2019 BLOOMINGTON PRO SWIM SERIES
- Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
- Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center, Bloomington, Indiana
- Long course meters (LCM) format
- Eastern Time zone
- Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (Thursday timed finals 4 PM)
- Meet site
- Live Stream:
- Psych sheets
- Live results
- Day 3 Finals Heat Sheet
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.
Top seed from prelims Will Licon has notably scratched out of the men’s 400 IM.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINAL
- PSS Record: 1:54.43, Katie Ledecky, 2016
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.
MEN’S 200 FREE FINAL
- PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang, 2016
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.
WOMEN’S 50 BREAST FINAL
- PSS Record: 29.62, Lilly King, 2018
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.
MEN’S 50 BREAST FINAL
- PSS Record: 26.97, Felipe Lima, 2019
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.
WOMEN’S 50 FLY FINAL
- PSS Record: 25.65, Farida Osman, 2019
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.
MEN’S 50 FLY FINAL
- PSS Record: 23.11, Matt Targett, 2012
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.
WOMEN’S 200 BACK FINAL
- PSS Record: 2:06.36, Taylor Ruck, 2018
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.
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.
MEN’S 200 BACK FINAL
- PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu, 2017
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.
WOMEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
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).
MEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- PSS Record: 4:08.92, Chase Kalisz, 2018
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).
MIXED 200 MEDLEY RELAY
- Team Adams (Andrew, King, Finnerty, Geer), 1:43.35
- Team Dirado (Deloof, Nowicki, Fink, Manuel), 1:46.46
- Team Jaeger (Bratton, Wilson, Gibson, Apple), 1:46.81