Richmond winners Emily Escobedo, David Curtiss, and Justin Ress have entered the top 5 times in the world this season after topping the overall results. Stock photo via Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography
Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Richmond”
Both San Antonio and Richmond sites had fast swims during Saturday evening’s finals session. When combining both sites’ results, Richmond earned top times in 6 out of the 10 contested finals this evening. On top of that, 3 of those swims now rank in the top 5 fastest times in the world this season.
For the second time during this meet, Emily Escobedo has beaten Lilly King in the breaststroke from the Richmond pool, now in the 200 breast. Escobedo’s top time of 2:23.46 was two whole seconds ahead of King’s 2:25.83 in San Antonio. Escobedo’s 2019-2020 season best was 2:22.00 from the 2019 U.S. Open while King’s rests at 2:22.63 from the same meet. Looking at the 2020-2021 world rankings, Escobedo now ranks 4th in the world. King’s swim this evening puts her at #17 while Madisyn Cox, who placed third overall in this event, ranks 22nd with her 2:26.52.
While 2016 Olympic champion Ryan Murphy won the men’s 100 back in San Antonio at 53.55, NC State alum Justin Ress had the fastest swim of this PSS meet with his top Richmond time of 53.37. Ress’s swim this evening now puts him at #4 in the world this season while Murphy ranks #8, putting two Americans in the top-10. Entering the top 20 times in the world this season include San Antonio runner-up Shaine Casas (54.32, #18) and Richmond runner-up Coleman Stewart (54.37, #20).
The entire top 3 in the men’s 50 free from Richmond were faster than the top 3 in San Antonio. 18-year-old David Curtiss won the event in Richmond with another sub-22 performance, winning at 21.98. This morning, Curtiss swam a lifetime best of 21.87, becoming the 16th-fastest US performer all-time, ranking 5th in the world this season. Austin Surhoff (22.57) and Michael Chadwick (22.58) also finished in the top 3 at Richmond and overall in this event. The fastest swimmer in San Antonio, Zach Apple, placed 4th overall with his evening swim of 22.69.
Also swimming the top time this PSS meet was Michigan alum Catie DeLoof, who topped the women’s 50 free at 24.80. DeLoof swam her season best of 24.73 at the UVA Intrasquad meet that took place in September 2020, which ranks 11th in the world. San Antonio pool winner, Abbey Weitzeil, ranks 18th in the world with her evening swim of 24.97. Ashley Twichell swam the top time in the women’s 400 free from Richmond at 4:09.78, which also ranks 18th in the world. 17-year-old Aiden Hayes also impressed from Richmond as his top 200 fly time of 1:58.33 was faster than 18-year-old Carson Foster‘s 1:58.55 from San Antonio.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Regan Smith won both the 200 fly (2:10.10) and 100 back (59.75) out of San Antonio. Her 100 back season best now ranks her at #8 in the world this season.
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