2023 Westmont Pro Swim Series – Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2023 PRO SWIM SERIES – WESTMONT

THURSDAY PRELIMS HEAT SHEET

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Today is the first full day of competition in Westmont after a short distance session last night. This morning’s lineup features the prelims of  the 200 free, 100 breast, 50 back, 100 fly, and 400 IM.

Kicking off the session is the 200 freestyle, which features Erin Gemmell as the top seed on the women’s side and Olympian Kieran Smith on the men’s side. Entered behind Smith is the Texas duo of Carson Foster and Luke Hobson. Hobson was recently crowned the NCAA Division I champion in this event last month.

World record holder Lilly King comes in as the top seed in the women’s 100 breaststroke. Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby, who will swim next to King this morning, is an athlete to keep an eye on as she too is coming off of an NCAA title.

Michael Andrew will take on Nic Fink yet again in the men’s 100 breaststroke, with both entering at 58-point. In Fort Lauderdale, Fink edged Andrew in this race by just 0.01.

Abbey Weitzeil is seeded first in the 50 backstroke as the only athlete entered on a real 50 time. Others to keep an eye on include Katharine Berkoff, Regan Smith, and Isabelle Stadden. Smith is taking on the back-to-back double with the 100 fly, which she is seeded first in by over a second.

The men’s 50 backstroke is also stacked, featuring World Record holder Hunter Armstrong and Pro Swim Series record holder Justin Ress. In the men’s 100 fly, Shaine Casas owns the top seed. Casas set the Pro Swim Series record in this event last month in Fort Lauderdale.

All eyes will be on Leon Marchand this morning as he races the 400 IM just a month after his historic performance at NCAAs. Foster is entered at 2nd, while Pro Swim Series record holder Chase Kalisz sits at 3rd. Giulia Goerigk leads a small field on the women’s side, followed by Leah Hayes.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 1:52.98 – Frederica Pellegrini (2009)
  • American Record: 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:54.13 – Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • US Open Record: 1:54.13 – Summer McIntosh (2023)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Anna Peplowski (IU) – 1:58.43
  2. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 1:58.62
  3. Leah Hayes (TIDE) – 1:59.33
  4. Izzy Ivey (UN) – 2:00.22
  5. Leah Smith (TXLA) – 2:00.25
  6. Madi Mintenko (PPA) – 2:00.59
  7. Maria de Silva Costa (BR) – 2:00.70
  8. Julia Mrozinski (DEU) – 2:00.70

Indiana’s Anna Peplowski had a fantastic swim this morning to take the top seed heading into tonight’s final. Peplowski dropped nearly a second and a half from last July to hit a best time of 1:58.43. She flipped at 57.63 in the opening 100, and returned in 1:00.80.

Erin Gemmell finished just two tenths behind Peplowski in the last heat of prelims. Her swim puts her over two seconds off her personal best time from August, but only a second off her season best time done at the U.S. Open in December.

Leah Hayes was the only other swimmer to crack the 2:00 barrier this morning, winning her heat 1:59.33. Hayes has been as fast 1:59.14 in this event, which she swam at this meet a year ago.

15-year-old Madi Mintenko from Pikes Peak Athletics will be the youngest in tonight’s A-final. She recorded a personal best time of 2:00.59, which puts her below the Olympic Trials qualifying time.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record: 1:42.96 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:44.82 – Sun Yang (2016)
  • US Open Record: 1:44.10 – Michael Phelps (2008)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jorge Iga (UN) – 1:47.29
  2. Kieran Smith (RAC) – 1:48.30
  3. Kregor Zirk (EST) – 1:48.33
  4. Baturalp Unlu (TUR) – 1:48.68
  5. Luke Hobson (UN) – 1:48.80
  6. Grant House (SUN) – 1:48.62
  7. Robin Hanson (CAL) – 1:49.34
  8. Vinicius Tavares Assuncao (BRA) – 1:49.57

Jorge Iga dominated the heats of the men’s 200 freestyle, as he swam the fastest time of the morning by over a second. Iga clocked a 1:47.29, which is nearly two seconds quicker than he was last month in Fort Lauderdale.

The next five swimmers put up 1:48-points this morning, setting up an exciting race for tonight. Kieran Smith qualified in 2nd with a 1:48.30, which is just about where he was in prelims of this event last month.

Rounding out the top eight qualifiers was Vinicius Assuncao of Brazil, who logged a 1:49.57 this morning to take the final spot in the A-final.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King (2017)
  • American Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King (2017)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:05.32 – Lilly King (2021)
  • US Open Record: 1:04.45 – Jessica Hardy (2009)

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Lydia Jacoby (UN) – 1:06.65
  2. Anna Elendt (UN) – 1:07.27
  3. Lilly King (ISC) – 1:07.56
  4. Annie Lazor (ISC) – 1:08.87
  5. Raya Mellot (UN) – 1:09.10
  6. Gabrielle Assis de Silva (BR) – 1:09.27
  7. Miranda Tucker (TFA) – 1:09.30
  8. Jhennifer Alves Da Conceicao (ECP) – 1:09.37

Texas’ Lydia Jacoby and Anna Elendt took the top two spots this morning. Jacoby stopped the clock at 1:06.65, while Elendt won heat four in 1:07.27. Elendt was just under two seconds off her personal best time from March of 2022.

Indiana’s duo of Lilly King and Annie Lazor swam the next fastest times of prelims. King finished 2nd to Jacoby in the final heat of prelims to post a 1:07.56. King has been as fast as 1:06.28 this year, while Lazor’s season best time stands at 1:08.35.

15-year-old Raya Mellott added just a few tenths to her personal best time to qualify in 5th, while Gabrielle Assis de Silva was the only swimmer in the top-8 to drop from her entry time to qualify in 6th.

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty (2019)
  • American Record: 58.14 – Michael Andrew (2021)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 58.58 – Adam Peaty (2017)
  • US Open Record: 58.14 – Michael Andrew (2021)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Nic Fink (MAAC) – 1:00.61
  2. Cody Miller (SAND) – 1:00.74
  3. Jorge Murillo (TAC) – 1:00.87
  4. Denis Petrashov (UOFL) – 1:00.95
  5. Michael Andrew (MASA) – 1:01.03
  6. Lyubomir Epitropov (BGR) – 1:01.19
  7. Will Licon (TXLA) – 1:01.36
  8. Joao Luiz Gomes Junior (ECP) – 1:01.41

Nic Fink came out on top of a tight field this morning in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Fink posted a 1:00.61, which is about a second faster than he was in prelims of this event in Fort Lauderdale.  His personal best time stands at 58.37 from last April.

Cody Miller had a strong swim this morning to take the 2nd spot. Miller finished 3rd in this event last month with a 1:00.12 in finals. Jorge Murillo and Denis Petrashov also hit 1:00-points to qualify in 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Michael Andrew was a bit off this morning, coming in at 1:01.03 for 5th. He’s been as fast as 59.98 this year, and should be one to keep an eye on in finals tonight.

WOMEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 26.98 – Xiang Liu (2018)
  • American Record: 27.12 – Katharine Berkoff (2022)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 27.38 – Kylie Masse (2023)
  • US Open Record: 27.12 – Katharine Berkoff (2022)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katharine Berkoff (NCS) – 27.42
  2. Regan Smith (SUN) – 27.54
  3. Isabelle Stadden (CAL) – 27.83
  4. Simona Kubova (CZE) – 28.13
  5. Abbey Weitzeil (CAL) – 28.33
  6. Erika Brown (TNAQ) – 28.48
  7. Olivia Smoliga (SUN) – 28.52
  8. Maggie Wanezek (EBSC) – 28.84

It’s shaping up to be a three-way race this evening between Katharine Berkoff, Regan Smith, and Isabelle Stadden as all three posted sub-28s this morning. Berkoff, the American record holder, leads the way with a 27.42. This swim is her 3rd-fastest time ever in the event.

Smith shaved off a hundredth from her winning time in Fort Lauderdale, while Stadden’s swim marked a personal best time.

17-year-old Maggie Wanezek of Elmbrook Swim Club swam a 28.84 to sneak into 8th. Wanezek’s best time stands at 28.39, done on a relay at Juniors this past summer.

MEN’S 50 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Justin Ress (MVN) – 24.76
  2. Hunter Armstrong (NYAC) – 24.99
  3. Bjorn Seeliger (CAL) – 25.03
  4. Gabriel Fantoni (ISC) – 25.43
  5. Ryan Held (NYAC) – 25.53
  6. Jacob Molacek (TFA) – 25.54
  7. Berke Saka (TUR) – 25.59
  8. Kai Van Westering (IU) – 25.61

As expected, Justin Ress and Hunter Armstrong put up the fastest two times of the morning, both getting under 25-seconds. Ress leads with a 24.76, which is just 0.03 shy of what he was last month. Armstrong was also a few hundredths off his Fort Lauderdale performance, swimming a 24.99 this morning.

Cal’s Bjorn Seeliger recorded the 3rd-fastest time from heat four. He stopped the clock at 25.03, which is three tenths faster than he was at the Knoxville Pro Swim Series in January. His personal best is 24.79, which he swam this past August at the European Championships.

A pair of 19-year-olds grabbed the last two spots in tonight’s A-final, led by Berke Saka of Turkey and Kai Van Westering of Indiana University.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 55.48 – Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • American Record: 55.64 – Torri Huske (2022)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 56.38 – Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • US Open Record: 55.66 – Torrie Huske (2021)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 57.83
  2. Kelly Pash (UN) – 58.53
  3. Gabi Albiero (UOFL) – 58.77
  4. Beata Nelson (WA) – 59.35
  5. Emma Sticklen (UN) – 59.46
  6. Natalie Hinds (GSC) – 59.68
  7. Katherine Zenick (OSU) – 1:00.17
  8. Leah Gingrich (UN) – 1:00.29

Regan Smith swam the quickest time of the morning in the 100 fly, as she stopped the clock at 57.83. Smith’s best time stands at 56.60, which she swam last month in Fort Lauderdale. She’ll take on a tough double tonight with the 50 backstroke right before this event.

Texas had a strong showing this morning with both Kelly Pash and Emma Sticklen advancing to tonight’s A-final. Pash swam a 58.53, which puts her less than a second of her personal best time from last July. Sticklen qualified in 5th with a 59.46, also putting her a about a second shy of her best time from last summer.

Other athletes breaking 1:00 this morning included Gabi Albiero, Beata Nelson, and Natalie Hinds. Albiero’s swim marked a season best, while Hinds and Nelson were just off their own.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • American Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 50.80 – Shaine Casas (2023)
  • US Open Record: 49.76 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Shaine Casas (TXLA) – 51.31
  2. Youssef Ramadan (VT) – 52.02
  3. Marius Kusch (ISC) – 52.10
  4. Eric Friese (UN) – 52.35
  5. Arsenio Bustos (NCS) – 52.35
  6. Kayky Marquart Mota (ECP) – 52.42
  7. Zach Harting (CARD) – 52.69
  8. Tyler Sesvold (TFA) – 52.70

Shaine Casas decisively claimed the top seed heading into tonight’s final with a 51.31. His time puts him about a second and a half off his Pro Swim Series record time of 50.80, done last month in Florida. Casas’ personal best time stands at 50.40 from last summer.

Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan had a solid swim to qualify in 2nd. Ramadan, who was recently crowned the NCAA Champion in this event, recorded a 52.02, putting him within half a second of his personal best time from the Olympics in 2021.

Santo Condorelli was out the fastest at the halfway point of heat eight, but stopped coming off the wall and did not finish.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 4:25.87 – Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • American Record: 4:31.12 – Katie Hoff (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 4:31.07 – Katinka Hosszu (2015)
  • US Open Record: 4:28.61 – Summer McIntosh (2022)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Giulia Goerigk (TAMU) – 4:45.19
  2. Leah Hayes (TIDE) – 4:45.69
  3. Anastasya Gorbenko (ISR) – 4:48.55
  4. Alexis Yager (TNAQ) – 4:51.02
  5. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 4:51.81
  6. Nathalia Siqueira Almeida (BRA) – 4:52.13
  7. Kim Herkle (CARD) – 4:53.17
  8. Nicole Zettel (TAC) – 4:54.08

Giulia Goerigk of Texas A&M held on to her top seed this morning with a 4:45.19. She finished 18th in this event at NCAAs last month, and was entered in this meet at 4:38.23.

Finishing less than a second behind her this morning was Leah Hayes, who stopped the clock at 4:45.69. Hayes’ personal best is 4:39.25, which she swam a year ago at the International Team Trials. This will be her second race of the night, as she qualified for the 200 freestyle A-final earlier in the session.

Erin Gemmell will also take on the 200 free-400 IM double tonight. She added just under two seconds to her personal best time from last summer to qualify in 5th for tonight’s final.

MEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • World Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • American Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 4:08.92 – Chase Kalisz (2018)
  • US Open Record: 4:05.25 – Michael Phelps (2008)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Leon Marchand (UN) – 4:13.59
  2. Carson Foster (UN) – 4:16.23
  3. Hubert Kos (UN) – 4:17.08
  4. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 4:19.79
  5. Cedric Bussing (GER) – 4:20.21
  6. Tommy Bried (CARD) – 4:23.72
  7. Brandonn Almeida (BRA) – 4:23.73
  8. Bobby Finke (SPA) – 4:24.52

Leon Marchand swam what looked like a very comfortable 4:13.59 to top this morning’s prelims. He opened with a 55.81 fly split, followed by 1:05.61 for backstroke, 1:10.20 on breast, and closed in 1:01.97 for freestyle.

Carson Foster dominated his heat to win it in 4:16.23. Foster out-split Marchand on backstroke and freestyle, clocking splits of 1:05.20 and 1:01.57, respectively. His best time stands at 4:06.56, done at the World Championships last summer.

Marchand will be joined in tonight’s A-final by his teammate Hubert Kos, who logged a 4:17.08 to finish 2nd in the last heat. Kos finished 4th in this event at NCAAs last month, and owns a best time of 4:13.50.

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Troyy
10 months ago

“Leon Marchand swam what looked like a very comfortable 4:13.59 to top this morning’s prelims and the world rankings this year.”

4:13 is nowhere near the top of the world rankings.

jeff
Reply to  Troyy
10 months ago

it’s the fastest swim of 2023, I think Wang Shun is second with a 4:14.4 or something

Kelsey
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

Pretty sure Seto was 4:07 recently at Japanese trials he tops the rankings

Troyy
Reply to  Kelsey
10 months ago

Not just Seto. There are six Japanese in the 4:07 – 4:12 range. I just tried to paste them but they got stuck in the spam filter.

jeff
Reply to  Kelsey
10 months ago

oh lol yeah oops swimcloud is missing a ton of swims

Troyy
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

What about these?

1 4:07.92 Seto, Daiya JPN 2023-04-04 JPN Nationals Tokyo
2 4:10.37 Honda, Tomoru JPN 2023-04-04 JPN Nationals Tokyo
3 4:11.80 Tabuchi, Kaito JPN 2023-04-04 JPN Nationals Tokyo
4 4:12.20 Matsushita, Tomoyuki JPN 2023-01-20 SA State Open
5 4:12.74 Kamikawabata, Ei JPN 2023-02-18 Konami Open Tokyo
6 4:12.75 Ikari, Yuki JPN 2023-04-04 JPN Nationals Tokyo

Steve Nolan
10 months ago

I can’t link directly to it because I’m on my phone, but the Santo 60m fly starts at 1:58.30 on the stream.

It’s fantastic only to see what a “normie” turn would look like next to elites.

Pawn
10 months ago

Not to make assumptions but if Youssef is fasting 52 is crazy

PFA
10 months ago

Marchand is going to be scary fast tonight if he’s going out in 55.8 this morning that’s right around where he was at worlds in finals about .3 back. Very excited for later

Eric Angle
Reply to  PFA
10 months ago

Just for fun, Marchand was 4.21 seconds faster in prelims this morning (4:13.59) than he was in prelims last year (4:17.80). 4.21 seconds faster than what he went in finals last year (4:10.38) is 4:06.17. That doesn’t really mean much, but 4:06 might be a realistic prediction.

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Alex Wilson
10 months ago

We are seeing proof that if you want to be world class in IM train with Bob Bowman. Three of the the top four in the 400 IM are all training at ASU with Bob.

Robert
Reply to  Alex Wilson
10 months ago

“If you want to be a great IM coach, simply have the 2 of the 3 most talented IMers ever swim for you.”

Andrew
Reply to  Robert
10 months ago

Well Robert do you think they went to train with him for no reason?

Robert
Reply to  Andrew
10 months ago

Bob is an extraordinarily good coach, but he has also been extraordinarily lucky.

Juan Cena
Reply to  Robert
10 months ago

Natural talent is different than developed skill.

oxyswim
Reply to  Alex Wilson
10 months ago

Let’s not draw too many conclusions off 4:16-4:17 IMs. I do think Bowman is one of the best in the world at preparing swimmers for that event, but how you got to that conclusion doesn’t track.

DMSWIM
Reply to  Alex Wilson
10 months ago

Three of the top four at a random Pro Swim Series meet. This isn’t the Olympic final or even Nationals. Lots of top swimmers aren’t here.

miself
Reply to  DMSWIM
10 months ago

ok bob is the coach of the number 1,3, and 6 swimmers at tokyo 2020

whoisthis
10 months ago

what happened with santo

Dan
Reply to  whoisthis
10 months ago

Swam the first 50 of the fly in 24.0 and then got out of the water

snailSpace
Reply to  whoisthis
10 months ago

What… didn’t happen with Santo?

nuotofan
Reply to  whoisthis
10 months ago

Condorelli time trialed a no-breath 50 fly, so, after the turn, was..breathless

Snarky
Reply to  whoisthis
10 months ago

He switched nationalities at the 50.

Admin
Reply to  Snarky
10 months ago

I was trying to put together a Gimli Glider joke here, but it didn’t quite convert.

ScovaNotiaSwimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

That is a deep Canadian cut, sir 🫡

Swammer
Reply to  whoisthis
10 months ago

If he represented Japan, Mr. Miyagi would’ve told him not to forget to breathe.

David illouz
10 months ago

Can marchand break the world record tonight

Michael Andrew will win the 200 IM in Paris
Reply to  David illouz
10 months ago

Not yet

SKOOOOOO
Reply to  David illouz
10 months ago

407.2 tonight.

snailSpace
Reply to  David illouz
10 months ago

4:06 high is my guess.

jeff
10 months ago

didnt know Erika Brown could swim backstroke too lol, is she possibly the most improved female swimmer ever since the end of high school?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

Hunter Armstrong comes to mind. But there are a lot others I’m sure.

Andrew Wilson. From barely sub scy 100 breast to 3rd at OTs.

jeff
Reply to  Grant Drukker
10 months ago

i did specify female since I’m aware of those 2 guys + possibly brooks curry. Breeja Larson probably does have Brown beat in LCM but 55.9 -> 49.3 in the 100 fly is a lot better than 1:02.5 -> 57.2 in the 100 breast imo

swim
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

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swimswamswum
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

A little bit of a deep cut but Meredith Budner came out of no where while at Townson to almost win the 500 and 1650 at NCAAs with a 4:34 and 15:44.

ReneDescartes
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

Katie Meili

Swimmer
Reply to  jeff
10 months ago

Comerford?