2019 Pro Swim Series – Des Moines: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

The Des Moines PSS is finishing up tonight with the last session of finals.

Michael Andrew is back after popping a 21.9 in the 50 free this morning, while he heads into the 100 back final with the 2nd seed. Caeleb Dressel will be lurking, though, in the 50 free, while he’s also seeded 3rd in the 100 fly.

In the women’s 100 back, world record holder Kathleen Baker along with Olympian Olivia Smoliga and top backstroker Ali Deloof square off, while the on-fire Annie Lazor eyes another title this weekend, this time in the 200 breast.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE – FINALS

  • World: 8:04.79 8/7/2016 Katie Ledecky
  • American: 8:04.79 8/7/2016 Katie Ledecky
  • U.S. Open: 8:06.68 1/17/2016 Katie Ledecky
  • World: 8:11.00 6/22/2014 Katie Ledecky
  • Pro Swim: 8:06.68 2016 Katie Ledecky
  • Trial Cut: 8:48.09

Top 3

  1. Leah Smith (Tuscon Ford) – 8:29.12
  2. Hali Flickinger (Athens Bulldogs) – 8:29.96
  3. Kaersten Meitz (Boilermaker Aquatics) – 8:38.98

Leah Smith pulled ahead to hit the top time in the world this year in the 800 free with her time of 8:29.12, though Hali Flickinger had a fantastic swim and chased Smith down to within a second by the final touch. The two swimmers were virtually tied for the first few 100s, before Smith pulled away but gave in a bit over the last 25-30 meters or so.

While Smith has gone the top time in 2019, she actually ranks 5th when considering times done in fall of 2018.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 800 FREE

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
05/19
8.10.70
2Wang
JIANJIAHE
CHN8.14.6403/30
3Simona
QUADARELLA
ITA8.14.9907/27
4Ariarne
TITMUS
AUS8.15.7007/27
5Leah
SMITH
USA8.16.3304/10
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That’s a best time for Flickinger by over a second, coming down from 8:31.03, as she actually out-split Smith on the final three 50s. Boilermaker Aquatics’ Kaersten Meitz was 8:38.98 for 3rd.

MEN’S 800 FREE – FINALS

  • World: 7:32.12 7/29/2009 Lin Zhang
  • American: 7:43.60 7/31/2013 Michael McBroom
  • U.S. Open: 7:44.57 7/29/2018 Zane Grothe
  • Jr World: 7:45.67 8/28/2013 Mack Horton
  • Pro Swim: 7:49.96 2014 Michael McBroom
  • Trial Cut: 8:12.99

Top 3

  1. Zane Grothe (Boulder City) – 7:54.28
  2. Jordan Wilimovsky (Team Santa Monica) – 7:55.71
  3. Anton Ipsen (Wolfpack Elite) – 7:58.23

Zane Grothe shot out to the lead in this one, going out in a 1:54.75. He held his lead down the race, while Jordan Wilimovsky and Anton Ipsen chased.

Wilimovsky made up some ground on the final 100 meters, but Grothe held strong, going 7:54.28 ahead of Wilimosvky’s 7:55.71 and Ipsen’s 7:58.23. They are now the top 3 swimmers in this race in 2019, with Grothe getting in at 4th including the whole 2018-19 season. Willimovsky improved upon his time of 7:56.88 from Winter Nationals.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 800 FREE

2Henrik
CHRISTIANSEN
NOR7.41.2807/24
3David
AUBRY
FRA7.42.0807/24
4Mykhalo
Romanchuk
UKR7:42.4904/15
5Jack
McLOUGHLIN
AUS7.42.6407/24
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WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS

  • World: 58.00 7/28/2018 Kathleen Baker
  • American: 58.00 7/28/2018 Kathleen Baker
  • U.S. Open: 58.00 7/28/2018 Kathleen Baker
  • Jr World: 58.83 7/28/2018 Regan Smith
  • Pro Swim: 58.96 2016 Emily Seebohm
  • Trial Cut: 1:02.69

Top 3

  1. Kathleen Baker (Team Elite) – 59.17
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs) – 59.35
  3. Ali Deloof (Team Elite) – 1:00.10

Kathleen Baker was out quick (28.2) and held on in a tight race that came down to the touch with Olivia Smoliga. The top two 100m backstrokers in the country went 1-2 tonight, with Baker (59.17) just getting ahead of Smoliga (59.35). Baker now owns the top time in the 2018-19 season in the world, with Smoliga 3rd.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 100 BACK

ReganUSA
SMITH
07/28
57.57 *WR
2Kylie
MASSE
CAN58.1604/03
3Taylor
RUCK
CAN58.5504/03
4Minna
ATHERTON
AUS58.6007/22
5Olivia
SMOLIGA
USA58.7304/12
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Of note, showing off her range was Melanie Margalis. Primarily an IM’er and mid-distance freestyler, and then secondarily a breaststroker, Margalis popped a 1:02.69 to match the Olympic Trials cut and place 7th in the A final.

MEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS

  • World: 51.85 8/13/2016 Ryan Murphy
  • American: 51.85 8/13/2016 Ryan Murphy
  • U.S. Open: 51.94 7/8/2009 Aaron Peirsol
  • Jr World: 52.53 8/6/2018 Kliment Kolesnikov
  • Pro Swim: 52.40 2016 David Plummer
  • Trial Cut: 56.59

Top 3

  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace Club) – 53.98
  2. Ryosuke Irie (Unattached) – 54.03
  3. Grigory Tarasevich (Cardinal Aquatics) – 54.17

Finishing strong was Michael Andrew against Japanese record holder Ryosuke Irie, as the young American topped the field in 53.98. Irie finished out in 54.03, with Grigory Tarasevich right behind him at 54.17.

Also under 55 seconds was Jacob Pebley of Team Elite at 54.39.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS

  • World: 2:19.11 8/1/2013 Rikke Moeller Pedersen
  • American: 2:19.59 8/2/2012 Rebecca Soni
  • U.S. Open: 2:20.38 7/11/2009 Rebecca Soni
  • Jr World: 2:19.64 8/30/2015 Viktoria Gunes
  • Pro Swim: 2:21.41 2016 Yuliya Efimova
  • Trial Cut: 2:33.29

Top 3

  1. Annie Lazor (Mission Viejo Nadadores) – 2:22.99
  2. Kierra Smith (HPC – Ontario) – 2:24.41
  3. Bethany Galat (Unattached) – 2:25.66

If we’re going to talk about any breaststroker right now on the women’s side who isn’t Lilly King, it’s Annie Lazor. Part of the IU pro group, and with her NCAA swimming days behind her, she seems to be getting better with each swim. Tonight was no different, as she’s 3-for-3 this weekend in breaststroke best times with her 2:22.99 win tonight, her first swim under 2:23 and a half-second drop from her old best.

She jumps ahead of Japan’s Runa Imai for the world’s top time.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 200 BREAST

YuliaRUS
EFIMOVA
07/26
2.20.17
2Annie
LAZOR
USA2.20.7705/19
3Evgenia
CHIKUNOVA
RUS2.21.0707/04
4Lilly
KING
USA2.21.3905/31
5Tatjana
SCHOENMAKER
RSA2.21.7907/25
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HPC – Ontario’s Kierra Smith had a nice 2:24.41 for 2nd tonight, while Bethany Galat looked good in 2:25.66 for 3rd.

MEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS

  • World: 2:06.67 1/27/2017 Ippei Watanabe
  • American: 2:07.17 6/30/2016 Josh Prenot
  • U.S. Open: 2:07.17 6/30/2016 Josh Prenot
  • Jr World: 2:09.39 7/27/2017 Qin Haiyang
  • Pro Swim: 2:08.95 2018 Andrew Wilson
  • Trial Cut: 2:17.89

Top 3

  1. Will Licon (Longhorn Aquatics) – 2:09.90
  2. Nic Fink (Athens Bulldogs) – 2:09.93
  3. James Wilby (GBR) – 2:10.78

It was a great race between two of the U.S.’s top 200 breaststrokers, as Will Licon lunged to the wall to edge Nic Fink, 2:09.90 to 2:09.93. Fink came back better in the 2nd 100, but Licon was out too fast to be caught (1:02.37 to Fink’s 1:03.04).

Great Britan’s James Wilby clocked a 2:10.78 to take 3rd, while Fink’s ABSC teammate Andrew Wilson placed 4th in 2:11.70.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – FINALS

  • World: 55.48 8/7/2016 Sarah Sjostrom
  • American: 55.98 7/29/2012 Dana Vollmer
  • U.S. Open: 56.38 1/15/2016 Sarah Sjostrom
  • Jr World: 56.46 8/7/2016 Penny Oleksiak
  • Pro Swim: 56.38 2016 Sarah Sjostrom
  • Trial Cut: 1:00.69

Top 3

  1. Kelsi Dahlia (Cardinal Aquatics) – 57.86
  2. Amanda Kendall (Mission Viejo) – 58.66
  3. Farida Osman (Pinnacle Racing) – 59.13

Kelsi Dahlia got under 58 seconds tonight with a big win, clocking a 57.86, well ahead of the field after going just a 59 this morning in prelims.

Amanda Kendall was 58.66 for 2nd. Kendall, part of the IU pro group, was the only other person under 59 seconds, with Farida Osman of Pinnacle Racing at 59.13 for 3rd.

MEN’S 100 FLY – FINALS

  • World: 49.82 8/1/2009 Michael Phelps
  • American: 49.82 8/1/2009 Michael Phelps
  • U.S. Open: 50.22 7/9/2009 Michael Phelps
  • Jr World: 50.62 7/29/2017 Kristof Milak
  • Pro Swim: 51.00 2018 Jack Conger
  • Trial Cut: 54.19

Top 3

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Gator Swim Club) – 51.51
  2. Marius Kusch (Unattached) – 51.58
  3. Luis Martinez (Guatemala) – 52.17

Caeleb Dressel was 52.78 this morning, lurking back in 4th after prelims settled. Tonight, Marius Kusch, who was 51.35 this morning and within two tenths of the German national record, was out quick in 23.53 to Dressel’s 24.26.

Dressel, who looked well back for most of the race, charged back in a frenzy and wound up getting to the wall just ahead of Kusch, 51.51 to 51.58. For a meet that’s just for training, as Dressel has said, that’s a very good time for him. He’s now 3rd in the world for 2018-19.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 FLY

CaelebUSA
DRESSEL
07/26
49.50 *WR
2Maxime
ROONEY
USA50.6808/02
3Andrei
MINAKOV
RUS50.8307/27
4Mehdy
METELLA
FRA50.8504/21
5Kristof
MILAK
HUN50.9507/26
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A fully bearded Ryan Coetzee (Tennessee Aquatics) popped a 52.95 to win the B-final.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – FINALS

  • World: 2:06.12 8/3/2015 Katinka Hosszu
  • American: 2:06.15 7/27/2009 Ariana Kukors
  • U.S. Open: 2:08.32 7/29/2018 Kathleen Baker
  • Jr World: 2:09.98 1/29/2017 Rikako Ikee
  • Pro Swim: 2:08.66 2015 Katinka Hosszu
  • Trial Cut: 2:17.39

Top 3

  1. Melanie Margalis (St. Petersburg Aquatics) – 2:10.88
  2. Kayla Sanchez (HPC – Ontario) – 2:12.93
  3. Kathleen Baker (Team Elite) – 2:13.27

Few can hold pace with Melanie Margalis on the back half of a 200 IM, and she crept into the lead on breaststroke tonight before blowing the race wide open on the free leg. She won it in 2:10.88, ahead of Kayla Sanchez (2:12.93) and Kathleen Baker (2:13.27).

MEN’S 200 IM – FINALS

  • World: 1:54.00 7/28/2011 Ryan Lochte
  • American: 1:54.00 7/28/2011 Ryan Lochte
  • U.S. Open: 1:54.56 7/10/2009 Ryan Lochte
  • Jr World: 1:57.06 7/27/2017 Qin Haiyang
  • Pro Swim: 1:56.32 2012 Michael Phelps
  • Trial Cut: 2:04.09

Top 3

  1. Gunnar Bentz (Athens Bulldogs) – 2:01.45
  2. Jay Litherland (Dynamo Swim Club) – 2:02.29
  3. Leonardo Coelho (Pinheiros) – 2:02.73

Jay Litherland had by far the quickest closing speed of anyone, as expected, coming home in 28.35. Still, he couldn’t catch Gunnar Bentz, who would win this in 2:01.45.

Brazilian swimmer Leonardo Coelho was 2:02.73 to take 3rd, with Gator Swim Club’s Mark Szaranek and Kenneth To going 4th and 5th, respectively, in 2:03.03 and 2:03.39.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – FINALS

  • World: 23.67 7/29/2017 Sarah Sjostrom
  • American: 23.97 7/30/2017 Simone Manuel
  • U.S. Open: 24.10 7/29/2018 Simone Manuel
  • Jr World: 24.33 9/16/2017 Rikako Ikee
  • Pro Swim: 24.17 2016 Sarah Sjostrom
  • Trial Cut: 25.99

Top 3

  1. Natalie Hinds (Athens Bulldogs)- 25.26
  2. Margo Geer (Mission Viejo)- 25.29
  3. Kayla Sanchez (Hpc-Ontario)- 25.31

After finishing 3rd in the 50 fly and 4th in the 100 free and 100 fly, Natalie Hinds picked up her first Des Moines PSS win in the 50 free. She out-touched 100 free champ Margo Geer by 0.03. Canadian Kayla Sanchez took 3rd place behind the duo.

Olivia Smoliga, Lia Neal, and Madison Kennedy all finished within one-tenth of each other in the top 6.

MEN’S 50 FREE – FINALS

  • World: 20.91 12/18/2009 Cesar Cielo Filho
  • American: 21.15 7/29/2017 Caeleb Dressel
  • U.S. Open: 21.14 7/9/2009 Cesar Cielo
  • Jr World: 21.75 8/25/2017 Michael Andrew
  • Pro Swim: 21.56 2015 Nathan Adrian
  • Trial Cut: 23.19

Top 3

  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace)- 21.94
  2. Caeleb Dressel (Gator Swim Club)- 22.08
  3. Ali Khalafalla (Mission Viejo)- 22.33

Michael Andrew remains on top with his 4th win of the meet over American record holder Caeleb Dressel. Andrew is now tied for the 2nd fastest time in the world to date behind Brit Ben Proud.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 FREE

2Vladimir
MOROZOV
RUS21.2708/15
3Bruno
FRATUS
BRA21.3106/09
4Kristian
GKOLOMEEV
GRE21.4507/27
5Benjamin
PROUD
GBR21.4804/28
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Ali Khalafalla and Bradley Tandy finished just ahead of Americans Michael Chadwick and Blake Pieroni.

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Ragnar

Andrew hit that 21.5. Caleb just break 22, as you’ll break 21 this summer.

Sccoach

Not on TV tonight?

Superfan

Why did the Chinese girls just swim 2 days?

SNY

It’s only two weeks until Chinese Nationals so they are probably heading back home.

Yozhik

Wang was 5sec faster at 800 mark racing 1500 than the winner of 800 event today. What else do you need to know? Why hasn’t she stayed for two more days to collect $1500? That is $1500 question 😀 Probably Chinese delegation was trying to save on paying for two more days of accommodation or airfare flying Friday was cheaper than on Sunday or they have to be in the office on Monday or who knows. But it definitely nobody cared about Wang’s earnings. I’m not even sure that she is allowed to keep it by Chinese regulations.

Brownish

You had a good question some days ago about Wang and.Li. We’re talking about them in Hungary, too. Everybody can be sure that at the moment Wang is much better than Li. I think we’ll get the answer at the Worlds, I think they can’t afford to do it again, what they did in the 400, because there will be e.g. Titmus.
Is it allowed? Ask Sun Yang.

neo

hope Wang and Li plus Titmus can really threaten Katie both mid to long distance and bring down the American supremacy. save the world make it a better place for u and for me and the entire human race…

Yozhik

Sure, there would be a time when Katie becomes a grandmother and there would be a plenty of proud challengers to beat a legendary swimmer. But none of listed by you swimmers will ever swim 52.6(split) – 1.53.7 – 3.56 – 8:04 – 15:20.
Sorry you probably won’t see the world a better place as you understand it.

Brownish

Please ask Pellegrini about the 200. Otherwise you’re right, at the moment there isn’t any swimmier who can do it alone. But Titmus and Wang will do it before KL will be granny.

Yozhik

I was teasing a very sad mood of NEO. Please, don’t kill a joke. If Katie stays a professional swimmer as long as she gets paid good money (and it can be a very long time) then there would somebody who at some point will be able to match her declining by natural causes performance. It can happen in nearest future or it will wait for the next generation. Certainly she can follow Egerszegi’s way and to retire in the zenith of glory leaving to new generations unbelievable records and a career to dream about. Do i want it? No. I want her to compete and to be an inspiration to very many swimmers. Nothing can hurt her legacy. And… Read more »

Brownish

As you can see I don’t want to argue with you when you’re objective. Only then when you’re not.
Yes, Katie is definitely an inspiration for the youngsters and really good for us to see what she’s doing in the pool,
But there are a few others too.
That’s my meaning.

Brownish

Li won’t be anywhere. Wang and Titmus will be very close in 400 and 800. In 1500? Nobody.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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