2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


The 1500 free will be without Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith this go-around, though Ledecky still has a double tonight as she’s racing A finals in the 200 IM and 100 free.

Ryan Murphy will try to follow up his 100 back win with a victory in the 200 distance tonight, and an on-fire Olivia Smoliga is focusing solely on the 100 free tonight with a lane in the A final.

Another big name to watch is Caeleb Dressel, who scratched the 100 free but will be in A finals in the 200 IM and 50 breast tonight. He’ll go head-to-head with Michael Andrew in both races; Andrew is the top seed in both.



  1. Hannah Moore (Wolfpack) – 16:13.72
  2. Kristel Kobrich (Chile) – 16:20.96
  3. Kaersten Meitz (Boilermaker Aquatics) – 16:29.52

Hannah MooreKristel Kobrich, and Madelyn Donohoe (The Fish) were all out together early on in the race in finals tonight, with Donohoe falling off pace in the middle section. With Moore and Kobrich neck and neck, Kobrich had edged into the lead, but Moore pushed down on the gas and left the field in the fust.

Moore ended up being the only woman under 16:20, posting a 16:13.72, with Kobrich 2nd in 16:20.96. Moving up from prelims was Kaersten Meitz of Boilermaker Aquatics, who was 16:29.52 this morning which keeps her at third tonight. Donohoe was just off of that in 4th, touching at 16:30.19.

16-year-old Olivia McMurray of Swim Florida dropped 14 seconds to take 5th at 16:35.47.


  • PSS Record: 14:53.12 – Jordan Wilimovsky


  1. Anton Ipsen (Wolfpack) – 14:57.15
  2. Marcelo Acosta (Louisville) – 15:20.20
  3. Zane Grothe (Boulder City Henderson) – 15:26.38

Anton Ipsen took this one with a lifetime best of 14:57.15, less than two seconds off of the Danish record.

Marcelo Acosta of Louisville was 15:20.20 for 2nd, with Zane Grothe of Boulder City Henderson touching 3rd in 15:26.38.


  • PSS Record: 2:08.66 – Katinka Hosszu


  1. Madisyn Cox (Longhorn Aquatics) – 2:10.27
  2. Ella Eastin (Alto Swim Club) – 2:11.68
  3. Katie Ledecky (NCAP) – 2:14.45

Madisyn Cox had a great swim here, posting a 2:10.27 with Alto’s Ella Eastin 2nd in 2:11.68. Cox’s 37.38 breast split put her out of reach.

Katie Ledecky was in 6th at the last wall, but utilized a 29.50 final 50 to race past three women, including Katie Drabot. Ledecky edged Drabot for 3rd, 2:14.45 to 2:14.46.

Zoe Bartel (unattached) won the B final in 2:18.28.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • PSS Record: Michael Phelps- 1:56.32


  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace Club) – 1:57.49
  2. Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldogs) – 1:59.02
  3. Josh Prenot (Cal) – 2:00.70

Michael Andrew put together the best swim of his life by a huge margin, coming back with a 30.00 to clock a 1:57.49. His old best was a 1:59.12 from 2017. He was 24.50 going out, then 29.70 on back, 33.29 on breast, and nearly breaking 30 coming home. He now moves from 18th to 9th on the U.S. all-time performers list in this event.

Athens Bulldogs’ Chase Kalisz was 1:59.02 for 2nd, with Cal’s Josh Prenot hitting a 2:00.70 for 3rd. Caeleb Dressel, who was home in the fastest free split (29.03), took 4th in 2:01.72.

New Zealand’s Bradlee Ashby clocked a 2:02.98 to take the B final.


  • PSS Record: Taylor Ruck- 2:06.36


  1. Lisa Bratton (Aggie Swim Club) – 2:09.24
  2. Hali Flickinger (Athens Bulldogs) – 2:10.12
  3. Sonnele Oezturk (Auburn University) – 2:10.74

Lisa Bratton of Aggie Swim Club took this one in 2:09.24, moving her into the world top 10 this year with that time. She was nearly a second ahead of anyone else, with Athens Bulldogs’ Hali Flickinger touching 2nd in 2:10.12 with a nice final push to the wall. Sonnele Oezturk, a German national, was 2:10.74 to settle for 3rd.

Katharine Berkoff of Missoula Aquatic Club grabbed 4th in 2:11.63.


  • PSS Record: Xu Jiayu- 1:55.04


  1. Ryan Murphy (Cal) – 1:57.23
  2. Jacob Pebley (Team Elite) – 1:57.61
  3. Hennessey Stuart (Wolfpack) – 2:01.07

Jacob Pebley led through the first 150, clocking 29’s on the 2nd and 3rd 50s. Ryan Murphy, though, shot forward off the last wall, and he pushed past Pebley to the final wall to win it in 1:57.23, just knocking off Pebley (1:57.61). Wolfpack’s Hennessey Stuart was 3rd in 2:01.07.

14-year-old Josh Zuchowski was 2:02.12 to take 4th in this A final.


  • PSS Record: Lilly King- 29.62


  1. Alia Atkinson (South Florida) – 30.58
  2. Molly Hannis (unattached) – 30.77
  3. Sophie Hansson (NC State) – 30.95

Alia Atkinson of South Florida powered to the win here, going 30.58 to knock off American Molly Hannis (30.77). NC State freshman Sophie Hansson, a Swedish national, was also under 31, going 30.95 for 3rd.

Annie Lazor of Mission Viejo was 31.14 to take 4th.


  • PSS Record: Felipe Lima- 26.97


  1. Michael Andrew (Race Pace Club) – 27.41
  2. Kevin Cordes (Phoenix) – 27.60
  3. Itay Goldfaden (unattached) – 27.87

Michael Andrew, racing in his second event of the night, posted a 27.41 to win the 50 breast. He was just ahead of Phoenix’s Kevin Cordes, who was 27.60, with Itay Goldfaden, an Israel national, at 27.87 for 3rd.

Caeleb Dressel placed 4th again after touching 4th in the 200 IM, just getting under 28 with a 27.99.

Nic Fink was 27.88 to win the B final.


  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom- 53.12


  1. Simone Manuel (Alto Swim Club) – 53.74
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldogs ) – 54.65
  3. Margo Geer (Mission Viejo) – 55.19

Fighting through strep throat, Simone Manuel was still very quick tonight, posting a 53.74 to win the 100 free. She was out in 26.12, but came back hard in 27.62 to win this by nine tenths over Olivia Smoliga of Athens Bulldogs (54.65). Smoliga caps off what has been a very impressive meet for her this week.

Margo Geer of Mission Viejo posted a 55.19 for 3rd, with Athens Bulldogs’ Natalie Hinds close behind (55.35) in 4th.


  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian- 48.00


  1. Ryan Held (unattached) – 48.70
  2. Tate Jackson (UT) – 48.76
  3. Michael Chadwick (Team Elite) – 48.83

The top three, all Americans, all broke 49 seconds here in a great race for the title. Ryan Held had his best in-season swim of all time, going 48.70 after his previous in-season best was 49.24 from the Des Moines PSS stop. His best is 48.26. Tate Jackson and Michael Chadwick were both under 49, too, with Jackson going his 2nd-best time ever and Chadwick boarding another 48.

Renzo Tjon-a-Joe of Pinnacle was 49.38 for 4th, followed by Cavaliers’ Jack Conger (49.45) and Louisville’s Andrej Barna (49.75).

Mohamed Samy of Egypt posted a 50.06 to take the B final.

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1 year ago

Incredible photo

Small bird
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Such a cool shot

1 year ago

So where will the 1500 heats be broadcast/streamed live? Women’s heat is at 5:40 before Olympic Channel coverage. I suspect Oly Chan will do some sort of tape delay of part of the women’s and show part of the men’s…. Or they will just talk about Ledecky for the first 15 minutes and show neither…

Reply to  kdswim
1 year ago

Looks like final women 1500 is on USA stream.

Reply to  kdswim
1 year ago

it is ….

Borat Sagdiyev
1 year ago

Some thoughts on Caeleb Dressel’s start…
I have been noticing during this Pro Swim Series that he doesn’t lean back as much on the staring block as per usual. So he tries to get off the blocks as fast as possible which he even admitted in the post-race interview after the 50m freestyle. But in my opinion it doesn’t suit for him very well because he doesn’t seem to get any advantage over the field from the start right now like he used to. Any thoughts?

Reply to  Borat Sagdiyev
1 year ago

He still coming out ahead but not “like he used to” as you said. That could be for a number of reason but I bet it will probably just get better with rest. We will just have to see.

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Karl Ortegon

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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