2018 Santa Clara Pro Swim Series: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


The third of four days is set to get underway at the TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara, with the 100 back, 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 free and 200 IM on today’s schedule.

Among the highlights, we’ll see Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte race in the 6th heat of the men’s 200 IM, with a potential intriguing battle between those two and Chase Kalisz brewing for tonight. Lochte will also swim the 100 back, Kalisz will do the 200 fly, and Dressel is in the 100 freestyle where he’ll look to end Nathan Adrian‘s PSS undefeated streak.

On the women’s side, the 100 freestyle is loaded including co-Olympic champions Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak in action, along with Katie LedeckyKylie MasseRegan Smith and Olivia Smoliga headline the women’s 100 back, while Lilly King will be the one to beat in the 100 breast.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 58.96, Emily Seebohm, 2016
  1. Ali Deloof, CW, 1:00.25
  2. Regan Smith, RIPT, 1:00.57
  3. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 1:00.81
  4. Kylie Masse, SO, 1:00.91
  5. Claire Adams, CSC, 1:01.53
  6. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 1:01.71
  7. Amy Bilquist, CAL, 1:01.75
  8. Kennedy Goss, SO, 1:02.04
  9. Keaton Blovad, CAL, 1:02.08

All of the big guns cruised through the women’s 100 back prelims easily, with Ali DeloofRegan Smith and Kylie Masse winning the three circle-seeded heats in 1:00-point for seeds 1, 2 and 4, with Olivia Smoliga in at 3rd. All three of the Americans have been 59 this year, while Masse leads the world ranks with her 58.54 from the Commonwealth Games.

Claire Adams and Amy Bilquist were both just a few tenths off their season bests for the 5th and 6th seeds.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
  1. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 54.86
  2. Ryosuke Irie, TE, 55.29
  3. Matt Grevers, FORD, 55.40
  4. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 55.45
  5. Daniel Carr, CAL, 55.57
  6. Javier Acevedo, SO, 55.60
  7. Markus Thormeyer, SO, 56.02
  8. Austin Katz, UN, 56.07
  9. Chris Staka, UN, 56.38

Ryan Murphy was the lone man sub-55 this morning in the 100 back prelims, cruising to a time of 54.86 as he won the last heat over teammate Jacob Pebley who qualifies 4th.

Ryosuke Irie and Matt Grevers won the other two circle-seeded heats, and Cal’s Daniel Carr, who had a very successful NCAA campaign, posted a very strong 55.57 in his first LC 100 back of the season.

Between Murphy, Irie, Grevers, Pebley and 7th seed Markus Thormeyer, five of the world’s top-14 100 backstrokers this year will contest tonight’s final.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:06.76, Cammile Adams, 2012
  1. Leah Smith, FORD, 2:11.27
  2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 2:11.32
  3. Kelsi Dahlia, CARD, 2:12.08
  4. Regan Smith, RIPT, 2:12.42
  5. Dakota Luther, ASC, 2:13.00
  6. Sarah Gibson, TE, 2:13.37
  7. Lauren Case, UN, 2:13.54
  8. Maria Jose Mata Coco, MEX, 2:14.53
  9. Hannah Kukurugya, STAN, 2:14.82

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford was very strong this morning in the women’s 200 fly, posting a new best time of 2:11.27, knocking off 1.3 seconds from her showing in Indianapolis. She takes the top seed into tonight, with Cal’s Katie McLaughlin just one tenth off her season best for 2nd in 2:11.32.

Kelsi Dahlia had a decent morning swim for 3rd in 2:12.08, including posting the fastest final 50 in the field in 33.51, while Regan Smith had a nice double to come back shortly after her 100 back and take 4th overall in 2:12.42.

Notably, Penny Oleksiak and Ella Eastin didn’t swim their heats.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:55.29, Li Zhuhao, 2017
  1. Jan Switkowski, GSC, 1:59.15
  2. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 1:59.26
  3. Trenton Julian, ROSE, 1:59.31
  4. Jack Conger, NCAP / Justin Wright, FORD, 1:59.52
  5. Pace Clark, ABSC, 1:59.81
  6. Zheng Quah, CAL, 1:59.84
  7. Tom Shields, CAL, 1:59.99
  8. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:00.25

Jan Switkowski of the Gator Swim Club leads the pack after the heats in the men’s 200 fly, running down Trenton Julian and Pace Clark in the fifth of six heats to touch in a time of 1:59.15. Julian went a personal best of 1:59.31 for the 3rd overall seed, and Clark qualified in 6th.

Chase Kalisz won his heat in 1:59.26 for the 2nd seed, and Jack Conger and Justin Wright tied in the final heat for 4th overall in 1:59.52.

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:05.57, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Lilly King, IST, 1:08.40
  2. Melissa Rodriguez, MEX, 1:09.19
  3. Rachel Bernhardt, GAME, 1:09.20
  4. Annie Lazor, UN, 1:09.65
  5. Kim Williams, STAN, 1:10.27
  6. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 1:10.67
  7. Emily Escobedo, COND, 1:10.92
  8. Kennedy Lohman, LAK, 1:11.11
  9. Claire Beaty, UN, 1:11.89

World record holder Lilly King blasted out to a big lead in the final heat of the women’s 100 breast, turning in 31.94 before cruising home and touching in the top time of the morning in 1:08.40. King currently sits atop the world rankings with her 1:05.90 done last month in Indianapolis.

Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was just .03 off her lifetime best for the 2nd seed in 1:09.19, out-touching Rachel Bernhardt by .01 in heat five. With that swim, Bernhardt has now had her five fastest swims ever done this year.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • 58.86, Adam Peaty, 2017
  1. Andrew Wilson, TXLA, 1:01.37
  2. Josh Prenot, CAL / Miguel De Lara Ojeda, MEX, 1:01.40
  3. Cody Miller, SAND, 1:01.51
  4. Wyatt Hodges, CAL, 1:01.82
  5. Nic Fink, ABSC, 1:01.96
  6. Kevin Cordes, TIGR, 1:01.99
  7. Chuck Katis, UN, 1:02.22
  8. Connor Hoppe, CAL, 1:02.35

The big men in the 100 breast did what they had to do in order to advance to the A-final, with Andrew Wilson leading the pack in 1:01.37 and Josh Prenot and Miguel De Lara Ojeda winning the other two circle-seeded heats in identical 1:01.40s for 2nd.

After missing the 200 final, Cody Miller had a much better morning swim for 4th overall in 1:01.51, and Cal’s Wyatt Hodges dropped a big best time for 5th in 1:01.82 (down from 1:03.51 from 2014). Hodges also dropped a ton of time yesterday in the 200 heats before being DQed.

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Simone Manuel, STAN, 53.93
  2. Lia Neal, STAN, 53.95
  3. Penny Oleksiak, SO, 54.28
  4. Katie Ledecky, STAN, 54.82
  5. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 54.93
  6. Abbey Weitzeil, CAL, 55.22
  7. Catie Deloof, CW, 55.48
  8. Lil Ibanez Lopez, MEX, 55.76
  9. Gabby Deloof, CW, 55.77

Stanford teammates Simone Manuel and Lia Neal duelled it out in the last heat of the women’s 100 free, with Neal making up some ground on the back half but Manuel clipping her at the wall in a time of 53.93. Manuel leads the field heading into tonight, with Neal just .02 back for 2nd. That is Neal’s first time sub-54 this year, while Manuel is in a great spot to improve her fastest this year of 53.84 in the final.

After skipping the 200 fly, Penny Oleksiak had a very impressive showing to win the penultimate heat in 54.28, qualifying her 3rd overall. This swim was her fastest since the Commonwealth Games in April.

Katie Ledecky and Katie McLaughlin were also sub-55, and Abbey Weitzeil had a season best for 6th in 55.22. Madison Kennedy went for a 50 split time in her race, going 25.40.

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

  1. Michael Jensen, CAL, 49.83
  2. Markus Thormeyer, HPVC, 49.90
  3. Zach Apple, UN, 49.91
  4. Dean Farris, HARV, 49.92
  5. Michael Chadwick, UN, 50.11
  6. Josh Fleagle, UN, 50.16
  7. Caeleb Dressel, BSS, 50.24
  8. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 50.35
  9. Long Gutierrez, CAL, 50.37

Cal’s Michael Jensen leads the men’s 100 free into the final after clocking in at 49.83, in what was an insanely close prelims where a ton of big names missed the A-final. Jensen won the first circle-seeded heat, just ahead of Dean Farris, while Markus Thormeyer and Zach Apple were the only two others to crack 50.

Long Gutierrez won the penultimate heat, but ended up 9th overall, with Nathan Adrian placing 3rd in the heat and ultimately missing the A-final in 15th (50.57). Caeleb Dressel did get through in 7th, while Yuri Kisil (50.38), Park Tae Hwan (50.44) and Townley Haas (50.50) were a few others who missed. This puts an end to Adrian’s PSS unbeaten streak in the event.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 2:14.66
  2. Kim Williams, STAN, 2:15.44
  3. Sarah Darcel, UN, 2:15.47
  4. Lisa Bratton, AGS, 2:16.55
  5. Emma Barksdale, GAME, 2:17.18
  6. Beata Nelson, WA, 2:18.16
  7. Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, MEX, 2:18.95
  8. Meaghan Raab, NAC, 2:19.58
  9. Kristen Romano, Puerto Rico, 2:20.44

Melanie Margalis cruised to win the final heat of the women’s 200 IM, qualifying 1st in 2:14.66. With her biggest challengers coming into the meet Madisyn Cox (scratched) and Ella Eastin (NS) not competing, the race tonight shapes up to be her against the clock.

Stanford’s Kim Williams had an impressive showing in Margalis’ heat to take 2nd in 2:15.44, with Sarah Darcel and Emma Barksdale winning the other two circle-seeded heats for 3rd and 5th.

Along with Eastin’s no show, Allie Szekely was DQed after initially going 2:16.46.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012
  1. Ryan Lochte, UN, 2:00.52
  2. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 2:00.64
  3. Hiromasa Fujimori, PSC, 2:01.64
  4. Takeharu Fujimori, PSC, 2:02.22
  5. Rysouke Irie, TE, 2:02.31
  6. Andrew Seliskar, CAL, 2:02.71
  7. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:02.81
  8. Mark Szaranek, GSC, 2:03.31
  9. Jan Switkowski, GSC, 2:03.32

Ryan Lochte put together a very solid preliminary swim in the men’s 200 IM, leading the field in 2:00.52. He’ll look to lower his season best of 1:58.90 tonight.

Chase Kalisz, the fastest American in the world this year with his time of 1:57.50, was 2nd overall in 2:00.64 and should have an exciting battle with Lochte tonight. Hiromasa Fujimori and Takeharu Fujimori, both of the Phoenix Swim Club sit 3rd and 4th, and their Japanese countryman Ryosuke Irie is a close 5th.

Notably, Caeleb Dressel didn’t show for his heat.

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3 years ago

As I mentioned before I think that this meet is about short distances for Katie Ledecky.
When she was 1:54.43 in Austin (Jan 2016) she set personal best in 100 as 53.75
In Rio with 1:53.73 she was about 53.1 – 53.25 in 100 ( equivalent of her 52.6 relay split)
Yesterday she was 1:54.5 that makes me to expect 54.0 or even under 54 time in 100. Let’s see if the 2016 type pattern still exists or we have different Katie now.

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

I love how quickly you jump on and off bandwagons and then try to pass it off as some sort of educated observation

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

It takes years to perfect. And it IS educated observation. That is what I’m doing for living. Thank you for flattering me. 😀 😀

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

To the person who dislikes educated observations.
Katie Ledecky in 200:
January 2016, Austin: 27.38 – 56.19 – 1:25.31 – 1:54.43
May 2018, Santa Clara: 27.40 – 56.14 – 1:25.33 – 1:54.56
Was it done by robot or by a human?
Does it say anything about Ledecky’s progress/development/whatever to your uneducated approach?

Another observation – Ledecky’s second half at 200
Rio (1:53.73): 29.12 – 29.18
Austin (1:54.43): 29.12 – 29.12
Santa Clara (154.56): 29.19 – 29.22
Like twins. Everything that has been happening is happening at first half of the distance.
Does it help in making predictions? For uneducated approach this data are useless.

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

No one said they dislike educated observation. It’s how you completely switch viewpoints while pretending you were never wrong that annoys some of us.

Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

Take it or leave it. It was never the intention to annoy anybody here. Thank you for reading my posts.
The opinion about swimmer’s prospects can change depending on his/her performances during his/her swimming career. Has anybody predicted Sjostrom’s 2017 super improvement after her being in stagnation with her pb in freestyle since the summer 2014? I don’t think so. And vice versa. Has anybody predicted Franklin’s sharp decline after glorious improvements of 2012,2013 years? I don’t think so. So the adjustments of estimates is a typical procedure of data processing.
Katie Ledecky and her 200 event. If she didn’t change her strategy and will swimming it same way I won’t see her swimming the second half of… Read more »

Reply to  DMacNCheez
3 years ago

Janet Evans on Katie Ledecky’s Career on The Morning Swim Show


4:50, 17:17

Perspective ………………………. the aforementioned poster has none.

Go Bearcats
3 years ago

🙁 No Seliskar in the A-Final of the 200 fly. After that 200 free, my gut says he chilled a little too hard this morning and will be gunning tonight.

3 years ago

Penny Oleksiak Declared false start in 200 fly…… ups!
I hope in 100 free we can see Penny in the final against Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky, it will be a great final.

3 years ago

What is declared false start? Is this false start? Ryan Lochte false start second time? Badless..

Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

Large amount swimmers false starts this event. Why? This is not routine.. Lochte, Oleksiak and more superstars..

Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

“This is not routine”

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

My english is bad. I am from Estonia.

E Gamble
Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

You get an A+ for the effort. 😊

Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

At this meet, there is no penalty for missing a preliminary heat. It. Just counts as one of 7 swims maximum

Robert Gibbs
Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

A Declared False Start just means the swimmer chose not to compete in the event, but didn’t “scratch” earlier.

Reply to  Kristiina
3 years ago

Declared false start is how you scratch an event without penalty. In many meets if you don’t declare a false start you are not allowed to swim your next event.

3 years ago

Well…that’s not quite how I expected Adrian’s streak to go down.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

End of an era…

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Me neither. Miscalculation on his part for not swimming fast enough in prelims. But if he goes faster than everyone in the A final I’d still count his streak as unbroken

Go Bearcats
Reply to  Sqimgod
3 years ago

Agreed. I think if he wins it from the B heat, the next swimswam poll should be whether or not we count it

Reply to  Go Bearcats
3 years ago

To quote SVIRD from a different article “Why even have prelims if we are gonna disregard the result?”. I’m a huge Adrian fan, but prelims exist for a reason, so unfortunately the streak is over, period.

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago


Right Dude Here
3 years ago

GodKing Farris gonna beat Dressel tonight.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

RIP Nathan.

3 years ago

Looks like Florida isn’t doing any doubles at this meet.

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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