2019 Pro Swim Series- Richmond: Day 3 Live Finals Recap

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – RICHMOND

Tonight, the finals of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 400 free will be contested. Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew will face-off again after Dressel won the 100 fly on Thursday while Andrew finished in 8th. The duo will meet up in the final of the 50 fly, where Dressel is seeded first while Andrew is seeded third. Yesterday, Dressel won the 200 free and 100 fly. Tonight, Dressel has a shot at swimming his second 2-for-2 win performance.

Veterans and age group-standouts will clash in the final of the women’s 100 back, with 18-year-old Katharine Berkoff leading the seeds as the only woman under one minute (59.78). Right behind Berkoff is Olympic gold medalist Olivia Smoliga, Pan Pacs champ Lisa Bratton, Olympian Hali Flickinger, and 14-year-old Claire Curzan. Amidst the battle, Curzan will be gunning for her second NAG of the meet, as her seed time of 1:01.08 lurks behind Regan Smith’s 13-14 NAG of 1:00.26.

Curzan will also have a showdown with Kelsi Dahlia and Farida Osman in the women’s 50 fly after taking second to Dahlia in the 100 fly on Thursday. Osman is seeded first with a 26.32, however, the 14-year-old Curzan is seeded second with a 26.37. Dahlia lurks behind Amanda Kendall in fourth. Can the 14-year-old defeat these veterans in a good-old fashioned splash-and-dash?

With Michael Andrew out of the 100 back A-final, Olympians Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebleyand Matt Grevers will still have to face NCAA champ Coleman Stewart, who was sub-55 in prelims. In the B-final, 14-year-old Josh Zuchoswki could also gun for a NAG of his own. His prelims time of 57.48 is just three-tenths off his PB of 57.11, which is eerily close to Michael Andrew‘s 13-14 NAG of 56.83.

Katie Ledecky is scheduled to swim an interesting meet line-up tonight. First up for Ledecky is the B-final of the 50 free, where she is seeded 15th. Then, Ledecky will octuple the distance and swim the 400 free final, where her and Leah Smith are the lone sub-4:10 swimmers from prelims.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Cammile Adams – 2:06.76

Top 3 Finishers:

Hali Flickinger held off Katie Drabot and Kelsi Dahlia in the last 100 of the race, earning the win in a 2:07.03. Flickinger knocked off 0.06s off her season best of 2:07.10 and ties herself as the 2nd-fastest time in the world with Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi.

Both Drabot and Dahlia entered the top 20 times in the world, joining Flickinger as the 3 Americans in the top 20 times (#2, #13, #19).

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Li Zhuhao – 1:55.29

Top 3 Finishers:

Chase Kalisz was even with Bulgarian Antani Ivanov heading into the final 50. However, the 20-year-old Ivanov held off Kalisz into the finish with a now 16th-fastest time in the world (1:56.34). Kalisz settled for second with a 1:57.03.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom – 24.17

Top 3 Finishers:

Out of lane 7, Olivia Smoliga pulled out the win over Simone Manuel and Farida Osman. Smoliga’s winning time of 24.83 just put herself in the top 20 times this year. Manuel and Osman tied for second, both sub-25 with a 24.97.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian – 21.56

Top 3 Finishers:

The men’s 50 free final tonight was very quick among the top 4. For Dressel, his winning time of 21.69 is the fastest in-season time he has gone, typically swimming over 22 seconds. His time is now the 4th-fastest time in the world. Michael Andrew also swam a new in-season best with a 21.83, the 6th-fastest time in the world.

Both Michael Chadwick and 4th-place finisher Jack Conger tied or bettered their personal bests. For Chadwick, he tied his 2016 Trials PB with a 21.96. For Conger, he swam a new personal best with a 22.41.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: Emily Seebohm – 58.96

Top 3 Finishers:

Just 14 minutes after winning the 50 free, Olivia Smoliga surprised herself with a new PSS record and personal best time, winning in a 58.73. That is now the 3rd-fastest time in the world this year behind Canadians Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck.

NC State recruit Katharine Berkoff, who finished in second with a 59.83, swam the 8th-fastest time in the world this year.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: David Plummer – 52.40

Top 3 Finishers:

A familiar top two, Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers went 1-2 in the 100 back final, both swimming under 54 seconds. Murphy was faster in Knoxville with a 53.17, the 4th-fastest time in the world. Grevers’ runner-up time of 53.81 is the 13th-fastest time in the world this year.

Out of the B-final, 14-year-old Josh Zuchoswki successfully broke Michael Andrew‘s 13-14 NAG. Zuchowski took third in the race with a 56.62, clipping Andrew’s former NAG of 56.83. In prelims, he swam a 57.48, however, is former PB was a 57.11.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  • PSS Record: Yuliya Efimova – 2:21.41

Top 3 Finishers:

Annie Lazor continues her thrilling year, winning yet another PSS 200 breast title with a 2:23.22. Her PB from Des Moines of 2:22.99 remains the 4th-fastest time in the world. In a tight race for second, Bethany Galat turned it over and passed up Emily Escobedo to out-touch her by 0.23s. Both their times just entered the top-25 times in the world.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

Top 3 Finishers:

Josh Prenot use his lethal back-half to pull away from the field and win with a comfy time of 2:11.51. This is Prenot’s 2nd PSS 200 breast title after winning in Knoxville. Runner-up Nic Fink was the Des Moines title winner and finished this time with a 2:12.15.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY

Top 3 Finishers:

Egyptian Farida Osman had a stellar 50 fly final tonight, breaking Kelsi Dahlia‘s PSS record with a 25.65, maintaining her #2 spot on the top-10 times in the world. Dahlia settled for second place with a 25.90.

For 14-year-old Claire Curzan, her 3rd-place time of 26.18 was nearly two-tenths faster than her prelims time of 26.37. Her time is also the 15th-fastest time in the world this year and the 9th-fastest U.S. performer all-time.

MEN’S 50 FLY

  • PSS Record: Matt Targett – 23.11

Top 3 Finishers:

Caeleb Dressel has officially went 2-for-2 tonight with his win in the 50 fly. This is also his second time defeated Michael Andrew tonight, out-touching the 19-year-old phenom by 0.11s. Dressel’s time is the 12th-fastest time in the world this year. Andrew was the Des Moines winner of this event, where his winning time of 23.36 remains the 7th-fastest time in the world.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

Top 3 Finishers:

Swimming the 2nd-fastest time in the world, an unsual position for this star, was Katie Ledecky. Her winning time of 4:01.50 is just 2 seconds off of Aussie Ariarne Titmus’ leading time of 3:59.66. Leah Smith‘s second place time of 4:05.17 bumped her up from 15th to 5th in the world this year. Third-place finisher Kaersten Meitz took third with a 4:09.20, just sneaking into the top-25 times in the world.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sun Yang – 3:43.55

Top 3 Finishers:

Picking up his 5th PSS win was Denmark-native Anton Ipsen, who held off Zane Grothe 3:48.22 to 3:48.53. In Des Moines, Grothe out-touched Ipsen and took the win. But this time around, Ipsen was able to hold and maintain his lead. Both Ipsen and Grothe’s times are right outside of the top-10 times in the world this year.

Ipsen is also qualified for the 2019 World Championships this summer, scheduled to swim the 800/1500 free and 400 IM for Denmark.

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Ragnar
2 years ago

And the first great matchup of the long course season, MA vs Caeleb. 21.47 Caeleb to 21.55 MA

Olsswim
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Just add .4- .5 to those expectations

Ragnar
Reply to  Olsswim
2 years ago

There’s a reason I’ve never won the powerball…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Olsswim
2 years ago

Absolutely.

Ragnar
Reply to  Olsswim
2 years ago

My bad, .22&.28

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

I’m predicting Andrew wins this one.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
2 years ago

okay… maybe next time

anonymoose
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
2 years ago

lol

Dee
2 years ago

They get a lot of flack on here, but USA swimming do far better than most providing streams for their events. I’d be over the moon if BS could muster anything remotely similar.

Admin
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Russia has been doing a phenomenal live stream (free around the world) this week.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

And the Russians are using those amazing spectator-friendly colored lane lines to boot!

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Woke Stasi
2 years ago

You will me lol but I totally agree.

Buster
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

BS are awful but Scottish Swimming do a great job

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

One good thing about MA’s B final in the 100 back: he gets more rest before during the 50 fly. Don’t expect him to have much in the gas tank at that point though.

CHMI
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

MA scratched the 100 back for finals

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I wish Dressel would do his 50 fly no breath. Seems to always take a couple. There’s 60+ year old masters guys that can do it, and he seems to be faster (as anyone would) no breathing.

Eagleswim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

It may be the case that Caeleb Dressel, maybe the fastest butterflyer in the world, is better at maintaining his speed and balance while breathing than those “60+ year old masters guys”… but that’s just a wild guess

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Eagleswim
2 years ago

He’s not even close to the fastest butterflyer in the world in a 50, which was my point. His best — which he hasn’t come close to in terms of form — is 22.76 from Budapest in 2017. Govorov (who doesn’t breathe) is 22.27. That’s a half a body-length. He’s 6th all-time among active swimmers. But hey, breathe all you want for balance…and finish 6th.

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Ol’ Longhorn should change his handle to DRESSELHATER

Ytho
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Actually, Govorov took a breath in the 22.27 swim

Tim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Remind me what time Govorov goes in the 100 Fly.

spectatorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Just curious, why you just “wish Dressel would do his 50 fly no breath” and not every one? Is Dressel the only one in the Final tonight breath during 50 fly?
(at work can’t watch the livestream so I did not see how everyone did…)

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  spectatorn
2 years ago

No. My point is that the absolute fastest 50 fly guys — and there are 5 active swimmers that are faster than Dressel has ever been, and one — Govorov — a LOT faster than Dressel has ever been don’t breathe. Sjostrom doesn’t breathe. Dressel, for whatever reason — and it sure as heck isn’t for “balance” when you breathe a time or two or three in a 50 — always seems to breathe a couple of times. That’s a technique lapse compared to the guys beating him (and Sjostrom, whose 50 fly record is light years faster than the #2 woman). And she has to hold her breath 2 seconds later.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Dressel trains more aerobically than sprinters like Govorov. He is the 100 butterfly king, so I would say it’s fair to call him the fastest butterflier. As he said, he’s not just a 50 guy, and maybe he needs that one breath to be able to have that powerful finish he always has.

anonymoose
2 years ago

wait is usaswimming.org only gonna show b finals tonight? says so in another ss article

Swimming4silver
Reply to  anonymoose
2 years ago

they show the A finals last night..

anonymoose
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

i know it just says so in the other article guess we’ll see

Swimming4silver
Reply to  anonymoose
2 years ago

aaaand its gone….

anonymoose
Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

ahhh what a sh*te

BMW
2 years ago

Is it just me or CD looks like he’s swimming with a tip on his shoulder? Like he’s out for vengeance

Anonymous
Reply to  BMW
2 years ago

It’s just you

Longhorn
Reply to  BMW
2 years ago

Oh you know he is!

Socaladvracer
Reply to  BMW
2 years ago

Not sure if CD has a ‘tip’ on his shoulder but I’m pretty certain he has a ‘chip’ on his shoulder from last summer!

Dave
2 years ago

Live feed has died. USA Swim is just playing Ads!

Pvdh
2 years ago
anonymoose
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

love you

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

thank you Buddy – so happy to hear Rowdy again …..lol

small bird
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Great link

why does rowdy insist on talking about reaction time? its like, sortof important.

Other things he could talk about:
CD’s underwaters and breakout
How MA beat him over the water last summer
it actually looked like MA was going to win / was gaining on him at right about 35meters
Different techniques
Completely diametric training styles

thanks,
small bird

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  small bird
2 years ago

Because it’s something Dressel’s been working on. Don’t think he’s ever been 0.60 off the blocks. He w60as 0.62 to 0.64 at Budapest Worlds (the last time he swam well LCM). If he has faster reaction time now not fully tapered, he should be able to get below 0.60. If he could do that and maintain his distance, he’s just picked up a handy .04 or so for a race usually decided by that.Troy has been trying to force him to move the wedge as close as possible and get off the block faster like actual track guys do.

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