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 4 Finals Heat Sheet
Day four finals from Bloomington will feature the 100 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM and 50 free. There will also be the fastest seeded heats in the 800 freestyles at the beginning of the session.
Lilly King and Regan Smith both come in looking for sweeps in their respective strokes, with King aiming to sweep the women’s breaststroke events in the 200 while Smith will look to do the same in the women’s back events with the 100 tonight.
Also of note is that Jacob Steele‘s DQ from prelims has been overturned and he’s in the men’s 200 IM ‘A’ final.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINAL
- PSS Record: 8:06.68, Katie Ledecky, 2016
Katie Ledecky negative-split her way to a massive 26-second win in the women’s 800 free, putting up the top time in the world at 8:10.70. Ledecky previously held the #1 time at 8:14.24. She was out in 4:06.17 and back in a scintillating 4:04.53.
Ledecky’s swim is her seventh fastest ever (and seventh fastest in history).
MEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINAL
- PSS Record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom, 2014
After Ledecky’s negative-split Zane Grothe followed suit by splitting his 800 3:57.93/3:55.47 to win by over 11 seconds in a time of 7:53.40. That improves his previous season-best of 7:54.28 set in Des Moines.
Felix Auboeck claimed the runner-up spot in 8:04.69, and again similar to the women’s race we saw a late push for third come from Mikey Calvillo as he closed in 28.41 to out-touch Marcelo Acosta 8:08.56 to 8:08.72.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINAL
- PSS Record: 58.73, Olivia Smoliga, 2019
17-year-old Regan Smith finished off the women’s backstroke sweep in style, winning the 100 in a new best time of 58.82. It takes out her previous best set last summer at Nationals by .01, and puts her fourth in the world for the year.
MEN’S 100 BACK FINAL
- PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
Russian Grigory Tarasevich picked up a big win in the men’s 100 back in a time of 54.28, clearing the field by over eight-tenths.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
PSS Record: 2:21.41, Yuliya Efimova, 2016
Annie Lazor dropped a massive best time to win the women’s 200 breast in 2:20.77, over two seconds faster than her previous PB set in Des Moines (2:22.99). She takes over the top spot in the world this year by a wide margin, as Yuliya Efimova previously sat #1 at 2:22.52, and is now the 9th fastest performer of all-time. She is also the 2nd-fastest American ever.
Lazor also broke Efimova’s PSS Record of 2:21.41 set in 2016.
MEN’S 200 BREAST FINAL
- PSS Record: 2:08.95, Andrew Wilson, 2018
Cody Miller drops a new personal best time to win the men’s 200 breast decisively in 2:08.98, improving on his old best of 2:09.08 done way back in 2015. He hadn’t been sub-2:10 since 2016, and his fastest swim in 2018 was a 2:10.59.
He also just missed the Pro Swim Series Record of 2:08.95 set by Andrew Wilson last year.
He used a ton of early speed tonight, out in 1:01.39 at the 100 and 1:34.44 at the 150 (28.93/32.46/33.05 splits) before closing in 34.54.
Miller now moves to 15th in the world this year, and tops amongst Americans.
Will Licon, who came into the meet as the fastest American this year at 2:09.90, put together a strong race to take second in 2:10.97.
WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINAL
- PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
Smith closed well in 30.33, clocking 58.52 to take second and earn her second best time of the session. She had previously been 58.59 at the 2018 Pan Pacs.
MEN’S 100 FLY FINAL
- PSS Record: 51.00, Jack Conger, 2018
Guatemalan Luis Martinez didn’t quite hit the National Record he set in the prelims of 51.64, but he still won the men’s 100 fly final easily in 51.81.
Indiana’s Vini Lanza, who has been 51.66 this year, was the runner-up in 52.72, and his teammates Gabriel Fantoni (53.71) and Van Mathias (53.72) took third and fourth by a narrow margin over Miles Smachlo (53.75).
WOMEN’S 200 IM FINAL
- PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
Madisyn Cox dominated the women’s 200 IM with the win in 2:11.10, finishing less than a second off her season-best of 2:10.27 which ranks her sixth in the world.
MEN’S 200 IM FINAL
- PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012
A quick 30.37 backstroke leg proved to be the difference maker for Jay Litherland in the men’s 200 IM, as he won in a new season-best of 2:00.64. His previous best was a 2:02.29 from Des Moines.
Will Licon completed a nice double after the 200 breast, clocking 2:02.03 for his second runner-up finish of the session. He has been as fast as 2:01.17 this year.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
American Record holder Simone Manuel knocked over a tenth off her prelim swim to win the women’s 50 free by over seven-tenths in a time of 24.41, falling .02 shy of her season-best 24.39.
Luxembourg native finished just .01 off of her lifetime best to claim second in 25.13. Her 25.12 best time was set at the Rio Olympic Games almost three years ago.
MEN’S 50 FREE FINAL
- PSS Record: 21.56, Nathan Adrian, 2015
Ali Khalafalla threw down a very impressive 22.05 to win the men’s 50 free, tying the second-fastest swim of his career. His PB stands at 21.97.
Khalafalla moves into a three-way for 16th in the world this year.
Robert Howard finished two one-hundredths off of his best time from last summer’s Nationals in 22.19 for second, and Nathan Adrian had a strong showing of 22.22 for third in his fourth race back after surgery.