2019 Pro Swim Series – Greensboro: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2019 USA SWIMMING PRO SWIM SERIES – GREENSBORO

Tonight marks the last finals session of the first Pro Swim Series meet of the season, with 6 finals to be contested tonight. Katie Ledecky and True Sweetser will headline the first event, the 800 free, as they lead with their timed finals top seeds.

Shortly after, former world record-holder Kylie Masse will face a loaded US 100 back field with veteran Ali DeLoof and teenage stand-outs Katharine Berkoff and Isabelle Stadden. Justin Ress will lead the men’s 100 back field later.

Keep eyes on national champion Madisyn Cox, who is the top seed in both the women’s 200 breast and 200 IM. In the women’s IM race, catch 14-year-old phenom Leah Hayes swimming next to the World medalist.

National teamer Andrew Wilson will headline the men’s 100 breast, followed by reigning world champion Maggie MacNeil in the women’s 100 fly. Luis Martinez headlines the men’s 100 fly, yet 17-year-old Luca Urlando will be in hot pursuits for the top spot.

Finishing off the evening will be Carson Foster, Abrahm DeVine, Jay Litherland, and world record-holder Ryan Lochte in the 200 IM, as well as Simone Manuel and Michael Chadwick leading the 50 free.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINALS

Top 3:

  1. Katie Ledecky (NCAP)- 8:14.95
  2. Ashley Twichell (TAC Titans)- 8:30.88
  3. Ally McHugh (Wisconsin)- 8:34.32

Snagging her third win of the meet was world record-holder Katie Ledecky, who finished just tenths shy of her Greensboro pool record time of 8:14.40. Ledecky is now easily the top time in both the nation and world at this point in the season.

Taking second place was 1500 free meet champ Ashley Twichell took second place at 8:30.88, which is the 2nd-fastest US time thus far and the #3 time in the world. Last night’s 400 IM champion Ally McHugh rounded out the top 3 with a US #3 and world #7 time of 8:34.32.

MEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINALS

  • PSS Record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom (2014)
  • Trials Cut: 8:12.99

Top 3:

  1. Chris Wieser (DART)- 8:04.95
  2. Mitch D’Arrigo (Gator Swim Club)- 8:08.70
  3. Connor Daniels (DART)- 8:12.23

Filing in for the top 3 times in the nation are Dart’s Chris Weiser, Gator’s Mitch D’Arrigo, and Dart’s Connor Daniels. Wieser’s season best time from last year was an 8:01.98 while D’Arrigo was sub-8:00.

In the 800 free, Wieser took a second place finish while D’Arrigo was also previously second in the 200 free.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINALS

  • PSS Record: 58.73, Olivia Smoliga (2019)
  • Trials Cut: 1:02.69

Top 3:

  1. Kylie Masse (Toronto)- 59.88
  2. Isabelle Stadden (Aquajets)- 1:00.24
  3. Ali DeLoof (Team Elite)- 1:01.27

Kylie Masse maintains her world #4 position as she swam another sub-minute swim of 59.88, just 0.08s off her morning swim.

Moving up to the top US time thus far is teenager Isabelle Stadden, whose time of 1:00.24 is now 6th in the world this year. NY Breakers team member Ali DeLoof finished in third place was a 1:01.27, a tenth off her morning swim that is second in the nation.

MEN’S 100 BACK FINALS

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer (2016)
  • Trials Cut: 56.59

Top 3:

  1. Justin Ress (Wolfpack Elite)- 54.16
  2. Jacob Pebley (Team Elite)- 54.96
  3. Christopher Reid (Wolfpack Elite)- 55.33

Justin Ress remains the top 100 backstroker of the meet with his time of 54.16, which was just 0.14s off of 3rd-place finisher Christopher Reid‘s Greensboro pool record of 53.92. Team Elite’s Jacob Pebley (54.96) held off Reid for second place (55.33).

Ress’ time is just 0.03s off the nation’s top time of 54.07 by national teamer Michael Andrew, yet was good enough for 6th in the world this year.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS

  • PSS Record: 2:20.77, Annie Lazor (2019)
  • Trials Cut: 2:33.29

Top 3:

  1. Madisyn Cox (Longhorn)- 2:26.71
  2. Sophie Hansson (NC State)- 2:27.80
  3. Melissa Rodriguez (Mexico)- 2:28.17

Madisyn Cox avenged 100 breast champion Sophie Hansson, after finishing 4th, to win the 200 breast with a new nation-leading time and 4th-best time in the world. Hansson battled Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez for a tight second place finish by four-tenths.

S. Hansson now ranks 7th in the world while Rodriguez is just outside the top 10 world times.

MEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS

  • PSS Record: 2:08.95, Andrew Wilson (2018)
  • Trials Cut: 2:17.89
  1. Anton McKee (Pinnacle Racing)- 2:11.90
  2. Andrew Wilson (Athens Bulldogs)- 2:11.94
  3. Carlos Claverie (Unattached)- 2:13.48

In a thrilling finish, it was Icelandic Anton McKee who took out American Andrew Wilson for the 200 breast win by 0.04s. McKee has now put up the 10th-fastest time in the world while Wilson is just one spot short of the top 10.

In third place was Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie, who dropped 3 seconds from this morning with a 2:13.48.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINALS

  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • Trials Cut: 1:00.69

Top 3:

  1. Maggie MacNeil (Michigan)- 57.64
  2. Torri Huske (Arlington)- 58.32
  3. Kendyl Stewart (Team Elite)- 58.86

Reigning world champion and Michigan sophomore Maggie MacNeil topped her signature event with a new world-leading time of 57.64. MacNeil’s time has also taken down Amanda Kendall‘s 2018 Greensboro pool record time of 57.80.

Taking second place was 16-year-old Torri Huske, whose time is now #1 in the US. Team Elite’s Kendyl Stewart narrowly beat out 15-year-old Claire Curzan for 3rd place, holding off the young teen by 0.02s.

MEN’S 100 FLY FINALS

  • PSS Record: 51.00, Jack Conger (2018)
  • Trials Cut: 54.19

Top 3:

  1. Luis Martinez (Guatemala)- 52.46
  2. Luca Urlando (DART)- 52.49
  3. Jack Saunderson (Towson)- 53.50

Putting up the new Greensboro pool record, formerly held by Giles Smith at 52.54, was Guatemalan Luis Martinez at 52.46. Taking second place in a US #2 time was Luca Urlando, who was just half a second off his lifetime best of 52.04 from the 2019 Mel Zajac Jr. meet. Both of those times are now #9 and #10 in the world this year.

Finishing in third was Jack Saunderson, who remains the 4th-fastest American swimmer thus far in the season.

WOMEN’S 200 IM FINALS

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • Trials Cut: 2:17.39

Top 3:

  1. Madisyn Cox (Longhorn)- 2:11.70
  2. Leah Hayes (Fox Valley)- 2:13.27
  3. Anastasia Gorbenko (Unattached)- 2:13.52

Madisyn Cox takes her second win of the day, storming the 200 IM and topping the national ranks by 2 seconds. Finishing behind the veteran was 14-year-old Leah Hayes, who swam the 2nd-fastest time of her career (PB 2:13.07).

Israeli-native and Team Elite swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko finished in third at 2:13.52.

MEN’S 200 IM FINALS

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps (2012)
  • Trials Cut: 2:04.09

Top 3:

  1. Carson Foster (Mason Manta Rays)- 1:58.93
  2. Ryan Lochte (Gator Swim Club)- 2:00.65
  3. Abrahm DeVine (Team Elite)- 2:01.47

After breaking the pool record this morning by 2 seconds, 18-year-old Carson Foster chipped another two seconds off his leading morning swim to win at 1:58.93. Settling for second place was world record-holder and reigning US champion Ryan Lochte at 2:00.65. Both Foster and Lochte are now #1 and #3 in the nation this year.

Finishing in third was Team Elite’s Abrahm DeVine, who is now 4th in the nation this year. Finishing in fourth place was last night’s 400 IM champion, Jay Litherland.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINALS

  • PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • Trials Cut: 25.99

Top 3:

  1. Simone Manuel (Alto Swim Club)- 24.50
  2. Catie DeLoof (Team Elite)- 25.10
  3. Ting Wen Quah (Singapore)- 25.28

Earning her second sprint win of the meet was Simone Manuel, who remains #1 in the nation this year. Last year, Manuel started the 2018-2019 season with a 24.39 from the 2018 US Winter Nationals.

Remaining #2 in the nation is Team Elite’s Catie DeLoof at 25.10 while Singaporean Ting Wen Quah took third at 25.28. Women’s 100 fly top 2 finishers Maggie MacNeil (25.41) and Torri Huske (25.57) touched the wall in 4th and 5th respectively.

MEN’S 50 FREE FINALS

  • PSS Record: 21.56, Nathan Adrian (2015)
  • Trials Cut: 23.19

Top 3:

  1. Michael Chadwick (Team Elite)- 22.22
  2. Nyls Korstanje (NC State)- 22.41
  3. Ian Ho (Unattached)- 22.43

After swimming the top 100 free time in the B-final, Michael Chadwick is now 2-for-2 in the sprints with his event winning time of 22.22. Chadwick now sits in 2nd in the national rankings.

Picking up another runner-up finish was NC State’s Nyls Korstanje, who held off Ian Ho by 0.02s.

FINA POINT LEADERS

The swimmer with the single best swim in FINA points for the full 2019-2020 Pro Swim Series will win the $10,000 prize – one for women and one for men. Here are the current leaders – we’ll try to update these as tonight’s session progresses:

Saturday Finals Update: Ledecky has now swapped her top FINA swim with her 800 free timed final time of 8:14.95.

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Dbswims
2 years ago

Exciting mens 200 IM. Im looking forward to it.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Dbswims
2 years ago

Yeah. Both 200 IMs will be exciting with talented fields and swimmers opting out of other events for it.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dbswims
2 years ago

It’ll be grazy.

Heyitsme
2 years ago

Dean getting the piano again

Mr Piano
Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Listen, I’ll give Ryan some room tonight, okay?

Mr Piano
2 years ago

How does a 14 year old girl go 2:13?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Tracy Caulkins won nationals at 14 and was the Sullivan Award winner at 15, so there’s that.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

But those open turns

FSt
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

That turn was cringe-worthy for sure. Soooo much potential. I hope we’ll see great things from her in the coming years.

Olympic Dark sheep
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Because you forgot to hit her?

Walter
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

A 15 year old girl went 2:14 41 years ago. 🙂

Kristiina
2 years ago

Ryan bad swim. Ryan compete too large program. I want win. Forster is f… Too young and dangerous this summer.

Kristiina
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

Ryan not won and no time under 2.00. This is bad time. Three seconds slower than summer.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

There is this thing called taper. A swimmer constantly breaks down muscle during the season. They build up a base. When the big meet comes, they progressively swim less meters with less intensity, and drop off the weights. Shaving also helps amplify speed, by reducing drag and scrapping off the dead skin, this gives you an amazing feel for the water and increases distance per stroke

For an untapered, unshaven 35 year old who just swam some brutal doubles this meet, 2:00.6 is a hell of a time.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

As Steve Nolan famously said on these boards, “Tapers are for cowards.”

pvdh
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Lochte is also one of the biggest taper swimmers ever

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  pvdh
2 years ago

Hard to know now with his training load. It’s not like he’s training for the 400 IM, doing doubles all week and then flipping tractor tires on the weekend. Hard to judge how big a drop he’s going to make. Pretty sure 1:47 and 1:56 low is a lock, but whether it’s better than that (hope so) is a tough call.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

Agree, I can see him going 1:56 in the 200IM, but too early to tell if he could dip down to a 1:55.

nuotofan
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

56 upvotes, zero downvotes and there is a pretty clear error in this basic explanation😉

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

I’m picking up a Moose and Squirrel vibe.

Mr Piano
2 years ago

26.11, 30.42, 35.25, 28.87 for Ryan. 2:00.65. That’s really impressive for a 35 year old who just did 2×100 free, 2×200 flys, 2×200 frees, 2×200 backs, a 200 breast and another 200 IM before.

Kristiina
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

This was too large program. Ryan is not intelligent.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

Its the first meet of the year….I’m sure he’ll narrow it down to 2 events for OT’s

Kristiina
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

Next race he must swim only 400IM 200IM, 100m free and 100 butterfly. Butterfly and breast is terrible today(technique)

Superfan
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

I think Coach Troy has a better record of coaching Ryan and other elite Olympians….I trust him….no offense!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  PhillyMark
2 years ago

you are so right ….training is now , narrowing events will come next year

Mr Piano
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

This isn’t the Olympics. It’s simply a training meet, and for someone who hasn’t really raced a lot in the past three years, this was a good test of endurance and was useful to shake off the rust. He needs to get that feeling of racing again, that feeling of wanting to throw up and die, because that’s what really made him great for all those years. Besides, Troy probably was the one who signed him up for all the events 😛

Kristiina
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Forster also do treining competion and he 18 only. This fact is horrible look next summer..

Swammer
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

What are you saying ? This was a training meet especially for Ryan. It’s November get a grip.

pvdh
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

its a training meet….and hes swims for Troy again.

Kristiina
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

I was also competive swimmer who want win and win. I am dissapointed.

Kristiina
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

I am disappointed

Kristiina
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

But no wins!

Heyitsme
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

It’s not about winning. If you were a competitive swimmer you should know it’s about practicing through these meets and using these as training meets for the big competitions at the end of the season. Smh.

Kristiina
Reply to  Heyitsme
2 years ago

Forster do same!

Aquajosh
Reply to  Kristiina
2 years ago

He’s also 18 and can recover quicker and doesn’t historically improve as much at taper. Even when Ryan was winning World Championships right and left, he wasn’t winning at Grand Prix meets because he was in hard training. There are Grand Prix events where Caeleb Dressel has swam similar programs and in some cases, didn’t make finals. Did it keep him from winning even more medals at World Championships? I’m actually really impressed at the way he’s splitting races. It shows his endurance is coming back. Look, Gregg Troy has a plan, and it has been proven time and time again that his swimmers swim fast at the Olympic Trials and peak at the Olympic Games. If Ryan and Caeleb… Read more »

Sunny Cal
2 years ago

Seems Catie Deloof is swimming the best of all the sisters right now. Ali really has not swam well since leaving Michigan, Gabby not really either.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Sunny Cal
2 years ago

1 out of 3 is better than usual for Marsh.

Frankie 5 Angels
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
2 years ago

1 out of 3 is also not bad in baseball

hoos
Reply to  Sunny Cal
2 years ago

I feel like she is the closest to a pure sprinter out of the sisters and therefore is better suited for Marsh’s training

ill
2 years ago

Been watching Leah Hayes since she was 10 and breaking NAG records, and now to be swimming at this level at only 14, that girl is going places.

Olympic Dark sheep
2 years ago

I’m already eager to know who will make the team in Men’s 200 IM next year.

Superfan
Reply to  Olympic Dark sheep
2 years ago

More than any other event?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

100 and 200 free + 100 back will be exciting as well

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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