2019 Pro Swim Series – Knoxville: Psych Sheets


Knoxville will be the first look at a new Pro Swim Series layout, which will include completely novel sites (like Knoxville).

Katie Ledecky will be in attendance next week, with a notable absence from the 800 free, which is on Wednesday night. That may have something to do with the Stanford academic quarter starting on Monday and trying to stay in Palo Alto for as much class and study time as possible. The two-time Olympian and world record-holder is still entered in the 200/400/1500 free and 400 IM.

Backstroke world record holders Kathleen Baker and Ryan Murphy will be in attendance, as well as sprint star Simone Manuel, as a huge portion of the U.S. National team entered to race in Knoxville. Essentially, the top tier of American breaststrokers on the men’s side (Kevin CordesMichael AndrewCody MillerNic FinkAndrew Wilson, and Josh Prenot) and the American backstrokers on the women’s side (Baker along with Olivia SmoligaRegan SmithIsabelle StaddenAli Deloof, Lisa Bratton and Phoebe Bacon) will be racing.

For not being the most accessible natatorium in terms of direct flights, Knoxville will be attracting a very sizable and talented group of athletes. Chase Kalisz will compete in the 200 IM, 200 fly, and 200 breast, while butterfliers Pace ClarkGianluca Urlando, Justin Wright and Tom Shields are scheduled to compete. American standouts on the women’s side, Kelsi Dahlia and Hali Flickinger, are entered to race as well.

A Canadian contingent dots the psych sheets, with big names Penny OleksiakKierra Smith, and Emily Overholt listed alongside rising talents Gabe Mastromatteo, Jade HannahFaith Knelson, and Madison Broad. American teenagers who have made some noise recently, like Erica SullivanCharlotte HookAlex Walsh, and Carson Foster are all entered, too.

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I don’t see Abbey entered


I dont see her either but I do see Tuggle and a bunch of other fast teens


Claire Tuggle is just 10 months younger of Katie Ledecky in London and is about the age when Missy Franklin made a strong claim to be on National team. She will compete at junior level internationally this season. So PSS meets are probably a good place to see how her ranking is moving among American swimmers and how she transforms from NAG record holder into adult competition.


After long pause Ledecky brings again 400IM into her program. Would be interesting to see if there is any progress with some of her other strokes. There wasn’t any (LCM) for the last three years and she needs improvement by more than 2 sec in at least one of them to be considered a contender. If it happens it would be most likely a backstroke and underwater.




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Translation: It’s been a while since Ledecky has been regularly competing in the 400IM. Would be interesting to see how her other strokes have improved. We havent seen much improvement in her other strokes the past three years in LCM and she would need to improve her time by at least 2 seconds in each IM event to be an olympic medal contender. If she does make that improvement, it’s likely due to better backstroke or underwaters.

Disclaimer: I have not personally fact checked this translation.


Well done. Facts are accurate.
Based on the current level of competition in 400IM she doesn’t need to swim under 4:30. That is what would happen if she swims each 100 faster by 2 sec. But she does need to have a significant improvement (more than 2sec) in at least one other than front crawl stroke. Her splits for the last four years show that backstroke is the best candidate for that. And that is what I’m going to pay attention to next week watching Katie in 400IM event. It is still pretty much open question if she uses 400IM just as a training exercise or she has some ambitions plans about it.

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Is that picture Ryan Murphy?

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no, it appears to be Bruce Banner transforming….

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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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