2022 PRO SWIM SERIES – WESTMONT
- March 2-5, 2022
- FMC Aquatic Center, Westmont, Illinois
- Start Times (CT): 9:00 am prelims / 6:00 pm finals (Wednesday finals at 5:00 pm)
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World record holder and reigning Olympic champion in the 1500 freestyle Katie Ledecky will open the 2022 Pro Swim Series – Westmont with one of her signature events. Ledecky is one of two entrants in the women’s 1500 freestyle along with 16-year-old Piper Wood Prince.
Ledecky holds the world record, American record, US Open record, and Pro Swim record at a 15:20.48 from back in 2018 in Indianapolis and will be contesting the event tonight in Westmont. Follow along to see if Ledecky can beat the 15:40.63 she swam just a few weeks ago and how Piper Wood Prince fares as she raced against the greatest.
Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Timed Final
- World Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
- American Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
- US Open Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
- Jr World Record: 15:28.36 – Katie Ledecky (2014)
- Pro Swim Series Record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
Katie Ledecky started off here with an opening 400 split of 4:10.77, which is slightly under her pace from a few weeks ago when she swam a 15:40.63 in Orlando. There, she flipped in 4:11.26 at the 400 mark. By the 800 meter mark, Ledecky was still under pace to improve upon her recent swim with an 8:21.76, compared to the 8:22.61 split from last month.
Ledecky continued to narrowly out-split her swim from last month, ending with a 15:39.45 to beat that 15:40.63 from Orlando. Ledecky also got within 2.5 seconds of the 15:37.34 she used to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics and got within 5 seconds of her 15:35.35 prelims swim in Tokyo.
This is Ledecky’s 15th-fastest swim in history and the 16th-best performance in history, considering Lotte Friis‘ 15:38.88 swim at the 2013 World Championships.
Her sole competitor in this heat, Piper Wood Prince, put up a solid swim of 17:26.73 to get within her 16:59.55 entry time. Prince’s PB in the event of 16:59.55 comes from last summer at the Speedo Summer Championships.
Men’s 1500 Freestyle – Timed Final
- World Record: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang (2012)
- American Record: 14:39.48 – Connor Jaegar (2016)
- US Open Record: 14:45.54 – Peter Vanderkaay (2008)
- Jr World Record: 14:46.09 – Franko Grgic (2014)
- Pro Swim Series Record: 14:53.12 – 14:53.12 – Jordan Wilimovsky (2016)
Marwan Elkamash and Alec Enyeart swam together for the entire race, passing the lead back and forth throughout. Ultimately it was Elkamash who was able to touch the wall first as he closed with a 27.66 to swim a 15:18.45.
Enyeart followed closely with a 15:19.17 following a final split of 28.55. That’s a new PB for Elkamash whose former time was a 15:26.40 from the African Open Championships in 2018. His most recent swim was at the 2021 African Championships in Ghana when he posted a 15:40.65.
Elkamash holds the Egyptian records in both the 200 (1:47.40) and 400 (3:46.36) freestyles and trailed Ahmed Akram‘s 1500 national record in this event of 14:53.66.
Enyeart, a University of Texas commit, came in just under his 15:22.66 PB with a 15:19.17. He swam his former best time at the Speedo Summer Championships in 2021 and recently swam a 15:37.21 in January 2022 at the Tennessee LC Invitational.
Zane Grothe rounded out the top 3 with a 15:42.77 to trail his entry time of 15:42.77 as well as his lifetime best of 14:48.40. Aryan Nehra followed in a 15:43.29, while Advait Page was 5th in a 16:02.58. 6th place went to Gavin Formon of Berkeley Aquatics (16:18.12) and Aiden Dunn rounded out the 7-man field in a 16:33.38.