02.66) and Tom Shields (2:03.90).

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:05.57, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Lilly King, IST, 1:07.81
  2. Emily Weiss, CARD, 1:08.02
  3. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 1:08.31
  4. Miranda Tucker, CW, 1:09.42
  5. Annie Lazor, UN, 1:09.55
  6. Bethany Galat, TAMU, 1:09.88
  7. Emily Escobedo, COND, 1:10.37
  8. Mariia Astashkina, UN, 1:10.39

Indiana’s Lilly King led the way in the women’s 100 breast prelims in 1:07.81, her first long course swim in the event this season.

Emily Weiss of the Cardinal Community Swim Club won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:08.02, moving her into 9th all-time in the 17-18 age group and missing her lifetime best by just .03. Melanie Margalis trailed her in that heat to qualify 3rd in 1:08.31, a new season-best.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 58.86, Adam Peaty, 2017
  1. Cody Miller, SAND, 1:01.37
  2. Kevin Cordes, TIGR / Reece Whitley, PCAC, 1:01.72
  3. Nic Fink, ABSC, 1:02.35
  4. Dom Polling, UN, 1:02.48
  5. Jacob Montague, CW, 1:02.62
  6. Evgenii Somov, UN, 1:02.70
  7. Nick Zito, WEST, 1:02.81

Cody Miller leads the way in the men’s 100 breast, posting a time of 1:01.37 from heat 6. Miller will look to better his season-best of 1:01-flat tonight in the final.

American Record holder Kevin Cordes and rising star Reece Whitley tied for the win in the 7th and final heat, posting times of 1:01.72, as they head into the final deadlocked in 2nd. Nic Fink won the first circle-seeded heat and qualifies 4th.

Among those missing the A-final was 200 breast winner Daniel Roy (1:03.24) and SCY American Record holder Ian Finnerty (1:03.99).

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 58.96, Emily Seebohm, 2016
  1. Ali Deloof, CW, 1:00.25
  2. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 1:00.85
  3. Lisa Bratton, TAMU, 1:01.14
  4. Taylor Ruck, HPCO, 1:01.25
  5. Kennedy Goss, IST, 1:01.57
  6. Simone Manuel, STAN, 1:01.63
  7. Isabella Arcila, MVN, 1:01.77
  8. Asia Seidt, KYA, 1:02.14

Club Wolverine’s Ali Deloof leads the women’s 100 back field into the final with her prelim time of 1:00.25, as she improves her season-best by over a second and moves into 25th in the world rankings.

Olivia Smoliga, who won this event at the last series stop in Mesa and currently sits 4th in the world, won the last heat to take the 2nd spot in 1:00.85, just ahead of Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton (1:01.14).

Taylor Ruck cruised in to win the other circle-seeded heat in 1:01.25 and qualify in 4th. Ruck sits 3rd in the world with her 58.97 from the Commonwealth Games, and beat Smoliga head-to-head in Atlanta.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
  1. Justin Ress, WOLF, 54.46
  2. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 54.80
  3. Grigory Tarasevich, CARD, 55.57
  4. Matt Grevers, FORD, 55.96
  5. Nicolas Albiero, UN, 56.45
  6. Drew Kibler, CSC, 56.68
  7. Alex Boratto, UN, 56.84
  8. Ali Khalafalla, IST, 57.01

Justin Ress of Wolfpack Elite topped the last heat of the men’s 100 back and takes the top time heading into tonight’s final, clocking 54.46. That swim comes just .03 off of his season-best done back in Austin.

Jacob Pebley was the only other man to go sub-55 with his 54.80, and Russian Grigory Tarasevich was 3rd with his 55.57. Veteran Matt Grevers qualified 4th in 55.96. Pebley, Tarasevich and Grevers have all been 53-point this year, with Tarasevich and his 53.48 from Russian Nationals leading the charge.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Ella Eastin, UN, 2:12.97
  2. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 2:13.82
  3. Reka Gyorgy, UN, 2:15.63
  4. Brooke Forde, UN, 2:16.00
  5. Allie Szekely, UN, 2:16.36
  6. Kayla Sanchez, HPCO, 2:16.40
  7. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:16.71
  8. Bethany Galat, TAMU, 2:16.88

Ella Eastin leads the way in the women’s 200 IM with a solid swim of 2:12.97, with Melanie Margalis less than a second back in 2:13.82. Margalis currently sits 7th in the world with her 2:10.66 from the Austin Pro Series.

Margalis led a group of five swimmers who made the A-final from the last heat, which bumped Katie Drabot down into 9th and out of the A-final. Bethany Galat clung onto 8th, lowering her season-best by about half a second.

Katie Ledecky and Cassidy Bayer were among the swimmers who didn’t show for their heat, as Ledecky has the 800 free tonight and Bayer the 200 fly.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012
  1. Jay Litherland, DYNA / Daniel Sos, UN, 2:02.91
  2. Gunnar Bentz, DYNA, 2:03.20
  3. Norbert Szabo, UN, 2:03.22
  4. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 2:03.45
  5. Sam Iida, GTAC, 2:04.08
  6. Metin Aydin, UN, 2:04.47
  7. Dom Polling, UN, 2:05.47

Dynamo’s Jay Litherland and youngster Daniel Sos tied for the top time in the prelims of the men’s 200 IM at 2:02.91, collecting wins in heats 5 and 6. Sos put up a PB yesterday in the 400 IM, and will look for another tonight with 200 IM best standing at 2:00.64.

Chase Kalisz had a huge advantage in the 7th and final heat, shutting it down towards the end to post the 5th fastest overall time in 2:03.45. Kalisz is 6th in the world this year with his 1:57.50 from Austin.

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wild Bill
3 years ago

Go Katie Go!

Sub 8:10 800 free –

wild Bill
Reply to  wild Bill
3 years ago

8:08 or better

Reply to  wild Bill
3 years ago

For what it’s worth, her closing 800 of her 1500 was an 8:07!

Definatly U.S open record watch, Possibly WR as well. Remeber, she was dissapointed with her Rio 800!

Bear Drinks Beer
Reply to  IM FAN
3 years ago

She also has 2 IM today so…

Becky D
Reply to  Bear Drinks Beer
3 years ago


wild Bill
Reply to  Becky D
3 years ago

smart move –

with rest (DNS) – 8:06 or better

Jim C
Reply to  wild Bill
3 years ago

I predict 8:05.50 – 8:06.50

Reply to  IM FAN
3 years ago

I wouldn’t go crazy, guys, because to be honest I’m guessing the high expectations may have did her in pre-budapest. I think a better assumption would be “last 400 sub 4:05” or something which would still be absurd

Reply to  swim2fit
3 years ago

Sorry to be a Debbie downer by the way…she (and her swims) is just so damn precious

Reply to  swim2fit
3 years ago

And to conclude my chain of thought: I’m just too tempted to say sub 8:03 so I’m gonna say sub 8:03 based on her 200-400-last 400 of 1500…which would make my brain explode for the record so send an EMT to my apt

Sum Ting Wong
Reply to  IM FAN
3 years ago

Your maths is terrible . 8 20.4- 8.07 = 8.13.4 . Her 800 split was 8.11.7 & her 700 split was 8.10.1 .

In actual fact it was 8 .10.3 which of course is excellent but hey , swimmers know incrementals .

3 years ago

KATIE DRABOT WOW 2:08.38 in season. Just what the U.S. could use this summer and leasing into Tokyo in the 200 butterfly. I think Eastin has a bit more in the tank for tonight.

Reply to  Freestyler
3 years ago

Encouraging to see some depth developing in the W 200 fly… it’s been the weakest event on the women’s side for awhile now internationally, but I think we’ll see someone have a big breakthrough this summer or next.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Freestyler
3 years ago

It was by far her best event in the last NCAA season. A new event for her and boom 1.51.73 at NCAAs.
She just starts to translate that to LCM. More to come.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Bobo let’s apply to become meet announcers I would love to co-predict with thee

3 years ago

I would like to mention that at the Atlanta Classic meet THE DEAN FARRIS just beat Caeleb Dressel in the 50 free. NEW GOAT YA HEAR ME?!

Becky D
Reply to  Nswim
3 years ago

Prelims? *pshaw*

Reply to  Nswim
3 years ago

What do you mean new GOAT??? Farris surpassed Phelps Spitz other former legends and anyone who has yet to be born as the greatest ever the moment he was conceived.

Becky D
3 years ago

1st circle seeded heat of women’s 200 IM — lanes 5, 6, and 7 are empty. Feeling sorry for lane 8 out there swimming by herself.

Reply to  Becky D
3 years ago

Here we go again with scratches and no shows. Pro Series epidemic.

Reply to  Kathy
3 years ago

Honestly how hard is it for these athletes to scratch the event prior to heat sheets coming out?? It’s even worse when people enter and then don’t show up to the meet at all. It certainly is unfair to athletes when they are racing in heats with half of the entered swimmers missing…

Reply to  Paco
3 years ago

Not to mention the handful of people it knocks into the B flight. The lack of respect for others by not turning in scratches is not something I like to see from the coaches and athletes. If this was NCAAs, you bet they would have taken the 15 seconds to walk over to the scratch table.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Drabot translates her huge 200 fly SCY season to LCM. It’s a new event for her so pretty impressive.
Finnerty definitely not a fast in-season swimmer. Not rested he’s very slow. He will deliver when it counts the most.
Interesting battles tonight with King vs maybe her successor Weiss and Eastin the SCY 200 IM Queen vs Margalis who is in stronger than ever.
Ruck should take the 100 back while Kalisz should win the 200 fly and 200 IM.
KL logically well under 8.10 in the 800 free. Let’s see how much under 8.10.

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

miss you Bobo! still looking for translated workouts of Coach Phillipe Lucas!

Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

I’m going around 8:07-8:08. Her best splits in the 15”” put her around 8:06 but she’s had a ton of racing since then.

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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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