2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – SAN ANTONIO
- January 14-17, 2021
- North East ISD Blossom Athletic Complex, San Antonio, Texas
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Info (Both Sites)
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Session Timelines
- Live Stream (USA Swimming)
- Start Times (Central Time): Women’s Prelims: 9:00 a.m. / Men’s Prelims: 90 minutes after women’s prelims (between 11:30-12:00) / Finals: 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday Finals Heat Sheet
The penultimate night of finals from San Antonio will be an exciting one with five events on the docket, headlined by a pair of 100 backstroke clashes that could very well feature all four American representants at this summer’s Olympic Games.
It’s also worth noting that Grothe scratched out of the 200 fly final, bumping Tom Shields up into Lane 8.
Women’s 200 Fly Finals
- PSS Record: 2:06.11, Hali Flickinger (USA), 2020
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.59
Regan Smith leaned on her front-end speed in the women’s 200 fly final, getting out about a second faster than the prelims at the 100 mark in 1:02.32. The 18-year-old held off Leah Gingrich, who made a hard charge on the last length, to win in 2:10.10, almost two seconds quicker than the morning.
Smith currently sits eighth in the world for 2020-21, having been 2:08.61 at the U.S. Open site in Des Moines.
The Riptide swimmer mentioned post-race that she’ll have some applesauce to prepare for the 100 back final a little bit later on.
Gingrich, 30, was the only swimmer to come home sub-34 in 33.61, clocking 2:10.64 for the fifth-fastest swim of her career (and second-fastest since 2009).
Katie Crom was in the fight the whole way as well, finishing in 2:10.85 to improve on her season-best of 2:12.94 and close in on her lifetime best of 2:10.31.
Shoutout to 15-year-old Michaela Mattes, who dropped nearly six seconds from the prelims out of the ‘B’ final swimming on her own. Mattes, a member of the Sarasota Sharks, clocked 2:17.81, demolishing her previous personal best of 2:21.11 set in February.
Men’s 200 Fly Finals
- PSS Record: 1:53.84, Gianluca Urlando (USA), 2019
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:01.19
Club Wolverine’s Miles Smachlo took charge of the men’s 200 fly from the gun, leading for about 190 meters. Carson Foster, the top seed from prelims, stalked Smachlo done the last 50 and overtook him over the final few meters, claiming the win in 1:58.60.
The Texas freshman’s swim stacks up as his second-fastest ever, trailing only his 1:58.47 from the summer of 2017, and also makes him the third-fastest American this season.
Smachlo, who was 1:58.51 in November, held on for second in 1:59.10, with Zach Harting right on his heels to round out the podium in 1:59.16.
Dynamo’s Jay Litherland (2:00.17) and Gunnar Bentz (2:00.58) were both slightly slower than the heats for fourth and fifth, while Tom Shields, who only got into the heat after Zane Grothe scratched, chopped more than three seconds off from the morning for sixth in 2:01.24.
Women’s 50 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 24.17, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 25.99
Weitzeil’s last long course 50 prior to this morning came in December of 2019, where she went 24.70 at a time trial in Minnesota.
All four members of the podium improved on season-bests set in prelims (Fanz was the only one who had raced prior to this morning).
Men’s 50 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 21.51, Caeleb Dressel (USA), 2020
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 23.19
Similar to one of the heats this morning, there was some confusion at the end of the men’s 50 free with incorrect readings on the clock, but when all was straightened out, Zach Apple edged out Ryan Held for the win in 22.69.
Apple, who swam his first long course 50 of the season this morning in 22.78, is notably faster than he was at this time last year at the Knoxville Pro Swim (22.75).
Held, the third-fastest American this season at 22.35, was the most explosive in the field over the first 25, but was run down by Apple over the closing meters.
Women’s 200 Breast Finals
- PSS Record: 2:20.77, Annie Lazor (USA), 2019
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:33.29
Notably, King turned slightly slower than the prelims at the 100, making all of her two-second drop up on the back-half.
The time makes the Indiana swimmer the second-fastest American this season, trailing only Emily Escobedo who dropped a 2:23.46 over in Richmond.
Cox, who ranked as the top American in 2020-21 coming into the meet, took second in 2:26.52, improving on her 2:27.55 from the heats.
Men’s 200 Breast Finals
- PSS Record: 2:08.95, Andrew Wilson (USA), 2018
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.89
Not unlike the race we saw between Foster and Smachlo in the 200 fly, Nic Fink came on like a freight train down the stretch to sneak by Will Licon for the men’s 200 breast win in 2:11.28, with Licon just .02 back. Fink’s final 50: 33.20.
Fink, who said post-race he had to “dig very deep” to get his hand on the wall first, moves up into fourth among Americans this season in long course after setting the American Record in the SCM event during the ISL season.
Licon, who holds the national record in the yards version of the event, had extremely consistent splist throughout the race, hitting 33.78/33.77/33.80 over the last 150.
Women’s 100 Back Finals
- PSS Record: 58.18, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 1:02.69
In what will likely be a preview of this year’s Olympic Trials, Regan Smith, Olivia Smoliga and Kathleen Baker battled stroke-for-stroke down the final few meters of the women’s 100 back, with Smith claiming the win in 59.75.
Coming off her 200 fly victory about an hour earlier, Smith held nothing back opening up, splitting 28.44 at the 50 before holding off the two Olympians down the stretch. The 18-year-old improves on her season-best of 59.95 from the U.S. Open, and moves her past Baker for eighth in the world.
Smoliga was the only swimmer in the field to break 31 coming home, nipping Baker at the wall by .03 in 59.94 to inch by her prelim time of 1:00.03.
Baker, who hit a 59.82 at the U.S. Open, snaps the minute-mark again in 59.97, which is slightly quicker than she was in February 2020 competing in France (1:00.03).
18-year-old Isabelle Stadden also had a nice drop from the prelims, getting down to 1:00.32 for fourth, right on track with her fastest time from 2019-20 (1:00.24).
Men’s 100 Back Finals
- PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer (USA), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 56.59
Ryan Murphy really amped up his stroke rate coming off the turn, charging by Shaine Casas on the second 50 in 27.59 to win the men’s 100 back in 53.55, launching him to eighth in the world this season (and second among Americans following Justin Ress‘ 53.37 in Richmond).
Post-race, Murphy said: “I’m the most bought into my training plan as long as I’ve been at Cal,” which is a scary proposition for the rest of the world.
To try and contextualize Murphy’s time, he went 53.46 in January of 2016 prior to winning gold and setting the world record in Rio.
Casas, who held the slight lead at the 50 in 25.75, took a few one-hundredths off his morning swim for a new season-best in 54.32, good for third-fastest American this season.
Women’s 400 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 3:57.94, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 4:16.89
Haley Anderson‘s distance background came through for her on the back-half of the women’s 400 free, taking over the lead from Emma Weyant to earn the win in 4:11.13. Weyant made up some ground on the last 50, however, splitting 30.96 for a final time of 4:11.81.
The time for Anderson, who has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 10km open water event, is her fastest since August of 2019, and also ranks her fourth among Americans this season.
Weyant came into the day as the fastest American in 2020-21 at 4:10.38, but was overtaken by Ashley Twichell, who threw down a 4:09.78 in Richmond.
15-year-old Bella Sims continues to impress here in San Antonio, producing the second-fastest 400 of her career in 4:13.09 for third place. Sims’ best time came in December of 2019 in 4:11.62.
Men’s 400 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 3:43.55, Sun Yang (CHN), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 3:57.29
Kieran Smith put on a dominant display in the final of the men’s 400 free, leading from the get-go to finish in a time of 3:49.37, six-tenths off his season-best of 3:48.78 from the U.S. Open. That time ranks him first among Americans and 12th overall in the world this season.
On the fact that there’s a little more pressure on him since breaking the 500 free American Record in February, Smith said he’s ready for it heading into Trials.
“I like a little bit of pressure,” he said in his post-race interview. “Pressure makes diamonds.”
Zane Grothe, who edged out Smith in the 800 free on Thursday, took second in 3:53.07 to establish himself as the fifth-fastest in the country, while Texas freshman David Johnston hit a new lifetime best for third in 3:55.06. Johnston had previously been 3:56.20 in February.