2018 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – MESA
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The 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Mesa, Arizona concluded this morning with timed finals of the men’s and women’s 1500 free. Read on for a recap of today’s action.
WOMEN’S 1500 FREE:
Indiana postgrad Ashley Neidigh, representing Mission Viejo, and Georgia’s Olivia Anderson were closely matched through the 400 as Neidigh led by about half a second. Neidigh, the Winter Nationals mile champ, started to take off around the 500-meter mark and stretched out her lead to over 10 seconds as she won the race in 16:38.24. That was a little over 5 seconds shy of her best: a 16:32.76 from last summer’s Nationals.
Anderson, who finished 4th in the 800 free here, picked up her first top-3 finish of the meet. Anderson is a Canadian distance standout who just competed for Georgia at NCAAs as a freshman. She wound up 2nd here in 16:50.92. They were the only swimmers sub-17, but Tennessee’s Amanda Nunan was close to the mark with a 17:02.77 for 3rd.
MEN’S 1500 FREE:
World champs medalist and short course mile American Record holder Zane Grothe set the pace, with open water world champion Jordan Wilimovsky trailing closely through the 800. Grothe started to open up his lead from there, pulling body lengths ahead to lead by over 3 seconds with 200 meters to go. He finished in 15:08.22, topping Wilimovsky by 7 seconds. This was Wilimovsky’s first mile of the 2017-18 season. He finished 2nd in 15:15.78.
Notably, Indiana postgrad Marwan El Kamash, who won the 200 free and dominated the 400 free at this meet, opted out of the event this morning. He’s had a couple of close races with teammate Grothe here, but Grothe edged him out in the 800 free.
Editor’s Note: Ashley Neidigh is the sister of author Lauren Neidigh