2020 Pro Swim Series – Des Moines: Day 4 Race Videos

2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

Saturday Finals Recap

The concluding session of the 2020 Pro Swim Series meet featured the finals of the 800 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 50 free.

After Leah Smith and Akaram Mahmoud won their respective 800 free heats, Regan Smith once again shined in the backstrokes, re-setting her own PSS record in the 100 back (58.19). Smith’s time remains No. 1 in the world while Kathleen Baker‘s runner-up swim (58.56) moves her to #3 in the world this season.

Highlighting the evening was the women’s 200 IM final, where Madisyn Cox and Melanie Margalis duked it out for roughly 2 minutes. At the touch, it was a tie between the duo, both clocking in 2:09.03. Margalis’ win also aided her an IM sweep in Des Moines.

The meet concluded with the men’s 50 free final, where Caeleb Dressel was dominant from start to finish. At the wall, Dressel took down Nathan Adrian‘s 2016 PSS record with a 21.51, the fastest swim in 2020. Adrian was also seen in the final, taking second at 21.88. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Canadian Brent Hayden snagged third in 21.97, hitting the Olympic “A” cut.

Women’s 800 Free Timed Finals

  • PSS Record: 8:06.68, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2016

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Men’s 800 Free Timed Finals

  • PSS Record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom (USA), 2014

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Women’s 100 Back Finals

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Men’s 100 Back Finals

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

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Women’s 200 Breast Finals

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Men’s 200 Breast Finals

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Women’s 200 IM Finals

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

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Men’s 200 IM Finals

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

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Women’s 50 Free Finals

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

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MEN’S 50 FREE FINALS

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Video coverage of swimming will be better when WE get to choose the angle we want, instead of the director giving us the weird angles that look ‘produced’. The last fifty of the 200 IM had Michael Andrew doing a :30 and Seliskar doing a 27-high. But we don’t get to see these details because somebody thinks I want to see the head of the lead swimmer going into the wall. And what if my main interest is the fellow swimming in lane two, racing for fifth place instead of sixth? There are eight swimmers, and each of them have a group of family and friends who would like to see THAT race. It’s not that hard to just get… Read more »

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That kind of coverage doesn’t appeal to the masses. They want to see the stars, the winners reaction, and the close battles. That’s why swim fans need to go to places like Des Moines and attend in person if they want to watch their kids.

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“Andrew vs Seliskar” lolllll

About Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro has had a huge passion for swimming since his first dive in the pool, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing, but still uses the sport as his go-to cardio. SwimSwam has become an outlet for him to continue showing his …

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