2023 Westmont Pro Swim Series – Day 3 Prelims Live Recap



Today is the third day of competition at the Westmont Pro Swim Series. This morning’s session will feature the prelims of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 50 fly, and 400 free.

Kicking off the session today is Regan Smith and Leon Marchand in the 200 fly. Smith comes in seeded first by about a two second margin, while Marchand is entered just a few tenths ahead of Carson Foster. Both Smith and Marchand will take on doubles today, with Smith swimming the 100 backstroke and Marchand racing the 200 breaststroke later in the session.

Abbey Weitzeil is the top seed in both the women’s 50 freestyle and 50 fly. She’s won both events at the last two Pro Swim Series stops, and has been as fast as 24.40 and 26.27 this year.

On the men’s side, Michael Andrew leads a tight field in the 50 free with an entry of 21.41, while Shaine Casas is seeded first in the 50 fly with his 100 time of 50.40.

It looks like it will be another rematch between Ryan Murphy and Hunter Armstrong in the men’s 100 backstroke. Murphy is seeded first, but Armstrong has won the last two Pro Swim Series stops.

Indiana’s breaststroke duo of Lilly King and Annie Lazor are seeded 1-2 in the 200 breaststroke, however, they’ll have to contend with Texas’ Lydia Jacoby and Anna ElendtNic Fink comes in as the top seed on the men’s side at 2:07.55.

In Katie Ledecky‘s absence, Leah Smith is the top seed in the women’s 400 freestyle. She won the 800 free on day one, and finished 4th in the 200 last night. Kieran Smith, who won the 200 freestyle yesterday, leads on the men’s side. Foster is entered at 2nd, while Kregor Zirk sits at 3rd.


  • World Record: 2:01.81 – Zige Liu (2009)
  • American Record: 2:04.14 – Mary Descenza (2009)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 2:05.05 – Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • US Open Record: 2:05.05 – Summer McIntosh (2023)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 2:09.99
  2. Emma Sticklen (UN) – 2:12.62
  3. Lindsay Looney (UN) – 2:13.14
  4. Annemarie Vlaic (LOSC) – 2:14.84
  5. Campbell Stoll (EBSC) – 2:16.21
  6. Caroline Bricker (PPA) – 2:16.26
  7. Leah Gingrich (UN) – 2:16.27
  8. Lea Polonsky (CAL) – 2:16.32

Regan Smith dominated the heats of the 200 fly this morning, as she cruised 2:09.99 to take the top seed by nearly three seconds. Smith took her first 100 out in 1:01.52, then closed in 1:08.47. She’s been as fast as 2:07.30 this season, which she swam at the U.S. Open in December.

Emma Sticklen, the recent NCAA champion in this event, grabbed the 2nd spot this morning at 2:12.62. Sticklen’s personal best time stands at 2:08.41, which she swam nearly a year ago. Lindsay Looney, who is coming off a 4th place finish at NCAAs, took 3rd this morning at 2:13.14.

16-year-old Annemarie Vlaic threw down a big best time to qualify in 4th. Vlaic dropped a second and a half from Juniors in August to record a 2:14.84, putting her just over a second off the Olympic Trials cut.


  • World Record: 1:50.34 – Kristof Milak (2022)
  • American Record: 1:51.51 – Michael Phelps (2009)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:53.84 – Luca Urlando (2019)
  • US Open Record: 1:52.20 – Michael Phelps (2008)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Carson Foster (UN) – 1:57.74
  2. Kregor Zirk (EST) – 1:58.54
  3. Leon Marchand (UN) – 1:58.69
  4. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 1:58.83
  5. Connor Lamastra (DYNA) – 1:58.90
  6. Thomas Heilman (CAY) – 1:58.97
  7. Zach Harting (CARD) – 1:59.12
  8. Nicolas Albiero (CARD) – 1:59.49

This race should be an exciting one tonight, as the top six swimmers qualified within about a second of each other. Carson Foster leads the group as the lone 1:57-point this morning, which puts him four seconds off his personal best from last summer.

Kregor Zirk of Estonia put up the 2nd-fastest time of the morning at 1:58.54, followed closely by Leon Marchand at 1:58.69. Both were well off their personal best times also, with Zirk’s standing at 1:55.62 and Marchand’s at 1:53.37.

Louisville’s Zach Harting and Nicolas Albiero snuck in to the final two spots in the top-8, with Harting logging a 1:59.12 and Albiero stopping the clock at 1:59.49. They took 4th and 5th in this event in Fort Lauderdale last month.


  • World Record: 23.67 – Sarah Sjostrom (2017)
  • American Record: 23.97 – Simone Manuel (2017)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 24.17- Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • US Open Record: 24.08 – Pernille Blume (2019)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (CAL) – 24.75
  2. Gabi Albiero (UOFL) – 25.13
  3. Annam Olasewere (CPAC) – 25.37
  4. Erika Brown (TNAQ) – 25.42
  5. Caroline Larsen (FOXJ) -25.46
  6. Teresa Ivan (OSU) – 25.49
  7. Natalie Hinds (GSC)/Kristina Paegle (IU) – 25.59

As expected, Abbey Weitzeil took the top spot of the morning. She stopped the clock at 24.75, topping the field by nearly half a second. Weitzeil’s season best is 24.40 from last month, while her personal best is 24.19 from the Olympics in 2021.

Gabi Albiero posted the 2nd-fastest time of the morning at 25.13, while 15-year-old Annam Olasewere from Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club dropped a few hundredths to qualify in 3rd (25.37). Olasewere’s swim moves her to 16th all-time in the 15-16 age group.

16-year-old Caroline Larsen also notched a personal best time of 25.46 to qualify in 5th. She dropped a tenth from her previous best, moving her to 23rd all-time in the age group.


  • World Record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo (2009)
  • American Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2019/2021)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 21.51 – Caeleb Dressel (2020)
  • US Open Record: 21.04 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Jack Alexy (CAL) – 22.24
  2. Guilherme Santos (BRA) – 22.28
  3. Michael Andrew (MASA) – 22.36
  4. Matej Dusa (UN) – 22.38
  5. Matthew King (TFA) – 22.42
  6. Jokubas Keblys (LTU) – 22.44
  7. Marcelo Chierighini (ECP) – 22.45
  8. Bjorn Seeliger (CAL) – 22.48

Cal’s Jack Alexy leads a tight field in the men’s 50 free with a 22.24 in this morning’s prelims. His swim puts him only about a tenth off his personal best time from last April. Alexy is coming off a 6th-place finish in this event at NCAAs. He’ll be joined in the A-final by his teammate Bjorn Seeliger, who snagged the eighth spot with a 22.48.

Brazil’s Guilherme Santos finished just 0.04 back, putting him under half a second off his entry time. Michael Andrew entered the meet as the top seed, but finished 3rd this morning with a 22.36.

Matej Dusa from Queens University of Charlotte had a strong swim to qualify for the A-final. He added just over a tenth to his entry time, moving him from 14th to 4th this morning.


  • World Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown (2021)
  • American Record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 57.92 – Regan Smith (2023)
  • US Open Record: 57.76 – Regan Smith (2022)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 58.54
  2. Anna Peplowski (IU) – 1:00.97
  3. Isabelle Stadden (CAL) – 1:01.01
  4. Simona Kubova (CZE) – 1:01.08
  5. Beata Nelson (WA) – 1:01.22
  6. Maggie Wanezek (EBSC) – 1:01.81
  7. Morgan Scott (TFA) – 1:01.84
  8. Phoebe Bacon (WA) – 1:02.06

Regan Smith successfully pulled off her 200 fly/100 backstroke double and added another top seed. She recorded a 58.54, which is much faster than she was in prelims of this event at the Fort Lauderdale stop.

Indiana’s Anna Peplowski swam the 2nd-fastest time of the morning at 1:00.97. She added just 0.03 to her personal best time from last summer. Peplowski did not swim this event at NCAAs, but was runner-up in it at the Big Ten Championships.

Katharine Berkoff was the only other swimmer besides Smith to crack 1:00 this morning, but was disqualified for a 15-meter violation.


  • World Record: 51.60 – Thomas Ceccon (2022)
  • American Record: 51.85 – Ryan Murphy (2016)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 52.40 – David Plummer (2016)
  • US Open Record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol (2009)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Hubert Kos (UN) – 54.09
  2. Hunter Armstrong (NYAC) – 54.61
  3. Justin Ress (MVN) – 54.83
  4. Destin Lasco (CAL) – 54.90
  5. Ryan Murphy (CAL) – 55.09
  6. Shaine Casas (TXLA) – 55.19
  7. Hunter Tapp (NCS) – 55.35
  8. Bjoern Kammann (TENN) – 55.55

Hubert Kos from Arizona State had a fantastic swim this morning to move from the 29th seed to 1st coming out of prelims. Kos opened in 26.10, followed by a 27.99 on the back half to stop the clock in a best time of 54.09.

Hunter Armstrong took 2nd behind Kos in 54.61. He opened his race in a nearly identical split (26.11), but was half a second slower on the second 50. Armstrong’s season best is 52.68, and will likely be closer to that tonight.

American record holder Ryan Murphy qualified in 5th, just a few tenths back from Destin Lasco, who is coming off of a 3rd place finish in this event at NCAAs. Lasco’s swim this morning put him within a second of his personal best from the Olympic Trials in 2021.


  • World Record: 2:18.95 – Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • American Record: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni (2012)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 2:20.77 – Annie Lazor (2022)
  • US Open Record:  2:20.38 – Rebecca Soni (2009)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Lydia Jacoby (UN) – 2:28.62
  2. Annie Lazor (ISC) – 2:28.63
  3. Gabrielle Assis de Silva (BR) – 2:28.67
  4. Lilly King (ISC) – 2:28.85
  5. Anna Elendt (UN) – 2:30.19
  6. Letitia Sim (SIN) – 2:30.45
  7. Anastasya Gorbenko (ISR) – 2:31.17
  8. Alexis Yager (TNAQ) – 2:32.02

Texas’ Lydia Jacoby had a solid prelims swim to grab the top seed going into finals. Jacoby, who won the 100 breast last night, split a 1:10.99 on the first 100 then closed in 1:17.63. She finished 11th in this race at NCAAs, and owns a personal best time of 2:25.98 from last summer.

Annie Lazor raced next to Jacoby this morning and was out-touched as they came to the wall. Lazor was out about a second slower on the front half, but put together a strong 2nd 100 to close the gap to 0.01.

Rounding out the sub 2:30s this morning was Gabrielle Assis de Silva and Lilly King. de Silva added less than a second to her entry time, and had the fastest opening split of the field at 1:10.75.


  • World Record: 2:05.95 – Zac Studbblety-Cook (2022)
  • American Record: 2:07.17 – Josh Prenot (2016)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 2:08.95 – Andrew Wilson (2018)
  • US Open Record: 2:07.17 – Josh Prenot (2016)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Leon Marchand (UN) – 2:13.72
  2. Lyubomir Epitropov (BGR) – 2:13.90
  3. Nic Fink (MAAC) – 2:13.92
  4. Amro Al-Wir (UN) – 2:14.01
  5. Will Licon (TXLA) – 2:14.17
  6. Jassen Yep (IU) – 2:14.3`
  7. Denis Petrashov (UOFL) – 2:14.56
  8. Max Reich (IU) – 2:14.95

This race is shaping up to be another close one this evening, with the top three swimmers qualifying within two-tenths of each other. Leon Marchand pulled out the fastest time of the morning at 2:13.72, which puts him over four seconds off his personal best from last spring.

Nic Fink qualified in 3rd just behind Lyubomir Epitropov. Fink was about a second behind both Marchand and Epitropov at the halfway point, but closed in a 1:08.68 for the fastest split of the field this morning.

Indiana had a strong showing this morning, and qualified both Jassen Yep and Max Reich to tonight’s A-final in 6th and 8th, respectively.


  • World Record: 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom (2014)
  • American Record: 25.38 – Torri Huske (2022)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 25.65 – Farida Osman (2019)
  • US Open Record: 25.46 – Rikako Idee (2017)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Abbey Weitzeil (CAL) – 26.26
  2. Gabi Albiero (UOFL) – 26.46
  3. Natalie Hinds (GSC) – 26.56
  4. Beata Nelson (WA) – 26.61
  5. Erika Brown (TNAQ) – 26.85
  6. Katherine Zenick (OSU) – 26.86
  7. Anna Boemer (SOLO) – 27.09
  8. Clarissa Rodrigues (BRA) – 27.17

Just like in the 50 freestyle earlier in the session, Abbey Weitzeil and Gabi Albiero posted the top two times in this event. Weitzeil’s time is 0.01 under she posted in Fort Lauderdale last month, while Albiero clipped a few hundredths off her personal best set in April of last year.

Natalie Hinds was also faster than she was last month, as she stopped the clock at 26.56 for third. Her personal best time stands at 26.07, which she swam at the International Team Trials last spring.

18-year-old Anna Boemer is the youngest to qualify for tonight’s A-final. She grabbed 7th with a 27.09, which is a few tenths faster than she was last April.


  • World Record: 22.27 – Andri Govorov (2018)
  • American Record: 22.35 – Caeleb Dressel (2019)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 23.11 – Matt Targett (2012)
  • US Open Record: 22.84 – Caeleb Dressel (2022)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Michael Andrew (MASA) – 23.53
  2. Shaine Casas (TXLA) – 23.59
  3. Tomer Frankel (IU) – 23.71
  4. Clement Secchi (UMIZ) – 23.78
  5. Marius Kusch (ISC) – 23.83
  6. Matthew King (TFA) – 23.87
  7. Tyler Sesvold (TFA) – 23.89
  8. Finn Brooks (IU) – 23.90

In his 2nd race of the session, Michael Andrew topped the prelims of the 50 fly in 23.53. He won this event in at the last Pro Swim Series stop in 23.25, and owns a personal best time of 22.79 from World Champs last summer.

Shaine Casas, who won the 100 fly last night, finished less than a tenth behind Andrew this morning.  This prelims swim is faster than he was last month in prelims, but still puts him about two tenths off his PB.

Tomer Frankel of Indiana was the top collegiate swimmer this morning at 23.71. The 50 fly is not contested at NCAAs, but Frankel finished 3rd in the 100 last month.


  • World Record: 3:56.08 – Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • American Record: 3:56.46 – Katie Ledecky (2016)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky (2018)
  • US Open Record: 3:57.94 – Katie Ledecky (2018)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Leah Smith (TXLA) – 4:10.55
  2. Erin Gemmell (NCAP) – 4:13.10
  3. Julia Mrozinski (DEU) – 4:14.09
  4. Madi Mintenko (PPA) – 4:14.30
  5. Beatriz Dizotti (BRA) – 4:14.60
  6. Sierra Schmidt (SUN) – 4:16.46
  7. Chase Travis (VT) – 4:16.62
  8. Deniz Ertan (TUR) – 4:17.78

Leah Smith notched a 4:10.55 to take the top spot by nearly a three-second margin. Smith nearly even -split the race, taking it out in 2:05.05 and coming back in 2:05.50. She’s been as fast as 4:06.43 this season, which she swam last month in Fort Lauderdale.

15-year-old Madi Mintenko from Pikes Peak Athletics swam a best time by over two seconds to log a 4:14.30. In addition to being an Olympic Trials qualifying time, Mintenko’s swim moves her just inside the all-time top-100 for the girls 15-16 age group.

Beatriz Dizotti of Brazil qualified in 5th behind Minteko in 4:14.60, which is just under a second quicker than her entry time.


  • World Record: 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • American Record: 3:42.78 – Larsen Jensen (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 3:43.55 – Sun Yang (2016)
  • US Open Record: 3:43.53 – Larsen Jensen (2008)

Top-8 Qualifiers:

  1. Kieran Smith (RAC) – 3:53.16
  2. Luke Hobson (UN) – 3:53.50
  3. Baturalp Unlu (TUR) – 3:53.76
  4. Carson Foster (UN) – 3:54.60
  5. Charlie Clark (OSU) – 3:55.06
  6. Jay Litherland (SUN) – 3:55.59
  7. Bathuhan Filiz (TAMU) – 3:55.90
  8. Tommylee Camblong (FRA) – 3:56.02

The men’s 400 freestyle has shaped up to be another exciting race on the men’s side this evening, led by Kieran Smith out of prelims. Smith opened in 56.28, then split three 58-points in a row to log a 3:53.16. His season best is 3:48.02, done in Fort Lauderdale last month.

Texas’ Luke Hobson put together a solid race to take 2nd in 3:53.50, putting him just over three seconds off his own personal best. Hobson was recently crowned the NCAA champion in the short course version of this event last month.

Behind Hobson was Baturalp Unlu, who is coming off of a 14th place finish in the 500 at NCAAs. Unlu, who represents Turkey internationally, recorded a 3:53.76 this morning to put him within a second of his entry time.

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5 months ago

200 Fly….can’t wait!

Fake Gregg Troy
5 months ago

Former D3 swimmer Jack englehart with a C final in the 50!

5 months ago

Did Manuel scratch the 50 free?

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

she did not qualify

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago


Manuel placed ninth in the heats.

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

9th 25.75 she is just a shell of her former self at this point.

Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

That’s an overreaction. I would argue most of the ASU pro group isn’t swimming incredibly well right now…the only exception is Regan Smith.

Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

That’s a bit harsh. She’s only 26 years old. If she stays healthy she’ll be back.

Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

I hope you guys are right. ASU swam fast all season though so I’m not sure why she would be trained different and she has been back in the pool long enough. Edit maybe she wasn’t suited ?

Last edited 5 months ago by Taa
Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

There was a video (here) last month where she talked about how long she was out of the water, under doctor’s orders. During her time out of the water she was (again under her doctor’s advice) told to be completely inactive. So she wasn’t even going for walks, etc. for most of that time.

She also talked about how gradually she started training again. Initially it was just a couple of swims a week, or something like that. She’s only been back to full training for a few months.

There was another video showing her doing a recent training set. It was only one video, from one workout, but it looked pretty hardcore to me. So, while she… Read more »

Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago


That was six months ago. I would say at that point she was in decent shape maybe faster than right now. I don’t know whats happened the last six months she hasn’t really gotten faster hence my comment.

Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

At that time she wasn’t back to full training, from what she has said. She wasn’t doing doubles yet and she wasn’t lifting.

Also, she didn’t go very fast at the meet. 48.1 is nearly 3 seconds slower than her best time for the 100. That doesn’t say “decent shape” to me. It says the opposite.

Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

Look at what Manadou did he went and played handball for a while and came back had no problem going 21s again.

Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

Glad to hear you agree with me that sprinter can have long layoffs and still be fast.

Reply to  Taa
5 months ago

try keeping up with athlete current news and training. swimswam has a search tool.

Reply to  Breezeway
5 months ago

What is more current than her morning swim today?

Reply to  Sub13
5 months ago

she’s in B final

5 months ago

Just here informing everyone Daniel Wiffen just went 14:34.91 in 1500 free at Stockholm Open.

Reply to  liemse
5 months ago

Holy crap 😱😱😱

Reply to  liemse
5 months ago

What. The.

Reply to  liemse
5 months ago

5 of the top 7 ever active and in or close to their primes. 😍

Gen D
Reply to  Noah
5 months ago

Please let everyone be on form this summer!!

Reply to  liemse
5 months ago

I saw the live scoreboard – https://live.swimify.com/competitions/malmsten-swim-open-stockholm-2023-04-13/events/summary/6/48 but I have not been able to find live streaming of the meet. Do you know if one is available?

5 months ago

R Smith is going to reclaim her WR this summer.

5 months ago

Kos swam a personal best by more than 2 seconds in the 100 back. Nice.

Reply to  snailSpace
5 months ago

He did 55.71 in November 2020, so he was 53 mid?

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Reply to  Dan
5 months ago

What an insufferable comment, 1.7 is close enough to 2

Reply to  Provel
5 months ago

maybe if snailspace said 2 seconds, but they literally said “more than two seconds” which 1.7 is not.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
5 months ago

His official PB on the world aquatics site is 56.13 for the LCM 100 back.
Perhaps that 55.7 was not ratified.

Last edited 5 months ago by snailSpace
Reply to  snailSpace
5 months ago

SwimCloud lists Kos’ best 100 LCM Back at :56.88 from the 7th FINA World Juniors in August, 2019. If that is right, it would mean it was a 2.82 second improvement this morning. 1.65 – 2.82 second improvement. Whichever you pick, it was a great swim from Kos this morning.

But it still does not make him a favorite for the podium, much less a win. Though Kos is on a “plus” run (other event so far 400IM at 4:14.08, just 0.58 off PB and trailing only the three medalists from last summer’s LCM Worlds), seeded immediately behind him are Armstrong(50 LCM back World record; 100 LCM Back PB :51.98, :24.30 to win 50 back Thursday), Justin Ress (reigning 50… Read more »

Reply to  Dan
5 months ago

oh we splittin hairs now

Michael Andrew Wilson
5 months ago

WTF was that finish by MA?

Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
5 months ago

its prelims bro. He is top seed.

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Chris
5 months ago

LOL when I was 12 I could manage not to breathe the last 2 strokes of a 50 fly including one that was half a stroke into the wall.

5 months ago

Why didn’t Smoliga swim?

Reply to  SwimmySwammy
5 months ago

Back spasm. She hopes to swim tomorrow.