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


The final morning of the 2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond meet will feature heats of the 200 IM, 200 back, 50 breast, and 100 free, as well as the early heats of the 1500 free.

Women’s 200 IM

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66 – Katinka Hosszu

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Ella Eastin – 2:13.09
  2. Madisyn Cox – 2:13.72
  3. Hali Flickinger – 2:14.79
  4. Leah Smith – 2:14.86
  5. Katie Ledecky – 2:15.07
  6. Brooke Forde – 2:15.58
  7. Katie Drabot – 2:15.87
  8. Emily Escobedo – 2:16.81

After winning the 400 IM earlier in the meet, Ella Eastin is once again on top in the IM events. Eastin leads over Madisyn Cox, who took second behind Eastin in the 400 IM final. Along with Eastin and Cox, the rest of the top 8 includes 200 fly champ Hali Flickinger and distance stars Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith.

Finishing in 9th place was Bethany Galat (2:17.16), who was runner-up in the 200 breast final.

Men’s 200 IM

  • PSS Record: Michael Phelps- 1:56.32

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Michael Andrew– 1:59.35
  2. Chase Kalisz– 2:01.35
  3. Caeleb Dressel– 2:01.90
  4. Norbert Szabo– 2:02.34
  5. Tomas Peribonio– 2:02.62
  6. Josh Prenot– 2:02.97
  7. Zachary Tan– 2:03.57
  8. Daniel Sos– 2:03.77

After blasting through the first 50 fly in a 24.69 (under WR pace), Michael Andrew held on for the rest of the 200 IM and was the only swimmer to dip under 2 minutes with a 1:59.35. At the 2016 Olympic Trials, Andrew swam a 1:59.44. The only other time that Andrew was faster was at the 2017 Indy PSS (1:59.17).

Behind him is IM monster Chase Kalisz and the ever-so versatile Caeleb Dressel. In Knoxville, Kalisz swam a 1:57.68 in finals, so there should be no worries on whether Kalisz can win or not. As for Dressel, despite being the fastest SCY 200 IM, he still has not behind sub-2 minute in this race. That could change tonight.

Women’s 200 Back

  • PSS Record: Taylor Ruck- 2:06.36

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Sonnele Oeztuerk– 2:10.56
  2. Lisa Bratton– 2:11.15
  3. Katharine Berkoff– 2:12.00
  4. Hali Flickinger– 2:12.40
  5. Olivia Smoliga– 2:12.97
  6. Monique Rae– 2:14.41
  7. Kylee Alons– 2:15.25
  8. Madisyn Cox– 2:15.68

Taking the top time over World champ Lisa Bratton is NCAA finalist Sonnele Oeztuerk (2:10.56). Closely bunched up behind Oeztuerk and Bratton are Katharine Berkoff, Hali Flickinger, and Olivia Smoliga.

Also sneaking into the top 8 are Houston-transfer Monique Rae, NCAA finalist Kylee Alons, and IM/breast specialist Madisyn Cox.

Men’s 200 Back

  • PSS Record: Xu Jiayu- 1:55.04

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Hennessey Stuart– 2:00.19
  2. Jacob Pebley– 2:01.49
  3. Josh Zuchowski– 2:02.70
  4. Ryan Murphy– 2:02.73
  5. Samuel Tornqvist- 2:03.22
  6. Dominick Wallace– 2:03.24
  7. Billy Cadigan– 2:03.50
  8. Nikos Sofianidis– 2:04.15

Hennessey Stuart takes the top prelims time in the 200 back by a second over Cal post-grad Jacob Pebley. Seeded ahead of Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy is 14-year-old Josh Zuchowski, who is already the 13-14 NAG holder in this event (2:00.97).

Joining the top 8 are Swed Samuel Tornqvist, Navy’s Dominick Wallace and Billy Cadigan, and Louisville’s Nikos Sofianidis.

Women’s 50 Breast

  • PSS Record: Lilly King- 29.62

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Molly Hannis– 30.42
  2. Alia Atkinson– 31.02
  3. Sophie Hansson– 31.18
  4. Annie Lazor– 31.22
  5. Katie Meili– 31.46
  6. Breeja Larson– 31.60
  7. Peyton Kondis– 31.99
  8. Rachel Bernhardt– 32.09

Taking the top 2 spots in the women’s sprint breast are Olympian Molly Hannis and World champ Alia Atkinson. Coming off her freshman NCAA debut is NC State’s Sophie Hansson, who is third over Annie Lazor and Olympians Katie Meili and Breeja Larson.

Peyton Kondis of Houston and Rachel Bernhardt join the top 8 tonight.

Men’s 50 Breast

  • PSS Record: Felipe Lima- 26.97

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Michael Andrew– 27.37
  2. Itay Goldfaden– 27.45
  3. Kevin Cordes– 27.76
  4. Chuck Katis– 27.80
  5. Youssef Elkamash– 27.88
  6. Cody Miller– 28.01
  7. Caeleb Dressel– 28.03
  8. Nils Wich-Glasen– 28.14

Michael Andrew takes his second top seed of the morning, topping one of his signature events over NCAA veteran Itay Goldfaden and American record-holder Kevin CordesCody Miller, 100 breast champ, and Caeleb Dressel, who defeated Andrew 3 times thus far, are also in the top 8.

Nic Fink (10th) and Andrew Wilson (11th) qualified for the B-final in this race.

Women’s 100 Free

  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom- 53.12

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Simone Manuel– 54.45
  2. Margo Geer– 54.76
  3. Natalie Hinds– 55.17
  4. Olivia Smoliga– 55.44
  5. Kasia Wilk– 55.52
  6. Katie Ledecky– 55.55
  7. Anika Apostalon– 55.82
  8. Kylee Alons/Isabella Arcila Hurtado- 56.25 *swim-off required

Taking the charge in the women’s 100 free are Simone Manue, joined by Margo Geer, Natalie Hinds, and Olivia Smoliga. Katie Ledecky is also in the mix with her 6th place seed. Kylee Alons and Isabella Arcila Hurtado tied for 8th with a 56.25, requiring a swim-off to determine who will swim the A-final. Alons is already in an A-final swim tonight with her 7th place seed in the 200 back.

Qualified for the B-final are 50 fly champ Farida Osman and Amanda Kendall.

Men’s 100 Free

  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian- 48.00

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Tate Jackson– 48.94
  2. Michael Chadwick– 49.25
  3. Renzo Tjon-a-Joe– 49.29
  4. Ryan Held– 49.45
  5. Jack Conger– 49.69
  6. Andrej Barna– 49.72
  7. Pawel Sendyk- 49.98
  8. Mohamed Samy/Bartosz Piszczorowicz– 50.00

Texas Longhorn Tate Jackson tops the men’s 100 free over Michael Chadwick and Surinamese Renzo Tjon-a-Joe. Olympians Ryan Held and Jack Conger will also contend in the A-final.

Tying for 8th are Mohamed Samy and Bartosz Piszczorowicz, who will swim-off to swim in the A-final tonight.

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2 years ago

So that’s where Nathan Adrian put his Olympic Rings tattoo. We don’t often see his back.

Reply to  MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
2 years ago

That’s Ryan Murphy wearing Nathan’s cap as a tribute to his buddy while he continues to get back into training/competing after his treatment.

Reply to  Calbearfan
2 years ago

Ha , finally someone who saw that it was Murphy’s back ….

Reply to  MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
2 years ago

Not Nathan as Calbearfan said. Several Olympians don’t have the rings tattooed on their bodies. Nathan is one….can you name some others?

Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago


2 years ago

The lack of walls in the long course 2 IM hurts Dressel but honestly the only stroke that looked that weak in his swim was the back which is kinda expected

Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

You’d think so but I remember he went a 55 second LC 200 back at some mid-season meet so I don’t really think there’s any weakness… he’s definitely still figuring out the right pacing .

Reply to  Caleb
2 years ago

200?! 😱

Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

Yea. That’s not right. This isn’t dean we’re talking about.

Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

Maybe he can get some backstroke lessons from his sister.

2 years ago

Caeleb DRESS-rehersEL!!!

2 years ago

MA going out .2 faster than Phelps’s WR… then is 1.7 behind it after backstroke lol

Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago


Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago

The poor boy can’t win with some of you. He goes under 2:00 again and is the fastest qualifier and still gets criticised because he can’t hold world record pace. It’s getting boring now.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Buster
2 years ago

He’s a 19 year old man now. People also need to stop treating him like an age grouper.

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

Regardless of his age it was a good performance. The keyboard warriors will find fault in anything he does.

Speed Racer
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

Actually he is 20 in less than a week.

Reply to  Speed Racer
2 years ago

Which makes him 19, no?

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

Do you expect every pro adult swimmer to hold World Record pace in every race they swim?

You must spend a lot of time disappointed.

Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago

Sorry – meant no disrespect. Forgot it was Lochte’s, makes more sense because of Lochte’s backstroke strength.

Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago

MA is not swimming the IM to anyone else’s pace especially Lochte or Phelps. This was almost MA best time and a good swim for him. Caleb Dressel has never been under 2:00

Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

And MA has never swum a 200 free…

Mr Piano
Reply to  Hmm...
2 years ago

Can we stop comparing, thanks

Reply to  Hmm...
2 years ago

200 free is not in MA stated goals.

2 years ago

That honestly surprised me, MA held on for dear life after that first 50…

2 years ago

Pretty good swim by MA

Guess he’s got two gears: (1) flying (2) dying. They’d both technically count as race pace

It’d be surprising if he swam finals because it’ll kill his other races, but Dressel might and that would be exciting.

remel can do anything
Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

dressel’s prelims: fast for 1st and last 50, go through the 2nd and 3rd, sth like his 200free.

Reply to  remel can do anything
2 years ago

Yeah, he had a pretty world class last 50, but for him his fly was slow and obviously the middle 50s weren’t special.

Tough to tell if he was going for it or not with those splits or if he has saved something for finals

remel can do anything
Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

having fun 🙂

Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

All he had to do was make finals. Pros know not to give it all in prelims.

Honest Observer
2 years ago

Swimming her 400 IM heat on Thursday, Ledecky looked strangely, weirdly….human. (Wasn’t a great look for her.) Reassuring to see her looking like herself again last night. And her 200 IM this morning also indicates that 400 IM was just a rare off swim for her.

Reply to  Honest Observer
2 years ago

I think they really kicked her butt at the OTC these last few weeks. She’s slowly recovering over the course of this meet.

2 years ago

Zuchowski swimming with the big boys in the A final tonight… sub 2:00????

Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

Go Josh!

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