2018 TYR PRO DERBY
The 2018 TYR Pro Derby will be held at the University of Louisville on April 28th, featuring a shootout style set of heats of 50 freestyle. The meet will have Sam Kendricks announcing, while 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte will emcee the meet. Going hand-in-hand with the competition will be a drowning prevention clinic, to be held prior to the meet on April 26th. About 100 children who have no prior swimming experience are expected to attend the clinic, making it a beneficial event for the Louisville community.
We’ll go over who we’ll see racing on the men’s side, and break down our predictions for each round.
HOW IT WORKS
- First Round – eight swimmers race, one heat for men, one for women. The top six qualify to the next round.
- Second Round – six swimmers race, one heat for men, one for women. The top four qualify to the next round.
- Third Round – four swimmers race, one heat for men, one for women. The top four all win cash prizes. $4,000 for first, down to $1,000 for fourth.
FIRST ROUND PREDICTIONS
IN (in no particular order): Andrey Govorov, Kristian Gkolomeev, Shinri Shioura, Bruno Fratus, Michael Chadwick, Michael Andrew
OUT: Joao DeLucca, Dylan Carter
Both with PRs well back (four tenths) of the guy ahead of them, DeLucca and Carter are our picks to miss out on the second round.
SECOND ROUND PREDICTIONS
IN (in no particular order): Bruno Fratus, Andrey Govorov, Michael Andrew, Shinri Shioura
OUT: Michael Chadwick, Kristian Gkolomeev
Andrew has been the most consistent in the sprint races, and last month he touched out Nathan Adrian in this race in Atlanta. Shioura has been part of the Japanese sprinting rise the last few years, and Fratus and Govorov are proven talents.
THIRD ROUND PREDICTIONS
FIRST: Bruno Fratus
SECOND: Andrey Govorov
THIRD: Shinri Shioura
FOURTH: Michael Andrew
Fratus is hands down the best sprint freestyler here. Andrew could bump up if someone has an off race.