2021 Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


The penultimate night from Indianapolis promises to be an exciting one with finals in the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 400 IM and 100 butterfly.

Regan Smith will take on a tough double tonight in the women’s 200 back and 100 fly, as the 19-year-old is set to clash with reigning NCAA champion Phoebe Bacon in the former while entering the latter as the top seed by four tenths.

Hali Flickinger comes into the women’s 400 IM with a two-second gap on the field after Leah Smith scratched the event, as Smith opts to challenge top seed Paige Madden in the 200 free.

On the men’s side, Blake Pieroni will look for the 100/200 double in the men’s 200 free, where he’ll need to overcome #1 seed Jorge Iga, while Charlie Swanson and Michael Andrew come in as favorites in the 400 IM and 100 fly, respectively.

The 200 back appears to be wide open after Will GrantThomas Watkins and Alex Gliese were all within .34 of each other this morning.


  • PSS Record: 1:54.40, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2021
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 2:00.24
  1. Paige Madden (UVA), 1:57.47
  2. Allison Schmitt (SUN), 1:57.59
  3. Emma Nordin (SUN), 1:57.68

It was a tight race from the get-go in the women’s 200 freestyle, with 2012 Olympic champion Allison Schmitt holding a slight lead on challengers Paige MaddenEmma Nordin and Leah Smith at the final turn.

Madden charged to the front in the closing meters on the last 50, overtaking Schmitt to earn the win in a time of 1:57.47, eclipsing her personal best time of 1:57.64 set at the U.S. Open in November.

Schmitt was just over a tenth back for second in 1:57.59, and her Sun Devil teammate Nordin was a further nine one-hundredths behind for third in 1:57.68. Smith closed faster than anyone in 29.82, but ran out of pool and ended up a close fourth in 1:57.81.

Madden, the NCAA champion in this event this past season with Virginia, is now the second-fastest U.S. woman in the event this season, while Schmitt, Nordin and Smith now rank fourth, fifth and sixth. Nordin’s performance was also a new best, marking her first time sub-1:58.

Three women cracked 2:00 from the ‘B’ final after none were under 2:01 in the morning, led by Catie Deloof in a personal best of 1:59.38. Deloof’s previous PB was a 1:59.40 from the 2019 U.S. Open.


  • PSS Record: 1:44.82, Sun Yang (CHN), 2016
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 1:49.65
  1. Grant House (SUN), 1:47.69
  2. Blake Pieroni (SAND), 1:48.06
  3. Marwan El Kamash (ISC), 1:48.23

It got close at the end, but Grant House finished off a wire-to-wire victory in the men’s 200 freestyle in style.

House, 22, broke out to an early lead at the first wall and never looked back, splitting 25.13/27.16 on the way out before keeping his splits sub-28 coming back, including a strong 27.44 closing leg. The Arizona State Sun Devil’s final time of 1:47.69 marks his second-fastest ever, trailing only the 1:46.95 he produced back in the summer of 2018.

House now sits fifth among Americans in the 2020-21 season.

Blake Pieroni, who the 100 free last night, was very controlled on the opening 50 and then was the fastest man in the pool over the middle 100, pulling within less than two tenths of House at the final turn. However, the former Indiana Hoosier ran out of gas slightly over the final few strokes, settling for second in 1:48.06. The time is still a season-best for Pieroni, who had previously been 1:48.37 at the Indiana Speedo Sectionals.

Marwan El Kamash moved up from seventh at the 100 to steal third in 1:48.23, closing faster than everyone in the field in 27.11. Top seed from the morning Jorge Iga (1:48.44) took fourth and Patrick Callan (1:48.67) was fifth.


  • PSS Record: 2:05.94, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 2:12.94
  1. Phoebe Bacon (UN), 2:06.84
  2. Regan Smith (RIPT), 2:06.90
  3. Mariella Venter (CW), 2:12.11

Phoebe Bacon and Regan Smith put on a show in the final of the women’s 200 backstroke, battling stroke-for-stroke all the way to final touch.

The third 50 turned out to be the difference-maker for Bacon, as she pulled ahead by .06 before the two produced matching 32.92 splits on the last length, leaving the reigning NCAA champion with the victory in 2:06.84 to Smith’s 2:06.90.

The time is a massive personal best for Bacon – she entered the day with a best of 2:08.82, and then lowered it to 2:08.34 this morning – and moves her into third in the world this season and first among Americans.

Smith, the world record holder at 2:03.35, goes well under her season-best (set this morning at 2:08.74) to move into fourth in the world and second among U.S. swimmers.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Back

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South African native Mariella Venter picked up third in 2:12.11, just off her PB of 2:12.11, while Alex Walsh touched fourth in 2:13.51. Walsh was significantly faster – 2:12.03 – this morning.


  • PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu (CHN), 2017
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 2:00.81
  1. Thomas Watkins (UN), 1:59.21
  2. Will Grant (VS), 1:59.43
  3. Alex Gliese (WOLF), 1:59.75

Four men pushed each other to get under two minutes in the men’s 200 backstroke final, with New Zealand’s Thomas Watkins edging past Will Grant to touch first in 1:59.21, lowering his personal best down from 1:59.85. Watkins is a member of Ohio State University.

Grant, who represents Veritas Swimming, led the majority of the way before getting passed late, still knocking his best time down by nine one-hundredths in 1:59.43 for second. The 19-year-old overtakes Bryce Mefford (1:59.49) to become the fourth-fastest American this season.

Wolfpack’s Alex Gliese and Cal’s Andy Song both charged home with blistering final 50 splits of 30.41 and 30.37, respectively, taking third and fourth in 1:59.75 and 1:59.89. Both swimmers clipped their personal best time, including Gliese breaking 2:00 for the first time.


  • PSS Record: 4:31.07, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 4:47.72
  1. Hali Flickinger (SUN), 4:37.73
  2. Ally McHugh (WA), 4:40.89
  3. Kathryn Ackerman (CW), 4:44.09

It was Hali Flickinger essentially racing the clock in the women’s 400 IM final, as the Sun Devil jumped out to a three-second lead after just 100 meters of butterfly. The lead essentially stayed at the margin the rest of the way, with Ally McHugh making some inroads on the breaststroke before Flickinger closed things out on freestyle.

Flickinger touched in a final time of 4:37.73, narrowly missing her season and lifetime best of 4:37.55 set last month in Mission Viejo. That swim currently ranks her eighth in the world this season and second among Americans, trailing only Melanie Margalis (4:35.18).

McHugh, who owns a best of 4:34.80 from 2018 and has been 4:39.11 this season, was the runner-up in 4:40.89, pulling away from Club Wolverine’s Kathryn Ackerman on breast.

Ackerman, 19, smashed her best time by two seconds in 4:44.09, having previously been 4:46.08 in 2018 when she was 16.


  • PSS Record: 4:08.92, Chase Kalisz (USA), 2018
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 4:23.24
  1. Jarod Arroyo (UN), 4:18.57
  2. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz (AGS), 4:19.47
  3. Charlie Swanson (CW), 4:20.86

It was Arizona State’s Jarod Arroyo holding the lead through the halfway mark in the men’s 400 IM, and despite a big push from Club Wolverine’s Charlie Swanson on the breaststroke, Arroyo took complete control of the race with a 1:00.48 free split to book the win in a time of 4:18.57.

Arroyo, 20, falls just shy of his season-best set last month (4:18.44). The Puerto Rico native will have a few more opportunities to hit the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:15.84 and assure himself a spot at the 2021 Olympic Games. Arroyo holds a best of 4:16.67 set in early 2020.

Mexico’s Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz also overtook Swanson on freestyle, finishing second in 4:19.47 – less than half a second shy of his Mexican National Record (4:19.01).

Swanson, who has been 4:19.43 this season, rounded out the podium in 4:20.86.


  • PSS Record: 56.38, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 59.59
  1. Regan Smith (RIPT), 57.68
  2. Kelsi Dahlia (CARD), 57.75
  3. Kate Douglass (UVA), 57.76

It was two races and two extremely close and exciting battles for Regan Smith in tonight’s session, as the 19-year-old followed up her runner-up finish in the women’s 200 back with a big win over tough competition in the 100 fly.

Smith clocked in at 57.68, out-touching Kelsi Dahlia and Kate Douglass by less a tenth, to tie her season-best time set in this morning’s prelims. Smith’s two swims today trail only her 57.34 best time done in early 2020.

Dahlia was the fastest closer in the field in 30.69, clipping early leader Douglass at the wall by .01 in 57.75 for second and a new season-best. Dahlia had previously been 58.08 – done this morning – while Douglass’ time of 57.76 is just over four tenths shy of her 57.43 PB set at the U.S. Open.

Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson (58.37) and Team Elite’s Linnea Mack (58.48) both set new personal best times to take fourth and fifth.


  • PSS Record: 50.92, Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2020
  • Wave II Olympic Trials Cut: 53.37
  1. Michael Andrew (RPC), 50.80
  2. Zach Harting (CARD), 52.22
  3. Danny Kovac (UMIZ), 52.26

Michael Andrew unleashed another sizable best time in the men’s 100 fly final, blasting out in 23.38 at the 50 before holding things together down the second 50, touching in a time of 50.80 to mark his first time under 51 seconds.

Andrew reset his best time down from 51.33 to 51.31 in this morning’s prelims before taking another full half-second off tonight.

The 22-year-old now ranks second in the world this season, trailing only Hungarian Kristof Milak (50.47), and also lowers Caeleb Dressel‘s Pro Swim Series Record of 50.92 set last year. Dressel notably swam a time of 51.15 tonight at the Atlanta Classic.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Fly

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In the historical rankings, Andrew is now the fifth-fastest American of all-time and 14th overall, overtaking, among others, 2019 World Championship silver medalist Andrei Minakov (50.83).

All-Time U.S. Performers, Men’s 100 Fly (LCM)

  1. Caeleb Dressel, 49.50 – 2019
  2. Michael Phelps, 49.82 – 2009
  3. Ian Crocker, 50.40 – 2005
  4. Maxime Rooney, 50.68 – 2019
  5. Michael Andrew, 50.80 – 2021

Zach Harting used his patented closing speed to move up from seventh at the 50 to second at the finish, splitting 27.61 on the way home for a time of 52.22. The swim is Harting’s fourth-fastest ever, and best since the summer of 2019.

Mizzou’s Danny Kovac put together a strong race, splitting 24.26/28.00 to take third in 52.26, just missing his PB of 52.22 set at the 2019 Summer Nationals. Sun Devil Evan Carlson joined Andrew by getting out sub-24 in 23.94, and ended up fourth in 52.37. Carlson broke 53 for the first time this morning in 52.31.

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3 years ago

Where is cody miller?

3 years ago

Somewhat related to this meet but idk where else to ask this but this article seems to have a high volume of viewers:
After this weekend and past few months of super fast and not-so-fast swimming; which event’s 2020-2021, global top 10, as of today, would you think someone 10 years ago (2011) would be most surprised to see, considering we’re pretty much done with in-season swimming but also pre-trials for the big name countries? BOTH ‘I can’t believe how fast this top 10 is’ & ‘I can’t believe how slow this top 10 is’……

Ready, go

Last edited 3 years ago by swimfast
Reply to  swimfast
3 years ago

W200fly for the “I can’t believe how slow this top 10 is” – 2:06 was 8th in Shanghai 2011

Reply to  swimfast
3 years ago

Men’s 100 breast for “how fast”. Men’s 400 free for “how slow” when you think of what Thorpe used to do in briefs.

3 years ago

Claire curzan just swam a 24.17 in 50 free a WJR!!! Can’t wait to see what she’s got in the 100 free!!!

Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago

That’s unbelievable!

Weitzeil’s personal best time in the women’s 50 meter freestyle is 24.28 dated 03 Jul 2016.


3 years ago

McKeown just swam a 57.63 in 100 back in Sydney

Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

She did it in the morning too – Big thinking ahead to Tokyo. She’s ready to rumble!

WR watch at Aussie trials 👀

Last edited 3 years ago by Dee
Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

Basically telling Smith she’ll need a WR to beat her in Tokyo.

Reply to  Samesame
3 years ago

Womens’ 100 and 200 back in Tokyo both will be total bonfires

Last edited 3 years ago by rsgnsf
3 years ago

Curzan 24.17 in Cary just popped up on my Twitter TL. Can anybody confirm? Astonishing sprinting. Apparently 56.4 in the 100fl too.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

Yes swimming world magazine be just posted

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

yes, I watched it

3 years ago

I admit, I was wrong about Michael Andrew. [ducks for cover]

Miss M
3 years ago

Why update Bacon and Smith to 3 and 4 and not Seebohm to 5 from her 2:07:06 swim yesterday?

Reply to  Miss M
3 years ago

Li Bingjie’s time of 1:56.64 (05/03/2021) in the women’s 200 meter freestyle has yet to be updated.

3 years ago

After seeing tonight’s results I’m now more inclined than ever to say that the American woman can still beat the Aussies in the 800 free relay in Tokyo, Katie ledecky 1:54.4 last month and smoliga leading 5 others (smoligia, Schmitt, nordin, Madden and smith) all 1:57 and smoligia almost went 1:56!!! And we still haven’t seen Manuel put up a 200 free time untapered this year

Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago


Does not get the job done.

Simone Manuel’s personal best time in the women’s 200 meter freestyle is 1:56.09

Katie McLaughlin’s personal best time in the women’s 200 meter freestyle is 1:56.48

Olivia Smoliga is the only swimmer to meet the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 1:57.23 in the women’s 200 meter freestyle for calendar year 2021 aside from Katie Ledecky.

Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 years ago

Didn’t Katie McLaughlin split 1:55.5 on the relay in Tokyo 2018 and Gwangju 2019? And in 2015 she had a breakout year in Kazan when she split 1:56, Sounds like to me you are underestimating the American women

Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago

Post me the times from the final of the women’s 200 meter freestyle at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo and at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – San Antonio for Katie McLaughlin.

Here is one clue:


He said what?
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 years ago

My response? NOT TAPERED.

Reply to  He said what?
3 years ago

Right on 😉

Reply to  He said what?
3 years ago

I’m sure the woman will be fine because this is not a taper meet heading into trails American women have six women That have gone 1:57 And a seventh she who not be named has gone 154 already. That is 7 that went 157 or faster At least half of them I’m guessing have not met their taper yet. The Aussie Aggregate total so far for this year (titmus 1:55.43, McKeon 1:55.56, Wilson :1:56.26 throssall 1:57.27) 7:44.58 at Aussie nationals and the American aggregate total so far (ledecky 1:54.4, smoligia 1:57.04, madden 1:57.47, McLaughlin 1:57.48) 7:46.39 un tapered and they still have (Schmitt 1:57.59, Nordin 1:57.68, Leah smith 1:57.81 and a untested/tapered Manuel who has yet to swim the event… Read more »

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3 years ago



NC Swim Fan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 years ago

You make yourself sound less educated every single time you do this. Stop relating Olympic Trials and the Olympics to TYR Pro Swim meets. Just stop. It adds no value whatsoever to the discourse in the comment section.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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