2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – RICHMOND

Day 3 prelims kick off this morning with the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 400 free. Today we’ll get to see Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith race each other again, this time in the 400 free. Simone Manuel will make her debut at this meet today in the 50 free, where she is the top seed. Caeleb Dressel will be aiming for two more golds today, in the 50 free and 50 fly.

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Cammile Adams – 2:06.76

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Hali Flickinger – 2:08.12
  2. Katie Drabot – 2:10.44
  3. Megan Kingsley – 2:11.22
  4. Kelsi Dahlia – 2:12.27
  5. Ella Eastin – 2:12.44
  6. Leah Gingrich – 2:13.67
  7. Alena Kraus – 2:13.91
  8. Mia Abruzzo – 2:15.21

Hali Flickinger posted a dominant swim this morning, taking the top seed by over two seconds and swimming the only sub-2:10 race in the field. Kelsi Dahlia took the race out ahead of Flickinger in heat 4, but Flickinger quickly ran Dahlia down on the 2nd 50. Flickinger was the only swimmer in the field to break 2:10 this morning, but all of the top 5 qualifiers have personal bests under 2:10, so tonight’s race could be tighter.

Cabell Whitlow was 9th this morning, swimming a 2:15.55.

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Li Zhuhao – 1:55.29

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Antani Ivanov – 1:57.64
  2. Zach Harting – 1:58.99
  3. Justin Wright – 2:00.11
  4. Chase Kalisz – 2:00.75
  5. David Dixon – 2:02.84
  6. Jan Switkowski – 2:02.98
  7. Tomas Peribonio – 2:03.26
  8. Micah Oh – 2:03.93

Zach Harting threw down a 1:58.99 in the 2nd heat, which lasted as the best time until the final heat, when Antani Ivanov clocked a 1:57.64. There was only one swimmer to make the A final that dropped time this morning – Tomas Peribonio. Peribonio made waves last night when he came in 2nd in the 400 IM (behind Chase Kalisz) and set a new Ecuadorian Record.

Five of the swimmers in the A final have been 1:55 or faster before, leaving tonight wide open. Taylor Abbot was 9th this morning in 2:04.07.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom – 24.17

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Simone Manuel – 24.90
  2. Margo Geer/Kasia Wilk – 25.10
  3. Farida Osman/Amanda Kendall – 25.31
  4. Olivia Smoliga – 25.34
  5. Kelsi Dahlia – 25.42
  6. Anika Apostalon – 25.51

To not much surprise, Simone Manuel took the top see for tonight. Manuel was the only swimmer in the field to crack 25 seconds, but was still nearly a second off her personal best. There were two ties in the top 8, with Margo Geer and Kasia Wilk tying for 2nd, and Farida Osman and Amanda Kendall tying for 4th. Kelsi Dahlia made her 2nd A final of the day, coming in 7th.

Madison Kennedy finished just 0.01 seconds outside the top 8, posting a 25.52 for 9th this morning.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian – 21.56

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 22.04
  2. Michael Andrew – 22.08
  3. Michael Chadwick – 22.22
  4. Mihalis Deliyiannis – 22.27
  5. Abdelrahman Sameh – 22.48
  6. Ryan Held – 22.56
  7. Andrej Barna – 22.64
  8. Jack Conger – 22.66

It seemed like a new top time was established every heat in this event. Mihalis Deliyiannis set the top time in heat 6 with a 22.27, then Michael Andrew bested that with a 22.08 in heat 7, and finally Caeleb Dressel edged Andrew’s time with a 22.04 in heat 8. The top 4 are separated by only 0.23 seconds going into tonight, setting up what should be a tight race. Tate Jackson was 9th this morning with a time of 22.68.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: Emily Seebohm – 58.96

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kathrine Berkoff – 59.78
  2. Olivia Smoliga – 1:00.11
  3. Ali DeLoof – 1:00.52
  4. Elise Haan – 1:00.80
  5. Lisa Bratton – 1:00.94
  6. Hali Flickinger – 1:00.96
  7. Claire Curzan – 1:01.08
  8. Kylee Alons – 1:01.48

Katharine Berkoff posted the top time out of heat 3, and managed to hold the top spot through the rest of the circle seeded heats. Berkoff was just off her personal best of 59.59 this morning, and will certainly be gunning for a new best time tonight. Hali Flickinger made her 2nd A final of the day, going a best time to land herself 6th this morning. Ella Eastin and Simone Manuel, neither of whom typically swim the 100 back, both qualified for the B final. Manuel swam a 1:02.50 and Eastin was 1:02.68. Claire Curzan swam a best time of 1:01.08, making her the 6th fastest 13-14 girl in history. The NAG stands at 1:00.26, so we’ll be watching for that tonight.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: David Plummer – 52.40

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Coleman Stewart – 54.83
  2. Ryan Murphy – 55.00
  3. Jacob Pebley – 55.23
  4. Matt Grevers – 55.27
  5. Hennessey Stuart – 55.56
  6. Nikos Sofianidis – 55.67
  7. Corey Main – 55.68
  8. Destin Lasc0 – 55.80

Coming off an excellent NCAA season in the 100 back, Coleman Stewart took the top seed for tonight’s final. Stewart was the only swimmer in the field to crack :55 this morning. Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers were both significantly off their best times this morning, so we may see them swim much faster tonight. 17-year-old Destin Lasco made it into the A final with a time of 55.80, just slightly off his best of 55.52.

Michael Andrew missed the A final here, finishing in 9th with a 55.83 in his second event of the session.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  • PSS Record: Yuliya Efimova – 2:21.41

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Emily Escobedo – 2:26.22
  2. Annie Lazor – 2:27.84
  3. Bethany Galat – 2:28.39
  4. Zoe Bartel – 2:30.50
  5. Madisyn Cox – 2:32.02
  6. Laura Goettler – 2:33.56
  7. Molly Hannis – 2:34.30
  8. Anna Keating – 2:35.58

Emily Escobedo posted the top time this morning from heat 2. Annie Lazor, the winner of last night’s 100 breast, came in 2nd this morning, while Bethany Galat, who took 3rd in the 100 breast, is the 3rd seed for tonight. Galat entered the meet with the fastest seed time (2:21.77).

Rachel Bernhardt was 9th this morning in 2:35.65.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. AJ Pouch – 2:13.12
  2. Nic Fink – 2:13.77
  3. Josh Prenot – 2:14.01
  4. Carlos Claverie – 2:14.05
  5. Cody Miller – 2:14.59
  6. Chuck Katis – 2:15.44
  7. Kevin Cordes – 2:15.68
  8. Andrew Wilson – 2:16.14

AJ Pouch, the 11th seed in this event, took the top seed for tonight’s finals with a 2:13.12. Pouch wasn’t far off his personal best of 2:11.80. Top seeded Josh Prenot came in 3rd this morning, swimming a 2:14.01, nearly 7 seconds off his personal best. Kevin Cordes and Andrew Wilson, the 2nd and 3rd seeds coming in, finished 7th and 8th this morning respectively. Cody Miller, the champion from last night’s 100 breast, came in 5th this morning with a 2:14.59.

Alex Evdokimov finished 9th this morning with a 2:16.23.

WOMEN’S 50 FLY

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Farida Osman – 26.32
  2. Claire Curzan – 26.37
  3. Amanda Kendall – 26.43
  4. Kelsi Dahlia – 26.59
  5. Aliena Schmidtke – 26.69
  6. Natalie Hinds – 26.78
  7. Lexi Cuomo – 27.56
  8. Leah Gingrich – 27.65

Farida Osman led a tight top 6 qualifiers this morning with a 26.32. The Pro Swim Series record-holder, Kelsi Dahlia, was 4th this morning with a 26.59. The 50 fly was Dahlia’s 3rd race of the morning. 14-year-old Claire Curzan continues to have a stellar meet, rocketing to a 26.37 for 2nd this morning. That time was a second faster than she took out her NAG 100 fly last night (27.34). Just 0.46 seconds separated 1st from 6th this morning, leaving this race wide open for tonight.

MEN’S 50 FLY

  • PSS Record: Matt Targett – 23.11

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 23.24
  2. Nathan Lile – 23.59
  3. Michael Andrew – 23.62
  4. GIles Smith – 23.68
  5. Santiago Grassi – 23.74
  6. Abdelrahman Sameh – 23.87
  7. Zach Harting – 24.02
  8. Jack Saunderson 24.04

Caeleb Dressel took his second top seed for tonight’s finals, this time by a comfortable margin. Dressel was just 0.13 seconds off the Pro Swim Series record of 23.11, which we may see broken tonight. Michael Andrew bounced back after coming in 9th in the 100 back, finishing 3rd in the 50 fly this morning. Zach Harting qualified for his second A final of the day. Harting will be the 2nd seed in the 200 fly and 7th seed in the 50 fly tonight.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky – 4:06.96
  2. Leah Smith – 4:09.49
  3. Kaersten Meitz – 4:11.81
  4. Hannah Moore – 4:13.07
  5. Hali Flickinger – 4:13.97
  6. Katie Drabot – 4:13.98
  7. Claire Tuggle – 4:14.26
  8. Madelyn Donohoe – 4:16.18

Unsurprisingly, Katie Ledecky took the top seed for tonight, and Leah Smith will be tonight’s 2nd seed. The pair were the only two swimmers under 4:10 this morning. Given how they swam in the 200 and 800 frees at this meet, we’ll likely see the two of them significantly faster tonight. Hali Flickinger made her 3rd A final of the day, after also qualifying in the 200 fly and 100 back. 14-year-old Claire Tuggle made the A final, swimming 4 seconds off her best time to qualify 7th.

Brooke Forde, the 2019 NCAA champion in the 500 free, finished 9th this morning, posting a 4:16.29.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sun Yang – 3:43.55

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Zane Grothe – 3:52.17
  2. Anton Ipsen – 3:53.20
  3. True Sweetser – 3:55.12
  4. Marcelo Acosta – 3:55.13
  5. Santi Corredor – 3:57.74
  6. Ryan Waters – 3:57.89
  7. Gil Kiesler – 3:58.03
  8. Luke Johnson – 3:59.12

800 free champion Zane Grothe took the top seed for tonight’s final after a tough race with Anton Ipsen in the final heat. Marcelo Acosta was trailing behind Grothe and Ipsen in the last heat, and ended up finishing just 0.01 seconds behind True Sweetser‘s time from the 5th heat. Ryan Waters made the A final from the 3rd of 6 heats. Grothe and Ipsen both have personal best well under 3:50, so we may see a good race tonight between the two.

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Ol' Longhorn

Pair of 21.7’s tonight. Not sure who wins, MA or Dressel. Zach Harting has gotten really good.

Snarky

29.7 v 27.0 second 50’s in the 100 fly last night. I know who Im picking to win the 50.

Ol' Longhorn

21.94 vs 22 and change in the World Rankings this year and 21.46 vs 21.67 last year. I know who I’m going with.

RUN-DMC

Dressel will win tonight. MA is not in good form this week.

Hmm...

21.1 vs 21.4….

Ol' Longhorn

At the flags.

Michael Schwartz

Dean Farris?

Caleb

Harting looks impressive… didn’t have a very good NCAAs so I’m curious what the shape of his training has been like.

Ol' Longhorn

He did in the 200 free and his 800 free relay was good. But he’s a wildcard.

The Ready Room

Zach got some speed this year! Watch out this summer. Looking ahead to 2020, I think he’s got a legitimate chance at the 2fly and 800 free relay, as well as an outside shot at the 1fly. I wonder what a rested 4free would look like from him…

Philip

Pretty fast 50 prelims with Dressel & MA.

Swimfan

According to USASwimming, Claire Curzan’s 26.37 in the 50M Fly is the fastest ever for 13-14 girls, by .64.

remel can do anything

and the 3rd race for her this moring 🙂

Hmm...

But but but tripling is too hard!

#USRPT….

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger

I mean… Michael Andrew used to do triples all the time when he was 14. People would whine he got so many SwimSwam headlines because he’d break 2-3 NAGs a night. Kids bounce back better for multiple races than adults. Everyone knows that. But you seem like maybe you’ve only been a swim fan for a few months, so I’ll cut you some slack.

Stefan

Impressive time. Internationally she’s ranked fourth in that age group, though.

26.03 Wang Yichun (13) CHN, 4-Apr-05 – 20-Aug-18, Asian Games
26.29 Rikako Ikee (14) JPN, 4-Jul-00 – 14-Jun-15, XXXIIIe Meeting de Montecarlo – Mare Nostrum
26.35 Anastasiya Shkurdai (14) BLR, 3-Jan-03 – 25-Aug-17, World JR Champs
26.37 Claire Curzan (14) USA 2004 – 12-Apr-19, TYR Pro Swim Series #3 Richmond

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