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.
- Sunday Finals Heat Sheet
The final night from the San Antonio Pro Swim should be another exciting one — though there will be a few sparsely populated heats.
World record holder Regan Smith has scratched out of the women’s 200 back, as has Emma Weyant, leaving just six swimmers in that event tonight. Phoebe Bacon and Isabelle Stadden come in as the top two seeds.
Other key matchups to watch for tonight include Abbey Weitzeil and Olivia Smoliga in the women’s 100 free, Ryan Held and Zach Apple in the men’s 100 free, and Madisyn Cox and Kathleen Baker in the women’s 200 IM. The men’s 200 IM should be a fantastic race with the top six seeds all capable of coming away with the win.
The session will kick off with timed finals in the 1500 free, where Haley Anderson and Zane Grothe will look to follow up after winning the 800 on Thursday night. Anderson also won the 400 free on Saturday, so a win here would give her a true sweep of the distance events, though she’ll face a tough opponent in Ally McHugh, who won the 400 IM Friday night. Erica Sullivan has notably dropped the event due to a medical scratch.
Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final
- PSS Record: 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 16:49.19
The two went stroke-for-stroke for a good chunk of the event, including flipping within a few one-hundredths of each other several times around the midway mark. McHugh also negative split her swim, turning in 8:06.74 at the 750 before closing in 8:06.13.
This is the 23-year-old’s third-fastest swim ever, and quickest since August of 2019. It also makes McHugh the second-fastest American in 2020-21.
Anderson finished in 16:15.40, her best since 2018, and 15-year-old Bella Sims rounded out the podium in 16:35.64. Sims set her best time in December at 16:29.17.
Men’s 1500 Free Timed Final
- PSS Record: 14:53.12, Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 15:44.89
The main difference was that Grothe made his move a little bit earlier than McHugh, pulling away from Gallant around the 1000m mark.
Grothe, 28, finished in a time of 15:10.29, stacking up as his fastest swim since July of 2019 while also making him the second-fastest American this season. The time is a marked improvement compared to his 1500 done at this time last year in Richmond (15:19.77).
Also like McHugh, Grothe negative split the event, going 7:36.23/7:34.06 for the 750s, and also had his fastest 500 split come at the end (5:03.01/5:07.17/5:00.11).
Gallant faded over the final third of the race, clocking 15:24.77 for second. The 19-year-old Mission Viejo swimmer set a best time at the U.S. Open in 15:18.39 that now ranks him third among American this season.
Texas freshman David Johnston took three seconds off his lifetime best for third in 15:30.06.
Women’s 200 IM Finals
- PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.39
Kathleen Baker made her move on the backstroke leg of the women’s 200 IM, giving her over a second buffer on Madisyn Cox that she was able to maintain the rest of the way. Looking at the splits, the two were very close on all the other strokes, but Baker’s 32.49 back leg made all the difference.
The 23-year-old Baker finished in a time of 2:10.30, moving past Cox to become the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year, with only Australian Kaylee McKeown (2:08.23) ahead of her. It’s also Baker’s third-fastest performance ever, having been 2:08.32 in the summer of 2018 and 2:08.75 in February of last year.
Cox had a strong swim to finish in 2:11.22, less than a second off her 2:10.49 from the U.S. Open.
In the ‘B’ final, Katie Crom dropped more than a second from her best time in 2:16.67, getting her under the Olympic Trials cut in the event for the first time.
Men’s 200 IM Finals
- PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps (USA), 2012
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:04.09
It was a fitting end to the meet for Kieran Smith, who picks up his third win in as many days with a new personal best time of 1:59.38 in the 200 IM. That showing lowers his previous PB of 1:59.56, set way back at the 2017 World Juniors, and ranks him 13th in the world this season.
Known for his freestyle prowess, the 20-year-old distanced himself from the field on back, splitting 29.97, before closing strong with splits of 34.83 and 28.92 on breast and free.
The top breast leg in the field went to Will Licon, who moved up from sixth at the 100 to second at the 150 in 33.85, ultimately finishing as the runner-up in 2:01.20. That time ranks him sixth this season among Americans.
Women’s 200 Back Finals
- PSS Record: 2:05.94, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.69
Stadden, currently in her freshman year at Cal, also dipped under her swim from the Knoxville Pro Swim Series last January by .01, a positive sign as we reset the Olympic year.
Bacon, who remains the fastest American this year with her 2:09.16 from the U.S. Open, touched second in 2:10.51, just under a second slower than where she was in January 2020 in Knoxville (2:08.57).
In the six-swimmer field, Lisa Bratton was third in 2:15.16, adding a little over a second and a half from the morning.
Men’s 200 Back Finals
- PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu (CHN), 2017
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:02.99
Murphy shoots up the 2020-21 world rankings, becoming the sixth-fastest man in the world and by far and away the fastest American.
The fastest Murphy has ever been in January came in 2016, when he went on to win Olympic gold, at 1:55.99.
Casas actually becomes the second-fastest American this season, clocking in at a solid 1:58.04. His fastest swim outside of the 2019 Summer Nationals, where he hit his lifetime best of 1:55.79, is 1:57.34.
Austin Katz, who, like Casas, is in the midst of the NCAA season, took third in 2:00.14.
Women’s 100 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 56.29
Smoliga, who closed in 28.49, has only been this fast a handful of times in-season, and never that quick this early in the year. Her best-ever PSS swim was a 54.45 last March in Des Moines, while her fastest-ever January showing was a 55.50 from 2019.
Weitzeil had the early speed flipping in 25.91, and held on for second in 55.13 to take the seventh spot in the national rankings this season.
Men’s 100 Free Finals
- PSS Record: 48.00, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49
The margin of victory in the men’s 100 freestyle was razor-thin, both in the race for first and the battle for third.
Up front, Ryan Held got out to the lead at the 50 in 23.67, slightly slower than his 23.56 from this morning. Zach Apple began to close on him down the stretch, and employed his patented straight arm technique over the closing meters.
At the touch it was Held getting his hand on the wall first in 49.86, with Apple a few one-hundredths back in 49.91.
Held was slightly faster in the heats at 49.70, and maintains his spot as the fastest American this season with his 49.00 from the U.S. Open.
Apple, who tied with Drew Kibler for the fastest second 50 in 25.88, was almost a second faster at this time last year (48.98 at the Knoxville PSS).
The other insanely close race included the entire rest of the field, as finishers third through eighth were separated by less than a quarter of a second.
Tate Jackson managed to sneak in for third in 50.40, followed by Andrew Seliskar (50.45) and Kibler (50.46). Brett Pinfold (50.59), Dean Farris (50.61) and Daniel Krueger (50.64) rounded out the event, while Townley Haas hit a 50.56 in the ‘B’ final.