2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES
- March 6th-9th, 2019
- Wellmark YMCA, Des Moines, Iowa
- LCM (50m), Prelims-Finals
- Live Results
- Psych Sheets
- TV/Webcast Info
- Event Schedule
Many US Olympians/National team members grace the top of the prelims results heading into tonight’s finals along with many other big international names.
In the 100 free, Canadian Kayla Sanchez and German Marius Kusch take the top seeds over their nearest American counter-parts Olivia Smoliga and Blake Pieroni. However, look out for a quick time from Caeleb Dressel in the B-finals, who cruised to 15th in prelims with a 50.49.
In the 100 breast, veteran Micah Sumrall is joined by Annie Lazor, Bethany Galat, and Melanie Margalis in a powerful top 4. Cody Miller also returns on the men’s breast with Brit James Wilby, Michael Andrew, Brazilian Felipe Lima, Andrew Wilson, and Nick Fink closely behind. Lurking in the men’s B-finals are powerhouses Will Licon and Kevin Cordes.
Michael Andrew also looks to snag a title in the 50 back against Olympians Jacob Pebley, Ryan Held, and Japanese Ryosuke Irie. Kathleen Baker is joined with Sanchez and Smoliga for the women’s sprint back event.
Flip onto the 200 fly, Hali Flickinger and German Alex Kunert look strong on the top spots. In the 400 free, Zane Grothe leads the way for the men while Chinese Bingjie Li leads for the women against fellow Chinese Jianjiahe Wang and Leah Smith.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS
- World Record: 51.71 – Sarah Sjostrom
- American Record: 52.27 – Simone Manuel
- U.S. Open Record: 52.54 – Simone Manuel
- Jr World Record: 52.70 – Penny Oleksiak
- PSS Record: 53.12 – Sarah Sjostrom
- Trial Cut: 56.29
- Margo Geer (Mission Viejo)- 54.59
- Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs)- 55.05
- Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldogs)- 55.26
Coming off strong after the first 50, Margo Geer kept the momentum moving and went from 4th in prelims to 1st in finals. At Knoxville, Geer finished in 2nd to Simone Manuel, however was 54.05.
Winning the B-final was Allison Schmitt with a 55.37.
MEN’S 100 FREE – FINALS
- World Record: 46.91 – Cesar Cielo Filho
- American Record: 47.17 – Caeleb Dressel
- U.S. Open Record: 47.58 – Jason Lezak
- Jr World Record: 47.58 – Kyle Chalmers
- PSS Record: 48.00 – Nathan Adrian
- Trial Cut: 50.49
- Blake Pieroni (UN)- 48.91
- Breno Correia (Brazil)- 48.99
- Marcelo Chierigini (Brazil)/Marius Kusch (UN-Queens)- 49.19
Catching the field off of the finish was Blake Pieroni, moving up to #4 in the world this year. Closely behind for second with the 6th fastest time in the world was Breno Correia. Tying for 3rd and cracking the top 10 in the world was Marcelo Chierigini and Marius Kusch.
Suiting up for the 2nd-fastest time in the world from the B-finals was Caeleb Dressel, whose time of 48.71 also marked an in-season lifetime personal best.
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST –FINALS
- World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King
- American Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King
- U.S. Open Record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy
- Jr World Record: 1:05.39 – Ruta Meilutyte
- PSS Record: 1:05.57 – Rebecca Soni
- Trial Cut: 1:10.99
- Annie Lazor (Mission Viejo)- 1:06.66
- Bethany Galat (UN-Aggie)- 1:07.13
- Melanie Margalis (Saint Petersburg)- 1:07.20
Holding off the field for her second PSS win in the 100 breast was Annie Lazor, improving her top time in the world by two-tenths. Also taking top 5 spots in the wordl was Bethany Galat and Melanie Margalis, who are #2 and #4 in the world.
Winning the B-final was backstroke world record holder Kathleen Baker (1:08.50), which ranks #13 in the world.
MEN’S 100 BREAST – FINALS
- World Record: 57.10- Adam Peaty
- American Record: 58.64 – Kevin Cordes
- U.S. Open Record: 58.74 – Kevin Cordes
- World Jr Record: 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi
- PSS Record: 58.86 – Adam Peaty
- Trial Cut: 1:03.29
- Michael Andrew (Race Pace)- 59.70
- James Wilby (Great Britain)- 59.91
- Cody Miller (Sandpipers NV)- 1:00.22
Taking on an experienced field as the only teen, Michael Andrew came out on top with the #4 time in the world. Also breaking a minute for #6 in the world was James Wilby. Returning to his first major competition and moving into #7 in the world was Cody Miller. Sneaking into the top 10 in the world as well was fourth place-finisher Felipe Lima.
Winning the B-final in a 1:01.11 was Texas Longhorn Will Licon.
WOMEN’S 50 BACK – FINALS
- World Record: 26.98 – Liu Xiang
- American Record: 27.43 – Olivia Smoliga
- U.S. Open Record: 27.43 – Olivia Smoliga
- World Jr Record: 27.49 – Minna Atherton
- PSS Record: 27.43 – Olivia Smoliga
- Kathleen Baker (Team Elite)- 27.76
- Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs)- 28.25
- Ali DeLoof (Team Elite)- 28.51
Coming off the 100 breast,Kathleen Baker snagged the title and the top time in the world. After winning the Knoxville 50 back, Olivia Smoliga took her second silver of the night, with her Knoxville time (27.85) now #2 in the world. Ali DeLoof took third place with a 28.51.
Winning the B-final with a 29.20 was Canadian Hanna Anderson.
MEN’S 50 BACK – FINALS
- World Record: 24.00 – Kliment Kolesnikov
- American Record: 24.24 7/27/2018 Ryan Murphy
- U.S. Open Record: 24.24 7/27/2018 Ryan Murphy
- World Jr Record: 24.00 – Kliment Kolesnikov
- PSS Record: 24.68 – Michael Andrew
- Michael Andrew (Race Pace)- 24.94
- Grigory Tarasevich (Cardinal)- 25.16
- Jacob Pebley (Team Elite)- 25.30
Winning an event double and another 50 back PSS title this year was Michael Andrew, the only swimmer under 25 seconds. Moving up to #5 in the world was Grigory Tarasevich. Taking third in a #8 time was Jacob Pebley.
Taking the B-final was Corey Main (26.16) of Gator Swim Club.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- World Record: 2:01.81 – Zige Liu
- American Record: 2:04.14 – Mary Descanza
- U.S. Open Record: 2:05.87 – Hali Flickinger
- World Jr Record: 2:06.29 – Suzuka Hasegawa
- PSS Record: 2:06.76 – Cammile Adams
- Trials Cut: 2:14.59
- Hali Flickinger (Athens Bulldogs)- 2:07.10
- Megan Kingsley (Athens Bulldogs)- 2:10.91
- Charlotte Atkinson (Great Britain)- 2:11.34
Retaining her Knoxville title and improving her top time in the world was Hali Flickinger, dominating the field by over 3 seconds. Improving her own Knoxville time to #7 in the world was Megan Kingsley, another Athens Bulldog swimmer. Charlotte Atkinson and Emily Large (2:11.64) represented Great Britain as they finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
Fellow Brit Amy Bell won the B-final with a 2:15.20.
MEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- World Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
- American Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps
- U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps
- World Jr Record: 1:53.79 – Kristof Milak
- PSS Record: 1:55.29 – Li Zhuhao
- Trials Cut: 2:01.19
Toppling the Americans was Alex Kunert, who swept the field away with a 1:57.80. Improving from his Knoxville 3rd place-finish was Mack Darragh. Luiz Melo took third place over Americans Gunnar Bentz (1:59.80) and Justin Wright (1:59.87).
Jan Switowski of Gator Swim Club won the B-final with a 2:00.64, dropping 3 seconds from prelims, which would have placed 6th in the A-final.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE – FINALS
- World Record: 3:56.46 – Katie Ledecky
- American Record: 3:56.46 – Katie Ledecky
- U.S. Open Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky
- World Jr Record: 3:58.37 – Katie Ledecky
- PSS Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky
- Trials Cut: 4:16.89
The duo of Chinese teens, Bingjie Li and Jianjiahe Wang, dominated the field. Li is now #2 in the world behind Katie Ledecky while Wang is #3 behind Li. Retaining the top 10 positions in the world ranks were Leah Smith, Melanie Margalis (4:10.50), and Hali Flickinger (4:11.38).
Another teen, 17-year-old Yara Hierath, won the B-final by a narrow finish with a 4:16.72.
MEN’S 400 FREE – FINALS
- World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biederman
- American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen
- U.S. Open Record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen
- World Jr Record: 3:44.60 – Mack Horton
- PSS Record: 3:43.55 – Sun Yang
- Trials Cut: 3:57.29
- Zane Grothe (Boulder City)- 3:49.29
- Anton Ipsen (Wolfpack Elite)- 3:49.83
- Mitch D’Arrigo (Gator Swim Club)- 3:53.46
Zane Grothe held off Knoxville champion Anton Ipsen for the win. Both Grothe and Ipsen now have the #2 and #3 times in the world this year, knocking off 4 seconds from their Knoxville times. Mitch D’Arrigo took third place a few seconds behind.
In the B-final, David Heron won with a 3:56.55.