2019 Bloomington Pro Swim Series: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


The fourth and final day of the 2019 Pro Swim Series stop in Bloomington will feature the 100 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM, and 50 free, along with timed final heats in the 800 free.

After a standout performance last night in the 200, Regan Smith highlights the field in the women’s 200 back, Ella Eastin leads the charge in the women’s 200 IM after a new PB in the 400 on day three, and Cody Miller and Lilly King look to keep their successful meets rolling in the men’s and women’s 200 breaststroke.

Michael Andrew has also notably scratched out of the final day after originally entering in the 100 back, 100 fly and 50 free.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 58.73, Olivia Smoliga, 2019
  1. Regan Smith, RIPT, 59.46
  2. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 1:00.61
  3. Elise Haan, WOLF, 1:00.97
  4. Taylor Ruck, UN, 1:01.15
  5. Kylee Alons, WOLF, 1:01.21
  6. Asia Seidt, KYA, 1:01.72
  7. Beata Nelson, WA, 1:01.82
  8. Kennedy Goss, GGST, 1:01.83

Regan Smith blasted the top time of the morning by over a second in the women’s 100 back, touching in 59.46. Smith holds a season-best of 59.37 from January which ranks her sixth in the world.

Isabelle Stadden posted a new season-best to take second to Smith in both their heat and overall in 1:00.61, and Elise Haan (1:00.97) and Taylor Ruck (1:01.15) won the other two circle-seeded heats for third and fourth.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
  1. Grigory Tarasevich, CARD, 55.48
  2. Coleman Stewart, WOLF, 55.51
  3. Nikos Sofianidis, UN, 55.62
  4. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 55.77
  5. Zachary Poti, SUN, 56.18
  6. Jacob Steele, ISC, 56.38
  7. Nicolas Albiero, UN, 56.39
  8. Hunter Armstrong, CCS, 56.57

Coleman StewartNikos Sofianidis and Grigory Tarasevich all picked up wins in the three circle-seeded heats in the men’s 100 back, giving them the top-3 seeds for tonight’s final. Tarasevich led the way in 55.48, followed closely by Stewart (55.51) and Sofianidis (55.62).

Tarasevich has been as fast as 53.29 this year at the Russian Championships, while Stewart was 54.39 at the Richmond stop. Sofianidis also set his 2019 best in Richmond at 55.38.

Women’s 200 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:21.41, Yuliya Efimova, 2016
  1. Emily Escobedo, COND, 2:27.09
  2. Annie Lazor, MVN, 2:27.50
  3. Lilly King, ISC, 2:28.38
  4. Melissa Rodriguez, MEX, 2:28.87
  5. Laura Morley, ISC, 2:31.48
  6. Allie Raab, UN, 2:32.16
  7. Allie Szekely, UN, 2:33.21
  8. Morgan Friesen, UN, 2:34.08

Emily Escobedo of Condors Swim Club cruised to the win in heat three of five in the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:27.09, which would ultimately stand up as the fastest of the morning. Escobedo holds a season-best of 2:25.67 from Richmond.

Annie Lazor (2:27.50) and Lilly King (2:28.38), both of whom train here in Indiana, won heats four and five respectively to easily advance in second and third. Melissa Rodriguez also was sub-2:30 in 2:28.87 from King’s heat.

Men’s 200 Breast Prelims

  1. Cody Miller, SAND, 2:12.20
  2. Nic Fink, ABSC, 2:12.74
  3. Daniel Roy, UN, 2:14.04
  4. Carlos Claverie, PRVT, 2:15.69
  5. Anton McKee, ICL, 2:16.11
  6. Andrew Wilson, ABSC, 2:16.31
  7. Will Licon, TXLA, 2:16.32
  8. AJ Bornstein, MICH, 2:17.29

Cody Miller from the Sandpipers of Nevada continued his impressive showing here in Bloomington with the top time in the men’s 200 breasts prelims at 2:12.20, less than three-tenths off of his season-best set back in March in Des Moines (2:11.94).

Nic Fink pushed Miller throughout their head-to-head matchup in heat six, clocking 2:12.74 to advance second overall.

Daniel Roy won the final heat in 2:14.04 for third, and Anton McKee topped heat five for fifth overall in 2:16.11. This was Roy’s first LCM 200 breast of the season.

Women’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Sarah Gibson, AGS, 58.54
  2. Regan Smith, RIPT, 59.05
  3. Lillie Nordmann, MAC, 59.69
  4. Mallory Comerford, UN, 59.78
  5. Kylee Alons, WOLF, 59.80
  6. Reilly Tiltmann, EBSC, 1:00.51
  7. Gabi Albiero, CARD, 1:00.62
  8. Claire Maiocco, MICH, 1:00.77

Sarah Gibson established a new season-best to take the top seed out of the women’s 100 fly prelims, winning the penultimate heat in a time of 58.54. Gibson had previously been 58.85 in March.

Regan Smith (59.05) led Lillie Nordmann (59.69) and Mallory Comerford (59.78) in the final heat for second, third, and fourth, and Kylee Alons broke a minute for the first time from heat four for fifth overall in 59.80.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 51.00, Jack Conger, 2018
  1. Luis Martinez, GUA, 51.64
  2. Vini Lanza, ISC, 53.34
  3. Van Mathias, ISC, 53.68
  4. Gabriel Fantoni, ISC, 53.73
  5. Miles Smachlo, MICH, 54.09
  6. Tom Shields, CAL, 54.27
  7. Nicolas Albiero, UN, 54.34
  8. Zach Harting, UN, 54.37

Luis Martinez dominated the men’s 100 fly prelims in a time of 51.64, lowering his own Guatemalan National Record of 51.87 set last month in Toronto.

Indiana Swim Club members Vini Lanza (53.34), Van Mathias (53.68) and Gabriel Fantoni (53.77) were the only others sub-54 to qualify second, third and fourth.

Coleman Stewart was disqualified after initially posting a time that would’ve been good for sixth overall (54.13).

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015
  1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 2:15.44
  2. Allie Raab, UN, 2:16.96
  3. Brooke Forde, UN, 2:17.18
  4. Asia Seidt, KYA, 2:17.24
  5. Mackenzie Looze, ISC, 2:17.28
  6. Makayla Sargent, WOLF, 2:17.30
  7. Allie Szekely, UN, 2:17.76
  8. Emily Escobedo, COND, 2:17.81

Madisyn Cox of Longhorn Aquatics built a big lead through the 150 and then cruised home to win the eighth and final heat of the women’s 200 IM, touching in 2:15.44 for the top time of the morning. Allie Raab (2:16.96) and Brooke Forde (2:17.18) put up the #2 and #3 times from that heat as well.

Asia Seidt won the first circle-seeded heat in 2:17.24 for fourth overall, and Mackenzie Looze won a tight battle in heat seven for the fifth-best time in 2:17.28.

Last night’s 400 IM winner Ella Eastin didn’t show for her heat.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012
  1. Vini Lanza, ISC, 2:04.51
  2. Sam Stewart, UN, 2:04.55
  3. Mohamed Samy, EGY, 2:04.80
  4. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:04.85
  5. Will Licon, TXLA, 2:05.55
  6. Michael Daly, UN, 2:06.22
  7. Eric Knowles, WOLF, 2:06.39
  8. Daniel Sos, UN, 2:06.54

Vini Lanza of Indiana edged out Sam Stewart in the penultimate heat of the men’s 200 IM as the two of them ended up with the top-2 times overall in 2:04.51 and 2:04.55 respectively.

Mohamed Samy (2:04.80) clipped Jay Litherland (2:04.85) at the wall by a similar margin in heat six in what were the third and fourth best times, and Will Licon edged out Jacob Steele in the final heat for fifth in 2:05.55. Steele initially finished in 2:05.59 but was disqualified.

Women’s 50 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016
  1. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 24.53
  2. Margo Geer, MVN, 25.27
  3. Taylor Ruck, UN / Anika Apostalon, TROJ, 25.45
  4. Ky-lee Perry, WOLF, 25.57
  5. Julie Meynen, FLNS, 25.62
  6. Mallory Comerford, UN, 25.68
  7. Kylee Alons, WOLF, 25.85

Simone Manuel put up the fastest time of the morning by over seven-tenths in the women’s 50 free, clocking 24.53 to come just over a tenth off her season-best of 24.39.

Margo Geer (25.27) and Taylor Ruck (25.45) picked up heat wins as well to qualify second and third, and Anika Apostalon tied Ruck out of Manuel’s heat in a season-best.

Men’s 50 Free Prelims

  1. Ali Khalafalla, MVN, 22.35
  2. Jack Franzman, ISC, 22.56
  3. Robert Howard, BAMA, 22.59
  4. Blake Pieroni, ISC, 22.82
  5. Luis Martinez, GUA, 22.83
  6. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 22.96
  7. Zach Apple, ISC, 23.07
  8. Gus Borges, MICH, 23.11

Ali Khalafalla comes out of the men’s 50 free with the top time in 22.35, .02 off of his season-best from Des Moines.

Jack Franzman (22.56) and Blake Pieroni (22.82) of Indiana also had heat wins for second and fourth, and Nathan Adrian advanced to the final in sixth in a time of 22.96.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Awsi Dooger
5 years ago

“A Finals” link directs to NBC. I don’t think they are televising the final day. Online only

5 years ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if Regan breaks her world jr record this evening

5 years ago

Good job Aj Bornstein, you’re going to Omaha

5 years ago

😀 I think that using the sound to indicate the beginning of the race is obsolete. Besides that there could be an issues with different electrical devices to generate identical mechanical vibrations there is obviously the problem has been introduced for the swimmers with different hearing abilities. I can barely agree that reaction time has to be counted in swimming competition. It only makes sense in relays. But individual times have to be adjusted by reaction time. But if to consider the reaction time to be the part of racing in general no matter of what type then let it be. But what hearing ability/disability has to do with swimming I don’t get. Let’s to be more contemporary. Let’s use… Read more »

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

If you discount (non-relay) reaction times from the conversation, Rowdy Gaines would lose 25% of his talking points, and 80% of what he blabbers about for the first 15 seconds of each race!

Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

How idiotic

Reply to  Anonymoose
5 years ago

Idiotic is to take this electric stimulation seriously. But I have seen several cases when the kid started moving from the block watching the movement of other kids in the race.

Reply to  Anonymoose
5 years ago

BTW, are hearing aids permissible in swimming competition?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yozhik
5 years ago

Load ’em into a starting gate. Backstroke will need to adapt slightly. Shouldn’t be a major problem, except Kathleen Baker might have an issue launching into the wrong lane.

5 years ago

Ian Finnerty 41.6 final 50, ouch. Props to him for competing in the 200 breast LCM as it’s obviously not his best format, but those splits just sound painful.

The michael phelps caterpillar
Reply to  chris
5 years ago


Reply to  chris
5 years ago

King’s last 100 was 4 seconds faster than Finnerty’s

5 years ago

Anyone notice how quick some of the reaction times are on avg.? 0.3-0.5 seems unusual and reminds me of Liberty pool and it’s problems

Reply to  Yawn
5 years ago

Plus a .29 RT in women’s 100 fly prelims.

Reply to  Yawn
5 years ago

When I saw Ledecky’s 0.57 in 400IM I had same thoughts. But all other swimmers in same race had reaction times in usual range. Maybe there is an issue with some particular lanes. Or that is what Ledecky is focusing at in her training 😀

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 …

Read More »