2020 Pro Swim Series – Des Moines: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


Saturday Prelims Heat Sheet

The final prelims session of the 2020 Pro Swim Series in Des Moines will feature the 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 50 free.

After winning both the 200 back and taking 2nd in the 100 fly on Friday, Regan Smith will cap off her Des Moines campaign with her top seed in the 100 back. Last night’s 200 back runner-up, Kathleen Baker, is seeded 2nd to Smith in the 100 back. Ryan Murphy will also aim to sweep the backstrokes with his top seed in the men’s 100 back.

Into the 200 breast, Lilly King and Annie Lazor will swim for the middle lanes on the women’s side. Andrew Wilson leads the men’s 100 breast alongside specialists Nic Fink, Cody Miller, and Kevin Cordes. The men’s and women’s 200 IMs will then feature Worlds finalists Melanie Margalis and Chase Kalisz.

The morning will top off with the 50 free prelims, starring World champions Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel. Dressel is coming off his 100 fly win from Friday while Manuel is looking for a win after taking second in the 100 free on Thursday.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Regan Smith, RIPT, 58.79
  2. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 59.60
  3. Kathleen Baker, TE, 59.97
  4. Ali DeLoof, TE, 1:00.10
  5. Lisa Bratton, AGS, 1:01.45
  6. Béryl Gastaldello, FRA, 1:01.60
  7. Krystal Lara, DOM, 1:02.18
  8. Linnea Mack, OAQ, 1:02.23

Coming in with the lone sub-59 swim of the morning was Riptide’s Regan Smith, clocking in the top time at 58.79. Smith’s world-leading season best sits at 58.26, which set the PSS record in Knoxville.

Athens Bulldog Olivia Smoliga (59.60) and Team Elite’s Kathleen Baker (59.97) filed in next for 2nd and 3rd into finals. Smoliga tied her World #9 season best of 59.60 while Baker dipped under a minute for the first time in 2020, remaining 14th in the world.

Team Elite’s Ali DeLoof (1:00.10), Aggie’s Lisa Bratton (1:01.45), and France’s Béryl Gastaldello (1:01.60) also will compete in the A-final this evening.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer (USA), 2016

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Jacob Pebley, TE, 54.71
  2. Grigory Tarasevich, CARD, 54.90
  3. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 54.91
  4. Christopher Reid, WOLF, 55.41
  5. Matt Grevers, TUCS, 55.75
  6. Dean Farris, HARV, 56.20
  7. Bryce Bohman, PW, 56.44
  8. Jeff Newkirk, TXLA, 56.51

The top 3 finals qualifiers in the men’s 100 back all broke the 55-second barrier, led by Team Elite’s Jacob Pebley (54.71). Pebley’s current season best of 54.39 comes from the 2019 US Open meet, yet ranks #22 for the 2019-2020 world season with his 54.28 from the Tokyo World Cup in August.

Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich (54.90) beat out Cal’s Ryan Murphy (54.91) by 0.01s for lane 5 in the top final this evening. Tarasevich currently ranks 5th in the world this season with his SB of 53.76 from the Kazan World Cup in November.

Wolfpack’s Christopher Reid (55.41), Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers (55.75), and Harvard’s Dean Farris (56.20) will also be seen in tonight’s A-final. Notably, Cal’s Tom Shields placed 9th in this event at 56.74, two-tenths off his entry time (56.54).

Women’s 200 Breast Prelims

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Annie Lazor, MVN, 2:27.08
  2. Esther Gonzalez, AGS, 2:27.90
  3. Lilly King, ISC, 2:28.98
  4. Rachel Bernhard, GAME, 2:29.22
  5. Melissa Rodriguez, BDD, 2:30.18
  6. Kierra Smith, SCAR, 2:30.26
  7. Laura Morley, BAH, 2:30.32
  8. Bethany Galat, AGS, 2:31.65

Mission Viejo’s Annie Lazor (2:27.08) and Aggie’s Esther Gonzalez (2:27.90) will take the middle lanes of the women’s long BR race, both swimming 2:27s. Last night’s 100 breast champ, Indiana’s Lilly King (2:28.98), will swim next to Lazor in the final tonight.

Looking at the 2019-2020 world rankings, King sits in 4th at 2:22.63 from the 2019 US Open while Lazor is 5th at 2:23.06 from Knoxville. Gonzalez set a new season best with her prelims swim, now inching even more towards the Olympic “A” cut (2:25.52).

Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:30.26) and Aggie Bethany Galat (2:31.65) are also qualified for tonight’s A-final.

Men’s 200 Breast Prelims

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Kevin Cordes, ABSC, 2:12.10
  2. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 2:12.81
  3. Nic Fink, ABSC, 2:13.35
  4. Cody Miller, SAND, 2:14.67
  5. Miguel Chavez, TE, 2:15.63
  6. Jonathan Tybur, AGS, 2:15.80
  7. Nick Zito, FMC, 2:15.98
  8. Carlos Claverie, CARD, 2:16.04

The UGA post-grad/Athens Bulldog program saw a top 3 sweep for tonight’s A-final in the 200 breast, led by 2016 Olympian Kevin Cordes (2:12.10). IM specialist Chase Kalisz (2:12.81) and ISL star Nic Fink (2:13.35) will also accompany Cordes in the middle lanes. Sandpipers of Nevada’s Cody Miller (2:14.67) will also be in lane 6 for tonight’s final.

Miller comes in with the fastest SB at 2:09.67 from the 2019 US Open meet, ranking #11 in the world this season. Cordes sits in 21st in the world at 2:10.52, also from the US Open. Kalisz dropped a second from his 2019 US Open SB of 2:13.95 while Fink picked up his first 200 BR LCM swim of 2020.

Notably, meet top seed Andrew Wilson of Athens Bulldog clocked in an underwhelming 2:20.00, placing 17th in prelims. His season best sits at 2:07.77 from the August Tokyo World Cup.

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 2:12.33
  2. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 2:12.67
  3. Leah Smith, FORD, 2:13.13
  4. Regan Smith, RIPT, 2:13.18
  5. Hali Flickinger, SUN, 2:14.78
  6. Megan Kingsley, ABSC, 2:15.94
  7. Justina Kozan, BREA, 2:16.11
  8. Emma Barksdale, GAME, 2:16.18

After finishing second in the 400 IM yesterday, Texas’ Madisyn Cox took her jab at leading the morning swims with her 2:12.33 top 200 IM time. Melanie Margalis, who won the 400 IM yesterday, clocked in second at 2:12.67. Both Cox and Margalis rank within the top-10 times in the world this season, with Margalis leading in 4th at 2:08.84 while Cox sits in 7th at 2:09.88.

Leah Smith (2:13.13) can also be seen swimming in the final tonight while Riptide’s Regan Smith (2:13.18) set a lifetime best (2:15.85) by 2 seconds to rank 4th. Sun Devil’s Hali Flickinger, who won the 200 fly yesterday, clocked in the 5th-fastest prelims time at 2:14.78.

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps (USA), 2012

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Michael Andrew, RPC, 1:58.79
  2. Jacob Heidtmann, TE, 2:00.31
  3. Andrew Seliskar, CAL, 2:00.60
  4. Gunnar Bentz, DYNA, 2:00.87
  5. Ryan Lochte, GSC, 2:00.95
  6. Grant House, SUN, 2:02.02
  7. John Shebat, NYAC, 2:02.13
  8. Hsing-Hao Wang, TE, 2:02.43

Michael Andrew comes in with the only sub-2:00 swim at 1:58.79, setting a new SB to rank 11th in the world this season. Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann swam a new lifetime best of 2:00.31 to rank 2nd after prelims. The Olympic “A” cut standard is 1:59.67. Cal’s Andrew Seliskar snuck in for third at 2:00.60.

The final will also see 200 fly champion Gunnar Bentz (2:00.87) and Gator Ryan Lochte (2:00.95) tonight. Notably, Chase Kalisz DFS’ed his signature race.

Women’s 50 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Simone Manuel, ALTO, 24.56
  2. Kasia Wasick, TRA, 24.91
  3. Margo Geer, MVN, 25.08
  4. Béryl Gastaldello, FRA, 25.19
  5. Siobhan Haughey, CW, 25.35
  6. Catie DeLoof, TE, 25.41
  7. Bella Hindley, TENN, 25.50
  8. Farida Osman, PIN, 25.52

Only two women broke 25 seconds during this morning’s 50 free preliminaries. Alto’s Simone Manuel leads the way at 24.56, which is 0.13s off her 24.43 SB from the 2019 US Open. Poland’s Kasia Wasick slid in for second this morning at 24.91, currently ranking her 17th in the world this season. Mission Viejo’s Margo Geer swam in for third at 25.08.

International stars France’s Béryl Gastaldello (25.19), Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (25.35), and Egypt’s Farida Osman (25.52) also snuck into the A-final spots.

Men’s 50 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 21.56, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2016

Top 8 Qualifiers

  1. Caeleb Dressel, GSC, 22.08
  2. Brent Hayden, HPVC, 22.25
  3. Michael Chadwick, TE, 22.26
  4. Zach Apple, MVN, 22.36
  5. Michael Andrew, RPC, 22.53
  6. Robert Howard, MVN, 22.54
  7. Bradley Tandy, SUN, 22.55
  8. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 22.56

Caeleb Dressel cruised to the top spot in the men’s 50 free for tonight’s final, clocking in at 22.08. So far in 2020, Dressel has swum a 22.04 at the February Florida OT Qualifier, which ranks #13 in the world this season.

Coming in for second was Canadian 2012 Olympian Brent Hayden, touching in a new season best time of 22.25. This year, Hayden is the fastest Canadian 50 free performer, with Will Pisani coming in 2nd at 22.44. Hayden already swam under the Olympic “B” cut (22.67), yet is now 0.24s off the A cut time of 22.01.

Topping off the top five qualifiers from this morning are Americans Michael Chadwick (22.26), Zach Apple (22.36), and IM top seed Michael Andrew (22.53).

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1 year ago

Hopefully the 200 im will look a lot better than the 400 im

1 year ago

I thought Dahlia won the 100 fly on Friday.

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

wel she did …why this question ?

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Swimswam wrote Regan Smith won 100 fly before editing it.

1 year ago

I thought Dahlia won the women’s 100 m butterfly on Friday.

1 year ago

I thought Kelsi Dahlia won the 100 fly, not Regan Smith. Did I miss something?

Reply to  jvj
1 year ago

Dahlia won the 100 fly by one one hundredth of a second. However Smith swam a 17-18 national age group record, taking the record down by half a second during the day, in finishing second. Dahlia is older than 18.

1 year ago

Dressel scr 100 back. Guess we werent gonna see it

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

He got locked in the stall and missed it

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

So when all is said in done (prelims/finals), I’m feeling a 1:59 low from Lochte and Dressel in the 200 IM. Chase a tick slower. MA will go for it in prelims, probably be under WR pace at the 150 (smh), and end up with a 1:57 high after his 30-point free leg. Might scratch the final to focus on the final and do a 21.5 50 free to beat Dressel coming off the double. Murph maybe 52.6ish in the 100 back. Baker and Margalis will have a great 200 IM race tonight. Simone will be runner-up to someone (her in-season fate). The end.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Scratching the final to focus on the final would be an interesting tactic

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Scratching the 200 IM final to focus on the 50 final. See, the previous sentence was all about the 200 IM.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

OK, love the SwimSwam writers, but how can you say the 200 IM features some people without including the WR holder?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

He’s got nothing left. That 2011 WR was great, but 9 years ago.

1 year ago

Once more, Regan Smith continues to impress in the month of March.

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