2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Mesa: Neidigh, Grothe Win 1500 Free Titles


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.


  1. GOLD: Ashley Neidigh, 16:38.24
  2. SILVER: Olivia Anderson, 16:50.92
  3. BRONZE: Amanda Nunan, 17:02.77

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:

  1. GOLD: Zane Grothe, 15:08.22
  2. SILVER: Jordan Wilimovsky, 15:15.78
  3. BRONZE: Marcelo Acosta, 15:40.33

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.

Louisville All-American Marcelo Acosta touched in 15:40.33 for 3rd, outpacing U.S. World Championships team member Robert Finke (15:44.22).

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

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THE crowd was very into this race.


In his interview he said he was going after scm 1500, I think it’s likely he could work towards that world record. The short course vs long course mile are different beasts. Hopefully him and other Americans, smith, wilimovsky don’t shy away from the 1500 lc in 2020.


It is either the breaking of 16 min barrier in women’s 1500 is indeed a great achievement or American long distance isn’t in good shape. Katie Ledecky created an illusion that Americans are highly successful in mile race, but if one takes Katie out of the picture nobody will left to compete at world level. Smith was the closest one who approached 16 min but I can’t see her a contender for the podium at major competitions.


Lol ok

Lauren Neidigh

It’s a pro swim in April and they had to swim it at 8 a.m. on the last day of an in-season meet…. lol. A lot of people travel home on Sunday morning and don’t swim it. Plus a lot of people weren’t at this meet. There’s a lot more depth there than these results show.


I agree that we have to take this meet as it is but not as we want it to be still being under influence of just completed CWG. But if you look at the 2017 or 2015 seasons (nobody swam 1500 in Olympic Year) then you will get my point:
2017: 16:01; 16:05; 16:08;16:10
2015: 16:05; 16:12; 16:13; 16:21
And that are the completely different sets of players.


Yozhik mostly doesn’t make sense, sometimes he does, I can live with him or her. Hot takes are funsies

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She is now coaching for Loggerhead Aquatics in her hometown …

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