2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


Night 2 of the Richmond Pro Swim Series kicks off tonight. We only had one A final scratch from this morning – Katie Ledecky in the 400 IM. Ledecky will still be competing in the 200 free, where she is the top seed. Michael Andrew will look for Gold in the 50 back tonight after breaking the Pro Swim Series record this morning. Following her quick performance in the 800 free last night, Leah Smith will be in the hunt in both the 200 free and 400 IM.

Claire Curzan broke the 13-14 Girls NAG in the 100 fly this morning with a 59.00. Will we see the first American 14-year-old ever to break 59? Caeleb Dressel looked pretty tame this morning in the 100 fly. Does he have more in store for us tonight?


Top 3:

Katie Ledecky led the race from start to finish, knocking another 8-tenths of a second off her prelims time. Ledecky also kept all 4 of her 50 splits under 30 seconds. Leah Smith was in 2nd throughout the race, taking a little over half a second off her prelims time. Madisyn Cox held off a late charge by Katie Drabot to take Bronze tonight, taking another second off her drop from this morning.

14-year-old Claire Tuggle took the B final of the 200 free, roaring home in 30.17 to finish in 2:01.21, roughly a second faster than this morning.


  • PSS Record: Sun Yang – 1:44.82

Top 3 Finishers:

Caeleb Dressel took off like a bullet, and managed to hold on to win the event. He was out in a speedy 51.91 with roughly a body-length lead at the halfway mark. Zane Grothe was closing on Dressel quickly on the last 50, and ultimately ended up in 2nd following his Gold medal in the 800 free last night.

Marcelo Acosta, the runner-up in last night’s 800 free took the B final tonight, took the B final in 1:50.58, running down Ryan Murphy on the final 50.


  • PSS Record: Rebecca Soni – 1:05.57

Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Annie Lazor – 1:06.72
  • SILVER: Sophie Hansson – 1:08.05
  • BRONZE: Bethany Galat – 1:08.26

Annie Lazor backed up her top seed by throwing down a 1:06.72 to win the event by over 1 second. Sophie Hansson, one of the top NCAA freshmen this year, took 2nd with a 1:08.05, narrowly beating out Bethany Galat. Alia Atkinson, the winner of the B final, would have tied for 4th in the A final with her time of 1:08.55


  • PSS Record: Adam Peaty – 58.86

Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Cody Miller – 1:00.98
  • SILVER: Andrew Wilson – 1:01.04
  • BRONZE: Nic Fink – 1:01.05

Cody Miller managed to hold on to win the race tonight in an incredibly tight finish. Miller was out the fastest in the field – 28.31, but the race only tightened as it went on. Andrew Wilson outsplit Miller by about 2-tenths of a second on the 2nd 50, bringing himself just 0.06 seconds behind Miller at the finish. Nic Fink was just 0.01 seconds behind Wilson for Bronze, and Kevin Cordes was 4th with a 1:01.08, just .03 seconds off Fink.


  • PSS Record: Olivia Smoliga – 27.43

Top 3 Finshers:

Olivia Smoliga, the PSS record-holder in this event, managed to win the race tonight, touching as the only swimmer under 28 seconds. Ali DeLoof was right there with Smoliga throughout the race, but ended up touching just 0.19 seconds behind Smoliga. Katharine Berkoff then led the rest of the pack, getting her hand on the wall in 28.55 for 3rd.


  • PSS Record: Michael Andrew – 24.68

Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Michael Andrew – 24.76
  • SILVER: Ryan Held – 25.16
  • BRONZE: Matt Grevers – 25.18

Michael Andrew was just off his record-setting swim from this morning, but still managed to win the race by a pretty comfortable margin. Ryan Held just barely got his hand on the wall before Matt Grevers to earn the 2nd place finish. Grevers was just 0.04 seconds ahead of Ryan Murphy to earn a Bronze medal.

100 FLY

  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom – 56.38

Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Kelsi Dahlia – 57.99
  • SILVER: Claire Curzan – 58.61
  • BRONZE: Farida Osman – 58.89

Kelsi Dahlia took the event, swimming just a little faster than she was this morning. Dahlia took the lead around 35 meters in and never really looked back after that. Claire Curzan shattered her own 13-14 girls NAG again tonight, this time blasting a 58.61. That makes her the first 13-14 girl to ever break 59 seconds in the 100 fly. Farida Osman ws 3rd at the 50 mark, and managed to hold on for 3rd tonight. Amanda Kendall was 2nd at the 50 mark, but was overtaken by Curzan and Osman ran her down on the final 50.


Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Caeleb Dressel – 52.08
  • SILVER: Giles Smith – 52.72
  • BRONZE: Zach Harting/Santiago Grassi – 52.87

Caeleb Drseel used a stellar back half to win this race, much like he did this morning. He was 7th at the 50 mark, but threw down a 27.09 on the 2nd 50 to vastly out-pace the rest of the field. Giles Smith was 2nd at the 50, and managed to hold on to that 2nd place postion on the 2nd 50. Zach Harting and Santiago Grassi tied for 3rd, but even more interestingly, they were tied for 3rd at the 50 mark as well, both clocking a 24.79. Michael Andrew, fresh off a win in the 50 back, tore to a 24.27 on the first 50, but then faded on the back half and ultimatly touched in 8th.


  • PSS Record: Katinka Hosszu – 4:31.07

Top 3 Finishers:

Ella Eastin took the lead towards the end of the fly leg and never looked back. She expanded her lead through backstroke, then Madisyn Cox tightened it up on breastroke, but Eastin ran away with it on freestyle. Madisyn Cox and Leah Smith each picked up their 2nd podium finishes of the night, Smith’s 3rd of the meet. Cox was 3rd in the 200 free earlier and finished 2nd here, while Smith was 2nd in the 200 free earlier and finished 3rd here. Smith also came in 2nd in the 800 free last night. Brooke Forde was first at the first 50 wall, but ended up in 4th for the back half of the race, touching in 4:45.06.


MEN’S 400 IM

  • PSS Record: Chase Kalisz – 4:08.92

Top 3 Finishers:

  • GOLD: Chase Kalisz – 4:13.45
  • SILVER:  Tomas Peribonio- 4:16.87
  • BRONZE: Zachary Tan – 4:25.91

Chase Kalisz controlled this race from the start, knocking off 7 seconds from his prelims time. Tomas Peribonio held on to 2nd the whole way through the race, establishing himslef way ahead of the rest of the field behind him and Kalisz. Peribonio’s time of 4:16.87 establishes a new Ecuardorian record, and puts him 11th in the world this year. Sean Faikish nearly ran down Zachary Tan for 3rd, but ended up 4th in 4:26.86

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1 year ago

Interesting pic of Claire Curzan there 🙂

Reply to  pianoback
1 year ago

Yeah, she looks a lot older than 14 in that shot.

Woke Stasi
1 year ago

I tuned in to see if Brooke Forde would flip at the 200 mark (she didn’t). 🙂

A swammer
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

It’s easier to keep count in long course!

1 year ago

PB for Dressel in the 200 Free

Reply to  seans
1 year ago

thats…a good sign

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  seans
1 year ago

He may have a 1:45 low in him after all. He’ll be hurting on his 100 fly though. Maybe 51.8?