2021 Pro Swim Series-San Antonio (#2): Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

Pro Swim Series – San Antonio (#2)

Thursday morning heat sheets

Day Two of Pro Swim Series – San Antonio will feature World Record-holder Katie Ledecky (400 free), American Record-holders Simone Manuel (100 free), Caeleb Dressel (100 free), and Kevin Cordes (100 breast), and U.S. Open Record-holder Hali Flickinger (200 fly) in addition to a number of U.S. National Teamers.

Women’s 100 Freestyle

  • World Record: 51.71 – 7/23/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2017)
  • American Record: 52.04 – 7/26/2019 Simone Manuel, USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 52.54 – 7/25/2018 Simone Manuel, Stanford Swimming (2018)
  • Junior World Record: 52.70 – 8/11/2016 Penny Oleksiak, CAN (2016)
  • Pro Swim Record: 53.12– 2016 Sarah Sjostrom (2016)

Top 8:

  1. Simone Manuel, Alto Swim Club – 54.36
  2. Abbey Weitzeil, California Aquatics – 54.70
  3. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital – 54.98
  4. Linnea Mack, Team Elite – 55.03
  5. Katie McLaughlin, California Aquatics – 55.21
  6. Olivia Smoliga, Athens Bulldog – 55.21
  7. Regan Smith, Riptide – 55.64
  8. Beryl Gastaldello, Aggie Swim Club – 55.29

Lisa Bratton of Aggie Swim Club started things off with a heat 1 win in 57.32, beating her seed time by .7. Natalie Mannion of Sarasota Sharks won heat 2 in 57.36, also improving on her seed time. Katie Crom of Mission Viejo edged Gator Swim Club’s Sherridon Dressel, 57.20 to 57.38 to win heat 3.

Abbey Weitzeil of California Aquatics won the first of the circle-seeded heats in 54.70. Katie Ledecky of Nation’s Capital touched second in 54.98, beating her seed time by .2. Olivia Smoliga of Athens Bulldog (55.21) touched out Team Elite’s Andi Murez for 3rd.

Linnea Mack (55.03) of Team Elite emerged victorious in heat 5, followed by Riptide’s Regan Smith (55.23), Cardinal Aquatics’ Mallory Comerford (55.48), and Allison Schmitt of Sun Devil Swimming (55.54).

Simone Manuel of Alto Swim Club won the final heat in a field-leading 54.36. Katie McLaughlin of California Aquatics touched out Aggie Swim Club’s Beryl Gastaldello, 55.21 to 55.29, for second.

Men’s 100 Freestyle

  • World Record: 46.91 – Cesar Cielo Filho, BRA (2009)
  • American Record: 46.96 – Caeleb Dressel, USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 47.39 – Ryan Held, New York Athletic Club (2019)
  • Junior World Record: 47.57 – Andrei Minakov, RUS (2020)
  • Pro Swim Record: 48.00 – Nathan Adrian (2016)

Top 8:

  1. Maxime Rooney, Pleasanton Seahawks – 49.40
  2. Blake Pieroni, Sandpipers – 49.53
  3. Andrew Seliskar, California Aquatics – 49.74
  4. Zach Apple, Mission Viejo – 49.77
  5. Ryan Held, New York Athletic Club – 49.80
  6. Coleman Stewart, Wolfpack – 49.93
  7. Justin Ress, Wolfpack – 50.00
  8. Tate Jackson, Longhorn Aquatics – 50.12

Long Island Aquatic Club’s Billy Swartout won heat 1 in 52.21, taking .2 off his seed time. Heat 2 went to Abrahm DeVine of Team Elite, touching in 51.45 ahead of Kyle Troskot of TCU, Santiago Grassi, and Ryan Lochte (52.04). Lochte has a lifetime best of 48.16 from 2009; he went 49.13 at 2016 Olympic Trials. The fastest he’s been since then was 50.56 at PSS Greensboro in November 2019.

Freddie Rindshoej went 50.58 to win heat 3 ahead of Jorge Iga (50.75) and Ryan Murphy of California Aquatics (50.87). Both Bjorn Seeliger of California Aquatics and Nikola Miljenic of USC were no-shows.

Maxime Rooney of Pleasanton won heat 4 with 49.40, the first sub-50 of the morning. He was followed closely by California Aquatics’ Andrew Seliskar (49.74) and Wolfpack’s Coleman Stewart (49.93).

Blake Pieroni of Sandpipers powered to the finish to take heat 5 in 49.53, just beating Ryan Held of New York Athletic Club (49.80) and Nathan Adrian of California Aquatics (50.25).

The final heat went to Zach Apple of Mission Viejo in 49.77. Caeleb Dressel from Gator Swim Club touched second in 50.25, just ahead of Townley Haas of Nova of Virginia (50.45). Dean Farris, who had been second at the 50 wall, faded to 6th in the heat.

Dressel and Adrian tied for 10th place overall.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

  • World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King, USA (2017)
  • American Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King, USA (2017)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy, Trojan (2009)
  • Junior World Record: 1:05.39 – Ruta Meilutyte, LTU (2014)
  • Pro Swim Record: 1:05.57 – Rebecca Soni (2011)

Top 8:

  1. Molly Hannis, Tennessee Aquatics, 1:07.89
  2. Annie Lazor, Mission Viejo, 1:08.02
  3. Emily Escobedo, Condors – 1:09.05
  4. Madisyn Cox, Longhorn Aquatics – 1:09.50
  5. Melanie Margalis, Saint Petersburg – 1:09.52
  6. Micah Sumrall, Gamecock – 1:09.57
  7. Letitia Sim, TNT Swimming – 1:10.02
  8. Eva Carlson, The Dolphins Portland – 1:10.74

Emily Escobedo from Condors claimed heat 1 in 1:09.05. She was followed by Longhorn Aquatics’ Madisyn Cox (1:09.50) and Liz Roberts from Gamecock (1:11.12).

Molly Hannis of Tennessee Aquatics won heat 2 with 1:07.89, coming to the wall over a body length ahead of Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis (1:09.52) and Clovis Swim Club’s Danielle Herrmann from Clovis (1:11.20). Kathleen Baker, who was a no-show in the 100 free, came in 4th in that heat with 1:11.22.

Annie Lazor of Mission Viejo won the final heat in 1:08.02. Micah Sumrall of Gamecock came in second in 1:09.57. Third place went to TNT’s Letitia Sim with 1:10.02. Bethany Galat of Aggie Swim Club was a no-show in the final heat.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

  • World Record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty, GBR (2019)
  • American Record: 58.64 – Kevin Cordes, USA (2017)
  • U.S. Open Record: 58.74 – Kevin Cordes/Jaoa Gomes (2017)
  • Junior World Record: 59.01 – Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA (2017)
  • Pro Swim Record: 58.86 – Adam Peaty (2017)

Top 8:

  1. Michael Andrew, Race Pace – 1:00.23
  2. Kevin Cordes, Athens Bulldog – 1:00.81
  3. Nic Fink, Athens Bulldog – 1:00.97
  4. Josh Prenot, California Aquatics – 1:01.83
  5. Rafal Kusto, NC State – 1:02.29
  6. Will Licon, Longhorn Aquatics – 1:02.35
  7. Brandon Fischer, Livermore – 1:02.74
  8. Jacob Heidtmann, Team Elite – 1:02.80

Zachary Nelson took heat 1 in a PB of 1:02.81. Nick Alexander (1:05.17) from Team Triumph edged Ryan Lochte (1:05.32) for 2nd. Lochte took 2.3 seconds off his seed time.

Will Licon from Longhorn Aquatics won heat 2 in 1:02.35. Livermore’s Brandon Fischer (1:02.74) and Nils Wich-Glasen from Gator Swim Club (1:02.95) followed.

Michael Andrew won the penultimate heat in 1:00.23. Kevin Cordes of Athens Bulldog almost made up a half-body deficit at the 50 but ended up in second place with 1:00.81. Rafal Kusto from NC State came in third (1:02.29).

Athens Bulldog teammates Nic Fink (1:00.97) and Andrew Wilson (1:01.32) went 1-2 in the final heat, but Wilson was later disqualified for a false start. Josh Prenot from California Aquatics was next in 1:01.83.

Women’s 200 Butterfly

  • World Record: 2:01.81 – Zige Liu, CHN (2019)
  • American Record: 2:04.14 – Mary Descenza, USA (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.87 – Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldog (2018)
  • Junior World Record: 2:06.29 – Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN (2017)
  • Pro Swim Record: 2:06.11 – Hali Flickinger, Sun Devil Swimming (2020)

Top 8:

  1. Hali Flickinger, Sun Devil – 2:07.20
  2. Regan Smith, Riptide – 2:10.79
  3. Katie Drabot, Alto Swim Club – 2:10.87
  4. Leah Gingrich, Columbus Aquatic– 2:11.19
  5. Remedy Rule, Longhorn Aquatics – 2:11.43
  6. Haley Anderson, Mission Viejo – 2:11.60
  7. Lillie Nordmann, Alto Swim Club – 2:13.84
  8. Tess Howley, Long Island Aquatic – 2:13.94

There were only two heats with 11 swimmers in the women’s 200 fly. Regan Smith of Riptide went 2:10.79 to take the first heat ahead of Leah Gingrich from Columbus (2:11.19) and Alto Swim Club’s Lillie Nordmann (2:13.84).

Heat 2 was all Hali Flickinger. She touched in 2:07.20, two body lengths ahead of Katie Drabot of Alto (2:10.87), Remedy Rule from Longhorn (2:11.43), and Haley Anderson of Mission Viejo (2:11.60). Anderson took 1.2 off her seed time.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

  • World Record: 1:50.73 – Kristof Milak, HUN (2019)
  • American Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps, USA (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps, Club Wolverine (2008)
  • Junior World Record: 1:53.79 – Kristof Milak, HUN (2018)
  • Pro Swim Record: 1:53.84 – Gianluca Urlando, DART Swimming (2019)

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldog – 1:59.59
  2. Zach Harting, Cardinal Aquatics – 2:00.00
  3. Jay Litherland, Dynamo – 2:00.61
  4. Zheng Quah, California Aquatics – 2:00.92
  5. Jack Saunderson, Wolfpack Elite – 2:00.94
  6. Tom Shields, California Aquatics – 2:01.55
  7. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club – 2:01.62
  8. Raunak Khosla, Dynamo Swim Club – 2:01.65

Caeleb Dressel cruised to a 2:01.62 win in heat 1 of the 200 fly, about 5.3 seconds off his seed time. Zheng Quah of California Aquatics, who had not swum the 100 free, won heat 2 in 2:00.92, just .02 ahead of Jack Saunderson from Wolfpack. Tom Shields of California Aquatics was 3rd in the heat with 2:01.55.

The final heat was a battle among Chase Kalisz of Athens Bulldog (1:59.59), Zach Harting from Cardinal (2:00.00) and Jay Litherland of Dynamo (2:00.61). Kalisz took it out early and never gave up his lead, but Harting and Litherland closed the deficit over the 3rd 50 and pushed Kalisz to the finish.

Women’s 400 Freestyle

Top 8:

  1. Katie Ledecky, Nation’s Capital – 4:04.72
  2. Leah Smith – 4:09.76
  3. Joanna Evans, Longhorn Aquatics – 4:10.65
  4. Katie McLaughlin, California Aquatics – 4:11.35
  5. Emma Weyant, Sarasota – 4:11.46
  6. Haley Anderson, Mission Viejo – 4:11.65
  7. Ashley Twichell, TAC Titans – 4:12.32
  8. Ally McHugh, Wisconsin – 4:12.67

14-year-old Claire Weinstein of Westchester won heat 1 in 4:18.72, about 3.5 seconds off her seed time which came from her stunning PSS final in January. Caroline Pennington from TAC Titans came in second with 4:19.00.

Leah Smith dominated heat 2 in 4:09.76. Haley Anderson from Mission Viejo (4:11.65) held off challenges from Melanie Margalis of Saint Petersburg (4:12.83) and 15-year-old Cavan Gormsen from Long Island Aquatic Club (4:13.76). Gormsen was in 3rd place, staying just ahead of Margalis but never quite catching Anderson, until the final 100 when Margalis powered through to a 3rd-place finish. Margalis and Gormsen ended up 9th and 10th overall.

Katie Ledecky won the final heat with 4:04.72, swimming out front all alone for much of the race. Joanna Evans of Longhorn Aquatics went with Ledecky from the start. Swimming in lane 7, she stayed quite close to Ledecky through the 100. Austin Swim Club’s Malia Rausch, in the neighboring lane 8, was with the leaders for the first 100 but then began to fall off pace. Emma Weyant of Sarasota Sharks moved into 3rd at the 150. Evans was only about 1 second behind Ledecky at that point. Ledecky continued to outpace Evans by about 1 second per 50 over the second half of the race, ending up with a 6-second margin at the end. Evans swam alone in second place, finishing with a personal-best 4:10.65. Katie McLaughlin, swimming in lane 1, scorched her final 50 (30.86, the fastest in the field) and blew by Weyant to come in 3rd with 4:11.35 to Weyant’s 4:11.46.

Ashley Twichell went 4:12.32 for 4th in the heat, out-touching Ally McHugh (4:12.67). In the absence of Ledecky and Smith who did not swim, Twichell topped the combined results from the PSS in San Antonio and Richmond in January.

Men’s 400 Freestyle

  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann, GER (2009)
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen, USA (2008)
  • U.S. Open Record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen, Trojan (2008)
  • Junior World Record: 3:44.60 – Mack Horton, AUS (2014)
  • Pro Swim Record: 3:43.55 – Sun Yang (2016)

Top 8:

  1. Chris Wieser, DART – 3:55.15
  2. Marwan El Kamash, Indiana – 3:55.60
  3. Jordan Wilimovsky, KSwim – 3:55.98
  4. Will Gallant, Mission Viejo – 3:57.49
  5. Jacob Heidtmann, Team Elite – 3:58.06
  6. Liam Custer, Sarasota YMCA – 3:58.59
  7. Sam Stewart, YMCA Hub Fins – 4:02.31
  8. Erge Gezmis, NC State – 4:02.32

DART Swimming’s Chris Wieser won the first of 2 heats of 400 free in 3:55.15. He was out first and stayed in front from start to finish. Mission Viejo’s Will Gallant trailed by about a body length throughout the race and wound up second with 3:57.49. Sam Stewart of YMCA Hub Fins went right at his seed time to finish 3rd with 4:02.31.

Gallant’s time was .4 faster than his finals performance from the January PSS, when he came in 5th overall in the combined results with 3:57.90.

Marwan El Kamash of Indiana flipped first in heat 2, followed closely by Sarasota’s Liam Custer. Custer took over the lead at the 100 wall, while Jacob Heidtmann of Team Elite and Jordan Wilimovsky of KSwim swam even in the third position. Custer held onto the lead through the 200, followed by El Kamash. Wilimovsky pulled into third place. At the 250, El Kamash had retaken the lead. By the 300, it was El Kamash with Wilimovsky in second place and Custer in third. Wilimovsky pulled within .02 of El Kamash at the 350 and Heidtmann flipped even with Custer in 3rd.

Over the final 50 meters, El Kamash outsplit Wilimovsky by almost .4 and Heidtmann came home about half a second faster than Custer. At the wall, it was El Kamash (3:55.60), Wilimovsky (3:55.98), Heidtmann (3:58.06), and Custer (3:58.59). Custer was within half a second of his best.

Jeff Newkirk and Townley Hass declared false start in the 400 free.


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2 years ago

I see Micah Sumrall is listed as competing for Gamecock. Any word on whether she’s training at South Carolina?

2 years ago

Can somebody tell how goes polish swimmers in 100m freestyle? KACPER STOKOWSKI and PIOTR SADLOWSKI?
Times and places.

Reply to  SweetWolf
2 years ago

Stokowski scratched. Sadlowski 38th in 52.61.

Downfall of Man
2 years ago

Lochte’s 100 free timing of 52.04 is slower than Sarah Sjostorm’s 2017 world record (51.71). Yeah, these results were set in different contexts, but you’d still expect one of the most decorated male swimmers of the last 20 years to be able to beat a girl.

Reply to  Downfall of Man
2 years ago

A woman I think you mean? One of the best female swimmers ever you mean?

Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Downfall of Man
2 years ago

It’s really disrespectful to refer to a grown woman as a girl, especially in a context where you’re already implying it’s sad if a man can’t beat her.

He Said What?
Reply to  Downfall of Man
2 years ago

Next thing you are going to say she has cooties because she’s a girrrrllllll.

Reply to  Downfall of Man
2 years ago

I’m sure any male 1500 swimmer would be happy to hear your sentiment about not being able to beat Ledecky…

Oli K.
2 years ago

World record holder in 400 Free is Paul Biedermann, not Biederman.

It’s not sooo difficult.

Reply to  Oli K.
2 years ago

*Ian Thorpe

Reply to  3:40.08
2 years ago

Well yes, but no.

Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

or rather well no, but yes actually

Reply to  3:40.08
2 years ago

Yes and the world record holder in the 200 back isn’t Peirsol.

Reply to  3:40.08
2 years ago

*Sun Yang

Andrew Majeske
2 years ago

Anne/Braden, any word on why Wilson was DQ’d in the 100 Breast? He doesn’t do the extra kick, and his reaction time shows it wasn’t the start. Probably the touch?

Reply to  Andrew Majeske
2 years ago

False start.

Andrew Majeske
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

reaction time was .65 or so. Presumably he flinched?

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Lochte a 52. I remember the days of the 47 high relay splits.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

It’s not looking good for Lochte.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

He won a pro series in the 100 fly with a 51 high in 2014. Definitely not looking sharp

2 years ago

When Dressel makes the A-final in the 200 fly but not the 100 free (I know the 100 free was just deeper)

Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

Why would the world champion in the 100 free switch from that event to the 200fly?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Dudeman
2 years ago

Maybe he’d want to be best flyer ever at 50-100-200. No ones done that. Spit could have, but no 50s.

D’Mensha Joe
Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

@Steve Nolan I guess CD just missed out on making the A final in the 100 free by a finger.

Reply to  swimfan210_
2 years ago

There were many scratches in 2fly

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Cordes about the best he’s look in 4 years.

Last edited 2 years ago by Ol' Longhorn
Dawg Talk
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Cordes, Fink & Wilson have been going non-stop since last May. Kevin & Nic are looking better than they’ve looked in a long time!

Reply to  Dawg Talk
2 years ago

Why was Wilson DQd?

Reply to  Ghost
2 years ago

That’s not what a DFS is.

But yes, he was disqualified for a false start.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

DFS. Did flinch start. Duh doy!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom 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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