2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – KNOXVILLE
- Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19, 2020
- Knoxville, TN – Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center – University of Tennessee
- Long course meters (LCM) format
- Thursday distance session: 4 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
- Fri-Sun.: 9:30 AM Prelims / 6:30 PM Finals
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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.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY
- PSS Record: Cammile Adams, 2012, 2:06.76
- Trials Cut: 2:14.59
- GOLD: Hali Flickinger (SUN)- 2:08.34
- SILVER: Regan Smith (RIPT)- 2:08.73
- BRONZE: Helena Rosendahl Bach (DEN)- 2:10.63
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
- GOLD: Mack Darragh (CAN)- 1:59.29
- SILVER: Andrew Seliskar (CAL)- 1:59.60
- BRONZE: Zach Harting (CARD)- 2:00.02
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
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.
MEN’S 50 FREE
- PSS Record: Nathan Adrian, 2015, 21.56
- Trials Cut: 23.19
- GOLD: Nyls Korstanje (NCS)- 22.16
- SILVER: David Curtiss (HACY)- 22.50
- BRONZE: Ali Khalafalla (MVN)- 22.61
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
- GOLD: Regan Smith (RIPT)- 58.26 *new PSS record
- SILVER: Phoebe Bacon (NCAP)- 58.86
- BRONZE: Jade Hannah (CAN)- 1:00.54
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.
MEN’S 100 BACK
- PSS Record: David Plummer, 2016, 52.40
- Trials Cut: 56.59
- GOLD: Justin Ress (WOLF)- 53.99
- SILVER: Javier Acevedo (AJAX)- 55.22
- BRONZE: Sam Stewart (UN)- 55.72
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
- GOLD: Annie Lazor (MVN)- 2:23.06
- SILVER: Emily Escobedo (COND)- 2:24.08
- BRONZE: Melanie Margalis (SPA)- 2:24.94
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
- PSS Record: Andrew Wilson, 2018, 2:08.95
- Trials Cut: 2:17.89
- GOLD: Will Licon (TXLA)- 2:10.34
- SILVER: Anton McKee (PRVT)- 2:11.34
- BRONZE: Nic Fink (ABSC)- 2:12.11
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.
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
- GOLD: Erica Sullivan (SAND)- 4:06.36
- SILVER: Allison Schmitt (SUN)- 4:09.98
- BRONZE: Emma Weyant (SYS)- 4:10.65
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
- GOLD: Zane Grothe (BCH)- 3:48.28
- SILVER: Kieran Smith (UN)- 3:48.51
- BRONZE: Jake Magahey (SA)- 3:53.90
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.