2018 Pro Swim Series – Austin: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Today marks the second day of the 2018 Pro Swim Series stop in Austin, Texas. After competing in this morning’s prelims, swimmers are now gearing up for finals of the 800 free, 100 back, 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 free, and 200 IM. There are several stars in tonight’s lineup, including Nathan AdrianMelanie Margalis, Li BingjieTaylor Ruck, Regan Smith, Chase Kalisz, Zane GrotheJack Conger, and Ryan Murphy.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Katie Ledecky, 8:06.68, Austin 2016
  1. GOLD: Li Bingjie, 8:28.98
  2. SILVER: Kristel Kobrich, 8:35.65
  3. BRONZE: Hannah Moore, 8:36.87

World Championships medalist Li Bingjie broke away from the field early on, dominating the race by nearly 7 seconds to win it in 8:28.98. Behind her, the battle for podium spots was a good one. Winter National champion Ashley Neidigh held 2nd position through the halfway point, but Olympian Kristel Kobrich and All-American Hannah Moore were able to close on her through the back half. Kobrich took control of the silver by the 600-meter mark, while Moore made her move down the final stretch for bronze. Neidigh wound up 4th in 8:37.48.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Michael McBroom, 7:49.96, Santa Clara 2014
  1. GOLD: Zane Grothe, 7:56.69
  2. SILVER: Anton Ipsen, 7:57.64
  3. BRONZE: Clark Smith, 8:00.70

Distance ace Zane Grothe is on a roll, picking up his 2nd win in as many days. Grothe and All-American Anton Ipsen were separated by just a few tenths though most of the race, with just .14 separating them going into the final 100. Grothe used his typical closing speed to seal the deal, winning in 7:56.69 by about a second over Ipsen. NCAA champion Clark Smith rolled in for the bronze, holding off Qiu Ziao (8:01.08) and All-American Marcelo Acosta (8:01.14) in the final 100 meters.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Emily Seebohm, 58.96, Santa Clara 2016
  1. GOLD: Regan Smith, 59.38
  2. SILVER: Taylor Ruck, 1:00.18
  3. BRONZE: Olivia Smoliga, 1:00.23

Junior phenom Regan Smith picked up a gold on the front end of her back-to-back double. Smith dominated the field, flipping in 29.22 en route to her 59.38 win. Canadian junior star Taylor Ruck battled Olympian Olivia Smoliga for the silver, with Ruck just out-touching a hard-charging Smoliga at the finish. Chinese 14-year-old Peng Xuwei, who won the 200 back last night, was just a few tenths back in 1:00.57 for 4th, clipping 15-year-old Isabelle Stadden (1:00.63) at the finish.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: David Plummer, 52.40, Indianapolis 2016
  1. GOLD: Matt Grevers, 53.73
  2. SILVER: Ryan Murphy, 53.99
  3. BRONZE: Justin Ress, 54.43

It was clash of the titans as Olympic 100 back champions Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy went head-to-head. Murphy had just a .02 edge, 26.33 to 26.35, at the 50, but Grevers was slightly faster through the back half to top Murphy by less than 2 tenths in 53.73. World Championships team member Justin Ress topped Olympic backstroker Jacob Pebley (54.77) down the back half in the battle for bronze.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Cammile Adams, 2:06.76, Austin 2012
  1. GOLD: Alys Thomas, 2:09.50
  2. SILVER: Yufei Zhang, 2:10.22
  3. BRONZE: Hali Flickinger, 2:10.37

Alys Thomas took it out with the lead and held steady as she was the only swimmer to break 2:10, winning in 2:09.50. National champion Hali Flickinger tried to run down Yufei Zhang on the last 50, but ran out of the room as she settled for bronze by just over a tenth. Age group star Regan Smith was back in action just minutes after her 100 back win, taking 4th here in 2:11.66 as she out-touched Ciara Schlosshan (2:11.82) and Harriet Jones (2:11.97).

MEN’S 200 FLY:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Li Zhuhao, 1:55.29, Indianapolis 2017
  1. GOLD: Chase Kalisz, 1:55.63
  2. SILVER: Masayu Umemoto, 1:57.64
  3. BRONZE: Jack Conger, 1:58.09

Through the halfway point, World Champion IMer Chase Kalisz trailed Masayu Umemoto and Jack Conger by a couple of tenths, but he kicked it into another gear on the back half. Kalisz hammered home in 1:00.17 to win by 2 seconds, coming within 3 tenths of the Pro Swim Series Record with his 1:55.63. That was less than a second shy of his lifetime best 1:54.79 from last summer’s U.S. Nationals and the 3rd fastest time he’s ever swum in the event.

Umemoto broke away from Conger on the last 2 50s, taking silver by 4 tenths while Conger earned bronze. The only other swimmer to break 2:00 was Sam Pomajevich (1:59.77), who finished 4th. Nicolas Albiero (2:00.10) nearly broke that barrier as well as he touched in 5th place.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Rebecca Soni, 1:05.57, Charlotte 2011
  1. GOLD: Katie Meili, 1:06.49
  2. SILVER: Rachel Nicol, 1:07.70
  3. BRONZE: Molly Hannis, 1:07.93

National Teamer Molly Hannis broke out to the early lead in 30.99, but World Champs silver medalist Katie Meili blew away the field with her 35.24 on the back half, winning by over a second in 1:06.49. Hannis wound up with the bronze as Rachel Nicol used her closing speed to take the silver. Worlds medalist Melanie Margalis was just off the podium in 4th with her 1:08.39, out-touching Olympic breaststroker Breeja Larson (1:08.56).


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Adam Peaty, 58.86, Indianapolis 2017
  1. GOLD: Yan Zibei, 59.84
  2. SILVER: Andrew Wilson, 1:00.90
  3. BRONZE: Nic Fink, 1:01.40

Chinese National Record holder Yan Zibei and U.S. National Teamer Andrew Wilson were neck-and-neck through the front half, but Wilson fell off Zibei’s pace on the 2nd 50 as Zibei took the win in 59.84. Fellow National Teamers Nic Fink and Josh Prenot battled for bronze, with Fink coming through on the back half to out-touch Prenot (1:01.63). All-American Carlos Claverie was also sub-1:02 with his 1:01.87, beating Michael Andrew (1:02.12) for 5th place.


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 53.12, Austin 2016
  1. GOLD: Taylor Ruck, 53.51
  2. SILVER: Margo Geer, 53.74
  3. BRONZE: Kayla Sanchez, 54.71

Indiana postgrad Margo Geer had the early speed, flipping in 25.78, but Canadian youngster Taylor Ruck went by her in the final 15 meters to win it in 53.51. That was Ruck’s 2nd medal of the night after taking silver in the 100 back. Geer wound up with silver in 53.74, clipping her lifetime best from prelims by 2 hundredths. Another Canadian junior, Kayla Sanchez, picked up a medal with her 3rd place finish. Sanchez came home hard to clip Bahamian Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (54.75) at the finish. Last night’s 100 fly champ Amanda Kendall, a teammate of Geer’s, wound up 5th in 55.42.


  1. GOLD: Nathan Adrian, 48.75
  2. SILVER: Ryan Held, 49.35
  3. BRONZE: Daniel Krueger, 49.77

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian took it out in 23.43 and extended his lead through the back half as he secured the win in 48.75. Rio Olympic teammate Ryan Held picked up the silver, outpacing junior standout Daniel Krueger as they were the only other swimmers to break 50 seconds. Justin Ress finished 4th on the back end of his 100 back/100 free double, touching in 50.28 ahead of Matias Koski (50.38).


  • Pro Swim Series Record: Katinka Hosszu, 2:08.66, Charlotte 2015
  1. GOLD: Sydney Pickrem, 2:09.92
  2. SILVER: Melanie Margalis, 2:10.66
  3. BRONZE: Madisyn Cox, 2:10.98

It was Canada on top again as Olympian Sydney Pickrem came within a second of her best time to win it in 2:09.92 and took down the former Pool Record set by Ariana Kukors at 2:10.34. Pickrem used her front-half speed to take the edge, holding off Olympic medalist Melanie Margalis down the stretch. U.S. National Teamer Madisyn Cox also cleared 2:11 to take the bronze. The medalists were over 3 seconds ahead of the field, with Evie Pfeifer taking 4th in 2:14.88.

MEN’S 200 IM:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Michael Phelps, 1:56.32, Indianapolis 2012
  1. GOLD: Chase Kalisz, 1:57.50
  2. SILVER: Will Licon, 2:01.08
  3. BRONZE: Carson Foster, 2:01.40

After winning the 200 fly earlier in the session, World Champion Chase Kalisz returned for yet another gold tonight. Kalisz completed the IM sweep, coming up just .11 shy of Michael Phelps’ Pool Record with his 1:57.50 win. Will Licon used his breaststroke speed to move into position to take the silver. Junior star Carson Foster closed in 28.16 to secure the bronze in a new lifetime best 2:01.40. That took over half a second off Foster’s former best 2:01.97 from 2017 Speedo Juniors.

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3 years ago

Is the live stream on USA swimming again?

Reply to  Swimfish87
3 years ago

No, it is on NBCSN

Reply to  swamr
3 years ago

And yet again if all you have is internet you can’t watch it

Reply to  Swimfish87
3 years ago

Yep, and they only show the final heat and not the consolation heat. They didn’t show the 800s either. I wish they would just put the live stream online. Also don’t like to listen to Rowdy and the NBC guy.

Reply to  Swimfish87
3 years ago

You should at least be able to re-watch the races on the USA swimming YouTube channel.

Reply to  ben
3 years ago

Nevermind. Apparently they’ve only uploaded B finals so far.

Reply to  ben
3 years ago

The recent pattern has been update the B Finals during the meet, the A finals on Tuesday or Wednesday the week after.

3 years ago

What’s the link to watch it live?

3 years ago

… and they do it again … live stream skips the 800s. WTF, USA Swimming?

Reply to  pwb
3 years ago

And no B heats! Lots of family and friends aren’t happy they can’t watch little Johnny swim!

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Reply to  korn
3 years ago

Email/ Call the people on this site. Let’s blitz em!


3 years ago

Back in 2016 when Ledecky set WR at 800 free in Austin, swimhistorian left this comment I’m still remember it today.

You gotta sorta feel for the other women in the race, or in any of Ledecky’s races, for that matter. Any woman who can swim an 800 LCM free in the 8:30’s is an incredible athlete. An 8:32, say, might be the glorious apotheosis of a really outstanding career. It takes physical talent, a great stroke, dedication, years and years of training, and a lot of guts to get to that level.

And yet, go that time in a race where Ledecky goes an 8:06, and you look as if you’re competing in a different event. You look almost….silly.… Read more »

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Reply to  gigglewater
3 years ago

yes, the world of swimming is constantly evolving and getting faster…

Reply to  gigglewater
3 years ago

To make the picture complete it worth to mention that PSS meet in Austin in 2016 was not just an intermediate training meet at the beginning of the season for Katie Ledecky. She had a special goal heading to this meet. Who else in the history of this meet comes fully tapered to set personal bests at practically all her disciplines: 53.7 – 1:54.4 – 3:59 -8:06. She either wanted to show what could’ve she done in Kazan five months earlier should there wasn’t 1500 race. Or she was preparing for the face-off race against Sjostrom focusing on improvement of her raw speed and everything else (including world record ) was a side effect.

3 years ago

No B Finals on the NBC Sports Network coverage either. You cut it down to 2 finals per event, you could show them all in 90 minutes, or at least put those on a live stream.

Reply to  1anda2
3 years ago

That doesn’t leave time for commercials

Reply to  Twizzlers
3 years ago

Very discouraging that we can’t watch it in Canada.

3 years ago

Well in Grevers! Still there fighting away, every year I kind of wait for somebody to step up and take his spot on the team, but I still can’t really see that happening again this year. What a career.

Interested to see where Nicholas Pyle goes in the next few years. For me, Greenbank lacks the front 50 to go the 53mid (minimum) Britain need and we’ll need Pyle, Clogg or Cross to develop further.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

I agree with the order: Pyle, Clogg, Cross.

3 years ago

Why can’t Conger do well in two events in one meet? He either does well (all relative of course) in 200 free or 200 fly or 100 fly. I am hoping that some day he is going to put it all together.

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Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

1:58.0 in 2 fly mid season is not bad …

Reply to  Jeff
3 years ago

He may have hit his ceiling.

3 years ago

Love watching Reese’s pullouts. Will be interesting to see what Durden does with his technique over the next few years

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