2019 USA SWIMMING PRO SWIM SERIES – GREENSBORO
- November 6th-9th, 2019
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
- 50m (LCM)
- Prelims at 9:00AM Eastern Time/Finals at 6:00PM Eastern Time (4:00 Eastern for Wednesday timed finals)
- Psych Sheets
- Live Stream
- Live Results
In Thursday’s finals session at the Pro Swim Series stop in Greensboro, American swimmer Allison Schmitt clocked a 54.41 in the 100 free. This swim was faster than that of her lead-off leg in the 400 LCM free relay at the 2019 World Championships this summer, marking a successful season debut for the 29-year old 4-time Olympic champion.
At Worlds, Schmitt split 55.04 on a flat-start relay leadoff leg, and was a little faster a few weeks later at US Nationals with a 54.81 in the individual race. Her time on Thursday marked her best flat-start time in the 100 free since the summer of 2018, where she was 54.24 at US Nationals (the time that earned her a relay spot for Worlds) and a 54.24 a few weeks before at a Pro Swim Series stop.
On Thursday, Schmitt finished 2nd in that race behind fellow Rio Olympian Simone Manuel, who won in a time of 53.44 – a good early-season marker for her as well. That swim was on par with her first swim of the 2018-2019 season, which was a 53.38 at Winter Nationals (now known as the U.S. Open).
Schmitt currently holds the American Record in the 200 LCM freestyle (1:53.61) set back in the summer of 2012.
Schmitt returned to competition in 2018 after a 20 month break due to her battle with depression in order to take care of her mental health and well-being. In 2019, which was her first World Championship team since 2011, Schmitt helped lead Team USA qualify for the final heats in the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays with her prelims swims as well as earned herself a 14th place finish in the individual 200 LCM free. She continues to train with her long-time coach Bob Bowman, now based out of Arizona State University.