Josh Prenot Takes Over Arena Pro Swim Points Lead After Mesa

2017 ARENA PRO SWIM SERIES – MESA

Josh Prenot took over the men’s point lead in the Arena Pro Swim Series, nabbing 14 points at the Mesa stop.

Prenot passes up Daiya Seto, who led for the first two legs but did not compete in Mesa as he was halfway across the world swimming Japanese Nationals instead. Prenot has been a steady point-scorer at all three stops of the tour, and is now 14 points ahead of the top American challenger. Only American athletes will be able to compete at the tour’s final stop, U.S. Nationals, which is worth double points.

Prenot’s 14 points in Mesa were second-most among men. Chase Kalisz led with 18 points total.

On the women’s side, Melanie Margalis still leads, though her production has cooled off after a massive 19-point opening meet. Margalis has scored just 6 at each of the past two stops, but still leads the series by 9 over Canada’s Mary-Sophie Harvey.

Katie Ledecky made her 2017 Pro Swim Series debut, nabbing a whopping 18 points to lead all swimmers in Mesa. She now sits in a tie for third having swum just one of three tour events.

The tour continues with three more stops: Atlanta in May, Santa Clara in June and U.S. Nationals in late June/early July.

Top Mesa Point-Getters

Women:

  1. Katie Ledecky – 18
  2. Simone Manuel – 12
  3. Kelsi Worrell – 10
  4. Katie Meili – 10
  5. Leah Smith – 9

Men:

  1. Chase Kalisz – 18
  2. Josh Prenot – 14
  3. Marcelo Acosta – 10
  4. Jacob Pebley – 8
  5. Nathan Adrian – 8
  6. Tom Shields – 8

POINTS & PRIZE MONEY System

Each swimmer earns points and prize money for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finishes in individual Olympic distance events at every stop of the tour. Relays and non-Olympic events (50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, women’s 1500 free, men’s 800 free, etc) do not count for points or money.

  • 1st: $500 and 5 points
  • 2nd: $300 and 3 points
  • 3rd: $100 and 1 point

At Summer Nationals, those point totals will be doubled to 10, 6 and 2.

The overall point winners from the entire series for both men and women will earn $10,000 apiece, as well as a 1-year lease of a BMW car. Athletes of any nationality can earn the cash bonus, but only U.S. citizens can win the BMW. If a foreign athlete or an athlete maintaining their amateurism status wins the tour, the car will be passed on to the next eligible finisher, but if a swimmer maintaining their amateurism status wins the series, the $10,000 bonus will not be passed on to the next finisher.

POINTS & MONEY LISTS

Reminder: these lists track money earned, not necessarily money accepted. Athletes maintaining their amateurism status for high school or college swimming are restricted in how much prize money they can accept.

WOMEN’S POINTS

Rank Athlete Points Money Austin Indianapolis Mesa
1 Melanie Margalis 31 $3,100 19 6 6
2 Mary-Sophie Harvey 22 $2,200 11 3 8
3 Katie Ledecky 18 $1,800 0 0 18
3 Hali Flickinger 18 $1,800 8 10 0
5 Ashley Twichell 16 $1,600 10 6 0
6 Kelsi Worrell 15 $1,500 0 5 10
7 Katie Meili 13 $1,300 0 3 10
8 Simone Manuel 12 $1,200 0 0 12
9 Ali DeLoof 10 $1,000 0 5 5
9 Hilary Caldwell 10 $1,000 5 5 0
11 Eva Merrell 9 $900 4 0 5
11 Breeja Larson 9 $900 8 0 1
11 Leah Smith 9 $900 0 0 9
11 Zhu Menghui 9 $900 0 9 0
15 Molly Hannis 8 $800 0 5 3
15 Kayla Sanchez 8 $800 5 3 0
15 Mallory Comerford 8 $800 0 5 3
15 Michelle Williams 8 $800 5 3 0
19 Federica Pellegrini 7 $700 0 7 0
19 Madisyn Cox 7 $700 0 0 7
21 Hannah Miley 6 $600 0 6 0
22 Lucie Nordmann 5 $500 5 0 0
22 Sarah Gibson 5 $500 5 0 0
22 Amanda Weir 5 $500 5 0 0
22 Chloe Tutton 5 $500 0 5 0
26 Erica Seltenreich-Hodgson 4 $400 4 0 0
26 Kendyl Stewart 4 $400 0 3 1
26 Rebecca Smith 4 $400 3 1 0
26 Hannah Saiz 4 $400 3 1 0
26 Madison Kennedy 4 $400 0 1 3
31 Liu Yaxin 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Jazmin Carlin 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Hannah Moore 3 $300 3 0 0
31 Jessica Fullalove 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Louise Hansson 3 $300 0 0 3
31 Erin Voss 3 $300 0 0 3
31 Lauren Case 3 $300 0 0 3
31 Abbie Wood 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Cassidy Bayer 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Danielle Hanus 3 $300 3 0 0
31 Delfina Pignatiello 3 $300 0 3 0
31 Ky-lee Perry 3 $300 3 0 0
31 Mie Nielsen 3 $300 0 0 3
31 Sarah Darcel 3 $300 0 3 0
45 Lia Neal 2 $200 0 0 2
45 Sydney Pickrem 2 $200 2 0 0
47 Sierra Schmidt 1 $100 0 0 1
47 Olivia Anderson 1 $100 1 0 0
47 Ye Shiwen 1 $100 0 1 0
47 Emma Nordin 1 $100 0 1 0
47 Claire Adams 1 $100 0 0 1
47 Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir 1 $100 0 1 0
47 Imogen Clark 1 $100 1 0 0
47 Natalie Labonge 1 $100 1 0 0
47 Taylor Pike 1 $100 1 0 0
47 Alexia Zevnik 1 $100 1 0 0
47 Dominique Bouchard 1 $100 0 1 0
47 Mackenzie Glover 1 $100 1 0 0

Men’s Points

Rank Athlete Points Money Austin Indianapolis Mesa
1 Josh Prenot 36 $3,600 9 13 14
2 Daiya Seto 32 $3,200 20 12 0
3 Jacob Pebley 22 $2,200 8 6 8
4 Nathan Adrian 18 $1,800 0 10 8
4 Chase Kalisz 18 $1,800 0 0 18
6 Anton Ipsen 13 $1,300 13 0 0
7 Marcelo Acosta 10 $1,000 0 0 10
7 Xu Jiayu 10 $1,000 0 10 0
7 Shinri Shioura 10 $1,000 10 0 0
7 Li Zhuhao 10 $1,000 0 10 0
7 Matt Grevers 10 $1,000 5 0 5
12 James Guy 9 $900 0 9 0
12 Nicolas Fink 9 $900 6 3 0
12 Michael Andrew 9 $900 5 4 0
12 Marcos Lavado 9 $900 9 0 0
16 Tom Shields 8 $800 0 0 8
17 Joao de Lucca 7 $700 0 1 6
18 Naito Ehara 6 $600 6 0 0
18 Duncan Scott 6 $600 0 6 0
18 Andrew Wilson 6 $600 6 0 0
18 Kevin Cordes 6 $600 0 0 6
22 Dylan Carter 5 $500 0 0 5
22 Adam Peaty 5 $500 0 5 0
22 Andrew Abruzzo 5 $500 0 5 0
22 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen 5 $500 0 0 5
22 Zane Grothe 5 $500 0 5 0
27 Sean Grieshop 4 $400 0 0 4
27 Arkady Vyatchanin 4 $400 0 0 4
27 Yuri Kisil 4 $400 4 0 0
27 Taylor Abbott 4 $400 0 0 4
27 Cody Miller 4 $400 0 4 0
27 Sean Lehane 4 $400 3 0 1
33 Fuyu Yoshida 3 $300 3 0 0
33 Ryan Held 3 $300 3 0 0
33 Vladimir Morozov 3 $300 0 3 0
33 Tim Phillips 3 $300 0 0 3
33 Tom Derbyshire 3 $300 0 3 0
38 Hennessey Stuart 2 $200 2 0 0
38 Stephen Milne 2 $200 0 2 0
38 Adam Linker 2 $200 2 0 0
38 Cristian Quintero 2 $200 0 0 2
38 Max Litchfield 2 $200 0 2 0
43 Bradlee Ashby 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Daniel Hunter 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Grigory Tarasevich 1 $100 0 1 0
43 Jonathan Gomez 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Bruno Fratus 1 $100 0 1 0
43 Marc Hinawi 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Nicolo Martinenghi 1 $100 0 1 0
43 Carlos Claverie 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Marius Kusch 1 $100 0 0 1
43 Jack LeVant 1 $100 1 0 0
43 Tsubasa Amai 1 $100 1 0 0
43 Ryosuke Irie 1 $100 0 1 0
43 Tristan Cote 1 $100 1 0 0

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Tom from Chicago
Michael Andrew is the 6th ranked American on the money list and has only made $900 after 3 events. We need to get more sponsors to this sport and start raising the pay. Olympic breaststrokers Cordes and Miller are only at $600 and $400. At a minimum, it would be nice for the top 30 Americans to at least be able to support themselves so they can train full time. Only 2-3 like Phelps, Ledecky, and Franklin get the big endorsement deals. What can we do to get another 0 added to these awards? Maybe we could make Olympic sponsorship of swimming a 4-year deal, not just the Olympic year. Great Britain invested heavily in their athletes several years before… Read more »
Dan Dingman
It’s all about eyeballs. If there were more people interested in following swimming, watching PSS events, etc. then more money flows through because ad spots are more valuable. I’m unaware of any other organic way to sustainably increase $ in the sport. So what is the problem? Why aren’t there more eyeballs? Part of me thinks that this is not an issue with the sport itself, because there are eyeballs for 10 days on the Olympics. Swimming is one of the most exciting events in games even for non-swimmers. If swimming itself were ‘boring’ to outsiders than why the excitement for the sport during the Olympics? If we can find creative ways to channel even a small portion of that… Read more »

A 4 year college scholarship would’ve been a lot more financially beneficial to MA then his pro deals.

And for his swimming seeing as he’s seemingly flatlined

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and would have improved his underwaters more than he can hope to with his current situation.

Money side needs to go up from here. A lot.

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