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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4 years ago

No Kathleen Baker in the 200 IM or 100 back?

4 years ago

“A simple joke from a simple man” comment image

But to be serious – How many times do you think Katie Ledecky was slower 8:15 in finals of any type during 7 years after 2012 (the year of her debut). You will be surprised with the answer.

Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

Just for you, some statistics for the two swims:
400 free: 4:01.68, 5.22s from the WR (1.305s/100m) , 8 swimmers were faster than it in history, 42 swims can be found in FINA’s database, that are under it. The fastest non-Ledecky swimmer is 2.88s faster than it. It would have finished 5th at the WC this year.
800 free: 8:14.95 10.16s from the WR (1.27s/100m), 3 swimmers were faster than it ever, 28 swims under it (only two non-Ledecky). The fastest ever swim by somebody else is 0.85 faster. Only Ledecky was faster in Gwangju.

Reply to  Goag
4 years ago

Thank you for spending so much time for collecting this info and making discussion where facts and numbers prevail. I am familiar with all this data. I was sharing my feelings only without insisting on anything. I can’t explain what the origin of them is, but for me emotionally or subconsciously or whatever the right English word is the 8:14.9 is father of Katie’s best performances in 800 event than 4:01.6 is in 400 event. Maybe it has something to do with the shape of distributions of Ledecky’s results in each event. And the one in 800 is more compact. So divination from the center is more visible and is more rare. I don’t know. But whatever it is it… Read more »

4 years ago

Sorry Yozhik, Kristiina is now my favorite commenter on the website.

Reply to  Sccoach
4 years ago

Her name starts with a “k”. Yozhik hates her,

Reply to  Dbswims
4 years ago

It is very interesting observation. Maybe it is because Yozhik’s name ends with “K” And that is where the love ends and whatever is following deserves to be hated only?

Reply to  Sccoach
4 years ago

I hate when people change their hearts. 😀
Can I be at least the second one in your list of favorites? 😀

Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

I will try to make SCCOACH to not feel sorry. 😀
Regarding Hosszu: I can discuss statistics of her performances. I can help separate facts from myths about her. I can dispute of how much “iron” and how much “lady” she actually is. But respect? Never. There is nothing to respect.

Reply to  Sccoach
4 years ago


4 years ago

I was under strong impression that 4:01 is of better quality than 8:14.95. Maybe because Katie Ledecky’s cruise speed at 800 used to be 8:11 – 8:13. Everything that goes slower than her famous London race looks slow to me. Maybe because this is the area reachable by other swimmers. When she looked at this race several years later she was surprised of the way it was swam – 4:04 – 4:10. Today she did 4:08.49 – 4:06.46. I would call this to be strange. But mathematics says that 8:14.95 is better than 4:01.68 and I have nothing left but to accept this fact despite something inside me says that it isn’t right in Katie’s world.

Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

Good lord man. How do people in your life tolerate you

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Dude was apparently turned down by women whose names started with K.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
4 years ago

Rip Kathleen Baker. Shes prob next.

Reply to  Dbswims
4 years ago

No, next would be OL’ LONGHORN 😀
Any of various noisemakers operated by blowing or by squeezing a hollow rubber”

If it’s getting old and if it’s long the noise is getting unbearable.
😀 😀 😀

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

You became part of my life and look OK so far. But if it is too much for you just ignore me. Choose easy reading. Nothing wrong with it. Nobody will shame you. People are different in education, abilities, life experience etc. Sometimes they cannot connect and there is nobody’s fault.

Jim C
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

I would agree that a 4:01.68 is slightly better than an 8:14.95. But I would say Ledecky’s 400 WR is better than her 800 WR. Compared to the current WRs, the 400 time is WR+2.2% while the 800 time is a little better at WR+2.1%–and this is the basis for FINA points.

Reply to  Jim C
4 years ago

I told you that I don’t argue with this math. And who can? The only thing that was said that it surprised me. In my response to GOAG I tried to explain what may caused this confusion.

4 years ago

I wish I could answer this question but it looks like I’m not allowed.

4 years ago

I’m thinking Jared and Mel must be making up some characters to build drama. I dig it, whatever it is, there is some joy that comes out of a blast of downvotes.

4 years ago

no i am Estonian paraswimmer

Reply to  Kristiina
4 years ago

Don’t rush to say, no. 😀 Yozhik may look ugly at first site, but it is actually very nice, gentle creature. Just don’t try to offend him. BTW I been many times to Estonia. My classmates are living in Tallinn.
Check the beauty 😀comment image?dl=0

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Kristiina
4 years ago

What are your best events? Are you an IMer, too?

Reply to  Kristiina
4 years ago

Don’t rush to say “no”. Yozhik may look ugly at first site but is actually very nice and gentle creature. Just don’t try to offend him.
I been many times to Estonia. Some of my classmates are living in Tallinn.

Olympic Dark sheep
4 years ago

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

Reply to  Olympic Dark sheep
4 years ago

More than any other event?

Reply to  Superfan
4 years ago

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

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Nick Pecoraro

Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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