2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Austin: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2018 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – AUSTIN

Today marks the third day of the 2018 Pro Swim Series stop in Austin, Texas. After competing in this morning’s prelims, swimmers are now gearing up for the finals session, which will feature the 400 free, 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 50 breast, and 200 mystery IM. The 50s will have 3 elimination rounds, going from 8 swimmers to 4 swimmers down to the final 2 swimmers.

MEN’S 400 FREE FINAL:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Sun Yang, 3:43.55, Santa Clara 2016
  1. GOLD: Zane Grothe, 3:48.59
  2. SILVER: Anton Ipsen, 3:50.43
  3. BRONZE: Clark Smith, 3:52.56

Zane Grothe had another strong performance tonight, winning his 3rd gold of the meet. Grothe controlled the race from start to finish, stretching out his lead over Anton Ipsen across the final 200 meters to win in 3:48.59. Behind them, Clark Smith charged down the final 50 to chase down Shogo Takeda (3:52.93) and Jeremy Bagshaw (3:53.09) for bronze.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 24.17, Austin 2016

WINNER: MARGO GEER – 24.90

  • Round 1: Margo Geer topped round 1, just off her prelims time in 24.89. Also advancing were Yufei Zhang (25.21), Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (25.29), and Ky-Lee Perry (25.64).
  • Round 2: Geer was once again the only swimmer to break 25, touching in 24.91. Zhang (25.25) will join her in the final.
  • Round 3: Geer won the head-to-head matchup in 24.90. Zhang cleared 25 seconds to touch 2nd in 24.99.

MEN’S 50 FREE – 3 ROUNDS:

WINNER: NATHAN ADRIAN – 22.21

  • Round 1: Michael Andrew came through in 22.12. Nathan Adrian followed in 22.47 ahead of Ryan Held and Matias Koski (22.83).
  • Round 2: Andrew once again clipped Adrian, this time by just a hundredth as they hit the wall in 22.08 and 22.09 respectively to move on to the final showdown.
  • Round 3: It came down to the touch, but Adrian had the better finish to win in 22.21 to Andrew’s 22.34.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Natalie Coughlin, 27.51, Santa Clara 2015

WINNER: REGAN SMITH – 27.85

  • Round 1: Olivia Smoliga clipped Regan Smith, 28.21 to 28.34, in round 1. Also advancing wereXuwei Peng(28.66) and Jade Hannah (28.71)
  • Round 2: Smoliga kicked it up a notch to break the 28 barrier, touching in 27.98 ahead of Smith’s 28.07.
  • Round 3: Smoliga had the edge at the start, but Smith came through in the final 15 meters to out-touch Smoliga, 27.85 to 27.89, for the win.

MEN’S 50 BACK – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Junya Koga, 24.74, Charlotte 2015

WINNER: MATT GREVERS – 24.81

  • Round 1: Matt Grevers used his long reach to take the win in 25.20 over Nicholas Pyle (25.39). Justin Ress (25.40) and Jacob Pebley (25.50) were the next 2 into the semis.
  • Round 2: Ress and Grevers reached for the wall almost simultaneously in 25.10 and 25.11 respectively.
  • Round 3: Grevers had the final say with his 24.81 for the win, while Ress touched in 25.04.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINAL:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Katie Ledecky, 3:59.54, Austin 2016
  1. GOLD: Li Bingjie, 4:06.87
  2. SILVER: Hannah Moore, 4:11.48
  3. BRONZE: Sophie Cattermole, 4:12.04

Li Bingjie picked up another dominant win, outpacing the field by almost 5 seconds to win in 4:06.87. Hannah Moore collected another silver, while Sophie Cattermole outpaced Ashley Neidigh (4:13.80) for the bronze. Joanna Evans wound up 5th in 4:15.05.

WOMEN’S 50 BREAST – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Lilly King, 30.35, Charlotte 2016

WINNER: MOLLY HANNIS – 29.71

  • Round 1: Molly Hannis set a new Pro Swim Series Record to win in 30.27. Also advancing were Katie Meili (30.74), Rachel Nicol (31.03), and Breeja Larson (31.24).
  • Round 2: Hannis (30.35) turned in another 30-low to lead the pack, while Meili (30.77) took the 2nd slot for the final.
  • Round 3: Hannis blew away the Pro Swim Series Record again with an impressive 29.71. That’s about 3 tenths shy of the World Record. Meili touched in 30.87.

MEN’S 50 BREAST – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Cody Miller, 27.39, Charlotte 2016

WINNER: NIC FINK – 27.44

  • Round 1: Yan Zibei (27.76) just edged out Andrew Wilson (27.77) by a hundredth. Nic Fink (28.03) and Alexander Milanovich (28.07) were the next 2 in.
  • Round 2: Wilson came within 4 hundredths of the Pro Swim Series Record to win in 27.43, while Fink (27.59) edged out Zibei (27.63) for the 2nd finals spot.
  • Round 3: Fink won an extremely close battle by 3 hundredths, 27.44 to 27.47, over Wilson.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Dana Vollmer, 25.80, Charlotte 2012

WINNER: AMANDA KENDALL – 26.07

  • Round 1: Amanda Kendall was the fastest through round 1 in 26.27 ahead of 50 free runner-up Yufei Zhang (26.57). Hellen Moffitt (26.63) and Harriet Jones (26.75) also advanced.
  • Round 2: Zhang came through with a 26.23, followed by Kendall in 26.31.
  • Round 3: Kendall and Zhang were stroke-for-stroke into the wall, with Kendall charging forward at the flags to wion it in 26.07 over Zhang’s 26.21.

MEN’S 50 FLY – 3 ROUNDS:

  • Pro Swim Series Record: Matt Targett, 23.11, Charlotte 2012

WINNER: JACK CONGER – 23.37

  • Round 1: Michael Andrew was back in action as the top qualifier in 23.75. Jack Conger (23.90), Ryan Held (23.94), and Paul Le (24.24) will join him in the semis.
  • Round 2: Andrew and Conger raced in for a tie at 23.59 to advance.
  • Round 3: It came down to the last tenth of a second, with Conger topping Andrew 23.37 to 23.43.

WOMEN’S AND MEN’S MYSTERY IM:

Watch the new #TYRProSeries mystery medley (the order of strokes is chosen right before the race) EXCLUSIVELY on #DeckPassLive! You don’t want to miss this.

Posted by USA Swimming on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Madisyn Cox won the women’s version of the event in 2:16.12. Her splits were as follows: 27.54/38.31/35.05/35.22. Alicia Wilson tried to run her down on the final 50, splitting 29.17/39.39/35.29/32.96 as she placed 2nd in 2:16.81.

Carson Foster came from behind to win it by nearly a second in 2:03.18 with the following splits: 31.37/29.49/31.07/31.25. Andreas Vazaios (2:04.22) swam free on the closing leg, making up a lot of ground on both Foster and Brodie Williams (2:04.22), but ran out of room as he finished 3rd.

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56 Comments on "2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Austin: Day 3 Finals Live Recap"

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So if your cable doesn’t carry the Olympic channel, one can’t watch finals tonight?

At least you don’t have to listen to Rowdy

Cheatin Vlad

Margo Geer won the 50m free in a 24.9. Kind of interesting to see the two finalists go head to head.

Michael Andrew “lost” to Adrian, but beat him twice and had the fastest time of the event.

It’s irrelevant. Swim to get through, then the final round is the only one that counts. Look what Grevers did in Back, fast enough to get through, then had something left in final round. MA could learn something.

Yea, fastest in prelims. Slower at night. Congrats!

USRPT ***should*** be good for this 3 round format. Hmm…

Watch his Deck Pass Live interview with Brendan Hansen… he actually thought he had an advantage being younger than Adrian and could recover faster….. whoops.

Maybe if Nathan had to go all out but he was better and harnessing himself in first round

Applesandoranges

Irrelevant. All that matters in the end is who wins in the final. In other words, if I had wheels I’d be a trolley.

nah actually pretty unfunny how they made it with these 3 rounds.
id rather see one good swim and actually this format is “irrelevant”, and andrews 22.0s are not. sounds a lot like you are just one of those thousands of haters of andrew, and if so, i dont even mind.. just cant agree with your statement

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No ax to grind and definitely no hater of MA. i want Andrews to succeed because the sprints could use some young blood. An MA wind would have been a sort of quasi validation of the USRPT system (which I know nothing about), and it would light a fire under the collective rear ends of the old guard. The format might be irrelevant, but everyone swam the same races in the same format. If the format was whoever has the fastest times of three rounds is the winner, fine. However, in an event where there is a set final round, whomever wins the that race is the winner of the race, both by format and definition. You may not agree… Read more »

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She got her M.S. in Criminology from Florida State and seems exceptionally confused about which team she should cheer for during the college football season. Lauren is currently working on her M.A. in …

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