Cody Miller Takes Over PSS Lead; Regan Smith Wins Big In Bloomington

2019 BLOOMINGTON PRO SWIM SERIES

  • Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Long course meters (LCM) format
  • Meet site
  • Live results

Cody Miller used a huge Bloomington showing to take over the top swim on the 2019 Pro Swim Series, putting him in line for a $10,000 bonus with just one meet to go.

Miller blew out the previous top swims on the tour in FINA points. His 2:08.98 in the 200 breast was worth 947 FINA points, crushing the old top swims of 927 set by Ryan Murphy‘s 100 back in Knoxville and Will Licon‘s 200 breast in Des Moines. If no one can beat his 947 FINA points at the final PSS stop in Clovis next month, Miller will walk away with a $10,000 series bonus and the 2019 Pro Swim Series title.

Meanwhile on the women’s side, 4 of the top 5 FINA point swims came out of the Bloomington meet, but none could top the current series leader, a 968-point 100 back from Olivia Smoliga back in Richmond. Annie Lazor‘s 2:20.77 in the 200 breast in Bloomington came close, with 965 FINA points, and swims from Katie Ledecky (800 free, 400 free) and Regan Smith (100 back) also cracked the top 5 on the series so far. But Smoliga is still in line for the $10,000 bonus on the women’s side.

Speaking of Smith, the Minnesota high schooler led all money earners with $7250 won in Bloomington (though, of course, NCAA restrictions mean she won’t necessarily accept all of the prize money she’s earned). That came via three wins (50, 100 & 200 back) and two runners-up (100 & 200 fly), plus a share of the top prelims FINA point swim of the meet. Her 100 back prelims swim of 59.46 tied with Ledecky’s 4:02.40 prelims 400 free for the top prelims point swim. They split the $1500 bonus between them after besting all other prelims swims on the tour so far.

The men’s prelims bonus went to Luis Martinezwho hit for 897 FINA points with his 51.64 prelims 100 fly.

Michael Andrew added $5,750 to his series total and continues to lead all money-earners with $25,750 in winnings. Ledecky is second with $16,250, and Lazor is running third, just ahead of Zane Grothe.

We also had an intriguing oddity in prize money: a three-way tie for the $500 third-place prize in the women’s 100 breast. In that race, Bethany Galat, Emily Escobedo and Madisyn Cox all went 1:07.59, and will split the third-place money. We’ve tallied them all winning $167 in our chart, to keep the numbers nice and round.

Prize Money System

The top 3 in each individual event will earn money. The top prelims swim in an individual Olympic event (based on FINA points) earns a $1500 bonus, one for the men and one for women. The swimmer with the top individual Olympic event swim (based on FINA points) of the entire series will earn a $10,000 bonus.

Individual Events (including stroke 50s)

  • 1st: $1500
  • 2nd: $1000
  • 3rd: $500

Top Prelims Swim (individual Olympic events)

  • $1500

SwimSquad Relay

  • $1000 ($250 apiece) to winning relay
  • $1000 ($250 apiece) to relay with fastest add-up relay reaction times

Top Overall Swim for Series (individual Olympic events)

  • $10,000

Top Swim Series Leaders

The top swims of the entire series will earn $10,000 bonuses – one for the top man and one for the top women. Here are the current leaders. New swims are in bold:

Women:

Rank Athlete FINA Points Time Event Meet
1 Olivia Smoliga 968 58.73 100 Back Richmond
2 Annie Lazor 965 2:20.77 200 Breast Bloomington
3 Katie Ledecky 964 8:10.70 800 Free Bloomington
4 Regan Smith 958 58.82 100 Back Bloomington
5 Katie Ledecky 956 3:59.95 400 Free Bloomington
6 Kathleen Baker 946 59.17 100 Back Des Moines
7 Regan Smith 943 2:06.47 200 Back Bloomington
7 Katie Ledecky 943 8:14.24 800 Free Richmond
9 Olivia Smoliga 938 59.35 100 Back Des Moines
9 Katie Ledecky 938 4:01.50 400 Free Richmond

Men:

Rank Athlete FINA Points Time Event Meet
1 Cody Miller 947 2:08.98 200 Breast Bloomington
2 Ryan Murphy 927 53.17 100 Back Knoxville
2 Will Licon 927 2:09.90 200 Breast Des Moines
4 Nic Fink 926 2:09.93 200 Breast Des Moines
5 Josh Prenot 925 2:09.96 200 Breast Knoxville
6 Anton Ipsen 915 14:57.15 1500 Free Richmond
7 Marius Kusch 913 51.35 100 Fly Des Moines
7 Michael Andrew 913 1:57.49 200 IM Richmond
9 Ryan Murphy 911 53.47 100 Back Richmond
10 Chase Kalisz 909 1:57.68 200 IM Knoxville

Full Money Lists

Note: the following list tracks “money earned,” though not necessarily “money received.” Athletes maintaining amateurism for high school or NCAA swimming have restrictions on how much prize money they can accept.

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25BACKSTROKE

So does the person with the “best” (by FINA Points) swim just get the title now? According to the points system from last year, wouldn’t Michael Andrew win the title by a long shot?

Tupperware

Interesting situation for Smith – I’m not up-to-date with how NCAA handles prize money, will she be able to accept any of it?

MLAFORMAT

The fina points system is incredibly flawed, as it assumes all world records are equal. For example, the American records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, (58.64 and 2:07.17) which are comparable swims in my opinion with the 200 maybe having a slight edge, have fina power points of 988 and 923, a huge spread, due to Peaty’s dominance in the 100.

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