2020 PRO SWIM SERIES DES MOINES
The 3rd Pro Swim Series meet of the 2019-2020 swim series is set to take place this week in Des Moines, Iowa. Initial pre-scratch psych sheets for the meet have been released. Star sprinter Caeleb Dressel is entered in 8 events. In addition to his traditional focus races (50 free/100 free/100 fly), in which he’s the American Record holder and even the World Record holder in the 100 fly, Dressel has placed entries in the 100 back, 100 breast, 200 free, 200 fly, and 200 IM.
Dressel is the American Record holder in the yards version of the 200 IM and was at one time the American Record holder in the yards 100 breast, but we’ve never really seen him swim those events at a long course focus meet. He’s already swum a lifetime best in the 200 IM this season with a 1:59.97 at the U.S. Open in December. The 200 fly isn’t an event he swims too often, but he raced to a lifetime best 1:56.29 last year.
Fellow Florida postgrad Ryan Lochte has entered 6 events: the 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 back, 400 IM, and 200 IM. He isn’t entered in the 200 back, an event in which he’s an Olympic gold medalist. At the Pro Swim Series in Greensboro this season, Lochte swam his fastest 100 free since 2016 (50.56). He and Dressel recently swam the 400 free at the Olympic Trials qualifier in Orlando.
On the women’s side, reigning World Champion Simone Manuel is entered in her traditional events: the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free. She’s also entered in the 100 fly and 100 back. She swam those events in the Pro Swim Series at Knoxville and Greensboro this season.
World Record holder Regan Smith returns after taking down a pair of PSS Records in Knoxville. She’s got another packed schedule and will go after her record in the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Smith will also swim the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM. Smith set the 17-18 NAG Record in the 100 fly in Knoxville. Katie McLaughlin, whose record she broke, will also be at this meet.
A few more notable entries:
- World Champion Jordan Wilimovsky, who specialized in distance free and open water, will swim his first meet of the year. He’s entered in the mile, 400 free, and 800 free.
- Olympic champion Katie Ledecky will also swim her first meet of the year. She’s entered in the distance races and the 200 free.
- Kathleen Baker, another Olympic medalist, is coming off a strong performance in France where she neared her lifetime best in the 200 IM. She’s entered in both backstrokes, as well as the 100 free, 100 breast, and 200 IM.
- Chase Kalisz, an IM World Champion, is entered in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, and 200 IM. This would be his first Pro Swim Series meet of the season. So far, he’s only competed in December’s U.S. Open since August. Notably, he’s not entered in the 400 IM, where he was the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 World Champion.