5 Storylines to Follow at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series – Santa Clara


  • Santa Clara, CA
  • June 7-10, 2018
  • Meet page
  • Results TBD

Below are five interesting stories/predictions/expectations for this weekend’s meet. Note that these storylines are not meant to be exhaustive– there are plenty of great races and stories to follow this week; these are just a few of the most compelling.


Nathan Adrian has never lost a 100 free at a Pro Swim Series meet since it was even called that. Yeah. But will it last?

Caeleb Dressel is the name everyone jumps to immediately. While he’ll be racing, he’s only been 49.5 this year, and he’s not known for throwing down huge swims in-season– meanwhile, Adrian is absolutely known for cruise-controlling 48’s whenever he feels like it. We can never count out Dressel, though.

Additionally, Brazilian Marcelo Chierighini is entered in the 100 free. Recall that he swam a blistering 46.85 split in the 4×100 free relay at the 2017 World Championships. He’s been 48-point three times this year, though they were at the Maria Lenk Trophy, where he was likely rested.

It’s not looking like Adrian will have too much to worry about, but with guys like Dressel and Chierighini in the meet, you can never be so sure.


Regan Smith has been on the radar for awhile now, which is impressive considering she’s just 16 years old. However, the versatile rising star is not the only Minnesota native who continues to track high improvement curves.

15-year-old Isabelle Stadden, also from the Twin City area, is making a name for herself, too. She has danced with the 1:00 barrier in the 100m back all spring, and at the Mel Zajac Jr. meet, she clocked a lifetime best 2:08.37 in the 200 back to raise some eyebrows.

Smith will race the 100 and 200 back, among other events, while Stadden’s lineup includes all three backstroke races.


It wasn’t more than three weeks ago that Katie Ledecky smashed her own 1500 free world record at the Indy stop of the PSS, effectively hushing growing concerns about her stagnating as an athlete. She won’t be racing that event this week, sticking with the 100/200/400/800 free. She also won’t swim either IM race, two events she’s competed in relatively often of late.

Ledecky didn’t go best times in any of her other free races in Indy, but she was still very fast for in-season. Without the grueling 400 IM and 1500 free, she may find enough strength to challenge some of her bests in other events.


Fear those from the North. World record holder Kylie Masse is set to race on American soil, along with a couple other high-profile Canadian athletes. Masse, who holds the LCM world record in the 100 backstroke after an electric gold-winning performance at the 2017 World Championships last summer, will race all three backstrokes in Santa Clara. A fierce competitor, Masse has the world’s #1 times in the 100 back (58.54) and 200 back (2:05.98) this season, and the largely-American field (Olivia Smoliga, Smith, and Stadden, included) in California will be eager to try to track her down.

Meanwhile, Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak continues her tour with the Gator Swim Club, entered in the 50/100/200 free and fly. The 200 fly is a newer race for her, but she’s already shown promise in it, including a big 2:09.96 PR from last weekend’s Mel Zajac Jr. meet. Oleksiak will also get to race Simone Manuel in the 100 free — the two tied for Olympic gold in that very same event in 2016.

Soon-to-be NCAA athletes Mabel Zavaros (committed to Florida) and Maggie Macneil (committed to Michigan) join Oleksiak and Masse from Canada, along with current NCAA athletes Olivia Anderson and Javier Acevedo (UGA) and IU alumna Kennedy Goss.


It’s never a sure thing that great yards swimmers will be able to translate that prowess into the big pool. This past NCAA season, Stanford’s Ella Eastin, Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson, and Cal’s Andrew Seliskar all had breakthrough years. Now, they’ll look to lay the groundwork for improvements in long course.

Eastin, of course, had a triumphant return after a crushing DQ at Nationals last summer, absolutely wrecking the U.S. Open, NCAA, and American records in the 400 IM at NCAAs. She also wiped Elaine Breeden’s name out of the record books with a 1:49 200 fly at Pac-12s. Nelson struggled her freshman year despite being an incredibly highly-touted recruit in high school, but nonetheless became just the fourth woman under 50 seconds in the 100 back this year, and hit best times in nearly every event. Seliskar is incredibly versatile and switched from the 200 fly to the 200 breast this season, which resulted in a lifetime best 1:50.42 runner-up performance at NCAAs. He also lit it up with a PR in the 200 free this year — 1:31.28.

Eastin, Nelson, and Seliskar will be ones to watch at this meet and on through this summer as they’ll attempt to extend their success into the long course pool.

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I think you missed a certain someone in that last topic…
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Coach John

if I could give you more than one upvote, I would



Swimmer A

Pieter van den Hoogenband


Is he racing this weekend?

Unknown swimmer

I think he/she meant Dean Farris

I Am Not Michael Phelps

Are you Peter VDH?

He is not.




Certainly don’t expect either of them to be rested for this meet but it will be fun to see Regan Smith go heads up with Kyle Masse in the 100/200 backs. After a very strong April short course meet, Smith is likely ready to match up very well with Masse. Has the same short turn around doubles she swam at Tyr Pro Austin in January. Hope she’ll scratch out of 100 Fly final on Friday to swim a rested 200 back. Very curious to see her 400 Free Sunday too. Hasn’t swam it long course in a long time but her short course 4:41 bodes well. Keeping an eye on Beata Nelson also in the back events. Will short course… Read more »


While I expect masse to be faster at the end of the year, it wouldn’t surprise me if smith comes out on top here as there’s a big difference between being 16 and in your 20s. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what they look like, not expecting fast times though.

Gator chomp

I’m guessing you’re a midwest guy?


expect lots of fast swimmers swimming slower than their PB’s……


Besides the occasional personal bests, like potentially Oleksiak further lowering her PB in the 200m butterfly, I concur.



About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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