2019 Bloomington Pro Swim Series: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


Day three preliminaries from Bloomington will feature heats in the 200 free, 50 breast, 50 fly, 200 back, and 400 IM.

Among the notable races for the day include the women’s 200 free that has a stacked field including Katie LedeckyMallory ComerfordTaylor RuckSimone Manuel and Allison Schmitt, both the women’s and men’s 50 breaststroke where Indiana standouts Lilly King and Cody Miller will be back in action after winning the 100s last night, and the women’s 200 back where Ruck and Regan Smith will go head-to-head.

Women’s 200 Free Prelims

  1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP, 1:57.19
  2. Mallory Comerford, UN, 1:58.72
  3. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 1:59.03
  4. Katie Drabot, UN, 1:59.45
  5. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 1:59.84
  6. Brooke Forde, UN, 1:59.86
  7. Allison Schmitt, SUN, 2:00.57
  8. Gabby Deloof, CW, 2:00.75

Katie Ledecky pulled away from Mallory Comerford to win the penultimate heat of the women’s 200 freestyle, ultimately posting the top time overall in 1:57.19. Ledecky has been as fast as 1:55.78 in 2019, done back in January in Knoxville.

Comerford qualified second in 1:58.72, and Simone Manuel (1:59.03) and Katie Drabot (1:59.45) also had heat wins for third and fourth.

Top seed coming in Taylor Ruck was a no-show for her heat.

Men’s 200 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang, 2016
  1. Zane Grothe, BCH, 1:50.36
  2. Blake Pieroni, ISC, 1:50.61
  3. Jorge Iga, MEX, 1:50.85
  4. Patrick Callan, MICH, 1:50.92
  5. Coleman Stewart, UN, 1:50.96
  6. Zach Apple, ISC, 1:51.08
  7. Andrej Barna, UN, 1:51.31
  8. Liam Bressette, UN, 1:51.65

Zane Grothe, who has already won both the 400 and 1500 here in Bloomington, comes out of the men’s 200 free with the top qualifying time for the final in 1:50.36. Grothe won the penultimate heat over third seed Jorge Iga (1:50.85).

Blake Pieroni and Patrick Callan won the other two circle-seeded heats, qualifying second and fourth in 1:50.61 and 1:50.92 respectively.

Coleman Stewart recorded a lifetime best of 1:50.96 out of one of the early heats to qualify fifth overall for the ‘A’ final. His previous best was a 1:52.48 from the 2018 PSS in Austin.

Women’s 50 Breast Prelims

  1. Annie Lazor, MVN, 31.37
  2. Lilly King, ISC, 31.39
  3. Olivia Calegan, UNA, 31.44
  4. Bethany Galat, AGS, 31.77
  5. Melissa Rodriguez, MEX, 32.01
  6. Emily Escobedo, COND, 32.02
  7. Emily Weiss, CARD, 32.30
  8. Kaylee Wheeler, UN, 32.33

Training partners Annie Lazor (31.37) and Lilly King (31.39) took the top two spots in the women’s 50 breast heats, with Olivia Calegan (31.44) and Bethany Galat (31.77) also cracking 32 seconds.

The 19-year-old Calegan set a new best time, improving on her 31.78 from the Charlotte Ultraswim last year.

Men’s 50 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 26.97, Felipe Lima, 2019
  1. Michael Andrew, RPC, 27.37
  2. Anton McKee, ISL, 27.73
  3. Nic Fink, ABSC, 27.96
  4. Devon Nowicki, MLA, 28.10
  5. Ian Finnerty, ISC, 28.29
  6. Carlos Claverie, PRVT, 28.37
  7. Andrew Wilson, ABSC, 28.40
  8. Justin Winnett, UN, 28.60

Michael Andrew of the Race Pace Club established the top time of the morning in the men’s 50 breast in 27.37, three-tenths outside of his season-best (27.07) done at the FINA Champions Series stop in Guangzhou.

In second, Anton McKee sets a new Icelandic Record in 27.73, lowering the old mark of 28.03 set by Jakob Sveinsson in 2009.

Nic Fink joined them under 28 seconds in 27.96, while 100m winner Cody Miller didn’t show for his heat.

Women’s 50 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 25.65, Farida Osman, 2019
  1. Mallory Comerford, UN, 26.90
  2. Sarah Gibson, AGS, 27.03
  3. Aly Tetzloff, AUB, 27.10
  4. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 27.19
  5. Regan Smith, RIPT, 27.23
  6. Katie Drabot, UN, 27.28
  7. Nastja Govjsek, UN, 27.34
  8. Lucie Nordmann, UN, 27.41

Mallory Comerford was the lone woman to break 27 seconds in the 50 fly, touching in 26.90. That falls only four-tenths shy of her lifetime best (26.50) set last month in Brazil.

Sarah Gibson (27.03) and Aly Tetzloff (27.10) both set season-bests in second and third, while Simone Manuel and Regan Smith both swam lifetime bests of 27.19 and 27.23 respectively for fourth and fifth.

Men’s 50 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 23.11, Matt Targett, 2012
  1. Luis Martinez, GUA, 23.41
  2. Michael Andrew, RPC, 23.74
  3. Ali Khalafalla, MVN, 23.85
  4. Vini Lanza, ISC, 24.20
  5. Peter Wetzlar, KYA, 24.41
  6. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 24.46
  7. Jorge Iga, MEX / Charles Korndorffer, WAVE, 24.60

Luis Martinez blasted the fastest time of the morning in the men’s 50 fly, clocking 23.41 to come just 0.15 outside of his Guatemalan National Record.

Michael Andrew qualified second in 23.74 after a tight turnaround after the 50 breast, and Ali Khalafalla swam a personal best 23.85 for third. He now sits less than two-tenths off of the Egyptian Record of 23.69.

Women’s 200 Back Prelims

  1. Regan Smith, RIPT, 2:09.69
  2. Taylor Ruck, UN, 2:10.92
  3. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:11.27
  4. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 2:11.77
  5. Lisa Bratton, AGS, 2:12.01
  6. Sophie Sorenson, KYA, 2:12.95
  7. Mackenzie Glover, UN, 2:13.15
  8. Allie Szekely, UN, 2:13.19

Regan Smith continued her string of impressive swims here in Bloomington with an easy 2:09.69 in the women’s 200 back to qualify first for tonight’s final. Smith holds a season-best of 2:07.53 set in Knoxville.

After dropping the 200 free, Taylor Ruck produced the 2nd-fastest time of the morning in 2:10.92, and Asia Seidt registered her first LCM 200 back of 2019 for third in 2:11.27.

16-year-old Isabelle Stadden was about a second outside of her fastest of the season to win the first circle-seeded heat and qualify fourth overall in 2:11.77.

Claire Adams went for an official split in the 100 back, clocking 1:02.39.

Men’s 200 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu, 2017
  1. Johannes Calloni, UN, 1:59.01
  2. Jacob Steele, ISC, 2:02.40
  3. Zachary Poti, SUN, 2:02.91
  4. Wyatt Davis, CSC, 2:03.65
  5. Michael Daly, UN, 2:04.47
  6. Nicolas Albiero, UN, 2:04.49
  7. Rob Zofchak, MICH, 2:05.05
  8. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 2:05.13

A new best time from Johannes Calloni gives him the top seed in the men’s 200 back, clocking 1:59.01 to improve on his previous best of 1:59.43 from the Italian Championships last month.

Jacob Steele of Indiana qualified second in 2:02.40, and top seed coming in Zachary Poti of the Sun Devils won the final heat for third in 2:02.91.

Women’s 400 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Ella Eastin, ALTO, 4:42.60
  2. Makayla Sargent, WOLF, 4:42.66
  3. Katie Ledecky, NCAP, 4:43.81
  4. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 4:45.36
  5. Emma Weyant, SYS, 4:46.37
  6. Bethany Galat, AGS, 4:46.51
  7. Brooke Forde, UN, 4:46.72
  8. Allie Szekely, UN, 4:47.38

Ella Eastin narrowly edged out Makayla Sargent to win the final heat of the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:42.60, qualifying her first into tonight’s final. Eastin holds a 2019 best of 4:38.80 set last month in Richmond.

Sargent’s time of 4:42.66 was good for second and is her fastest swim ever outside of the 2018 Summer Nationals.

Katie Ledecky (4:43.81) and Madisyn Cox (4:45.36) went 1-2 in the first seeded heat to qualify third and fourth.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 4:08.92, Chase Kalisz, 2018
  1. Will Licon, TXLA, 4:24.00
  2. Daniel Sos, UN, 4:24.06
  3. Michael Daly, UN, 4:24.77
  4. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 4:26.53
  5. Charlie Swanson, MICH, 4:27.36
  6. Sam Stewart, UN, 4:28.25
  7. Mikey Calvillo, ISC, 4:29.03
  8. Will Roberts, MICH, 4:29.57

A strong final 50 from Will Licon helped him edge out Daniel Sos for the win in the fourth of five heats in the men’s 400 IM, putting up a time of 4:24.00 to qualify first for tonight’s final. This is Licon’s fourth-fastest swim ever, and his best since the 2015 National Championships.

Sos slipped under his season-best from Richmond to take second in 4:24.06, and Michael Daly (4:24.77) and Jay Litherland (4:26.53) had wins in heats three and five respectively to qualify third and fourth. Daly’s performance was a new best time, lowering his 4:26.12 from last summer’s Quebec Cup.

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5 years ago

Both Meet Mobile and Live Results don’t have the results updated. Looks like IU needs to learn how to post results.

Reply to  SwimCoachDad
5 years ago

The live results do have results updated. Is it possible you’re clicking on the finals links, not prelims? Finals haven’t begun yet.

Carol Glover
5 years ago

Anyone else having issues with meet mobile for this meet?

5 years ago

I think that Ledecky will target 1:55.2 in the final tonight. That will help Sjostrom to not have a second thought about racing 200 at World Championships that will start in two months.

Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

If those two do face off it will be epic, always amazing to see a heated race between two great swimmers

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

I really doubt Sjostrom is the type to duck anyone in competition.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 years ago

Don’t take any offense, but you don’t know much about Sjostrom, do you. Just day ago you had doubts that she can swim 1:54. Now you have completely opposite opinion. You didn’t know that she has identical to Hosszu personal bests in 400 free and missed the fact that she has already two 1:55 low this April. Sjostrom said she is indecisive yet about competing at 200. I’m sure that she is confident about her abilities in this event, but she isn’t sure about the level of competition and that is the only thing that her decision will be based on. Titmus is hot. Ruck is a dark horse this season in LCM by far but her SCY performance in… Read more »

5 years ago

Glad to see Licon swim 400IM again. Oly field is pretty wide open after Kalisz.

5 years ago

Tonight’s battle between Ruck and Smith is going to give us a preview of the next decade

Reply to  Teddy
5 years ago

A pale preview, imo.
1) Ruck isn’t in the 2017-18 season shape at all, so Regan Smith will be the massive favorite for the win tonight, northeless the 50 fly she will swim before the 200 back.
2) Among others, certainly Margherita Panziera, Kylie Masse and Kaylee McKeown will be strong competitors for the gold in the 200 back in the major events during next years.

Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Are you assuming Smith has somehow magically tapered for this meet moreso than Ruck? Neither have. It’s a fair match. And Smith has a 50 Fly ten minutes before. I don’t get your point.

Reply to  Excusesexcuses
5 years ago

Oh! Did you watch the 100free? Ruck was totally a different person, that left me wondering;

Reply to  Harry
5 years ago

Not the best time for Taylor Ruck to compete. I don’t see why she decided to race this weekend.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

Ruck is in a completely different training cycle now that she’s in college compared to prior years. She tapered for NCAAs and then Canadian trial in early April. She’s had to ramp up training to have something to taper off of. The exact opposite of, say, Dressel, who’s swimming fast LCM in May now that he’s on a pro schedule, and was dead in the water in May in his college years.

Reply to  Teddy
5 years ago

Really don’t think Ruck is in Smith’s league in the 200 back.

5 years ago

Can anyone explain why Cody didn’t swim the 50??

Swim Addict
Reply to  Zeb
5 years ago

Not an Olympic event

Reply to  Zeb
5 years ago

hopefully just saving everything for the 200 mañana

Reply to  Zeb
5 years ago

Probably to set himself up for Olympic trials in about a year. He’s tapered and probably just wants to see what he would go if he swam only his 2 main events.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Zeb
5 years ago

He hates the 50, at least that’s what he said on his vlog. Probably doesn’t want to screw with his rhythm and wants to post a good 200.

5 years ago

Livestream not working?

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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