Chadwick, Hayden, and Geer Swim 100 Free Time Trials on Friday in Des Moines


In addition to the regular racing on Friday at the Pro Swim Series – Des Moines, there was a series of afternoon time trials. In fact, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at this meet all have time trials sessions, and we’re seeing bigger names show up for them than what usually happens at these Pro Swim Series meets.

That includes a pair of US National Teamers and a Canadian Olympian in the 100 freestyles.

In the men’s 100 free, Michael Chadwick, who is one of at least a dozen guys fighting for a 400 free relay spot in Tokyo, swam a 49.03. That swim came after racing the regular 100 free on Thursday, where he was 50.31 in prelims, which slid him down to the C final, and a 49.40 in finals.

In total, his 49.03 was the 8th-best time at the meet behind a 48.59 leader from Zach Apple.

This two-day split gives Chadwick a little bit of a test for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials, where swimmers will have to race prelims and finals on Wednesday and then the final on Thursday evening. In that sense, Chadwick hit his pacing by improving each round. In 2016, it took a 49.55 to make the semi-finals, 49.18 to make the finals, and a 48.78 to make the top 6 and earn a relay spot. The top 6 cut, at least, is expected to be considerably faster in 2020, with the Americans entering the year as the defending World Champions.

Joining Chadwick in that race was 36-year old Canadian Olympian Brent Hayden, who swam a 49.46. After declaring a false start in the individual 100 free, that was Hayden’s first swim of the meet. Hayden is on the comeback trail after 8 years of retirement. Last week, in his debut at the Western TransMountain Festival in Canada, he swam 49.51 in the 100 free.

His Friday time now ranks Hayden as the 2nd-best Canadian in long course in 2020, behind Markus Thormeyer’s 49.36. Canada is currently in position to qualify a men’s 400 free relay to the Olympics, but as a wildcard they could still be bumped. The Olympic “A” time is 48.57 individually.

In the women’s 100 free time trial, meanwhile, another U.S. National Teamer raced: Margo Geer. She swam 54.66 in that time trial, which means that unlike Chadwick, she wasn’t able to improve her Thursday performances. Geer swam 54.68 in prelims and 54.40 in finals of the regular event.

For the women in 2016, it took 55.32 to make the semi-finals at the Olympic Trials in the 100 free, 54.07 to make the finals, and 53.92 for a top-6 placing.



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2 years ago

48.7 made too 6 in 2016…wow. Might not be even top 12 this year.

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

The US would win a 12×100 freelay by half the pool

Reply to  Cacrushers
2 years ago

Yes. 330 million population helps

Reply to  Joel
2 years ago

It’s also the College system that trains a ton of amateur athletes

Reply to  Justanotherfreestyler
2 years ago

agreed , its their collegiate system more than the Population .

2 years ago

Depends who you’re comparing to. Other countries with large populations college system is probably the difference but countries with small populations having such a college system probably wouldn’t be feasible nor as helpful.

2 years ago

The women’s times will also probably be faster for top 6 this year with Manuel, Weitzeil, Comerford, Walsh, Geer, and even Schmitt looking at 53 or below

Reply to  Nswim
2 years ago


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