2019 Bloomington Pro Swim Series: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


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.


  1. Katie Ledecky, NCAP, 8:10.70
  2. Sierra Schmidt, MICH, 8:36.71
  3. Ally McHugh, WA, 8:37.34

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).

Sierra Schmidt put up her 2nd-fastest swim since 2016 to take second in 8:36.71, and a 29.99 final 50 helped Ally McHugh (8:37.34) edge Becca Mann (8:37.38) for third.


  • PSS Record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom, 2014
  1. Zane Grothe, BCH, 7:53.40
  2. Felix Auboeck, MICH, 8:04.69
  3. Mikey Calvillo, ISC, 8:08.56

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.


  • PSS Record: 58.73, Olivia Smoliga, 2019
  1. Regan Smith, RIPT, 58.82
  2. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 1:00.26
  3. Lisa Bratton, AGS, 1:00.88

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.

Isabelle Stadden, just 16, finished just two-tenths off her PB for second in 1:00.26, and Lisa Bratton placed third in 1:00.88. Kylee Alons set a new best time for fourth in 1:00.96.


  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
  1. Grigory Tarasevich, CARD, 54.28
  2. Nikos Sofianidis, UN, 55.12
  3. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 55.25

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.

Nikos Sofianidis was second in 55.12, his fastest swim since 2016. Gabriel Fantoni (55.25) and Coleman Stewart (55.60) were the only others sub-56.


  1. Annie Lazor, MVN, 2:20.77
  2. Emily Escobedo, COND, 2:24.51
  3. Lilly King, ISC, 2:24.60

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.

Emily Escobedo produced the 2nd-fastest swim of her career to place second in 2:24.51, making up over eight-tenths on Lilly King on the last 50. King ended up .09 back for third in 2:24.60.


  1. Cody Miller, SAND, 2:08.98
  2. Will Licon, TXLA, 2:10.97
  3. Daniel Roy, UN, 2:12.00

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.

Daniel Roy (2:12.00) held off Nic Fink (2:12.28) down the stretch to take third.


  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Sarah Gibson, AGS, 58.41
  2. Regan Smith, RIPT, 58.52
  3. Lillie Nordmann, MAC, 59.31

Sarah Gibson‘s front-end speed proved to be the difference in the women’s 100 fly, as she held off Regan Smith to claim the win in a season-best time of 58.41.

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.

Lillie Nordmann (59.31) out-touched Kylee Alons (59.35) for third. Like Smith, Alons set her second PB of the session.


  • PSS Record: 51.00, Jack Conger, 2018
  1. Luis Martinez, GUA, 51.81
  2. Vini Lanza, ISC, 52.72
  3. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 53.71

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).


  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 2:11.10
  2. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:15.03
  3. Allie Szekely, UN, 2:16.23

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.

Asia Seidt took second in 2:15.03, and Allie Szekely was less than a second off her personal best in 2:16.23 for third.


  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012
  1. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:00.64
  2. Will Licon, TXLA, 2:02.03
  3. Vini Lanza, ISC, 2:02.75

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.

Vini Lanza blasted out the fly in 25.24, and managed to hold Sam Stewart at bay on the freestyle to hang on for third in 2:02.75 to Stewart’s 2:02.90.


  • PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 24.41
  2. Julie Meynen, FLNS, 25.13
  3. Margo Geer, MVN, 25.24

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.

Margo Geer took third in 25.24, and Kylee Alons incredibly nailed down her third-best time of the session in fourth (25.27).


  1. Ali Khalafalla, MVN, 22.05
  2. Robert Howard, BAMA, 22.19
  3. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 22.22

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.

Blake Pieroni snagged fourth in 22.53, and his Indiana teammate Zach Apple put up a season-best 22.72 for fifth.

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2 years ago

Anyone else afraid of having their CD 100 free prediction on the written record?

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

I’m quite comfortable with my 47.5(23.1/24.4). Why not

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

45 flat.

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

So one E, one D, I vote C

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

A) scratch
B) add time
C) 48.00-48.44
D) below 48

Reply to  Tm71
2 years ago

I love it. F) sub one minute corkscrew

Reply to  Tm71
2 years ago

47.78 – 23.2/24.5

Reply to  seans
2 years ago

My dude you were close

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2 years ago


2 years ago

is there a life stream? The link shows hockey game right now

Reply to  Tomek
2 years ago

On USA swimming only

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2 years ago
2 years ago

KL 8.10.70 8th fastest time in history

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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