2021 Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)

Day Three Finals: Saturday, April 10

The third finals session at 2021 Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo is taking place Saturday morning and will feature consolation and final heats of the women’s and men’s 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free. In flipping the traditional prelims-in-the morning, finals-at-night scenario, USA Swimming is preparing its athletes for the scheduling format at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Katie Drabot is top seed in the women’s 200 fly, after Hali Flickinger bowed out of the final. Gabriel Jett leads the men’s entries in the event after he dropped 2.8 seconds in prelims to break 2:00 for the first time. He will be challenged by seasoned racers Chase Kalisz and Nicolas Albiero.

Abbey Weitzeil will swim in lane 4 of the 50 free final, with Kasia Wasick -the only other sub-25 out of prelims- in lane 5. In the men’s 50 free, it will be a matchup between Brazil’s Bruno Fratus, for whom this is his Olympic selection meet, and Caeleb Dressel.

Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga both broke 1:00 in prelims to lead the qualifiers in the 100 back. Daniel Carr and Hugo Gonzalez qualified with sub-54s in the men’s race. World Record-holder Ryan Murphy will be in lane 3.

Lilly King and Annie Lazor, who have both swum top-5 world times already this season, will do battle in the 200 breast. Nic Fink will try to get the 100/200 double win in the men’s race.

After a stunning 1:54.40 U.S. Open Record in the 200 free on Friday and a world-leading 4:01.37 400 free in prelims, Katie Ledecky will be the one to watch in the women’s final. Zach Yeadon is top seed on the men’s side.

Women’s 200 Meter Butterfly – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 2:06.11 Hali Flickinger (2020)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:12.56
  • Trials Wave I: 2:14.59

Podium:

  1. Katie Crom 17 Mission Viejo Nadadores 2:10.38
  2. Lillie Nordmann 18 Alto Swim Club 2:10.62
  3. Katie Drabot 23 Alto Swim Club 2:10.94

17-year-old Katie Crom blasted a 33.02 final 50 to drive past Katie Drabot and Lillie Nordmann to win the 200 fly in her home pool.

Drabot had a strong lead over the field for the first half of the race. She led by half a body length at the 100 wall with 1:01.57. Remedy Rule was .5 behind her, while Nordmann trailed by nearly a second. Drabot held onto her lead through the 150 but began to face challenges from Nordmann down the stretch.

Neither Drabot nor Nordmann could keep pace with Crom, though. She swam 1:02.7-1:07.6 to move up to #32 all-time for 17-18 girls in the U.S.

Men’s 200 Meter Butterfly – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 1:53.84 Luca Urlando (2019)
  • Trials Wave II: 1:59.63
  • Trials Wave I: 2:01.19

Podium:

  1. Nicolas Albiero 1:57.86
  2. Chase Kalisz 1:58.16
  3. Zach Harting 1:59.38

Nicolas Albiero followed up on his recent NCAA title in the 200 yard butterfly with a win in the LCM version at PSS Mission Viejo. His 1:57.86 was a season best and was a 1.2-second improvement from his prelims time. Albiero was out in 55.7 at the 100, with Zheng Quah close on his shoulder in 55.9. Albiero took off on his third 50 to put clean water between him and Quah and led by half a body at the 150 wall.

Chase Kalisz had the strongest back half, splitting his race 56.6-1:01.5, nearly catching Albiero but falling .30 short at the end with 1:58.16.

Zach Harting passed Quah, closing with 1:02.2 to Quah’s 1:03.5 over the final 100 meters. Harting posted a 1:59.38 for third place.

Women’s 50 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 24.17 Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 25.65
  • Trials Wave I: 25.99

Podium:

  1. Abbey Weitzeil 24 California Aquatics 24.57
  2. *Kasia Wasick 29 Team Rebel Aquatics 24.73
  3. *Beryl Gastaldello 26 Aggie Swim Club- 25.18

Abbey Weitzeil improved on her prelims time of 24.80 to win with 24.57. She was aiming for a 24.5 at this meet, and with a 24.57, she now ranks 9th in the world for the season.

Kasia Wasick went .12 faster than in prelims, touching second with 24.73. Beryl Gastaldello rounded out the podium with 25.18. Her season best is 24.87 from December.

2020-2021 LCM Women 50 Free

2Ranomi
Kromowidjojo
NED24.1104/09
2Cate
Campbell
AUS24.1103/20
4Emma
McKeon
AUS24.1703/20
4Claire
Curzan
USA24.1705/14
6Maria
Kameneva
RUS24.2004/09
6Liu
Xiang
CHN24.2009/28
8Femke
Heemskerk
NED24.2804/09
8Pernille
Blume
DEN24.2803/21
10Zhang
Yufei
CHN24.3112/31
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Men’s 50 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 21.51 Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • Trials Wave II: 22.71
  • Trials Wave I: 23.19

Podium:

  1. *Bruno Fratus 31 Coral Springs Swim 21.80
  2. Caeleb Dressel 24 Gator Swim Club 21.83
  3. Michael Andrew 21 Race Pace Club 22.13

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus edged Caeleb Dressel by three hundredths, 21.80 to 21.83, to win the men’s 50 free. Fratus was .07 off his prelims time from last night, but both swims help him make the case for representing Brazil in the event in Tokyo. Fratus explained in the post-race interview that the Brazilian Federation only recently made the decision to use Mission Viejo as his selection meet. He quickly tapered and shaved and got the job done. As long as two Brazilian swimmers do not go faster than his 21.73 from last night, Fratus is likely to earn the spot.

Coming to the wall in third place behind Fratus and Dressel was Michael Andrew with 22.13. Nathan Adrian touched 4th in 22.29.

2020-2021 LCM Men 50 Free

VladRUS
Morozov
04/09
21.41
2Ben
Proud
GBR21.4204/17
3Ryan
Held
USA21.6204/10
4Pawel
Juraszek
POL21.7204/28
4Florent
Manaudou
FRA21.7203/19
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Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 58.18 Regan Smith (2020)
  • Trials Wave II: 1:01.49
  • Trials Wave I: 1:02.69
  1. Olivia Smoliga 26 Athens Bulldog Swim Club 59.09
  2. Kathleen Baker 24 Team Elite-NC/NY 59.50
  3. Rhyan White 21 Univ Alabama Swimming 59.66

Olivia Smoliga came from behind to overtake Kathleen Baker down the stretch to win the 100 back in 59.04. Baker led Smoliga 28.7 to 29.0 at the 50 wall but Smoliga came home .76 faster to get the victory. Baker was just off her 59.45 time from prelims, touching second in 59.50.

Smoliga moves up to #4 in the world for the season, passing Regan Smith.

Rhyan White cracked the 1:00 barrier for the first time, finishing third in 59.66.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Back

2Kathleen
Dawson
GBR58.2404/15
3Olivia
Smoliga
USA58.3105/15
4Rhyan
White
USA58.4305/15
5Kylie
Masse
CAN58.4805/07
6Kira
Toussaint
NED58.6504/11
7Regan
Smith
USA58.7705/15
8Maria
Kameneva
RUS59.1904/05
9Emily
Seebohm
AUS59.2204/16
10Claire
Curzan
USA59.3704/11
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Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 52.40 David Plummer (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 55.51
  • Trials Wave I: 56.59

Podium:

  1. Ryan Murphy 25 California Aquatics 53.11
  2. *Hugo Gonzalez 22 Una CAL-PC 53.76
  3. Daniel Carr 22 Unattached-PC 53.83

Ryan Murphy blasted off to a strong start from lane 3, flipping in 25.6 to lead the field by half a body length over Daniel Carr and Hugo Gonzalez. Gonzalez had the fastest second half but Murphy hung on for the win, stopping the clock in 53.11.

That moves Murphy up to #6 in the world for the current season.

Murphy clipped the lane line just before coming to the wall, but he laughed off suggestions that it impacted his swim. Murphy said they’re just trying to gain information and prepare for Omaha and insisted he was satisfied with his performance.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Back

EvgenyRUS
Rylov
04/05
52.12
2Kliment
Kolesnikov
RUS52.2404/05
3Xu
Jiayu
CHN52.3503/07
4Mitch
Larkin
AUS52.7512/13
5Thomas
Ceccon
ITA52.8412/17
6Grigory
Tarasevich
RUS52.9304/05
7Yohann Ndoye
Brouard
FRA52.9703/19
8Ryosuke
Irie
JPN53.0412/04
9Ryan
Murphy
USA53.1104/10
10Mewen
Tomac
FRA53.1903/19
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Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 2:20.77 Annie Lazor (2019)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:30.49
  • Trials Wave I: 2:33.29

Podium:

  1. Lilly King 24 Indiana Swim Club 2:22.38
  2. Annie Lazor 26 Mission Viejo Nadadores 2:22.73
  3. Emily Escobedo 25 Condors Swim Club 2:23.58

Lilly King attacked the 200 like it was a 100, getting out in front of the field by 1.2 at the 50 wall with a first 50 of 31.7. She built her lead to 1.5 seconds at the 100, turning at 1:07.97. Annie Lazor began to close the gap over the second half of the race, outsplitting King on the 3rd 50 by .4 and on the 4th 50 by .7. King held on, though, and got the win, 2:22.38 to 2:22.73.

King explained she had been working on race strategy, musing, “Why would I swim like a 200 breaststroker when I’m a 100 breaststroker?” Her plan is to go out and see how long she can hold on. With a body and a half lead on the field at the halfway mark, she had enough cushion to power through to victory.

Lazor came up .35 short and finished second with 2:22.73. Both she and King have been a touch faster this season.

Emily Escobedo finished third with 2:23.58.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

2Molly
Renshaw
GBR2:20.8904/15
3Evgenia
Chikunova
RUS2:21.6304/08
4Abbie
Wood
GBR2:21.6904/15
5Lilly
King
USA2:21.8205/15
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Men’s 200 Meter Breaststroke – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 2:08.95 Andrew Wilson (2018)
  • Trials Wave II: 2:15.28
  • Trials Wave I: 2:17.89

Podium:

  1. Nic Fink 27 Athens Bulldog Swim Club 2:09.73
  2. Lyubomir Epitropov 21 Unattached-SE 2:10.85
  3. Andrew Wilson 27 Athens Bulldog Swim Club 2:11.00

Taking a page out of Lilly King’s book, Michael Andrew blasted off to a quick start in the final. Out in 29.0, he was 1:02.07 at the 100 and led the field by nearly a full body length. He remained in first place at the 150 but fell off pace over the final 50 meters and faded to fourth at the finish.

Nic Fink, meanwhile, picked up his second breaststroke win of the meet with a smooth 2:09.73 in the 200 breast final. Down by nearly a second at the halfway mark, Fink remained undaunted and stuck to his strategy. After the race he expressed confidence in the strength of his fourth 50, and it was evident in watching him swim. As Fink closed on Andrew, he increased his rate over the final 25 meters without ever rushing or spinning. Fink came home with an evenly-split 33.39-33.41 second half to win with 2:09.73. It was his top swim of the season and moved him ahead of Andrew Wilson for 16th in the world.

Lyubomir Epitropov and Wilson also passed up Andrew over the final 50 meters, finishing second and third with 2:10.85 and 2:11.00, respectively. Michael’s 4th-place 2:11.32 was, nevertheless, a best time by 1.3 seconds.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Breast

ShomaJPN
Sato
04/07
2:06.40
2Arno
Kamminga
NED2:06.8512/04
3Ippei
Watanabe
JPN2:07.0812/06
4Anton
Chupkov
RUS2:07.3210/28
5Ryuya
Mura
JPN2:07.5804/07
6Kirill
Prigoda
RUS2:07.8510/03
7Zac
Stubblety-Cook
AUS2:07.9612/13
8James
Wilby
GBR2:08.0604/16
9Dmitriy
Balandin
KAZ2:08.4204/07
10Matti
Mattsson
FIN2:08.5104/21
11Caspar
Corbeau
NED2:08.5712/04
12Sungjae
Cho
KOR2:08.5911/17
13Matthew
Wilson
AUS2:08.8212/14
14Daniel
Roy
USA2:08.8911/21
15Ross
Murdoch
GBR2:08.9804/16
15Kaede
Kira
JPN2:08.9804/07
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Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 3:57.94 Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • Trials Wave II: 4:13.28
  • Trials Wave I: 4:16.89

Podium:

  1. Katie Ledecky 24 Nation’s Capital 3:59.25
  2. Leah Smith 25 Unattached-AZ 4:06.37
  3. Hali Flickinger 26 Sun Devil Swimming 4:08.05

Katie Ledecky broke the 4:00 barrier for the 20th time in her career with a 3:59.25 to beat runner-up Leah Smith by over 7 seconds. Ledecky split 1:58-2:01.2 in the final versus 1:59.9-2:01.4 last night, getting most of her improvement over the first 200 meters. Already #1 in the world for the season after last night’s prelims, she increased her lead to nearly 4 seconds over Wang Jianjiahe.

Ledecky said her 4:01 felt really easy last night and thought she could be under 4:00 this morning. She also said she was excited to have Emma Nordin on her heels over the first half of the race and hoped Nordin would hang with her to the end. Nordin had clung to Ledecky from the outset, flipping together with the leader at 57.6 for the first 100. Nordin fell back on the second 100 but was still far ahead of the rest of the field at the 200 with her 1:59.17.

Behind Ledecky over the second half, Leah Smith in lane 3 and Hali Flickinger in lane 1 were holding 31-mids, while Nordin faded to 31-highs/32-lows. Smith split 2:01.6-2:04.7 for a second place 4:06.37. Flickinger, who had scratched the 200 fly final to focus on this race, had her third-best lifetime swim in 4:08.05 for third place.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
04/10
3:59.25
2Ariarne
Titmus
AUS4:01.3404/17
3Li
Bingjie
CHN4:02.3605/01
4Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN4:03.0212/31
5Anna
Egorova
RUS4:04.1004/04
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Men’s 400 Meter Freestyle – Final

  • Pro Swim Record: 3:43.55 Sun Yang (2016)
  • Trials Wave II: 3:54.21
  • Trials Wave I: 3:37.29

Podium:

  1. Zach Yeadon 21 Unattached-PC 3:51.57
  2. Patrick Callan 21 Una CW-MI 3:51.81
  3. Jordan Wilimovsky 26 KSwim-CA 3:51.95

Chris Wieser set the early pace in the men’s 400 free, leading at the 100, 200, and 300 with 55.3, 1:53.7, and 2:52.8. He was a good body and a half ahead of the wave of swimmers jockeying for position behind him: Jordan Wilimovsky (2:54.4), Zach Yeadon (2:54.4), Will Gallant (2:54.5), and Patrick Callan (2:54.7).

Yeadon, Callan, and Wilimovsky all split 29s on their penultimate 50, while Wieser went a 30-high. Yeadon moved into first place on the final turn, Wieser held on a second, and Wilimovsky was .04 ahead of Callan. Yeadon and Callan came home in 27.9s to finish first and second with 3:51.57 and 3:51.81. Wilimovsky’s 28-low gave him a third-place finish (3:51.95), knocking Wieser (3:53.24) off the podium.

 

 

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200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

Rowdy: “Rough finish for you there in that race!”
Winner: “Haha thanks, but yeah I think it was a good swim overall, getting used to AM finals, but I think my coach and I will find some things to work on from that race. Just keeping a really positive attitude and I’ll keep working hard.”
Rowdy: “No no no, let’s go back to that horrible finish you just had. Like what happened? Did that feel as terrible as it looked to us?”

SCCOACH
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

Rowdy knows how to critique finishes, breathing patterns, and relay starts, that’s it

coachymccoachface
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Sign him to be a hs or summer league coach

VFL
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

And reaction times 🙄

Gator
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Yes and on relay starts, he incorrectly refers to them as false starts instead of early takeoffs

Ghost
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

And reaction times on starts

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

Running log of successful rebuttals so far (list under construction):
— Dahlia: Telling Rowdy that taking the extra stroke in the 100 fly finish would NOT have worked.
— Dressel: Embracing with self-deprecating humor.
— Murphy: Telling Rowdy that hitting a lane line in backstroke really isn’t that earth-shattering.

Boobstroke
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

I will need that Dahlia footage pls

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

I need all these footages.

cobalt
Reply to  200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
1 month ago

When a Non-American wins-

Rowdy: “What a pedestrian time” (Subdued voice)

When an American wins in a non world record time-

Rowdy: “THROW TIMES OUT THE WINDOW!! TIMES ARE IRRELEVANT!!! IT”S ALL ABOUT RACING!!!

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

I don’t know Dressel but he seems like a great guy. USA is lucky to have him. NBC is going to make him a main face of the summer games I bet. He knows how to be in front of a camera.

PFA
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

When I talked to him last year he was just so humble about everything happy I got the chance to just talk with him.

Confused
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Why is everyone downvoting?

Cate
Reply to  Confused
1 month ago

Those are the people who wonder why the face of USA Olympics wouldn’t be Katie Ledecky.

swimapologist
Reply to  Cate
1 month ago

OP said “a man face” not “the main face.” Don’t have to look for a reason to be offended.

And, I know the answer: Katie Ledecky just isn’t charasmatic. Sorry, she seems nice, she must be smart to go to Stanford, I’m sure I’d love to be friends with her, but she doesn’t make me care, doesn’t make me want to spend, her personality doesn’t capture me, and she just doesn’t race often enough for me to feel connected.

He said what?
1 month ago

Katie with a sub-4? Going by her 200 I would say absolutely yes.

M Palota
Reply to  He said what?
1 month ago

That woman is a beast! Wow! You kinda run out of superlatives…

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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