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
Kicking off the first morning finals session of the 2021 Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo was Olympic champion Katie Ledecky with her win in the 200 free. Ledecky stormed to a top time in the world this season at 1:54.40, dropping a full second from her evening prelims swim of 1:55.40. That time knocks three one-hundredths off her own 2016 Pro Swim Series record of 1:54.43.
Ledecky’s swim also tied Allison Schmitt‘s 2012 U.S. Open record of 1:54.40 as the fastest swim on U.S. soil. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Ledecky won the 200 free final at 1:54.88, followed by her Olympic title-winning swim and lifetime best of 1:53.73. That swim was also just off Schmitt’s 2012 American record of 1:53.61 from her own Olympic title in London.
Earlier at the San Antonio stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series, Ledecky put up efforts of 1:56.62/1:57.09. Schmitt finished second behind Ledecky in the Mission Viejo at 1:58.04, which ranks 20th in the world this season.
Originally reported by Karl Ortegon.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE – FINALS
Pro Swim Record: 1:54.43 Katie Ledecky (2016)
- Trials Wave II: 2:00.24
- Trials Wave I: 2:01.69
Katie Ledecky was out in 56.01, pulling away from the field and coming down the final stretch with a huge lead. She blazed to a 1:54.40, taking down her own 2016 PSS record of 1:54.43 from five years ago. That’s a phenomenal swim for her, and she moves to the top time in the world this year ahead of China’s Yang Junxuan (1:54.70).
That’s Ledecky’s best time ever on U.S. soil, and it’s her second-best performance ever. She’s only been faster at the Rio Olympics, when she went her lifetime best 1:53.73.
17-year-old Justina Kozan of Mission Viejo Nadadores broke 1:59 for the first time ever, going 1:58.50 to win the B-final ahead of Leah Smith (1:58.76). Kozan’s old best of 1:59.21 was from 2019.