2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – RICHMOND
- January 14-17, 2021
- Collegiate School Aquatics Center, Richmond, VA
- Start Times (Eastern Time): Prelims: 9:00 a.m. / Finals: 7:00 p.m.
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Info (Both Sites)
- Schedule/Initial Timelines
- Live Stream (USA Swimming)
- Psych sheets
- Heat sheets
- Results on Meet Mobile: “2021 TYR Pro Swim Series – Richmond”
After rocketing to a new best of 21.87 this morning in the 50 free, 18-year-old David Curtiss will try to go deeper under 22 tonight as the top seed.
Emily Escobedo is primed for a big 200 breast, her best event, after clocking a lifetime best in a 100 breast win last night where she was faster than WR-holder Lilly King was in San Antonio. Meanwhile, Justin Ress and Coleman Stewart will showdown in the 100 back, and Catie Deloof eyes wins in the 50 free and 100 back, but she’s seeded behind older sister Ali Deloof and NOVA of Virginia’s Josephine Fuller in the latter.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY FINALS
- PSS Record: 2:06.11, Hali Flickinger (USA), 2020
- Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.59
LIAC’s Tess Howley was out extremely hard in this race, 29.1 at the 50 and 1:02.1 at the 100. She had about a body length lead halfway through the race, but over the final 50, Grace Sheble closed fast. Sheble did enough in the final stretch to pass Howley, going 2:12.85 to Howley’s 2:13.01.
Grace’s twin sister Caroline Sheble posted a 2:14.12, good for third and a lifetime best by a couple of tenths. In fourth was NOVA’s Zoe Dixon in 2:15.15, a best for her by two seconds, while NCAP’s Eleanor Sun also earned a new best at 2:16.66 for sixth.
MEN’S 200 FLY FINALS
- PSS Record: 1:53.84, Luca Urlando (USA), 2019
- Olympic Trials Cut: 2:01.19
Just like in prelims, Sooner Swim Club’s Aiden Hayes was out with speed. He was 25.7 over the first 50, a full second faster than he went out in prelims, and he touched at 55.6 at the 100, 1.5 or so ahead of his morning split. He held strong til the end, posting a 1:58.33 for a huge win and a new lifetime best by almost three full seconds.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE FINALS
- PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
- Olympic Trials Cut: 25.99
Catie Deloof flew under the 25-second mark tonight, clocking a 24.80 to come just .07 from her lifetime best. That marks her third venture under 25 seconds, ever.
In the B-final, Kayla Wilson of TIDE Swimming earned a new Olympic Trials cut with a 25.98. She came into this meet with a 26.94, taking it down to 26.48 in prelims and now down another half-second.
MEN’S 50 FREE FINALS
- PSS Record: 21.51, Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2020
- Olympic Trials Cut: 23.19
After dropping a 21.83 this morning, David Curtiss of Hamilton Y cracked 22 once again, posting a 21.98 that falls just short of his prelims lifetime best.
Austin Surhoff was 22.57 for second, his second-best performance ever after he went a lifetime best in prelims (22.54). NCAC’s Michael Chadwick was a hundredth back of Surhoff (22.58), as 15-year-old Diggory Dillingham sliced .03 off of his old best to take fourth (23.45).
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS
- PSS Record: 2:20.77, Annie Lazor (USA), 2019
- Olympic Trials Cut: 2:33.29
Following up her 100 breast win last night, Emily Escobedo of Condor Swim Club was in a class of her own in this race. She had a huge lead halfway through, turning in 1:09.62, and turned in a huge 2:23.46.
That swim clears the time Lilly King did in San Antonio tonight by two seconds and change, making Escobedo the double breaststroke champion between both sites. Escobedo’s time is also her third-best performance ever, less than two seconds from her best, and it’s the fastest she’s ever been in-season.
TNT Swimming’s Letitia Sim put up a huge best for second, going 2:29.67 and taking over two seconds off of her old best from this morning.
MEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS
- PSS Record: 2:08.95, Andrew Wilson (USA), 2018
- Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.89
- Dylan Rhee (AGUA) – 2:18.11
- Ethan Browne (UNAT) – 2:20.90
- Aiken Do (FISH) – 2:21.60
AGUA’s Dylan Rhee had no trouble bagging the win here, sailing under 2:20 to claim victory with a 2:18.11. Ethan Browne, a former Tennessee standout, was 2:20.90 for second ahead of 16-year-old Aiken Do (2:21.60). That’s a massive lifetime best for Do, who slices almost four full seconds off of his old one.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK FINALS
- PSS Record: 58.18, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
- Olympic Trials Cut: 1:02.69
14-year-old Levenia Sim was out first at the flip in 29.4, and she held off the Deloof sisters to go 1:00.94 for the win. This was a huge swim for Sim out of an outside lane, as she erased her old best by over a full second. She now ranks #5 in the 13-14 age group historical rankings.
Ali Deloof was 1:01.08 for second, not quite able to close on Sim, as Catie Deloof was just back at 1:01.28. NOVA of Virginia’s Josephine Fuller picked up fourth in 1:01.44, a lifetime best by a half-second.
MEN’S 100 BACK FINALS
- PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer (USA), 2016
- Olympic Trials Cut: 56.59
- Justin Ress (WOLF) – 53.37
- Coleman Stewart (WOLF) – 54.37
- Nick Alexander (TRI) – 55.77
Justin Ress was out way ahead over the first length, and he did not give up much room, posting a 53.37 to scare his lifetime best of 53.26. His Wolfpack Elite teammate Coleman Stewart made up two-tenths on the back-half, but Ress’s flying 25.8 first 50 gave him an insurmountable lead. Stewart touched second in 54.37, about a half-second from his lifetime best.
Ress edged out WR-holder Ryan Murphy‘s 53.55 swum out in San Antonio tonight.
SwimMAC’s Baylor Nelson tied the Olympic Trials cut in 56.59, punching his ticket to Omaha with a near full-second drop. That gives him a second qualifying mark for Omaha, joining a previous cut in the 200 IM from the summer of 2019 (2:04.00).
WOMEN’S 400 FREE FINALS
- PSS Record: 3:57.94, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
- Olympic Trials Cut: 4:16.89
Ashley Twichell busted out a sub-4:10 outing here, blasting a 4:09.78 to take the win with her fourth-best performance ever.
15-year-old Cavan Gormsen had a statement swim, fighting to stay in Twichell’s wake and snagging second in 4:11.30. That is a big drop for Gormsen, who was 4:16.51 before this weekend, then 4:14.69 in prelims.
In the B-final, 16-year-olds Sophia Knapp of TIDE and Emma Hastings of East Carolina Aquatics both broke 4:20 for the first time ever. Knapp was 4:18.35 and Hastings 4:19.03.
MEN’S 400 FREE FINALS
- PSS Record: 3:43.55, Sun Yang (CHN), 2016
- Olympic Trials Cut: 3:57.29
After cracking four minutes for the first time ever in prelims, Mission Viejo’s Anders Aistars, 16, looked set to snag the win here.
But Bluefish’s Josh Parent, also 16, had other plans. Biding his time, he made his move going into the 300 turn, pulling well ahead over the final 100 to win it in 3:59.24. That’s his first time under four minutes and a best by about two seconds. Aistars finished second in 4:01.81.