2024 Pro Swim Series – Westmont: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2024 PRO SWIM SERIES – WESTMONT

The second night of action is underway in Westmont, Illinois, with finals of the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, and 400 IM on the schedule for tonight.

Reigning U.S. national champion Claire Weinstein was the top qualifier in the women’s 200 free prelims this morning at 1:59.09, one of three swimmers under the two-minute barrier along with Maria Costa (1:59.26) and Paige Madden (1:59.31). In the men’s 200 free, a battle is shaping up between Gabriel Jett (1:47.17), Jorge Iga (1:47.45), Drew Kibler (1:47.51), and Kieran Smith (1:47.94).

In the women’s 100 breast, world record holder Lilly King wasn’t the top qualifier this morning as 18-year-old Tennessee commit McKenzie Siroky paced prelims with a personal-best 1:07.92. Three-time Icelandic Olympian Anton McKee led the men’s 100 breast heats with a time of 1:00.91.

The women’s 100 fly features a heavyweight showdown between Regan Smith (57.00) and Torri Huske (57.08) while the men’s 100 fly includes big names such as Caeleb Dressel (52.31), Santo Condorelli (52.23), Zach Harting (52.50), and Dare Rose (52.89).

In the women’s 400 IM, Leah Hayes (4:44.86) is slated to face off against fellow teenager Katie Grimes (4:45.18, on the back half of a 200 free/400 IM double). The session will conclude with the men’s 400 IM, where top qualifier David Johnston (4:24.37) will try to hold off Olympic medalists Jay Litherland (4:25.57) and Chase Kalisz (4:27.75).

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WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record: 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (2023)
  • American Record: 1:53.61, Allison Schmitt (2012)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 1:54.13, Summer McIntosh (2023)
  • U.S Open Record: 1:54.13, Summer McIntosh (2023)

Top 8:

  1. Simone Manuel (SUN) – 1:57.80
  2. Maria Costa (BRA) – 1:57.81
  3. Claire Weinstein (SAND) – 1:58.08
  4. Paige Madden (NYAC) – 1:58.84
  5. Leah Hayes (TIDEIL) – 1:59.47
  6. Nathalia Siqueira Almeida (BRA) – 1:59.75
  7. Katie Grimes (SAND) – 2:00.12
  8. Aline Rodrigues (MTC) – 2:01.12

Simone Manuel pulled out the 200 free victory by the slimmest of margins with a winning time of 1:57.80, barely ahead of Brazil’s Maria Costa (1:57.81).

Costa ripped the fastest final 50 in the field (29.92), but it wasn’t quite enough to catch Manuel in the end. Manuel was more than a second faster than her 1:58.87 effort from the Pro Swim Series stop in Knoxville two months ago. The 27-year-old Arizona State pro has been as fast as 1:56.09 as a relay leadoff at the 2019 World Championships.

Sandpipers 17-year-old Claire Weinstein clocked in at 1:58.08 for a 3rd-place showing. The Cal commit owns a lifetime best of 1:55.26 from her national title victory last summer.

Paige Madden (1:58.84), Leah Hayes (1:59.47), and Nathalia Siqueira Almeida (1:59.75) rounded out the remaining sub-2:00 finishers. Katie Grimes (2:00.12) and Aline Rodrigues (2:01.12) weren’t far behind in 7th and 8th place, respectively. Both Hayes and Grimes will return to the pool for the 400 IM at the end of the session.

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • 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)
  • U.S Open Record: 1:44.10, Michael Phelps (2008)

Top 8:

  1. Drew Kibler (NYAC) – 1:46.02
  2. Gabriel Jett (UN-PC) – 1:47.16
  3. Kieran Smith (RAC) – 1:47.21
  4. Jorge Iga (PRVT) – 1:47.62
  5. Grant House (SUN) – 1:47.79
  6. Tomas Koski (UN-GA) – 1:48.23
  7. Eduardo Oliveira de Moraes (MTC) – 1:48.55
  8. Luca Urlando (DART) – 1:48.60

Drew Kibler cruised to victory in the 200 free final with a winning time of 1:46.02 — faster than his 1:46.12 from the U.S. Open last winter. The 23-year-old American has been about a second faster before with his personal-best 1:45.01 coming at the 2022 World Championships. Kibler showed impressive stamina as his 27.26 final 50 was the fastest in the field by more than two tenths ahead of 3rd-place finisher Kieran Smith (1:47.21, 27.49 final 50).

Cal junior Gabriel Jett touched the wall more than a second behind Kibler in a personal-best mark of 1:47.16, shaving .16 seconds off his previous-best 1:47.32 from last summer. Jorge Iga was slightly slower than he was in prelims with a 4th-place finish in 1:47.62.

Grant House (1:47.79), Tomas Koski (1:48.23), Eduardo Oliveira de Moraes (1:48.55), and Luca Urlando rounded out the A-final.

In the B-final, Brooks Curry (1:48.64) eked past Blake Pieroni (1:48.69) and Aaron Shackell (1:48.77) for the victory.

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • 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:

  1. Lilly King (ISC) – 1:06.68
  2. Andrea Podmanikova (WOLF) – 1:08.89
  3. Theodora Taylor (SW) – 1:09.19
  4. Jhennifer Conceicao (ECP) – 1:09.67
  5. McKenzie Siroky (UN-MI) – 1:09.98
  6. Rachel Berhardt (TEAM) – 1:10.30
  7. Melissa Rodriguez (PRVT) – 1:10.44
  8. Mary Elizabeth (VSC) – 1:10.98

After qualifying 2nd in prelims this morning, world record holder Lilly King won the 100 breast final by more than two seconds with a time of 1:06.68. She was more than a second faster at the Pro Swim Series stop in Knoxville two months ago (1:05.67).

Top qualifier McKenzie Siroky couldn’t top her personal-best 1:07.92 from prelims, placing 5th in 1:09.98. Slovakian NC State graduate Andrea Podmanikova outdueled Welsh teen Theodora Taylor (1:09.19) for 2nd place in 1:08.89, just about half a second shy of her best time from 2021 (1:08.36). Taylor took more than half a second off her personal-best 1:09.77 from last summer.

Brazil’s Jhennifer Conceicao was the only other swimmer under 1:10 with a 4th-place effort in 1:09.67, a couple seconds off her best time from 2022.

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE – FINAL

  • 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:

  1. Anton McKee (ISL) – 1:00.48
  2. Tommy Cope (UN-MI) – 1:01.02
  3. Will Licon (TXLA) – 1:01.21
  4. Cody Miller (SAND) – 1:01.27
  5. Max McHugh (UOFM) – 1:01.67
  6. Xavier Ruiz (SJC) – 1:02.17
  7. Maximillian Pilger (ISC) – 1:02.28
  8. Charlie Swanson (NOVAVA) – 1:02.74

Icelandic veteran Anton McKee led from start to finish en route to a 100 breast victory in 1:00.48. The 30-year-old was just .16 seconds off his national record of 1:00.32 from the 2019 World Championships as he prepares for his fourth Olympics this summer.

Michigan graduate Tommy Cope captured 2nd place in 1:01.02, within a second of his personal-best 1:00.25 from 2022. Will Licon (1:01.21) and 2016 Olympic medalist Cody Miller (1:01.27) were close behind while last year’s NCAA champion, Max McHugh (1:01.67), wasn’t far behind either.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

Top 8:

  1. Torri Huske (AAC) – 56.13
  2. Regan Smith (SUN) – 56.36
  3. Leah Shackley (BRY) – 58.39
  4. Harriet Jones (SW) – 58.50
  5. Beata Nelson (WISC) – 58.54
  6. Katerine Savard (TQ) – 58.63
  7. Dakota Luther (TXLA) – 58.84
  8. Andrea Sansores (UARK) – 1:00.20

The race of the night came in the women’s 100 fly, where both Torri Huske and Regan Smith reached the wall under the previous Pro Swim Series record (56.38) set by the legendary Sarah Sjostrom back in 2016.

Huske got her hand on the wall first in 56.13, which would have won the world title last month ahead of Germany’s Angelina Kohler (56.28). She has been as fast as 55.64 on her way to the world title in 2022 before bringing home bronze last summer in 56.61.

“I feel really good about where I am right now,” Huske said afterward. “I think that I’m on a good path right now. I knew Regan was going to swim a really fast race — she always does. I don’t really look at people during the race, but I knew she was right there.”

Smith posted a new lifetime best with her runner-up finish in 56.36, knocking a couple tenths off her previous-best 56.60 from last March’s Pro Swim Series stop in Fort Lauderdale. She had the fastest final 50 in the field at 29.53, more than a second quicker than Huske (30.10). Smith now ranks 4th in the world this season behind Huske, Kohler (56.11), and Zhang Yufei (55.86).

2023-2024 LCM Women 100 Fly

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Leah Shackley was more than two seconds behind Huske with a 3rd-place finish in 58.39. The NC State commit owns a personal best of 57.98 from last summer. Harriet Jones (58.50), Beata Nelson (58.54), Katerine Savard (58.63), and Dakota Luther (58.84) were all within half a second of Shackley.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

Top 8:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC-FL) – 51.27
  2. Dare Rose (CAL) – 51.77
  3. Zach Harting (CARD) – 52.04
  4. Santo Condorelli (DM) – 52.89
  5. Tie: Trenton Julian (MVN) / Jorge Iga – 53.01
  6. Vili Sivec (CSUB) – 53.33
  7. Kayky Marquart Mota (TNAQ) – 53.39

New father Caeleb Dressel fired off a winning time of 51.27 to hold off Dare Rose (51.77) for the 100 fly title by exactly half a second.

It was Dressel’s fastest outing in the 100 fly since April of 2022 (50.01), quicker than his 51.31 from the U.S. Open last winter and No. 6 in the world this season. The seven-time Olympic gold medalist said afterward that his baby boy, August, has brought change into his life since his birth on Feb. 17, but that training hasn’t been harder as a result — just fun.

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Fly

JoshCAN
Liendo
05/19
50.06
2 Noe
PONTI
SUI50.1604/06
3Matthew William
Temple
AUS50.2512/03
4Maxime
GROUSSET
FRA50.5906/21
5Kristof
MILAK
HUN50.7506/02
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Rose owns a lifetime best of 50.46 from last year’s World Championships, where he placed 3rd behind Josh Liendo (50.34) and Maxime Grousset (50.14). Zach Harting (52.04) and top prelims qualifier Santo Condorelli (52.89) were the only other swimmers under 53 seconds in the A-final, while Ryan Murphy also dipped under the 53-second barrier to win the B-final in 52.84.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • 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)
  • U.S Open Record: 4:28.61, Summer McIntosh (2022)

Top 8:

  1. Leah Hayes (TIDEIL) – 4:39.36
  2. Katie Grimes (SAND) – 4:40.98
  3. Bailey Andison (TQ) – 4:46.69
  4. Avery Klamfoth (MAC-NC) – 4:51.74
  5. Claire Weinstein (SAND) – 4:53.11
  6. Erin Dawson (UN-CO) – 4:54.56
  7. McKenna Debever (TNAQ) – 4:57.81
  8. Lauren Bernardo (MAC-NC) – 5:00.88

Teen phenoms Leah Hayes and Katie Grimes showed off their endurance by topping the podium in the 400 IM after already competing against each other in the 200 free earlier in the session.

Hayes built a three-second lead after the third breaststroke leg, enough of a cushion to hold off a late surge from Grimes (31.08 final 50 vs. Hayes’ 31.93). Buoyed by the hometown crowd, Hayes touched in 4:39.36, more than a second ahead of Grimes (4:40.98). Even on the back end of a brutal double, the Virginia commit was still within a few seconds of her personal-best 4:36.84 from September’s World Juniors win.

26-year-old Canadian Bailey Andison was the only other swimmer under 4:50 with her 3rd-place showing in 4:46.69.

MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • World Record: 4:02.50, Leon Marchand (2023)
  • American Record: 4:03.84, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 4:07.80, Leon Marchand (2023)
  • U.S Open Record: 4:05.25, Michael Phelps (2008)

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 4:13.52
  2. David Johnston (TST-CA) – 4:14.94
  3. Jay Litherland (SUN) – 4:16.38
  4. Kalvin Hahn (ARMY) – 4:24.97
  5. Isaac Fleig (FASTIN) – 4:25.51
  6. Noah Cakir (TS) – 4:26.09
  7. Tyler Bardak (FOX) – 4:26.43
  8. Gabriel Manteufel (SAND) – 4:28.55

Reigning Olympic champion Chase Kalisz celebrated his 30th birthday with a 400 IM victory in 4:13.52, holding off a charging David Johnston (4:14.94) by more than a second.

Just last month, Johnston placed 5th in the 400 IM (4:13.05) at the 2024 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, after posting a personal-best 4:12.51 in the semifinals.

Kalisz’s ASU training partner and fellow Olympic medalist, Jay Litherland, placed 3rd in 4:16.38.

Sandpipers 17-year-old Luke Ellis won the B-final with a time of 4:23.13 that would have placed 4th in the A-final ahead of Kalvin Hahn (4:24.97). The Indiana commit was within a second of his personal-best 4:22.66 from last summer.

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Owlmando
3 months ago

How can Dressel be a new father when we have been his kids? Hes been my dad ever since he popped 49

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Owlmando
3 months ago

Dressel fathering Milak since 2019

Carrots
3 months ago

Chase Kalisz with a HUGE #peternuke from lane 8. I’ll take him as my dark horse for Olympic gold this summer for a nice little hand pay

Martini
3 months ago

I’m just gonna say it… Dressel is officially a DILF.

KSW
Reply to  Martini
3 months ago

Get in line buddy

Pan Fan
Reply to  Martini
3 months ago

Over my dead body

Swimdad
3 months ago

Dressel keeps getting better. Another impressive swim that will surely put the world on notice.
Never underestimate the heart of a champion.

Wanna Sprite?
3 months ago

There’s probably no proof of this anywhere, but I never once doubted dressel. Any slight deterioration in form he had over the last few years was 100% mental. The break was absolutely the best thing he could’ve done. I think he will go even faster. Side note: if he defends his 100 free title (while definitely not being the favorite) that could possibly be the greatest title defense ever. Still giving the edge to Kyle tho. Poppvici is too much of a wild card

Swemmer
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
3 months ago

Smart of you to not mention the most overrated swimmer of 2023-2024: Pan Zhanle

Beginner Swimmer at 25
Reply to  Swemmer
3 months ago

Nothing overrated about a 100m free wr holder

Swimdad
Reply to  Swemmer
3 months ago

You mean one swim wonder Pan.

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  Swemmer
3 months ago

He’s great don’t get me wrong. But I think he peaked at worlds for this szn

Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
3 months ago

Hard to compare that to a threepeat which have been done by a few swimmers. If he threepeats the 100 free in LA then THAT would be the best Olympic defence ever

Mark the Shark
Reply to  Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
3 months ago

The GOAT with a Fourpeat in the 200 IM seems like a quality title defense(s).

Swimmer.thingz
Reply to  Mark the Shark
3 months ago

The 200 IM was weak tho in comparison to the 100fr

HWS
Reply to  Swimmer.thingz
3 months ago

Weak because he made them look weak (although Lochte’s double didn’t help). 8 years later and barely any others have broken 1:55

PFA
3 months ago

Thomas Heilman won the C final in 53.48 assuming his 100 speed is not gonna be there for quite a bit

swim2
Reply to  PFA
3 months ago

Despite his young age, heilman seems to be a slow in season swimmer. He will be fine come trials.

Facts
Reply to  swim2
3 months ago

Following in the footsteps of the great Ryan Lochte

Swemmer
3 months ago

Foster, Finke, Kalisz, Johnston, and Litherland is gonna make a great race at trials

Steve Nolan
3 months ago

What the heck was Rowdy cackling at for the beginning of the Kalisz interview??

PFA
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 months ago

I think it was because of his last 100

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