2020 Pro Swim Series – Des Moines: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

Friday Finals Heat Sheet

Day 3 of the 2020 Pro Swim Series in Des Moines will feature the finals of the 200 free, 200 back, 400 IM, and 100 fly.

Tonight will begin with the women’s 200 free, where Katie Ledecky leads a stacked field by 3 seconds. Behind her is a tight field for 2nd place, led by 200 fly champ Hali Flickinger and 100 free champ Siobhan Haughey. On the men’s side, it will be the battle of the SCY record-holders between Townley Haas and Caeleb Dressel.

Then in the women’s 200 back, Lisa Bratton leads another great final alongside Kathleen Baker, Regan Smith, Ali DeLoof, and Catie DeLoof. Olympic teammates Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy will then face-off in the men’s 200 back.

Melanie Margalis will then headline the distance IM race, where she is seeded 2 seconds ahead of Madisyn Cox. In the men’s 400 IM, Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann leads USA trio Abrahm DeVine, Ryan Lochte, and Jay Litherland.

The session will end with the women’s and men’s 100 fly finals. Teen phenom Smith will aim to sweep both the 200 back and 100 fly, where she leads an elite field. Contending behind Smith will be another tight field, led by Farida Osman and Beryl Gastaldello. Michael Andrew, who won the 100 breast last night, leads the men’s sprint fly race. Seeded closely behind Andrew are Germany’s Marius Kusch and USA’s Caeleb Dressel.

 

WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINALS

Top 3

NCAP’s Katie Ledecky commanded the race from start to finish, putting up the top time in the world at 1:54.59, dropping a second from Greensboro (1:55.68). That is her 4th-fastest career performance as well as the 18th-fastest performance all-time. Ledecky now owns six of the top 25 fastest performances in history.

Taking second was Club Wolverine’s Siobhan Haughey, clocking in a 1:56.48. Haughey’s season best is 1:55.21 from the 2020 FINA Champions Series, which is currently #3 in the world this year. Simone Manuel took third place in a season best of 1:56.92, moving her to 7th in the world.

Cal’s Katie McLaughlin won the B-final in a 1:59.51. Team Elite’s Andi Murez took second, also clocking under 2 minutes at 1:59.76.

2019-2020 LCM WOMEN 200 FREE

KatieUSA
Ledecky
03/06
1:54.59
2Junxuan
Yang
CHN1:54.9801/19
3Siobhan
Haughey
HKG1:55.2101/19
4Emma
McKeon
AUS1:55.3803/15
5Allison
Schmitt
USA1:56.0101/17
6Freya
Anderson
GBR1:56.0601/19
7Federica
Pellegrini
ITA1:56.3612/14
8Madison
Wilson
AUS1:56.9003/15
9Simone
Manuel
USA1:56.9203/06
10Brianna
Throssell
AUS1:56.9908/03
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MEN’S 200 FREE FINALS

  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang (CHN), 2016

Top 3

Storming in with a sub-1:47 swim was Cal’s Andrew Seliskar, clocking in a World #11 time this season at 1:46.93. NOVA’s Townley Haas settled for second at 1:47.48, roughly one and a half seconds over his season best of 1:45.92 from the US Open. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel took a tight third place finish at 1:47.55, shaving 0.03s off his US Open season best. Dressel remains 22nd in the world this season with his season best.

Mikel Schreuders won the B-final in a sub-1:50 time of 1:49.84. Indiana’s Zach Apple finished in third at 1:50.1 but wound up getting DQed.

WOMEN’S 200 BACK FINALS

Top 3

Regan Smith led the race from the start, pushing through fatigue as Kathleen Baker gained on her during the last 25 meters. Smith touched first at 2:06.16 while Baker’s lunge forward earned her a PB and 2020 World #3 time of 2:06.46. Baker was just three-tenths off her lifetime best of 2:06.14.

Taking third also under 2:10 was Aggie Lisa Bratton, clocking in at 2:09.63. Winning the B-final was 15-year-old Mackenzie Lanning, touching in at 2:15.34.

2019-2020 LCM WOMEN 200 BACK

KayleeAUS
McKeown
01/20
2:05.83
2Regan
Smith
USA2:05.9401/19
3Kathleen
Baker
USA2:06.4603/06
4Margherita
Panziera
ITA2:06.5912/14
5Rio
Shirai
JPN2:07.8709/06
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MEN’S 200 BACK FINALS

  • PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu (CHN), 2017

Top 3

Dropping 4.55 seconds from prelims to take the 200 back win was Cal’s Ryan Murphy, clocking in a new World top time of 1:55.22. Taking second was Wolfpack’s Christopher Reid (1:58.10), touching out Team Elite’s Jacob Pebley (1:58.83).

Pebley is currently 4th in the world with his August season best of 1:56.37, but ranks 19th with this 2020 swim. Reid sits in 11th with his US Open season best of 1:57.04.

Winning the B-final was 18-year-old Allen Dempster, clocking in a 2:04.12.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 200 BACK

RyanUSA
Murphy
03/06
1:55.22
2Ryosuke
Irie
JPN1:55.3501/24
3Mitchell
Larkin
AUS1:55.9708/02
4Keita
Sunama
JPN1:56.0508/28
5Jacob
Pebley
USA1:56.3708/02
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WOMEN’S 400 IM FINALS

  • PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015

Top 3

Melanie Margalis dazzled the 400 IM with a lifetime best by 3 seconds, clocking in the fastest time in 2020 at 4:32.53. That performance makes her the 4th-fastest US performer and 15th-fastest World performer in history.

Taking second was Madisyn Cox, clocking in a season best of 4:38.88, which remains 11th in the world. Wisconsin’s Ally McHugh took third place at 4:42.50.

MEN’S 400 IM FINALS

Top 3

After Jay Litherland took the early lead, Jacob Heidtmann used his back-half speed to catch Litherland, storming away to a 2020 World #4 time. Heidtmann is now the 7th German swimmer to qualify for Tokyo after breaking the Olympic standard of 4:15.00.

Taking second was Litherland, clocking in a World #15 time of 4:15.81. Team Elite’s Hsing-Hao Wang took third at 4:18.43, just off his season best of 4:17.06. Winning the B-final was 17-year-old James Doromal, clocking in at 4:32.89.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 400 IM

DaiyaJPN
Seto
01/24
4:06.09
2Shun
Wang
CHN4:10.1310/19
3Haiyang
Qin
CHN4:10.4110/19
4Jacob
Heidtmann
GER4:12.4003/06
5David
Varraszto
HUN4:12.6608/12
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WOMEN’S 100 FLY FINALS

  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016

Top 3

The top four women in the sprint fly were all tightly bunched, but it was Kelsi Dahlia and Regan Smith who pulled away from the pack. At the finish, it was Dahlia who touched in a 2020 World #3 time of 57.33. Meanwhile, despite being touched out by 0.01s, Smith re-broke her own 17-18 NAG with a World #4 time of 57.34.

Taking third was Team Elite’s Kendyl Stewart (57.98), just three-tenths off her World #7 season best of 57.65. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford took first in the B-final with a 59.53, touching three-tenths ahead of Hali Flickinger (59.86).

2019-2020 LCM WOMEN 100 FLY

EmmaAUS
McKeon
03/13
56.36
2Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE56.7101/24
3Anastasia
Shkudrai
BLR56.9507/16
4Maggie
MacNeil
CAN57.2612/08
5Kelsi
Dahlia
USA57.3303/06
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MEN’S 100 FLY FINALS

Top 3

After taking out an early lead, Michael Andrew slowly began to fade as Caeleb Dressel gained on him. At the finish, it was Dressel who blasted a 2020 top World time of 50.92. Meanwhile, Andrew’s second-place time of 51.33 re-set his PB from this morning, good enough for 6th in the world. German Marius Kusch set a season best of 51.68 for third. During prelims, Kusch set a World #8 time of 51.54.

Harvard’s Umitcan Gures won the B-final in a 52.69, touching out John Shebat (52.79) by a tenth.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 100 FLY

2Shinnosuke
Ishikawa
JPN51.1109/06
3Kristof
Milak
HUN51.1407/24
4Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN51.2608/16
4Grant
Irvine
AUS51.2608/15
6Szebasztian
Szabo
HUN51.2808/15
7Michael
Andrew
USA51.3303/06
8Andrew
Seliskar
USA51.3408/02
9Kyle
Chalmers
AUS51.3703/15
10Marius
Kusch
GER51.5403/06
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mds
2 years ago

Worthy of Note:

Lochte’s 4th place 400 IM (2nd American behind event Rio Olympian Litherland): 4:18.95 puts him 0.10 outside a tie for #9 in FINA 2020 rankings (with all Des Moines swims added in)— AT AGE 35.

The US Masters age 35-39 record for the event is over 15 seconds back at 4:34.10 by USA 200 IM Olympian Ron Karnaugh in 2001; apparently due to rulebook requirements, the FINA world record for the age group is 4:36.66 by Ioannis Drymonakos of Greece from 2019.

I know Ryan is still swimming with the BigBoys, and not the Masters, but the differential vs. other 35 year olds is still impressive. It confirms his conditioning is at a level to… Read more »

Kristiina
2 years ago

Why my comments missing after page refreshing.

Kristiina
2 years ago

Ryan Lochte was second american. Breaststroke is bad.

Corn Pop
2 years ago

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Tm71
2 years ago

Spectacular meet some times were faster than In the 2016 USOT. KL, dressel, Murphy. Smith, Marsalis amazing!

Dee
2 years ago

Insignificant compared to other times today, but Bella Hindley is showing good signs. Her PB was 56.1 from 2016 at the start of 2020. She went 55.69 at Knoxville, now down to 55.21 here in Des Moines. With GB Champs next Month you’d expect her to still be in heavy work with more time to drop. With Lucy Hope going 54mid last month, and Anderson & Hopkin swimming as they are, BS would be mental not to take a ladies 4×1 to Tokyo. Big top 5 chance.

anonymous
2 years ago

Great swim for Michael Andrew another personal best in 100 fly

Snarky
Reply to  anonymous
2 years ago

Not so excited about 27.8 coming home tho

Tim Morrison
Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

I’m wondering what kind of lactate tolerance training he’s done.
In the spirit of his race pace training I’m betting not enough

Swimgeek
2 years ago

Amazing session across the board! Getting excited for Team USA!

Robbos
Reply to  Swimgeek
2 years ago

Even as a non American, these are exciting times by Team USA, they are starting to set the standards.

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Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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