2020 Pro Swim Series – Knoxville: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – KNOXVILLE

Saturday Finals Heat Sheet

The third finals night of the 2020 Pro Swim Series in Knoxville is scheduled to have amazing duels in the A-finals, as well as have more Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center pool records. This evening’s line-up will feature the finals of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free.

Among the races to watch, catch Worlds runner-up Hali Flickinger race in the 200 fly against teen sensation Regan Smith. Later on in the session, world record-holder Smith will contest in the 100 back against fellow teen stars NCAP’s Phoebe Bacon and Aquajets’ Isabelle Stadden. WUGs champion Lisa Bratton and Olympian Taylor Ruck are also set to race in the final tonight.

Then, 18-year-old Carson Foster is scheduled to be the center of two battles here in Knoxville. The first will be the 200 fly, where Foster is seeded 3rd behind Worlds finalist Zach Harting and Kentucky’s Mason Wilby. Then, Foster will battle another Worlds finalist, Zane Grothe, in the 400 free final.

More exciting races to keep an eye on are Simone Manuel V. Erika Brown in the 50 free, Annie Lazor V. Madisyn Cox in the 200 breast, Will Licon V. Nic Fink also in the 200 breast, and teens Emma Weyant V. Erica Sullivan in the 400 free.

Remaining top seeds tonight include NC State’s Nyls Korstanje (50 free) and WUGs champion Justin Ress (100 back).

WOMEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Cammile Adams, 2012, 2:06.76
  • Trials Cut: 2:14.59

Top 3

17-year-old Regan Smith was out like a rocket during the opening 100 of the women’s 200 fly final. 25-year-old Hali Flickinger then began to close in on Smith and utilize her impeccable back-half endurance to surge on the teen. At the finish, it was Flickinger who touched a stroke-length ahead in a 2:08.34, with Smith taking second at 2:08.73.

Looking at the world rankings, Smith is now No. 10 in the world. Flickinger’s season best of 2:07.65 from the 2019 US Open still remains No. 1 in the world. Third-place finisher Danish Helena Rosendahl Bach touched the wall next in a 2:10.63, which just cracks the top-25 times in the world.

Winning the B-final was 14-year-old Bella Sims of the Sandpipers of Nevada, touching in a new personal best of 2:13.88. Sims now boosted herself from 75th to 30th all-time in the 13-14 age group rankings.

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • PSS Record: Luca Urlando, 2019, 1:53.84
  • Trials Cut: 2:01.19

Top 3

In a tight race home, it was Canadian Mack Darragh who popped out the win with a 1:59.29, chopping a full second off his prelims time. Sliding in for second was Cal’s Andrew Seliskar at 1:59.60, the only other sub-2:00 swim. Louisville’s Zach Harting took the bronze at 2:00.02.

Winning the B-final was NCAA champion Jack Conger at 1:59.69, which would have placed 3rd in the A-final.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 2016, 24.17
  • Trials Cut: 25.99

Top 3

Winning the 50 free in a new pool record and lifetime best was Tennessee senior Erika Brown at 24.57, just holding off World champion Simone Manuel (24.63). Brown just clipped 0.01s off her lifetime best of 24.58, remaining the 8th-fastest US performer in history and No. 8 in the world. Manuel remains No. 6 in the world with her 24.43 from the 2019 US Open.

Taking third place was Mission Viejo Nadadore Margo Geer at 25.08. Winning the B-final was Nashville’s Alex Walsh at 25.51.

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian, 2015, 21.56
  • Trials Cut: 23.19

Top 3

Storming out on the last 5 meters was NC State Dutchman Nyls Korstanje, touching in 0.01s off his morning World No. 10 time of 22.15. Taking second was 17-year-old David Curtiss at 22.50. Representing Mission Viejo Nadadores and placing third was Ali Khalafalla, whose brillant underwater off the start earned him a 22.61.

Ian Ho won the B-final in a 22.46, which would have placed 2nd if in the A-final.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: Olivia Smoliga, 2019, 58.73
  • Trials Cut: 1:02.69

Top 3

Winning the 100 back in a new top time in the world is 17-year-old World record-holder Regan Smith, stopping the clock at 58.26. Her time also broke Olivia Smoliga‘s PSS record time of 58.73. Looking at the all-time world performances, this swim tonight by Smith is the 12th-fastest performance ever swum.

Taking second place was US Open champion 17-year-old Phoebe Bacon, touching in a 58.86. Bacon is now No. 2 in the world with her US Open time of 58.63.

Taking third place was Canada’s Jade Hannah, registering in at 1:00.54. Kentucky’s Caitlin Brooks won the B-final with a 1:00.94, which would have placed 6th in the A-final.

MEN’S 100 BACK

  • PSS Record: David Plummer, 2016, 52.40
  • Trials Cut: 56.59

Top 3

Coming out with the win in the 100 back was Wolfpack Elite’s Justin Ress, clocking in a World No. 8 time of 53.99. Taking second was Canadian Javier Acevedo (55.22), taking out Sam Stewart (55.72) by half a second.

Winning the B-final was 18-year-old Wyatt Davis, whose 55.97 would have placed 7th in the A-final.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST

  • PSS Record: Annie Lazor, 2019, 2:20.77
  • Trials Cut: 2:33.29

Top 3

After battling Emily Escobedo two lanes over during the first 150, it was Mission Viejo’s Annie Lazor who came out on top with a new pool record 2:23.06. Escobedo settled for second at 2:24.08, finishing ahead of IM-specialist Melanie Margalis (2:24.94).

Escobedo remains No. 1 in the world with her US Open title time of 2:22.00. Lazor remains No. 4 in the world with her runner-up season best. Margalis has now moved from No. 12 to No. 8 in the world with her third-place time.

Winning the B-final was Kentucky’s Gillian Davey at 2:27.92, which would have placed 6th in the A-final.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

Top 3

Coming out with the win was Texas Longhorn Will Licon, clocking in a 2:10.34. That time makes him No. 16 in the world, taking down his US Open season best of 2:10.82.

Finishing in second was Iceland native Anton McKee, whose 2:11.34 is now No. 20 in the world. Athens Bulldog Nic Fink took third at 2:12.11, now No. 23 in the world.

Winning the B-final was national teamer Athens Bulldog Andrew Wilson, clocking in at 2:16.21.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

  • PSS Record: Katie Ledecky, 2018, 3:57.94
  • Trials Cut: 4:16.89

Top 3

19-year-old Erica Sullivan blasted away from 2012 Olympic runner-up Allison Schmitt in the final 50 to win the 400 free in a new lifetime best of 4:06.36. Sullivan is now No. 3 in the world this year and the 2nd-fastest American behind Katie Ledecky. Sullivan is also the 12th-fastest US performer in history.

Schmitt’s sub-4:10 time of 4:09.98 is now No. 13 in the world. Third-place finisher Sarasota YMCA Shark Emma Weyant clocked in at 4:10.65, just three-tenths off her World No. 17 season best of 4:10.33.

Badger Aquatics’ Kaersten Meitz won the B-final in a 4:09.32, which puts her at No. 9 in the world this year. The time would have also placed second in the A-final.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  • PSS Record: Sun Yang, 2016, 3:43.55
  • Trials Cut: 3:57.29

Top 3

Just two lanes away from World finalist Zane Grothe was 19-year-old Florida Gator Kieran Smith, who both were under pace of the Tennessee pool record. In a heated stroke-for-stroke finish, it was Grothe’s blazing quick tempo that took out Smith by 0.23s.

Grothe is now No. 7 in the world this year while Smith remains No. 4 with his US Open season best of 3:47.72. Jake Magahey, 18 years old, took third place with a 3:53.90.

17-year-old Dare Rose took the win in the B-final with a 3:55.88.

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Max C
2 years ago

Kinda unrelated thought, but how important do you guys think it is timewise to start the mixed medley relay with men? If the US was willing to go FFMM, we could have 3 world record holders (Smith, King, Dressel) and still a good freestyle leg. It would make the race more fun to watch, too.

FlyNDie
Reply to  Max C
2 years ago

I like the thought process but I think it’s just too discouraging mentally to try to make up the 10 or so second lead.

Boknows34
Reply to  Max C
2 years ago

The USA will go FMMF with Smith-Wilson?-Dressel-Manuel, especially if Wilson can split a 58 low.

The Smith-Wilson splits were faster than Murphy and King in Gwangju.

N80M80
Reply to  Boknows34
2 years ago

Why not Smith, King, Dressel, and then one of the half dozen or so world class 100 swimmers the US has? (Farris, Zapple, Pieroni, Adrian, etc)

Yozhik
Reply to  N80M80
2 years ago

It’s quite a conundrum to select two female sprinters from three outstanding American world champions. Manuel may have opportunity to swim four relays, Smith three and King only two. But the “fairness” will be the last thing that coaches will worry about and I foresee a hot discussion on this forum about possible factors (objective and subjective) that affected coaches’ decision.

Yozhik
2 years ago

I like Olympic season. It isn’t only about one week at the end of July. The entire season from the very beginning is full of tension, challenges and check out points.
And it is all LCM where we can enjoy watching masters of strokes but not a pushing from the wall each 12sec.

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Hali Flickinger has quite a set of guns on her, she must be lifting a lot. She also seems to tie up on the last 50 LCM in the 200 Fly. Anyone else notice that?

sven
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

I didn’t watch the race but her last 100 was pretty solid, timewise. Fastest last 50 of the field. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was an ugly finish, though. Theres the occasional freak that can look good in the last 10m, but generally even the best 200 flyers get ugly at the end.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  sven
2 years ago

Milak didn’t look ugly at the end ….maybe the only exception

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Typo – she also seems NOT to ever tie up on the last 50, etc. My word processor deleted & I didn’t catch it.

Superfan
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

I guess you didn’t watch Worlds last summer!?

VA Steve
2 years ago

Smith and Bacon were brilliant. It doesn’t matter what they swim before-a swim is a swim. Often repeated and a counter factual. It could help (unlikely) it could hurtt (more likely) doesn’t matter. They train for it.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  VA Steve
2 years ago

AND they are still quite young with great recovery capability..

José
2 years ago

Laszlo Cseh and a group of Hungarian swimmers are at the 2020 T2 Aquatics Naples Open meet 1:47 200fly 1:37 200free

Xman
2 years ago

Who Allison Schmitz suit sponsor? While ago she was wearing MP cap and TYT suit. Now it’s just a TYR suit and unbranded cap.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

The TYT suit should be banned. Too many impressionable viewers.

Xman
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Huh

faythikins
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

She is wearing MP goggles.

Superfan
Reply to  Xman
2 years ago

She doesn’t have an official suit sponsor but is supported by MP. She tried MP suits last year but that didn’t go so well

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Regan – wow and it seems like Bacon routinely goes 58 now

Troyy
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Bacon got totally overshadowed despite going sub 59 again. Baker and Smoliga must be feeling a bit concerned.

toastedcoconut
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Baker has a good shot in the 2 back/IM in addition to the 100. I’m definitely worried about Smoliga though

Superfan
Reply to  toastedcoconut
2 years ago

2 back maybe but IM conflicts with her back schedule and she has only done the IM once at an elite level

Ervin
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Yeah. Bacon is a contender for sure. Crazy that Smoliga has swam as good as ever the past year and a half, and Baker set the WR in 2018 and they both might not make it. Coughlin is the only repeat qualifier 100 back since 1988….the odds are not in their favor

Samesame
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

Kaylee McKeown just swam 58.52 in Adelaide , South Australia

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

solid too

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
2 years ago

yep

Sapnu puas
2 years ago

Regan Smith really is going to Ledecky the backstroke events huh??
Also, I know it’s January, but what is going on with Taylor Ruck? Last year was a bit meh and this isn’t the greatest of starts to Olympic year. A fair chance she won’t go to Tokyo individually in 200 free or 100 back at this point? Or am I jumping the gun?

Swimmerj
Reply to  Sapnu puas
2 years ago

Maggie MacNeil went 23.6/51.0 in backstroke against OSU so if she decides to swim the 100 at trials Taylor is in trouble

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swimmerj
2 years ago

Maggie MacNeil is also the real deal.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

agreed

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Sapnu puas
2 years ago

Jumping the gun..

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