Blake Pieroni Swims 1:32 in 200 Free at Indiana Pro Race Day (VIDEO)

Indiana Pro Race Day

  • September 30, 2020
  • Counsilman Aquatic Center, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)

A group of 8 Indiana pro swimmers, 4 American and 4 international, suited up on Wednesday for some speedwork at the Counsilman Aquatic Center.

While not a formal or sanctioned meet, this is the closest we’ve gotten to seeing full-speed racing from one of the country’s top pro groups in over 6 months.

FORMAT

Racing began at 9:15, and each participant swam a race approximately every 20 minutes. Each swimmer swam a different set of either 3 or 4 events, with the whole session lasting about an hour.

Racing was in short course yards.

Lilly King and Cody Miller raced head-to-head in a 50 breaststroke ‘skins’ event. That racing, done at the end of their days, was designed to simulate the effort needed for the ‘skins’ event as part of the International Swimming League.

After about a 10 minute break, the pair each swam a series of three 50 yard breaststrokes, with about 3 minutes in between each swim.

Last season in the ISL, the ‘skins’ events were all held in freestyle; this year, the team that wins the 400 medley relay gets to choose the stroke for the ‘skins’ event. King is swimming for the Cali Condors this season, while Miller is sitting the season out upon expectation of the birth of his first child next month.

Results

Blake Pieroni

  • 200 free – 1:32.79
  • 50 free – 19.7
  • 400 medley relay (freestyle leg) – 42.8

Zach Apple

  • 100 free – 41.9
  • 50 free – 19.6
  • 400 medley relay (backstroke leg) – 48.3

Cody Miller

  • 100 breast – 51.9
  • 400 medley relay (breaststroke leg) – 52.5
  • 50 breaststroke ‘skins’ – 24.5/24.7/24.5

Lilly King

  • 100 breast – 57.4
  • 300 breaststroke relay (flat start) – 58.4
  • 50 breaststroke ‘skins’ – 27.2/26.8/26.2

Iago Moussalem

  • 100 fly – 47.6
  • 400 medley relay (butterfly leg) – 47.5

Bailey Andison

  • 200 IM – 1:59.1
  • 300 breaststroke relay (rolling start) – 1:01.8

Laura Morley

  • 200 breast – 2:10
  • 200 IM – 2:03
  • 300 breaststroke relay (rolling start) – 1:02.8

Youssef El Kamesh

  • 100 breaststroke – 55.1

Annie Lazor, originally scheduled as part of the group, wound up doing a different workout.

Analysis

The highlight of the day has to be Lilly King‘s performance in the ‘skins’ races. While a 57.4 is a career highlight for most swimmers, by her standards, it’s a swim she’s repeated many times in her life.

But to go 27.2/26.8/26.2 at the end of that run, from a flat-start, is a big confidence booster for her heading into the ISL. In her last NCAA Championship 200 medley relay, she split 25.62 on the breaststroke leg with a rolling start. That swim, done basically fresh, is the equivalent of about a 26.0 on a flat start.

Last season, she was undefeated in ISL racing, which earned her a $15,000 bonus.

This included the Cali Condors’ 400 medley relays, which won at all 4 of the team’s meets, including the Las Vegas finale.

With their main competitors in that relay the London Roar being decimated by the Swimming Australia athlete ban (all 4 of their “A” medley relay swimmers from last season are out of the season or on other teams), and the Condors returning all but anchor Mallory Comerford (and having plenty of options to replace her), the team could win a lot of medley relays this year as well.

If they do, choosing King and the breaststrokes as the women’s ‘skins’ race is their only logical choice, given her dominance throughout the season. In fact, the Condors also have on their roster Molly Hannis, who coupled with King in Las Vegas for a 1-2 finish in the finale, more than half-a-second ahead of the next closest competitor.

The other big swim of the day was the 1:32.79 in the 200 yard free by Blake Pieroni.

For starters, it was under his target time of 1:33.3 that forces Indiana assistants Luke Ryan and Cory Chitwood race in a 200 free next week.

It was also his fastest time in the 200 yard free since setting the NCAA and U.S. Open Records in that event at the 2018 NCAA Championships, as most of his focus has turned to long course and short course meters as a pro.

That’s a good windup for him as he too prepares for the upcoming ISL season, which begins in mid-October. He’ll represent the Toronto Titans this season.

Race Videos

Blake Pieroni Swims 1:32.79 in the 200 Yard Free x 3

100 Breaststroke

Zach Apple Swims 41.9 100 Free, Iago Moussalem Swims 47.5 100 fly

Blake Pieroni Swims 19.7 in 50 free, Zach Apple swims 19.6

Bailey Andison swims 1:59.1 200 IM, Laura Morley swims 2:10 200 breast

Zach Apple, Cody Miller, Iago Moussalem, Blake Pieroni Swim 400 Medley Relay

300 Yard Breaststroke Relay

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James Beam
25 days ago

some fantastic swims. thanks for posting.

Swim fan 44
25 days ago

It’s that the Fortnite player? Didn’t know he swam

DBSwims
Reply to  Swim fan 44
25 days ago

twitch.tv/blakeswims

KEV
Reply to  DBSwims
25 days ago

congrats you all made it on to blake’s instagram story haha

Guerra
25 days ago

Great job today!

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