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


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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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1 year ago

Exciting mens 200 IM. Im looking forward to it.

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year 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
1 year ago

It’ll be grazy.

1 year ago

Dean getting the piano again

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

Mr piano, explain yourself

Mr Piano
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 year ago

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

Mr Piano
1 year ago

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

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

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

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

But those open turns

Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year 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
1 year ago

Because you forgot to hit her?

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

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

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