2021 Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2021 Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo (#3)

Day Two Prelims: Thursday, April 8

The second session at 2021 Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo (the women’s and men’s 800 freestyles took place earlier today) will consist of preliminary heats of the women’s and men’s 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 400 IM. Finals in those events will be swum on Friday morning. In flipping the traditional prelims-in-the morning, finals-at-night scenario, USA Swimming is beginning to get its athletes ready for the scheduling format for the Tokyo Olympics.

Two of the most anticipated events of the meet will take place tonight. In the men’s 200 free, Andrew Seliskar (1:45.71), Dean Farris (1:46.45), and Zach Apple (1:46.76) will be challenged by Patrick Callan (1:47.36) and Caeleb Dressel (1:47.31).

The elite of USA breaststroke, led by Lilly King (1:04.93), Annie Lazor (1:06.03), and Molly Hannis (1:06.43), will all be competing in the 100.

Dressel (49.50) and Seliskar (51.34) are also swimming in the 100 fly, along with Michael Andrew (51.33), Tom Shields (51.59), Nicolas Albiero (52.38), and Luis Martinez (51.44).

Melanie Margalis (4:32.53), Brooke Forde (4:36.06), and Madisyn Cox (4:37.23) are the headliners in the 400 IM. Charlie Swanson (4:11.46) and Sean Grieshop (4:13.90) top the charts in the men’s race.

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:00.24
  • Trials Wave I: 2:01.69

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky 24 Nation’s Capital 1:55.40q
  2. Allison Schmitt 30 Sun Devil Swimmi 1:58.20 q
  3. Katie McLaughlin 23 California Aquat 1:58.30 q
  4. Madisyn Cox 25 Longhorn Aquatic 1:58.31 q
  5. *Joanna Evans 23 Longhorn Aquatic 1:58.43 q
  6. Hali Flickinger 26 Sun Devil Swimmi 1:58.49 q
  7. Emma Nordin 21 Sun Devil Swimmi 1:58.51 q
  8. Abbey Weitzeil 24 California Aquat 1:58.65 q
  9. Melanie Margalis 29 Saint Petersburg 1:58.77 q
  10. Katie Drabot 23 Alto Swim Club-P 1:59.07 q
  11. Olivia Smoliga 26 Athens Bulldog S 1:59.08 q
  12. Leah Smith 25 Unattached-AZ 1:59.31 q
  13. Isabel Ivey 20 Unattached-PC 1:59.32 q
  14. Brooke Forde 22 Alto Swim Club-P 1:59.34 q
  15. Justina Kozan 17 Mission Viejo Na 1:59.41 q
  16. Macky Hodges 16 Mission Viejo Na 2:00.00 q

Lisa Bratton won the first heat, coming from behind over the final 50 meters to touch in 2:02.96, her best time by 1.2 seconds. 16-year-old Macky Hodges of Mission Viejo qualified for Wave II with 2:00.00 in heat 2. She was followed by Amalie Mortensen (2:01.17) and Ashley Twichell (2:01.86).

Katie McLaughlin won heat 3 by .01 over Madisyn Cox, 1:58.30 to 1:58.31. Abbey Weitzeil had led for 150 meters from out in lane 7; she finished third in 1:58.65, her first time under the 2:00 mark.

Allison Schmitt outsplit the field in heat 4 over the third 50 with 29.9 to take over the lead. She won in 1:58.20, followed by Joanna Evans (1:58.43) and Hali Flickinger (1:58.49).

Katie Ledecky crushed the final heat with 1:55.40, moving to #2 in the world for the season. Emma Nordin touched in 1:58.51 for second. Leah Smith was third in 1:59.31.

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Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:44.82 Sun Yang
  • Trials Wave II: 1:49.65
  • Trials Wave I: 1:50.79

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. *Khader Baqlah 22 Gator Swim Club- 1:47.91 q
  2. *Batur Unlu 18 Una MAAC-GA 1:47.92 q
  3. Andrew Seliskar 24 California Aquat 1:48.38 q
  4. Caeleb Dressel 24 Gator Swim Club- 1:48.69 q
  5. Patrick Callan 21 Una CW-MI 1:48.73 q
  6. Drew Loy 23 Gator Swim Club- 1:48.98 q
  7. Zane Grothe 28 Boulder City Hen 1:49.11 q
  8. *Zheng Quah 24 California Aquat 1:49.44 q
  9. Zach Apple 23 Mission Viejo Na 1:49.58 q
  10. Cristian Quinte 28 Irvine Novaquati 1:49.72 q
  11. *Alex Kunert 25 Unattached-NC 1:50.24 q
  12. *Jorge Iga 24 Unattached-AZ 1:50.56 q
  13. Jay Litherland 25 Dynamo Swim Club 1:50.61 q
  14. Destin Lasco 19 Unattached-PC 1:50.94 q
  15. Luke Maurer 19 Unattached-PC 1:51.36 q
  16. Christopher Myk 20 Unattached-CA 1:51.41 q

Khader Baqlah led the men’s qualifiers in the 200 free with a heat 4 win in 1:47.91. Cristian Quintero was second in the heat with 1:49.72, while Jorge Iga finished third (1:50.56). Also swimming in heat 4 were Dean Farris (1:51.42) and Ryan Lochte (1:51.68).

Batur Unlu won the final heat with 1:47.92 over Andrew Seliskar (1:48.38) and Patrick Callan (1:48.73).

Caeleb Dressel took the first circle-seeded heat with 1:48.69. Drew Loy edged Zane Grothe, 1:48.98 to 1:49.11, for second in the heat.

Bryce Mefford dropped 1.1 seconds from his seed time to win heat 1 in 1:51.73. Luke Maurer won heat 2 in 1:51.36, just edging Christopher Mykkanen (1:51.41).

Women’s 100 Meter Breaststroke

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:05.57 Rebecca Soni (2011)
  • Trials Wave II: 1:09.55
  • Trials Wave I: 1:10.99

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Lilly King 24 Indiana Swim Clu 1:05.32Jq
  2. Lydia Jacoby 17 Unattached-AK 1:06.99 q
  3. Annie Lazor 26 Mission Viejo Na 1:07.09 q
  4. Emily Escobedo 25 Condors Swim Clu 1:07.49 q
  5. Molly Hannis 29 Tennessee Aquati 1:07.55 q
  6. Kaitlyn Dobler 19 Unattached-OR 1:07.80 q
  7. *Diana Petkova 20 Una BAMA-SE 1:08.06 q
  8. Micah Sumrall 30 Gamecock Aquatic 1:08.18 q
  9. Bethany Galat 25 Aggie Swim Club- 1:07.13 1:08.91 q
  10. *Klara Thormalm 23 Unattached-SI 1:09.08 q
  11. *Ema Rajic 21 Unattached-PC 1:09.47 q
  12. Isabelle Odgers 20 Una NOVA-CA 1:09.70 q
  13. Abigail Herscu 16 Livermore Aqua C 1:10.23 q
  14. Danielle Herrmann 33 Clovis Swim Club 1:10.58 q
  15. (tie) Skyler Smith 17 Peak Swimming-PC / Izabella Adame 18 Canyons Aquatic- 1:10.79 q

Molly Hannis dominated heat 1, winning in 1:07.56 over Bethany Galat (1:08.91) and Ema Rajic (1:09.47).

Lydia Jacoby broke 1:07 for the first time to come from behind and edge Annie Lazor (1:07.09) in heat 2 with 1:06.99. That time ranks Jacoby 13th in the world for the season. Emily Escobedo was third in 1:07.49.

Lilly King tied her world-leading time for the year in the final heat, winning with 1:05.32. Kaitlyn Dobler touched second in 1:07.80. Diana Petkova (1:08.06) touched out Micah Sumrall (1:08.18) for third.

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Men’s 100 Meter Breaststroke

  • Pro Swim Record: 58.86 Adam Peaty (2017)
  • Trials Wave II: 1:01.97
  • Trials Wave I: 1:03.29

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Nic Fink 27 Athens Bulldog S 59.89 q
  2. Lyubomir Epitropov 21 U of Tennessee-S 1:00.32 q
  3. Michael Andrew 21 Race Pace Club-S 1:00.36 q
  4. Andrew Wilson 27 Athens Bulldog S 1:00.51 q
  5. Michael Houlie 20 U of Tennessee-S 1:00.77 q
  6. Kevin Cordes 27 Athens Bulldog S 1:01.13 q
  7. Tommy Cope 23 Club Wolverine-M 1:01.15 q
  8. Reece Whitley 21 Unattached-PC 1:01.20 q
  9. *Nils Wich-Glas 26 Gator Swim Club- 1:01.47 q
  10. Dillon Hillis 20 Una GSC-FL 1:01.53 q
  11. Josh Prenot 27 California Aquat 1:01.83 q
  12. *Jimmy Deiparin 28 Irvine Novaquati 1:02.03 q
  13. Zachary Nelson 23 Air Force Academ 1:02.16 q
  14. Brandon Fischer 32 Livermore Aqua C 1:02.19 q
  15. Chase Kalisz 27 Athens Bulldog S 1:02.27 q
  16. *Miguel Chavez 26 Team Elite-NC 1:02.34 q

Daniel Chang opened the men’s breaststroke with 1:04.31 for the heat win. Lyubomir Epitropov had a strong finish in heat 2 to win with 1:00.32 over Michael Houlie (1:00.77) and Reece Whitley (1:01.20).

Nic Fink improved his seed time by .05 to win heat 3 in 59.89 for the only sub-1:00 swim of the day. Michael Andrew touched second in 1:00.36. He was followed by Josh Prenot in 1:01.83.

Andrew Wilson closed it out with a 1:00.51 in the final heat. Kevin Cordes edged Tommy Cope, 1:01.13 to 1:01.15, for second. Dillon Hillis took 1.12 seconds off his seed time to qualify for Wave II with 1:01.53.

Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly

  • Pro Swim Record: 56.38 Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 59.59
  • Trials Wave I: 1:00.69

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Kelsi Dahlia 26 Cardinal Aquatic 58.10 q
  2. Katie McLaughlin 23 California Aquat 58.83 q
  3. *Beryl Gastaldello 26 Aggie Swim Club- 59.35 q
  4. Natalie Hinds 27 Athens Bulldog S 59.36 q
  5. Lillie Nordmann 18 Alto Swim Club-P 59.40 q
  6. Rachel Klinker 20 Unattached-PC 59.43 q
  7. Madeline Banic 23 Tennessee Aquati 59.46 q
  8. Rhyan White 21 Univ Alabama Swi 59.63 q
  9. *Remedy Rule 24 Longhorn Aquatic 59.70 q
  10. Katie Drabot 23 Alto Swim Club-P 59.87 q
  11. Leah Gingrich 31 Columbus Aquatic 59.92 q
  12. Gabi Albiero 19 Unattached-KY 1:00.04 q
  13. Hallie Kinsey 20 Unattached-CA 1:00.67 q
  14. Isabel Ivey 20 Unattached-PC 1:00.72 q
  15. *Jade Foelske 19 Sun Devil Swimmi 1:00.76 q
  16. Miki Dahlke 23 Machine Aquatics 1:01.05 q

Rhyan White swam a stunning 59.63 to kick off the women’s butterfly heats. She improved her seed time by 3.4 seconds and won the heat by just over 2 seconds, with Meghan Small touching second in 1:01.98. White qualified for Wave I and missed Wave II by a mere 4 hundredths.

Beryl Gastaldello edged Rachel Klinker in the first circle-seeded heat, 59.35 to 59.43. Katie Drabot came in third with 59.87. Katie McLaughlin went 58.83 to win the next heat, about 1.5 seconds off her seed time. Remedy Rule went .5 better than her entry time to finish second with 59.70. Third in the heat was Gigi Johnson with 1:01.32.

In the final heat, Kelsi Dahlia and Natalie Hinds were about even at the halfway mark but Dahlia exploded over the final 25 meters to win with 58.10. Hinds just eked out a second-place finish over Lillie Nordmann, 59.37 to 59.40. Madeline Banic earned a berth at Wave II Trials with 59.46, dropping .49.

Men’s 100 Meter Butterfly

  • Pro Swim Record: 50.92 Caeleb Dressel (2020)
  • Trials Wave II: 53.37
  • Trials Wave I: 54.19

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Luis Martinez 25 Unattached-SE 51.96 q
  2. Tom Shields 29 California Aquat 52.17 q
  3. Andrew Seliskar 24 California Aquat 52.31 q
  4. Michael Andrew 21 Race Pace Club-S 52.43 q
  5. *Eric Friese 22 Una GSC-FL 52.45 q
  6. Ryan Murphy 25 California Aquat 52.59 q
  7. Caeleb Dressel 24 Gator Swim Club- 52.60 q
  8. Santiago Grassi 24 Unattached-SE 52.86 q
  9. *Dylan Carter 25 Team Elite-NC 52.95 q
  10. *Hugo Gonzalez 22 Una CAL-PC 52.98 q
  11. *Zheng Quah 24 California Aquat 53.07 q
  12. Giles Smith 29 Una SAC-AZ 53.08 q
  13. Zach Harting 23 Cardinal Aquatic 53.42 q
  14. Nicolas Albiero 21 Unattached-KY 53.54 q
  15. *Kaan Ayar 26 Dallas Mustangs- 53.77 q
  16. (tie) *Oleksii Khnyki 21 Una SPA-AR / Dillon Hillis 20 Una GSC-FL 54.04 q

SWIMOFF:

  1. Dillon Hillis 53.42
  2. Oleksii Khnyki 53.91

Michael Chadwick won a tight race in heat 1 of the 100 fly, improving his seed time by .7 to stop the clock in 54.33. Drew Loy also dropped a half-second, coming to the wall with 54.50 just ahead of Michael Tenney (54.59).

Andrew Seliskar followed his 200 free performance with a 52.31 win in heat 2 of the fly. Eric Friese improved his seed time by 1.7 seconds to touch out Ryan Murphy, 54.45 to 52.59. Ryan Lochte, who also did a 200 free-100 fly double, went 55.26.

Tom Shields clocked a 52.17 to come from behind and beat Michael Andrew (52.43), who was leading by .4 at the 50 wall. Dylan Carter finished third in heat 3 with 52.95.

Luis Martinez (51.96) won the final heat ahead of Santiago Grassi (52.86), who led at the 50, and Caeleb Dressel (52.60).

In the swim-off for 16th place between Oleksii Khnyki and Dillon Hillis, it was Khnyki who took it out first, turning in 24.6 to Hillis’ 25.3. But Hillis came charging home over the second half of the race and just pushed by Khnyki at the end. Both improved on their earlier swims, with Hillis winning, 53.42 to 53.91. Hillis was .05 shy of his second Wave II qualification time of the evening.

Women’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

  • Pro Swim Record: 4:31.07 Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • Trials Wave II: 4:47.72
  • Trials Wave I: 4:51.79

Top 13 qualifiers:

  1. Hali Flickinger 26 Sun Devil Swimmi 4:39.13 q
  2. Madisyn Cox 25 Longhorn Aquatic 4:40.11 q
  3. Ally McHugh 23 Wisconsin Aquati 4:40.25 q
  4. Brooke Forde 22 Alto Swim Club-P 4:40.59 q
  5. Melanie Margali 29 Saint Petersburg 4:44.09 q
  6. Leah Smith 25 Unattached-AZ 4:45.38 q
  7. Haley Anderson 29 Mission Viejo Na 4:47.06 q
  8. Bethany Galat 25 Aggie Swim Club- 4:50.11 q
  9. Katie Crom 17 Mission Viejo Na 4:50.85 q
  10. Isabelle Odgers 20 Una NOVA-CA 4:51.65 q
  11. *Monika Gonzale 25 Aggie Swim Club- 4:53.03 q
  12. Claire Tuggle 16 Santa Maria Swim 4:54.56 q
  13. Taylor McCoy 21 Cougar Aquatics- 5:00.29 q

With only 13 entrants, everyone who competed in the 400 IM will swim in finals tomorrow morning. Ally McHugh won the first heat in 4:40.25 over Brooke Forde. Leah Smith finished third with 4:45.38.

Haley Anderson took the fly out in heat 2, followed by Hali Flickinger and Isabelle Odgers. Madisyn Cox took over the lead after the backstroke, while Melanie Margalis moved past Odgers into third. Margalis closed a big gap on the breaststroke leg, but didn’t quite catch Flickinger who was in second behind Cox. Over the final 100 meters, Margalis faded while Flickinger revved it up to challenge Cox. Flickinger brought it home in 30.6 over the final 50 meters and got the win in 4:39.13. Cox touched second in 4:40.11. Margalis went 4:44.09 for third.

Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley

  • Pro Swim Record: 4:08.92 Chase Kalisz (2018)
  • Trials Wave II: 4:23.24
  • Trials Wave I: 4:25.99

Top 16 qualifiers:

  1. Sean Grieshop 22 Unattached-PC 4:18.13 q
  2. Charlie Swanson 23 Club Wolverine-M 4:19.43 q
  3. *Tom Peribonio 25 Gator Swim Club- 4:21.95 q
  4. *Jarod Arroyo 20 Una SUN-AZ 4:22.64 q
  5. Grant Sanders 23 Gator Swim Club- 4:23.86 q
  6. Josh Prenot 27 California Aquat 4:24.92 q
  7. Mikey Calvillo 20 Indiana Swim Clu 4:26.99 q
  8. Keaton Jones 16 Swim Neptune-AZ 4:27.42 q
  9. *Etay Gurevich 25 Unattached-AZ 4:22.66 q
  10. Will Gallant 19 Mission Viejo Na 4:31.10 q
  11. Max Vega Cuevas 17 Unattached-PC 4:31.94 q
  12. Kyle Brill 17 Canyons Aquatic- 4:32.46 q
  13. Daniel Gloude 24 Coronado Swim As 4:34.52 q
  14. Parker Reynolds 17 Santa Maria Swim 4:36.07 q
  15. Sebastien Sergi 17 SwimAtlanta-GA 4:30.03 q
  16. Jason Schreiber 19 Mission Viejo Na 4:37.83 q

There were some big time drops in the opening heat of men’s 400 IM, as Kyle Brill and Parker Reynolds both crushed their seed times. Brill dropped 11.6 for 4:32.46; Reynolds improved by 13.1 for 4:36.07.

Sean Grieshop led from start to finish in heat 2, getting the win in 4:18.13. Tom Peribono (4:21.95) and Grant Sanders (4:23.86) finished 2-3 behind him.

Charlie Swanson was another wire-to-wire heat winner, taking the final heat in 4:22.64. Jared Arroyo was in second place after the fly and back legs, but Josh Prenot caught him on the breaststroke. Arroyo outsplit Prenot over the final 100 meters, though, and took second in the heat with 4:22.64. Prenot was third in 4:24.92.

 

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Arnold
1 year ago

Lochte not looking good

Oli K.
Reply to  Arnold
1 year ago

He is done. Obviously only swimming to stay in people’s minds. Needs followers on instagram to do PR for credit cards and stuff like that.

A very sad end of his career.

Jotolo
1 year ago

Lochte swam 29.60 for the last 50m. That was one to two seconds slower than his close competitors. Did he shut down early or was he dying?

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
1 year ago

Where is Simone?????? She was supposed to be here. I hope all is well.

leisurely1:29
1 year ago

Dillon Hillis with the swim-off win in his 3rd best time of the evening… damn.

Mean Dean
1 year ago

Yoooooo let’s go Lydia!!!

Hswimmer
1 year ago

How do I re watch prelims?

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

Kalisz doing the 100 breast and not the 4im?

Comet
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

Litherland is doing something similar here too

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Comet
1 year ago

Yeah i forgot he was in the 2 free

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

Even though it’s only prelims, weird to see Murphy ahead of Dressel in the 100 fly. Excited to see Murphy in finals of this.

PFA
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 year ago

How many athletes have been 51. in both the 100 fly and back?

Dudeman
Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

Aaron peirsol has done it before but he wore the full body arena for the 100 fly

Konner Scott
Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

If Piersol never went 51, then zero, I believe?

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

Given that I can count on one hand the number of 51 points in the backstroke, this isn’t so hard to answer.

The answer is one. Aaron Piersol. 51.94 in the backstroke and 51.30 in the fly.

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