2023 Pro Swim Series – Fort Lauderdale: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap



The first full day of the 2023 Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderdale is here. This morning will feature heats of the 100 free, 100 breast, 50 back, 200 fly, and 400 free. The women’s 400 free is notably without Katie Ledecky and Summer McIntosh, however, Leah Smith, Siobhan Haughey, and Katie Grimes should have a great race tonight in finals. Grimes won the 1500 free last night. Also of note, Regan Smith is set to swim the 400 free, so keep an eye out for her.

Brazilian distance star Guilherme Costa and American freestyle star Kieran Smith are the top two seeds in the men’s 400 free this morning. They’re both seeded with 3:43s, making them the top seeds by several seconds.

The women’s 100 free should be a great race as well, featuring Simone ManuelAbbey Weitzeil, Erika Brown, Olivia Smoliga, and even Katie Ledecky. Weitzeil is the top seed, coming in with a 52.99, which is under the PSS Record of 53.12.

Ryan Held leads the field in the men’s 100 free, coming in with the only sub-:48 seed in the event.

Lilly King and Annie Lazor lead the women’s 100 breast field by a wide margin. King is the Pro Swim Series Record holder, having swum a 1:05.32 in 2021.

Michael Andrew and Nic Fink are set to battle in the men’s 100 breast, with both men coming in with 58-point seeds.


  • World Record: 51.71, Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • World Junior Record: 52.70, Penny Oleksiak (2016)
  • American Record: 52.04, Simone Manuel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 52.54, Simone Manuel (2018)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)


  1. Abbey Weitzeil – 53.83
  2. Katie Ledecky – 54.34
  3. Summer McIntosh – 54.39
  4. Olivia Smoliga – 54.80
  5. Erika Pelaez – 55.12
  6. Simone Manuel – 55.18
  7. Natalie Hinds – 55.43
  8. Ekaterina Nikonova – 55.61

Top seed Abbey Weitzeil was dominant in the final heat of prelims this morning, speeding to the wall in 53.83. She was the only swimmer in the field to crack 54 seconds this morning, setting her up well for tonight.

It was Katie Ledecky, who is swimming the 100 free today instead of the 400 free, who came in second, putting up a solid morning swim of 54.34. Summer McIntosh, who also would ordinarily be in the 400 free, came in third with a 54.3, taking 0.23 seconds off her seed time.

Simone Manuel, the American Record holder in the event, made it back for the ‘A’ final as well, swimming a 55.18 in heat four this morning.

Katarzyna Wasick was set to swim in the final heat this morning but did not swim the event. Wasick does primarily like to stick to the 50 free, so we’ll be looking for her to make an appearance later in the meet.


  • World Record: 46.86, David Popovici (2022)
  • World Junior Record: 46.86, David Popovici (2022)
  • American Record: 46.96, Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 47.39, Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 48.00, Nathan Adrian (2016)


  1. Matt Richards – 48.41
  2. Ruslan Gaziev – 48.78
  3. Kaii Winkler – 48.81 (15-16 NAG)
  4. Dylan Carter – 48.84
  5. Hunter Armstrong – 49.11
  6. Alberto Mestre – 49.31
  7. Ryan Held – 49.39
  8. Justin Ress – 49.41

Wales’ Matt Richards rocketed to the top time of the morning in the men’s 100 free, swimming a 48.41. It was a phenomenal prelims performance for Richards, who has only been faster at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2021, where he went his personal best of 48.23.

After winning the men’s 100 free title at the Big Ten Championships last week, which of course was a SC yards meet, Ohio State’s Ruslan Gaziev clocked a 48.78 this morning to take the seconds seed for tonight. Gaziev was locked in a race with 16-year-old Kaii Winkler out of Eagle Aquatics in his heat. Winkler swam a new personal best of 48.81, which establishes a new 15-16 boys National Age Group Record, brining the mark under 49 seconds for the first time ever.

US Open Record holder Ryan Held made it back to the ‘A’ final for tonight, clocking a 49.39 this morning for seventh overall.


  • World Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (2017)
  • World Junior Record: 1:04.35, Ruta Meilutyte (2013)
  • American Record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (2017)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:04.45, Jessica Hardy (2009)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:05.32, Lilly King (2021)


  1. Lilly King – 1:07.43
  2. Kara Hanlon – 1:07.56
  3. Rachel Bernhardt – 1:08.03
  4. Imogen Clark – 1:08.16
  5. Annie Lazor – 1:08.35
  6. Sophie Angus – 1:08.50
  7. Macarena Aileen Ceballos – 1:08.89
  8. Tara Vovk – 1:09.11

In a relaxed prelims of the women’s 100 breast this morning, top seed Lilly King led the field with a 1:07.43. King, the World Record holder in the event, was 3.30 seconds off her WR, but still posted the top time of the morning.

Great Britain’s Kara Hanlon was right behind, however, swimming a 1:07.56 for second. For Hanlon, it was a great morning swim, coming in just 0.21 seconds off her seed time.

Annie Lazor, King’s training partner and the #2 seed coming into the event, came in fifth this morning with a 1:08.35.

27-year-old Rachel Bernhardt took a full second off her seed time to qualify for the ‘A’ final, taking third overall with a 1:08.03.


  • World Record: 56.88, Adam Peaty (2019)
  • World Junior Record: 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (2017)
  • American Record: 58.14, Michael Andrew (2021)
  • U.S. Open Record: 58.14, Michael Andrew (2021)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 58.86, Adam Peaty (2017)


  1. Cody Miller – 1:00.43
  2. Michael Andrew – 1:00.63
  3. Tommy Cope – 1:00.71
  4. Will Licon – 1:01.42
  5. Nic Fink – 1:01.47
  6. Finlay Knox – 1:01.84
  7. Anton McKee – 1:01.91
  8. Gregory Butler – 1:02.04

Veteran Cody Miller posted the top time of the morning in the men’s 100 breast, swimming a 1:00.43. It was a great morning swim for Miller, coming in just off his seed time of 1:00.31. The bronze medalist in the event at the 2016 Olympics, Miller led the field this morning by 0.20 seconds.

Michael Andrew won the final heat this morning with a 1:00.63, finishing second overall. Andrew holds the American Record in the event with a 58.14.

Tommy Cope clocked the third-fastest time of the morning at 1:00.71, putting him in the middle of the pool for tonight’s final as well. There was a noticeable gap between the top three this morning and the rest of the field, as Will Licon came in fourth this morning back at 1:01.42.


  • World Record: 26.98, Xiang Liu (2018)
  • World Junior Record: 27.49, Minna Atherton (2016)
  • American Record: 27.12, Katharine Berkoff (2022)
  • U.S. Open Record: 27.12, Katharine Berkoff (2022)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 27.38, Kylie Masse (2023)


  1. Regan Smith – 27.57
  2. Lauren Cox – 28.29
  3. Medi Harris – 28.56
  4. Olivia Smoliga – 28.65
  5. Erika Pelaez – 28.68
  6. Julie Kepp Jensen – 28.79
  7. Lila Higgo – 29.20
  8. Athena Meneses Kovacs – 29.29

Regan Smith popped a 27.57 to lead the women’s 50 back prelims by a wide margin this morning. The swim not only marked Smith as the only swimmer in the field under 28 seconds this morning, it also sets her up within striking distance of the Pro Swim Series Record, which stands a 27.38 from Kylie Masse.

Great Britain’s Lauren Cox had a nice swim this morning as well, clocking a 28.29 for second overall.

After qualifying for the ‘A’ final of the 100 free already this morning, Eagle Aquatics 16-year-old Erika Pelaez was back in action here, making another ‘A’ final. Peleaz was fifth in the event this morning with a 28.68.


  • World Record: 23.71, Hunter Armstong (2022)
  • World Junior Record: 24.00, Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)
  • American Record: 23.71, Hunter Armstrong (2022)
  • U.S. Open Record: 23.71, Hunter Armstrong (2022)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 24.49, Justin Ress (2023)


  1. Justin Ress – 24.99
  2. Hunter Armstrong – 25.26
  3. Shaine Casas – 25.40
  4. Joao Nogueira Costa – 25.60
  5. Jonny Marshall – 25.79
  6. Ulises Saravia – 25.90
  7. Chris Thames – 26.21
  8. Javier Acevedo – 26.26

Justin Ress looked sharp this morning, posting the only sub-:25 in the field with a 24.99. Ress is notably the Pro Swim Series Record holder in the event, having swum a 24.49 earlier this year.

Hunter Armstrong wasn’t far behind, swimming a 25.26 for second overall. Armstrong is the World Record holder in the event, boasting a personal best of 23.71.

18-year-old Jonny Marshall made it into the ‘A’ final tonight, swimming a 25.79 for fifth place.


  • World Record: 2:01.81, Zige Liu (2009)
  • World Junior Record: 2:05.20, Summer McIntosh (2022)
  • American Record: 2:04.14, Mary Descenza (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 2:05.85, Hali Flickinger (2021)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 2:06.11, Hali Flickinger (2020)


  1. Summer McIntosh – 2:08.24
  2. Maria Jose Mata Cocco – 2:12.20
  3. Ana Catarina Monteiro – 2:12.35
  4. Bella Sims – 2:13.06
  5. Katie Ledecky – 2:13.77
  6. Kamryn Cannings – 2:14.98
  7. Samantha Banos – 2:14.99
  8. Audrey Derivaux – 2:15.20

Summer McIntosh dominated the second heat of the women’s 200 fly this morning, swimming a 2:08.24 to touch first in the heat by nearly seven seconds. She also clocked the top time of the morning and was the only swimmer in the event to go under 2:12 this morning.

In a somewhat unusual 200 fly field, we’ll see Katie Ledecky in the ‘A’ final tonight, as well as Bella Sims. McIntosh, the World Junior Record holder in the event, has a clear path to victory tonight.

Notably, both McIntosh and Ledecky also made the ‘A’ final of the women’s 100 free as well, so we’ll see the duo face off twice tonight.

13-year-old Audrey Derivaux out of Jersey Wahoos made it into the ‘A’ final tonight, taking eighth this morning in 2:15.20.


  • World Record: 1:50.34, Kristof Milak (2022)
  • World Junior Record: 1:53.79, Kristof Milak (2017)
  • American Record: 1:51.51, Michael Phelps (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:52.20, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:53.84, Luca Urlando (2019)


  1. Trenton Julian – 1:57.22
  2. Ilya Kharun – 1:57.33
  3. Zach Harting – 1:57.49
  4. Nicolas Albiero – 1:57.73
  5. Chase Kalisz – 1:58.42
  6. Luiz Altamir – 1:58.73
  7. Connor LaMastra – 1:58.77
  8. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz – 2:00.24

Trenton Julian led a very tightly packed prelims of the men’s 200 fly this morning, swimming a 1:57.22. Julian’s swim comes in just ahead of 18-year-old Ilya Kharun out of Sandpipers of Nevada. Kharun was just off his personal best of 1:56.66.

Teammates Zach Harting and Nicolas Albiero also clocked 1:57s this morning, while Chase Kalisz, Luiz Altamir, and Connor LaMastra all swam 1:58s.



  1. Leah Smith – 4:07.72
  2. Siobhan Haughey – 4:11.36
  3. Katie Grimes – 4:11.61
  4. Ella Jansen – 4:11.69
  5. Claire Weinstein – 4:12.46
  6. Regan Smith – 4:12.92
  7. Michaela Mattes – 4:15.25
  8. Leah Crisp – 4:15.59

Veteran Leah Smith led the field this morning by a huge margin, speeding to a 4:07.72. After scratching the 100 free earlier in the session, Hong Kong superstar Siobhan Huaghey was second this morning, swimming a 4:11.36.

Swimming in a non-circle seeded heat, Regan Smith clocked a 4:12.92 to make her second ‘A’ final of the day. Smith is also the top seed in the women’s 50 back final tonight.

Katie Grimes was 4:11.61 this morning, but after her 1500 last night, we can expect a faster swim out of her tonight.

Sandpipers also saw Claire Weinstein make it into the ‘A’ final tonight, swimming a 4:12.46 for fifth place.


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


  1. Ahmed Hafnaoui – 3:50.77
  2. Kieran Smith – 3:50.84
  3. Guilherme Costa – 3:51.46
  4. Daniel Jervis – 3:51.85
  5. Luke Turley – 3:52.87
  6. Marwan El Kamash – 3:53.02
  7. Bobby Finke – 3:54.56
  8. Michael Brinegar – 3:54.88

Reigning Olympic Champion Ahmed Hafnaoui led prelims of the men’s 400 free this morning, swimming a 3:50.77. He was locked in a battle with Kieran Smith, who touched just 0.07 seconds behind Hafnaoui in heat four. The duo swam next to each other this morning and earned the top two seeds for tonight, so they’ll be right next to each other again tonight.

Top-seeded Guilherme Costa poured it on at the end of the final heat, passing Daniel Jervis to win the heat in 3:51.46. Costa’s time was third overall this morning, while Jervis’ 3:51.85 puts him in fourth overall.

American distance star Bobby Finke made it into the ‘A’ final as well, swimming a 3:54.56 for seventh this morning.

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Sherry Smit
6 months ago

Kathleen, why the 2 fly? Why?

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

Swimming Fly helps your freestyle immensely.

Georgia Rambler
Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

Why not?

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Georgia Rambler
6 months ago

because it’s so painful. I don’t wish that pain on anybody.

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

considering she races thousands of meters at most major meets, I think she’ll be fine

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

The 400 IM is going to become a lot more attractive to her after Paris, and improving her fly split will only help with that as her back half is already fantastic. Also, it’s generally a really good conditioning event for middle-distance freestylers.

6 months ago

Wonder why Braden,in yesterday’s preview, thought Sims would go 54 or better. Thought that was a bit generous.

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Joel
6 months ago

she was out 54+ on the 100 split on 4×2 relay at worlds

Reply to  Sherry Smit
6 months ago

Ok thanks.

Andy Johnson
7 months ago

Good swim for manuel

7 months ago

Another big time drop by Audrey Derivaux from Jersey Wahoos, kid is talented and if she keeps improving won’t be surprised if she can fight for a top8 spot for Olympic Trials next year in this event. Let’s see what she has in store for tonight

Last edited 7 months ago by OLOAP
Reply to  OLOAP
6 months ago

I don’t mean to cause any sort of intra-continental rift but this is faster than Summer at age 13. That being said, Summer was 13 in 2020 so I doubt she had many LCM swim opportunities that year.

Reply to  PhillyMark
6 months ago

Each athlete have his/her own path and depends also on which events Summer focused the most on back then (if I recall ok she resumed training fly so hard only after Tokyo) but yeah…Audrey seems to be a well rounded swimmer as well since her range of events goes from 100back/fly-200 back/fly and 4 medley

Reply to  OLOAP
6 months ago

The 1:56 in 2Back cpl weeks ago was especially impressive

Reply to  PhillyMark
6 months ago

Comparisons like this are a little pointless. Dressel’s PB in the 100 free at 16 was 49.28. Flynn Southam’s was 48.60. Should we assume Southam is going to be significantly better than Dressel moving forward?

7 months ago

definitely didn’t expect Cody to go this fast jeez

7 months ago

Where’s Penny Oleksiak at

Reply to  Bud
6 months ago

She had the nerve to bump Weitzeil from the top seed and then didn’t even show up haha

7 months ago

My takeaways:

– Justin Ress always comes around a few times a year to drop a speedy 50 back

– Hafnaoui is legit. Hafnaoui vs Finke/Smith is compelling storyline for years to come. He’s gonna be a monster in the NCAA.

– Matt Richards is breaking out. I like to avoid the term breaking out, but he is trending to be a leading relay piece for GB (Scott and Guy are aging)

draft chaser
Reply to  Andrew
6 months ago

hafn is an oly gold

7 months ago

cOdY mIlLeR iS bAcK

seriously though it’d be great to see him get under a minute and make the team again at trials :,)

Reply to  observer
7 months ago

I think it’ll take a 58 to make the team, which he has done before but not since Rio I believe. Maybe 2017 WCs.