2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)
- April 8-11, 2021
- Marguerite Aquatics Center, Mission Viejo, CA
- Prelims – 4:00pm PST/Finals – 10:00am PST
- Meet central
- Meet information
- Psych sheets
- Live stream (USA Swimming – evening prelims & 800 free Thursday)
- Live stream (Olympic Channel – mid-day finals)
- Live results
Reported by Karl Ortegon.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL
- PSS record: 8:06.68, Katie Ledecky (USA) – 2016
There were only six swimmers in the women’s event, all fitting in one heat to start off the meet. Katie Ledecky is racing this week, but she was not entered in this event, and Leah Smith pushed the pace early.
Smith would go on to win this at 8:24.46, a new season-best by over a second to jump from sixth to fifth in the world rankings. Second went to Ashley Twichell of the TAC Titans in 8:27.41, only two seconds off of a best and her first time under 8:30 this season. Twichell now ranks 11th in the world.
Haley Anderson of Mission Viejo Nadadores looked on-pace for third, but Sun Devil Swimming’s Emma Nordin split 31s to Anderson’s (mostly) 32s over the final 250 meters or so. Nordin broke through for third in 8:29.67, which is her first time under 8:30 and a massive lifetime best by over seven seconds. Her old best, an 8:37.00 from the 2019 Los Angeles Invite, was her first time under 8:40.