2019 Pro Swim Series- Des Moines: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

The final day for the Des Moines Pro Swim Series will feature prelims for the 100 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM, and 50 free.

Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga will go head-to-head once again in the 100 back while Team Elite training mates Ryosuke Irie and Jacob Pebley are also contenders on the men’s side.

Caeleb Dressel is entered in arguably his 2 stronger events, the 100 fly and 50 free, this morning. However, Michael Andrew is also in the 50 free, along with the 100 back for another double sprint line-up.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Baker (Team Elite)- 1:00.26
  2. A. DeLoof (Team Elite)- 1:00.52
  3. Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs)- 1:01.04
  4. Nazieblo (UN-Prvt)- 1:02.10
  5. Alexander (Kentucky)- 1:02.31
  6. Arcila (Mission Viejo)- 1:02.52
  7. Margalis (Saint Petersburg)- 1:02.74
  8. Goss (Granite Gators)- 1:03.18

Kathleen Baker cruised to the top spot in the 100 back and is on track to sweep all 3 backstroke events. Team Elite training mate Ali DeLoof and Athens Bulldog swimmer Olivia Smoliga are also trailing behind Baker.

Melanie Margalis is still looking for a win in Des Moines, with her 7th seed in this event. Margalis is also entered in arguably her best event, the 200 IM. Yet Kathleen Baker will also be in the event.

MEN’S 100 BACK- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Irie (UN-Team Elite)- 54.36
  2. Andrew (Race Pace)- 54.73
  3. Tarasevich (Cardinal)- 54.81
  4. Pebley (Team Elite)- 55.10
  5. Reid (Crimson Tide)- 55.25
  6. Nikolaev (Grand Canyon)- 55.33
  7. Main (Gator Swim Club)- 55.47
  8. Pyle (Great Britain)- 55.75

Leading the sprint back is Ryosuke Irie, who is still looking for a win at this PSS stop. Right behind him is Michael Andrew, who already has a backstroke win from the 50.

Grigory Tarasevich has also come short of taking a backstroke win, taking second in the 50 and third in the 200. Jacob Pebley won the 200 back over training mate Irie on Friday, but could easily be up to challenge the top 3 qualifiers.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Lazor (Mission Viejo)- 2:27.06
  2. Smith (Hpc- Ontario)- 2:27.12
  3. Renshaw (Great Britain)- 2:28.54
  4. Harvey (Club Aquatique)- 2:29.15
  5. Galat (UN-Aggie Swim Club)- 2:29.40
  6. Rodriguez (Desert Dragons)- 2:30.84
  7. Gonzalez (Aggie Swim Club)- 2:32.01
  8. Sheridan (Northwestern)- 2:33.18

Annie Lazor take the top seed in the 200 breast after winning the 100 breast and taking third in the 50 breast earlier in the meet. Kierra Smith of Canada and Molly Renshaw of Great Britain sit right behind Lazor.

Texas A&M post-grad Bethany Galat snuck in along with Northwestern swimmer Calypso Sheridan, who will swim this event and both IMs at the NCAAs in less than 2 weeks.

MEN’S 200 BREAST- PRELIMS

  • 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
  1. Fink (Athens Bulldogs)- 2:12.05
  2. Miller (Sandpipers Nevada)- 2:12.69
  3. Wilson (Athens Bulldogs)- 2:12.93
  4. Licon (Longhorn)- 2:13.33
  5. De Lara Ojeda (UN-Prvt)- 2:14.08
  6. Wilby (Great Britain)- 2:15.02
  7. Pfyffer (Swiss Swimming)- 2:15.78
  8. Claverie (Pinnacle Racing)- 2:16.20

Taking the top seed into finals was Nic Fink, who took 5th in the 100 and 3rd in the 50. More well-known breaststroke names (Cody MillerAndrew WilsonWill LiconJames Wilby) also return tonight in the 200 breast.

Notable scratches were Kevin Cordes and Mark Szaranek, who will swim the 200 IM later. Felipe Lima looked to time trial a 100 breast in the final heat, however results show a DNF.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kendall (Mission Viejo)- 58.64
  2. Osman (Pinnacle Racing)- 58.83
  3. Dahlia (Cardinal Aquatics)- 59.61
  4. Hinds (Athens Bulldogs)- 59.83
  5. Bruce (Great Britain)- 1:00.01
  6. Diaman (Pinheiros)/Black (Hpc-Vancouver)- 1:00.09
  7. Large (Great Britain)- 1:01.10

Penny Oleksiak scratching this event gave room for Amanda Kendall to snag the top spot into tonight’s finals. 50 fly champ and Egyptian native Farida Osman sits in second above Kelsi Dahlia, who was runner-up in the 50 fly last night.

Also returning for a second A-final butterfly swim is Natalie HindsTain BruceGiovanna Diaman, Haley Black, and Emily Large.

MEN’S 100 FLY- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kusch (UN-Queens)- 51.35
  2. Martinez (Guatemala)- 52.62
  3. Dressel (Gator Swim Club)- 52.78
  4. Conger (Cavalier)- 53.09
  5. Shields (Cal Aquatics)- 53.10
  6. Lynch (Cal Aquatics)- 53.21
  7. Josa (Cal Aquatics)- 53.40
  8. Antipov (Grand Canyon)- 53.44

Marius Kusch and Luis Martinez led the 100 fly prelims swims with Michael Andrew opting out to focus on his 100 back/50 free double. Caeleb Dressel returned in his highest seeded prelims swim this meet in third, with the 50 free remaining in his Des Moines repertoire.

Jack Conger along with Cal teammates Tom ShieldsJustin Lynch, and Matthew Josa will also swim in the A-final later tonight.

WOMEN’S 200 IM- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Margalis (Saint Petersburg)- 2:14.36
  2. Smith (Tuscon Ford)- 2:14.69
  3. Sanchez (Hpc- Ontario)- 2:15.00
  4. Wood (Great Britain)- 2:16.64
  5. Baker (Team Elite)- 2:16.73
  6. Harvey (Club Aquatique)- 2:16.77
  7. Sherdian (Northwestern)- 2:18.10
  8. Hierath (Badger Swim Club)- 2:19.46

On track for a Des Moines PSS win is Melanie Margalis, who sits right above Leah Smith and Kayla Sanchez. Smith will be seen in the top heat of the 800 free later tonight.

Returning for a second A-final swim tonight is Kathleen BakerMary-Sophie Harvey, and Calypso Sheridan.

MEN’S 200 IM- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Bentz (Dynamo Swim Club)- 2:04.47
  2. Coelho (Pinherios)- 2:04.71
  3. Szaranek (Gator Swim Club)- 2:04.79
  4. To (Gator Swim Club)- 2:04.91
  5. Litherland (Dynamo Swim Club)- 2:05.30
  6. Peribonio (Unattached)- 2:06.11
  7. Cruz de Almeida (Sccp-Brazil)- 2:06.12
  8. Tan (Phoenix Swim Club)- 2:06.14

After taking third in the 400 IM on Friday, Gunnar Bentz comes back as the top seed in the 200 IM. Leonardo Coelho sits in second over Mark Szaranek, who took fourth in the 400 IM.

The top 2 from the 400 IM, Jay Litherland and Brandon Cruz de Almeida, will also swim the shorter IM race.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Geer (Mission Viejo)- 25.28
  2. Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs)- 25.54
  3. Hinds (Athens Bulldogs)- 25.55
  4. Sanchez (Hpc-Ontario)- 25.73
  5. Dahlia (Cardinal Aquatics)- 25.78
  6. Osman (Pinnacle Racing)- 25.79
  7. Neal (Team Elite)/Kennedy (SwimMAC Carolina)- 25.80

Margo Geer, 100 free champion, is back on top in the 50 free with 100 free runner-up Olivia Smoliga in behind Geer for her second A-final swim along with the 100 back.

More double A-finalists include Natalie HindsKayla SanchezKelsi Dahlia, and Farida Osman. Sneaking into the A-final as well are Lia Neal and Madison Kennedy.

MEN’S 50 FREE- PRELIMS

  • 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 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Andrew (Race Pace)- 21.96
  2. Dressel (Gator Swim Club)- 22.35
  3. Pieroni (Unattached)- 22.43
  4. Chadwick (Team Elite)- 22.44
  5. Khalafalla (Mission Viejo)- 22.57
  6. Holoda (Phoenix Swim Club)- 22.67
  7. Chierighini (Brazil)/Tandy (Phoenix Swim Club)- 22.72

Michael Andrew take another top spot, this time in the 50 free. Returning for his second A-final swim along with Andrew is Caeleb Dressel. More top sprint names (Blake PieroniMichael ChadwickAli Khalafalla) also made it back into tonight’s A-final.

Just missing the championship final was Ryan Held, whose 22.74 was only good enough for 9th place.

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Swimmer

Surprised MA didn’t swim the 100 fly. He is having a good meet so far.

Swimmy

I think he wants to see how his backstrokes shaping up.

25 free champ

MA makes more people believe in USRPT every meet he swims.

Swimmer

Swimming only 50s and 100s USRPT definitely works.

IUkicker

It works for every distance. When you can throw down 20-30 50’s at 200 pace or 30 100s at mile pace, you’re ready to crush those events.

N P

I’m not sure if 30x100s at mile pace would be considered USRPT….

SVIRD

MA swims fast all year, but then again doesn’t drop as much for the big meets. I will say MA is super versatile in the range of events he can throw up decent times in. He’s even more versatile in short course. If he did NCAA he would have been an NCAA god. People forget he’s still only 19 (I think he’d still only be a sophomore this year?). He’s been throwing up NCAA finalist times since he was like 16.

Anyway he’s swimming pretty well this meet.

Steve Schaffer

Nobody gives out awards for how much time is dropped at big meets. All that matters is how fast the swimmer is. MA seems to get that.

Swimmer

51.3 is money

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