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


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).


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

And so begins my gripe with how NBC presents swimming and why it’s so hard for it to get traction as a sport that interests sports fans in general…

Appreciate that NBCSN shows the finals sessions, but the majority of the broadcast is people standing around talking (Deck Pass Live is hokey veering on awful), features, or commercials (the Ledecky head-turn-cap-grab is mesmerizing) — there’s not a whole lot of swimming shown because they only show the A finals. So if you’re a sports fan and you’re looking for something to watch and flipping through the sports channels and select NBCSN, there’s a really good chance you won’t see swimming actually happening when you tune in. And if you’re a… Read more »

Bob Steele
Reply to  Qqq
1 year ago

And post team names on intro and results!!!!

Reply to  Qqq
1 year ago

With ISL fresh on my mind, I have to agree. Outside of the 2 scheduled breaks(which I think is good), 90% of the time there was action.

Reply to  Qqq
1 year ago

Or get some preliminary swim as filler or set up for the Final

1 year ago

I want a 57.9 from Regan

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 year ago

predicted 58.4 & she went 58.2 !!!!

1 year ago

Going into tonight who is the NAG record holder in the 200 fly? McLaughlin?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swamfan
1 year ago

Uh, pick an age group. Throw us a bone.

Reply to  Swamfan
1 year ago

*17-18 NAG record holder

About Nick Pecoraro

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 …

Read More »