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


It’s the last night of finals at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Mesa and swimmers are getting ready for the 400 free, 50 stroke shootouts, and 200 mystery IM. In the shootouts, the top 8 swimmers in each of the respective strokes will compete in the quarterfinal. The 4 fastest swimmers then move on to the semifinal, with the fastest 2 from the semifinal moving on to the final. Those swimmers then go head-to-head to determine the winner. In the mystery IMs, swimmers won’t know which stroke order they’re swimming in until they draw a lane number. The stroke order varies from lane to lane.


  1. GOLD: Marwan El Kamash , 3: 49.52
  2. SILVER: Zane Grothe, 3:53.86
  3. BRONZE: Jordan Wilimovsky, 3:54.37

It was all Marwan El Kamash tonight as he was the only swimmer to break 3:50 tonight. El Kamash is the Egyptian Record holder with his 3:46.3 from last summer’s Worlds. His teammate, Indiana postgrad Zane Grothe, finished 2nd as he held off Jordan Wilimovsky down the stretch. Wilimovsky is an open water World Champion and Grothe is the American Record holder in the short course 500 free.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Kelsi Dahlia (26.12), Louise Hansson (26.26), and Farida Osman (26.37), were narrowly separated to make up the top 3. Hellen Moffitt, the 8th fastest American ever, also advanced to the semifinal with a 26.39 as she out-touched Aliena Schmidtke (26.52). Louisville’s Mallory Comerford (26.65) wound up 6th, but will compete later tonight in the 50 free where she’s the 2nd seed.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Kelsi Dahlia was once again the fastest to the wall as she touched in 26.18, nearly matching her round 1 time. It was a close call into the finish, but NCAA 100 fly champ Farida Osman (26.30) dug in as she swam through the closing meters to out-touch Louise Hansson (26.37) and Hellen Moffitt (26.45).
  • Round 3 (Final): Dahlia had a huge advantage with her killer underwaters and never let up, winning with the 6th fastest time in the world this year as she touched in 25.74. That was less than 2 tenths shy of her American Record and a new Pro Swim Series Record, breaking the 25.80 done by Dana Vollmer in 2012. Osman touched in 26.95 for 2nd.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Michael Andrew was the top man through in 23.46. that was less than a tenth shy of his prelims time and a couple of tenths off his lifetime best 23.22. Tim Phillips also broke 24 in the first round, touching 2nd in 23.77. Marcus Schlesinger (24.08) and Meiron Cheruti (24.21) advanced to the semifinal. Giles Smith, an All-American at Arizona turned postgrad for Phoenix Swim Club, was just .05 shy of advancing.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Andrew was slightly faster this time throguh with a 23.40 to win it, while Phillips tied his round 1 time in 23.77. Schlesinger touched 3rd in 24.28 ahead of Cheruti (24.77), both slightly slower than their quarterfinal times.
  • Round 3 (Final): Andrew had his fastest swim of the night as he dominated in 23.38. Phillips was a few tenths shy of his best of the day in 24.11.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Olivia Smoliga was the fastest through the quarterfinal by over 3 tenths in 28.08, just .07 shy of her prelims swim. Smoliga, the 9th fastest American in history, will look to move up in the American rankings tonight. Her best is a 27.89 from the Austin Pro Swim this year, where she narrowly missed winning the shootouts. Also advancing were Ali Deloof (28.43), Katharine Berkoff (28.68), and Amy Bilquist (29.00).
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Smoliga tied her lifetime best to dominate the semifinal, touching 27.89. She remains the 9th fastest American performer ever. Fellow National Teamer Ali Deloof will advance to the semifinal with her, as she touched in 28.45 ahead of Berkoff (28.75) and Bilquist (28.85)
  • Round 3 (Final): Olivia Smoliga came through with a new American Record in 27.43, clearing the former mark of 27.48 done by Kathleen Baker last summer. That makes her the fastest American Record ever after she entered the meet at #9 all-time among Americans.

All-Time Top American Performers: Women’s 50 Back

1 Olivia Smoliga 27.43
2 Kathleen Baker 27.48
3 Natalie Coughlin 27.51
4 Hannah Stevens 27.63
5 Rachel Bootsma 27.68
6 Demerae Christiansen 27.79
7 Hayley McGregory 27.80
8 Ali Deloof 27.82
9 Regan Smith 27.85
10 Jenny Hanselmann 27.92



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Mark Nikolaev, Grand Canyon’s first NCAA scorer, was once again the fastest through as he touched in 25.55 in the quarterfinal ahead of Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers (25.95). Youssef Said (25.98) and Kyle Robrock (26.55) will join them in the semifinal.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Matt Grevers had the upper hand this time, touching in 25.53 ahead of Nikolaev (25.65) as they advanced to the final.
  • Round 3 (Final): Grevers knocked a tenth off his semis time to win the final in 25.42, as Nikolaev followed in 26.19. Grevers is now undefeated in the 50 back shootout titles since they were first implemented at the Austin Pro Swim in January.


  1. GOLD: Leah Smith, 4:07.25
  2. SILVER: Hali Flickinger, 4:09.68
  3. BRONZE: Cierra Runge, 4:14.37

Leah Smith completed the 200-400-800 sweep at this meet as she dominated in 4:07.25. This was her first meet of the 2018 season, but she was still a few hundredths faster tonight than she was in the final at this meet last season. Runner-up Hali Flickinger was the only other swimmer to break 4:10, finishing just a few tenths sshy of her season best from Atlanta. Cierra Runge nabbed another bronze as she outpaced Winter Nats 500 champ Ashley Neidigh (4:15.05). and Vietnamese Record holder Vien Nguyen (4:16.71) was in position to challenge Neidigh for 4th, but Neidigh and Sophie Cattermole (4:16.31) pulled ahead in the closing meters.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Molly Hannis rolled through in a 30.44, while Breeja Larson was the only other swimmer to break 31 in 30.78. Junior National Teamer Zoe Bartel (31.65) and Peyton Kondis (31.79) also advanced to the semifinal.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Larson was the fastest through this time, clipping Hannis 30.47 to 30.50 as they advanced to the final. Bartel was 3rd in 31.57 ahead of Kondis (31.82).
  • Round 3 (Final): Hannis used her quick turnover to pull away in the final 15 meters, once again dipping under 30 in 29.97. Larson finished 2nd in 30.42.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): It was an extremely close race into the finish, but Itay Goldfaden (27.59) out-touched Ian Finnerty (27.60) by a hundredth. Narrowly behind were Austin shootout winner Nic Fink (27.69) and Egyptian Record holder Youssef El Kamash (27.76) as they advanced to the semis. Missing out by 5 hundredths was Olympic breaststroker Kevin Cordes in 27.81.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Nic Fink has a shot at winning another round of shootouts after he qualified 1st for the final round in 27.74. Ian Finnerty, the first man to break 50 in the 100 yard breast, will join him in the final as he touched 2nd in 27.82.
  • Round 3 (Final): It was a close race into the finish, but Fink put up his fastest swim of the day, a 27.69, tying his quarterfinal swim to win it. He’s now undefeated in 50 breast shootouts since he won the event in Austin as well. Finnerty was close behind in 27.89 for 2nd.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Mallory Comerford and Margo Geer were both sub-25 right out of the gate tonight, with Comerford touching slightly ahead 24.94 to 24.96. Also moving on were Madison Kennedy (25.07) and Kelsi Dahlia (25.24), winner of the 50 fly shootouts. Olympic sprinter Lia Neal was just out of the top 4 in 25.36 for 5th.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): Notably, Kennedy didn’t swim this round, so Neal was bumped up into the semifinal. Comerford was the fastest through again in 25.00, while Neal hit the wall in 25.42. Neal narrowly out-touched Geer, the Austin 50 free shootout champ, and Dahlia, who tied for 3rd in 25.48.
  • Round 3 (Final): Comerford got the job done in the final round, touching in 25.10 ahead of Neal’s 25.59. Comerford’s fastest swim of the rounds, her 24.94 from the quarterfinal, was just 6 hundredths shy of her best time. That’s a sold swim coming off a break after NCAAs last month.



  • Round 1 (Quarterfinal): Shortly after his 50 fly win, Andrew returned for the 50 free shootouts, leading the first round in 22.25 ahead of Michael Chadwick (22.41). Nathan Adrian was a nail behind in 22.44. Also moving on is Bruno Blaskovic, who took 4th in 22.72. Cullen Jones narrowly missed the semis with his 22.80 for 5th place.
  • Round 2 (Semifinal): It’ll be Adrian vs. Andrew again in the final round, as Adrian touched in 22.52 with Andrew following in 22.69. Chadwick followed closely in 3rd as he touched in 22.77.
  • Round 3 (Final): Adrian once again took the win over Andrew, 22.94 to 23.70. Adrian is still undefeated in 50 free shootouts as he won the race in Austin.


  1. GOLD: Leah Smith, 2:18.19
  2. SILVER: Callie Dickinson, 2:18.79
  3. BRONZE: Eleanna Koutsouveli, 2:18.85

Leah Smith got to start with freestyle out of lane 1, flipping in 28.07 to take the early lead. Smith then had to swim backstroke, but Zoe Bartel started to catch up as she was swimming fly. Isleta eventually took over the lead with free on the 2nd leg. Smith took over the lead again as she swam fly on the 3rd leg, but she had to swim breast on the final lap. Isleta and Bartel both had to finish with breast as well. Smith was able to hold off the field in 2:18.19, followed by Callie Dickinson (2:18.79) and Eleanna Koutsouveli (2:18.85).


  1. GOLD: Gianluca Urlando, 2:06.09
  2. SILVER: Jarod Arroyo, 2:06.89
  3. BRONZE: Isaac Stump, 2:07.35

Daniel Sos led with a 25.93 free leg up front, followed closely byASU’s Grant House. Gianluca Urlando then took over by 3 seconds as he had free on the 2nd leg. He still led through the 3rd leg, but Sos was catching back up. Both men had to close with breaststroke. Urlando was able to hold off the field in 2:06.09, while Jarod Arroyo swam free on the final leg to touch 2nd. Arizona’s Isaac Stump swam back on the final leg to run down Sos for bronze.

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4 years ago

How did Lia Neal finish 5th in the first Quarterfinal, by then finish Second overall in the 50 Free? I thought only the top 4 move on?

4 years ago

Wonder how Comerford will swim at nationals this summer— hard to gauge what these times mean when likely she isn’t broken or into crazy hard training coming off a break and college season.

Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

I don’t know what Mallory will prioritize…improving the 200 closer to her short course level, or more speed toward the 50/100. None of the long course races suit her as well as the 200 short course with all those turns and underwaters.

In watching these races it’s typically the swimmer who stays underwater longest who has the edge. I have no idea why they don’t make that the ultimate priority. If it’s me I’m not taking a stroke until forced.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Mallory Comerford’s best event in long course is by far the 100 free. She must focus on that event for Tokyo. She must continue to take power and work her speed. 50 free/100 free more than 100 free/200 free. If she wants an individual medal and especially the best of the medals in 2020 that’s clearly in the 100 free. No 100 fly in individual and no 200 free in individual earlier in the meet if she wants to beat girls like Simone Manuel or the Campbell sisters. She has a 52 low potential in the 100 free. Her goal in the next 2 years must be to lower her 50 free PB to 24.20/24.30 and the 52 low in… Read more »

4 years ago

In this 50 free competition she had the longest underwater. That was the way she got under 1:40 in SCY. Her 200 free at this meet doesn’t look promising. Besides Ledecky and Smith cannot predict now who else will be on 4×200 relay.

4 years ago

Dullest one of these meets in quite a while

4 years ago

Rough last 50 of the night for MA slower than his 50 fly

samuel huntington
Reply to  Friuti
4 years ago

Adrian wasn’t the greatest either, weird

4 years ago

Damn, Smoliga had a huge swim tonight. She will be a force in the 100 back, which I think might be the strogest event in the world right now.

4 years ago

I don’t see a write up for Bergen tonight, but Phillip Heintz went 1:56.67 for the 2nd fastest 200 IM of the year, and Sarah Köhler went 8:20 in the 800 free. Germans are using this meet for Euros qualifying.

Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

Heintz is 3rd, Wang Shun swam 1:56.57 at Chinese Nats yesterday. Köhler is also 3rd.

Aussie crawl
4 years ago

Nice to see the yanks adopt a knockout “skins” event

A non-e mouse
Reply to  Aussie crawl
4 years ago

Big fan of the format at meets like this, always interesting to see how folks do in them

Reply to  Aussie crawl
4 years ago

I thought I would hate it, but really enjoyed it. The only reason I tuned in was to see Nathan Adrian. Glad I did.

Becky D
4 years ago

Hey! I would have placed in that heat of women’s 400 free with my best time as a 13 year old! (It helps that the 8th place swimmer practically stopped after 200.)

40 Flat
Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

Congrats Becky

Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

She improved her time at 200 free.

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