2019 Bloomington Pro Swim Series: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Day three finals are set to get underway from Bloomington, with the 200 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, 200 back and 400 IM on the schedule. The SwimSquads will also race the mixed 200 medley relay after the ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals finish.

Some of the highlights include Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel in the women’s 200 free, Regan Smith and Taylor Ruck in the women’s 200 back, and Lilly King in the women’s 50 breast.

Top seed from prelims Will Licon has notably scratched out of the men’s 400 IM.


  1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP, 1:55.80
  2. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 1:57.24
  3. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 1:58.52

Katie Ledecky was dominant en route to the victory in the women’s 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1:55.80. Ledecky’s 2018-19 season-best stands at 1:55.32 from the U.S. Winter Nats, which ranks her 2nd in the world, but this was just .02 off of her fastest swim in 2019 (1:55.78 at the Knoxville PSS).

Simone Manuel established a season-best of her own in second, clocking 1:57.24, which stands up as the fastest swim she’s ever had outside of a U.S. Summer National Championship meet. Her lifetime best is 1:57.01.

In third, Madisyn Cox set a new PB in 1:58.52, taking out her 1:58.76 from the Richmond stop last month.


  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang, 2016
  1. Blake Pieroni, ISC, 1:47.25
  2. Zane Grothe, BCH, 1:47.90
  3. Zach Apple, ISC, 1:49.49

The Indiana Swim Club duo of Blake Pieroni and Zach Apple were out real fast at the halfway mark of the men’s 200 free, with Apple flipping in a blistering 51.64 for the lead. Pieroni closed the gap on the third 50, and then took over coming home as he picked up the win in 1:47.25.

That’s a new season-best for Pieroni, improving on his 1:47.92 from the Des Moines stop, and also puts him 24th in the world in 2018-19 (and top American, passing Caeleb Dressel’s 1:47.31).

400 and 1500 champ Zane Grothe made a big push on the last 50, sailing by Apple with a 27.14 split to claim second in 1:47.90. That’s a new season-best and his fastest swim since 2017.

Apple wound up third in 1:49.49, narrowly holding off Patrick Callan (1:49.62) of Michigan.


  1. Lilly King, ISC, 30.03
  2. Annie Lazor, MVN, 31.01
  3. Olivia Calegan, WOLF, 31.31

To no one’s surprise, Lilly King made it two-for-two in the women’s breaststroke events tonight with a win in the 50, touching in 30.03 to move past Yuliya Efimova (30.26) for the top time in the world this year.

Annie Lazor was just .05 off her best time set in Des Moines for second in 31.01, and Olivia Calegan of the Wolfpack went a PB for the second straight time in 31.31 to take third.


  • PSS Record: 26.97, Felipe Lima, 2019
  1. Michael Andrew, RPC, 27.21
  2. Nic Fink, ABSC, 27.55
  3. Ian Finnerty, ISC, 27.71

Michael Andrew picks up the win in the men’s 50 breast in a time of 27.21, falling just shy of his 2019 best at the FINA Champions Series in Guangzhou (27.07).

Nic Fink, who has been 27.34 this year, took second in 27.55, and Ian Finnerty (27.71), Anton McKee (27.75) and Andrew Wilson (27.89) also broke 28 seconds. McKee was .02 slower than his Icelandic Record set this morning.


  • PSS Record: 25.65, Farida Osman, 2019
  1. Sarah Gibson, AGS, 26.52
  2. Katie Drabot, UN, 26.66
  3. Aly Tetzloff, AUB, 26.77

Sarah Gibson produced the second-fastest swim of her career to win the women’s 50 fly in 26.52, topping Katie Drabot (26.66). The only other time Gibson was faster was at the 2017 Summer Nationals (26.40).

Drabot’s swim was a new best, her first time cracking 27 seconds.

Aly Tetzloff was two-tenths off her PB for third in 26.77, while both Simone Manuel (26.82) and Regan Smith (27.19) set lifetime bests for fourth and fifth.


  • PSS Record: 23.11, Matt Targett, 2012
  1. Michael Andrew, RPC, 23.40
  2. Luis Martinez, GUA, 23.48
  3. Vini Lanza, ISC, 23.67

Back in the water minutes after his 50 breast win, Michael Andrew popped off another win in the 50 fly, edging Luis Martinez in a time of 23.40. Andrew has been as fast as 23.19 this year.

Martinez touched second in 23.48, .07 off his prelim swim and Vini Lanza tied his third-fastest swim ever (and his fastest ever on American soil) for third in 23.67.


  1. Regan Smith, RIPT, 2:06.47
  2. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 2:09.10
  3. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:09.99

Regan Smith put on a sensational performance to win the women’s 200 back, clocking 2:06.47 to narrowly miss her personal best time of 2:06.43. Smith was also just off of Taylor Ruck‘s PSS Record of 2:06.36.

She moves past Ruck for third in the world this season behind only Margherita Panziera (2:05.72) and Kylie Masse (2:05.94).

16-year-old Isabelle Stadden went sub-2:10 for the first time this year for second in 2:09.10, as did Asia Seidt (2:09.99). Ruck took fourth in 2:10.39.

NCAA champ Beata Nelson won the ‘B’ final in 2:11.61, her fastest swim outside of the two she did at Nationals last summer.


  • PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu, 2017
  1. Johannes Calloni, UN, 1:59.01
  2. Jacob Steele, ISC, 2:01.29
  3. Zachary Poti, SUN, 2:02.15

Rising Stanford junior Johannes Calloni tied the personal best time he swam in prelims to the hundredth to win the men’s 200 back in 1:59.01. He was much more conservative going out tonight, turning in 59.28 compared to the 58.57 he went this morning but closed much faster in 59.73.

Jacob Steele of Indiana slashed over a second off his prelim time to finish in the runner-up position in 2:01.29, and Zachary Poti (2:02.15) edged out Nicolas Albiero (2:02.22) on the last 50 to claim third.


  • PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Ella Eastin, ALTO, 4:37.18
  2. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 4:41.14
  3. Makayla Sargent, WOLF, 4:41.33

Ella Eastin put together a very impressive performance in the women’s 400 IM to pick up the win in a new personal best time of 4:37.18. She was faster than everyone else in the field on fly, back and breast, and moves into sixth in the world for the season.

The 22-year-old’s previous best was 4:38.43 from the Indianapolis PSS last year (though she had initially gone 4:36.96 at the 2017 World Trials before she was disqualified).

Madisyn Cox edged out Makayla Sargent for second, 4:41.14 to 4:41.33, and Katie Ledecky (4:43.61) took fourth shortly after her 200 free win.


  • PSS Record: 4:08.92, Chase Kalisz, 2018
  1. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 4:14.42
  2. Charlie Swanson, MICH, 4:22.64
  3. Daniel Sos, UN, 4:22.89

2016 Olympic finalistJay Litherlandput on a clinic in the men’s 400 IM, winning by over eight seconds in a time of 4:14.42. That moves him into 12th in the world this year and is less than a second off of his fastest ever non-tapered swim (4:13.79).

Charlie Swanson (4:22.64) prevailed in a tight race with Daniel Sos (4:22.89) and Sam Stewart (4:23.13) to claim second.


  1. Team Adams (Andrew, King, Finnerty, Geer), 1:43.35
  2. Team Dirado (Deloof, Nowicki, Fink, Manuel), 1:46.46
  3. Team Jaeger (Bratton, Wilson, Gibson, Apple), 1:46.81

Team Adams won the SwimSquad relay battle easily in a time of 1:43.35, with fast splits all-around from Michael Andrew (24.73), Lilly King (30.00), Ian Finnerty (24.20) and Margo Geer (24.42).

Simone Manuel had a quick 24.25 anchor for the runners-up Team Dirado (1:46.46), and Zach Apple anchored in 21.96 for Team Jaeger (1:46.81).

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Woke Stasi
1 year ago

We’d likely see fewer scratches if the TYR folks gave out “FINA-Invite-size” checks to the finishers: $10,000 for first, $8,000 for second, $6,000 for third, and $5,000 for fourth!

1 year ago

1;56.2 200 fly from Dressel :0.

According to splits he was 1.8s behund Kalisz and closed in 28.8

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  pvdh
1 year ago

Crazy to think prime Phelps would’ve beat him by a couple of body lengths and outsplit him on the last 50.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

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Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

No love for the GOAT anymore?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

1:52.98? Anyone, anyone? Or are we going full-on CD hype? Schooling 2.0.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

You’re so mad looool

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

Nah. My boy Phelps beat that time when he was 15. I like my hero’s with WRs and individual Olympic golds, not top 25 all-time IN EUROPE times. But hey, I hear he was in a brief.

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

That’s some serious Dressel hating going on there.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
1 year ago

Love the guy. Hate the over-the-top hype. Does a disservice to the true greats that preceded him, which I’m sure Troy and he would agree with.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Man everyone knows Phelps is the greatest, this is just like when Phelps swam the 400 free in 2005, he was good enough to make the team but obviously had other events he trained for and so didn’t medal. You sound like someone saying “don’t cheer for Aaron Donald, because Bruce Smith has way more sacks in his career”. Well duh, but let’s be happy for the next generation. The greats want someone to carry the torch. And of course if Spitz could’ve swam the 50 and gotten eight golds, would you have said cheering for Phelps was a disservice to Spitz? The future is bright and these girls and guys do things we can’t even imagine, leave the hate… Read more »

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

I have no trust in the sincerity of OL’ LONGHORN. This person is perfectly fine with the over-the-top hype about other swimmers. But is getting increasingly overreacted whenever something nice is said about Dressel.

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Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

You probably wasn’t here when he bashed Schooling.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

In the world record, Phelps was almost a full second slower than Dressel was on the back 50. Phelps is obviously a better 200 butterflyer, but no one has ever closed a 200 fly like this, even Phelps in a body suit. I think that’s why you’re getting downvoted to oblivion.

1 year ago

Dressel just dropped a 1:56 200 fly…

Hadi zeid
Reply to  CRD
1 year ago

I love that this is on like every page it’s just so crazy he’s so good

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  CRD
1 year ago

Flickinger just dropped a 2:06. #3 in the world for her vs #15 in the world for CD. Just sayin.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Is the 200 fly her like 10th best event and something she’s swum competitively less than a handful of times in her entire life?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

What are his 9 better events? This is hilarious. Ready, set, go: #9 is…

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

In no particular order 100 fly, 50 fly, 200 free, 100 free, 59 free, 200IM, 100 breast, 50 breast. Alright so it’s his eight best event not his 10th, but still pretty close

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Yabo
1 year ago

His 200 fly is definitely better than his breast, come on, he’s a flyer…

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

50/100/200 free
50/100 breast until today

Daww I missed by one. Ok so 9th! Happy?

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Dude, I assume you’re trolling but since you insist on doing this – i’ll play along. 2 fly is like CD’s 9th or 10th best event. He’s the best drop-dead sprinter in the world and he’s throwing down a legit time in a LC 200 fly. That’s insane! Flickinger is a 2 flyer!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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