Leah Smith Adds 10 PSS Points, Is Now Top Nationals Earner After Day 3

2017 U.S. NATIONALS/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TRIALS

Leah Smith is on fire.

While she wasn’t the distance freestyler many expected to make a crossover into IM, it was Smith (not Katie Ledecky) who won the national 400 IM title tonight in a shocker, and it’s Smith, not Ledecky, who leads all Pro Swim Series point-getters at Nationals three days in. (Ledecky elected not to enter the 400 IM this week).

Smith has 22 points, courtesy of her smashing 400 IM win tonight and her pair of runner-up finishes to Ledecky in the 200 and 800 frees. Smith still has the 400 and 1500 freestyles left, though the 1500 doesn’t count for Pro Swim Series points. Ledecky will still contest the 400 free.

Meanwhile on the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel is similarly unstoppable. Where Smith is coming down from distance freestyle to add distance IMs, Dressel is coming up from sprint freestyle and adding sprint butterfly. He won the 100 fly tonight and has now swept the sprint fly races for the week. Dressel has earned 16 points in Indy this week – 10 from his fly win tonight and 6 from his runner-up effort in the 100 free on day 1. In between, Dressel also qualified for a World Champs relay spot in the 4×200 free relay (though he didn’t place top 3 to earn PSS points) and won the 50 fly (which doesn’t give out PSS points).

Chase Kalisz jumped into a tie for second in points at this meet with his win in the 400 IM. He catches 200 free champ Townley HaasAnd Haas’s Texas teammate Jack Conger expanded that to a three-way tie after taking third in the 100 fly.

Meanwhile Kalisz broke a tie with Josh Prenot for the overall series lead. He now leads by 10 over all competitors. Ledecky continues to lead the women’s side.

Nationals Points/Money-Earners

Men:

Rank Athlete Nationals Points Nationals Money
1 Caeleb Dressel 16 $800
2 Chase Kalisz 12 $600
2 Townley Haas 12 $600
2 Jack Conger 12 $600
5 Nathan Adrian 10 $500
5 Kevin Cordes 10 $500
5 Ryan Murphy 10 $500
5 True Sweetser 10 $500
9 Blake Pieroni 6 $300
9 Robert Finke 6 $300
9 Jacob Pebley 6 $300
9 Jay Litherland 6 $300
9 Nicolas Fink 6 $300
9 Pace Clark 6 $300
9 Tim Phillips 6 $300
16 Robert Owen 2 $100
16 Gunnar Bentz 2 $100
16 Josh Prenot 2 $100
16 PJ Ransford 2 $100
16 Zane Grothe 2 $100

Women:

Rank Athlete Nationals Points Nationals Money
1 Leah Smith 22 $1,100
2 Katie Ledecky 20 $1,000
3 Mallory Comerford 12 $600
4 Kathleen Baker 10 $500
4 Hali Flickinger 10 $500
4 Lilly King 10 $500
4 Kelsi Worrell 10 $500
8 Sarah Gibson 8 $400
9 Bethany Galat 6 $300
9 Dakota Luther 6 $300
9 Regan Smith 6 $300
9 Simone Manuel 6 $300
9 Elizabeth Beisel 6 $300
14 Asia Seidt 2 $100
14 Hannah Moore 2 $100
14 Lia Neal 2 $100
14 Melanie Margalis 2 $100
14 Miranda Tucker 2 $100
14 Brooke Forde 2 $100

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.

*Though not addressed in the series rules, a tie appears to net each swimmer the points of the position for which they tied. For example, a tie for first gives both swimmers 5 points, instead of adding up the first and second place points (5+3=8) and splitting them between the two (for 4 apiece). This appears to be reflected in the point standings tallied by USA Swimming on its website.

Updated PSS Points/Money

Men:

Rank Athlete Points Money Austin Indianapolis Mesa Atlanta Santa Clara U.S. Nationals
1 Chase Kalisz 55 $4,900 0 0 18 20 5 12
2 Josh Prenot 45 $4,400 11 13 14 0 5 2
3 Jacob Pebley 35 $3,200 8 6 8 4 3 6
4 Nathan Adrian 34 $2,900 0 10 8 0 6 10
5 Daiya Seto 32 $3,200 20 12 0 0 0 0
6 Jay Litherland 30 $2,700 0 0 0 6 18 6
7 Ryan Murphy 28 $2,300 0 0 0 8 10 10
8 Nicolas Fink 25 $2,200 6 3 0 4 6 6
9 Caeleb Dressel 22 $1,400 0 0 0 0 6 16
10 Jack Conger 21 $1,500 0 0 0 3 6 12
10 Kevin Cordes 21 $1,600 0 0 6 0 5 10
12 Michael Andrew 20 $2,000 5 4 0 5 6 0
13 Marcelo Acosta 17 $1,700 0 0 10 1 6 0
14 Park Tae Hwan 15 $1,500 0 0 0 15 0 0
15 Tom Shields 14 $1,400 0 0 8 5 1 0
16 Anton Ipsen 13 $1,300 13 0 0 0 0 0
16 Joao de Lucca 13 $1,300 0 1 6 6 0 0
16 Matt Grevers 13 $1,300 5 0 5 0 3 0
19 Townley Haas 12 $600 0 0 0 0 0 12
20 Andrew Wilson 11 $1,100 6 0 0 5 0 0
20 Blake Pieroni 11 $800 0 0 0 5 0 6
22 Li Zhuhao 10 $1,000 0 10 0 0 0 0
22 Marcos Lavado 10 $1,000 9 0 0 1 0 0
22 Shinri Shioura 10 $1,000 10 0 0 0 0 0
22 True Sweetser 10 $500 0 0 0 0 0 10
22 Xu Jiayu 10 $1,000 0 10 0 0 0 0
27 James Guy 9 $900 0 9 0 0 0 0
27 Pace Clark 9 $600 0 0 0 0 3 6
27 Tim Phillips 9 $600 0 0 3 0 0 6
30 Ryosuke Irie 8 $800 0 1 0 7 0 0
30 Vladimir Morozov 8 $800 0 3 0 0 5 0
32 Cody Miller 7 $700 0 4 0 3 0 0
32 Felix Auboeck 7 $700 0 0 0 7 0 0
32 Zane Grothe 7 $600 0 5 0 0 0 2
35 Duncan Scott 6 $600 0 6 0 0 0 0
35 Naito Ehara 6 $600 6 0 0 0 0 0
35 Robert Finke 6 $300 0 0 0 0 0 6
38 Adam Peaty 5 $500 0 5 0 0 0 0
38 Andrew Abruzzo 5 $500 0 5 0 0 0 0
38 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen 5 $500 0 0 5 0 0 0
38 Clark Smith 5 $500 0 0 0 0 5 0
38 Dylan Carter 5 $500 0 0 5 0 0 0
43 Arkady Vyatchanin 4 $400 0 0 4 0 0 0
43 Michael Chadwick 4 $400 0 0 0 4 0 0
43 Sean Grieshop 4 $400 0 0 4 0 0 0
43 Sean Lehane 4 $400 3 0 1 0 0 0
43 Taylor Abbott 4 $400 0 0 4 0 0 0
43 Yuri Kisil 4 $400 4 0 0 0 0 0
49 Abrahm Devine 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
49 Ali Khalafalla 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
49 Fuyu Yoshida 3 $300 3 0 0 0 0 0
49 Grigory Tarasevich 3 $300 0 1 0 0 2 0
49 Joseph Schooling 3 $300 0 0 0 3 0 0
49 Long Gutierrez 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
49 Ryan Held 3 $300 3 0 0 0 0 0
49 Shogo Takeda 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
49 Tom Derbyshire 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
58 Adam Linker 2 $200 2 0 0 0 0 0
58 Cristian Quintero 2 $200 0 0 2 0 0 0
58 Gunnar Bentz 2 $100 0 0 0 0 0 2
58 Hennessey Stuart 2 $200 2 0 0 0 0 0
58 Max Litchfield 2 $200 0 2 0 0 0 0
58 PJ Ransford 2 $100 0 0 0 0 0 2
58 Robert Owen 2 $100 0 0 0 0 0 2
58 Stephen Milne 2 $200 0 2 0 0 0 0
66 Bradlee Ashby 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Bruno Fratus 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 Carlos Claverie 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Conor Dwyer 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
66 Daniel Hunter 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Grant Sanders 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Jack LeVant 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 Jonathan Gomez 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Josh Schneider 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Kieran Smith 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
66 Marc Hinawi 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Marius Kusch 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Michael Jensen 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
66 Michael Weiss 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
66 Nicolo Martinenghi 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 Patrick Callan 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Richard Funk 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Santiago Grassi 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Singo Nakaya 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
66 Tristan Cote 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 Tsubasa Amai 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
66 Will Licon 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0

Women:

Rank Athlete Points Money Austin Indianapolis Mesa Atlanta Santa Clara U.S. Nationals
1 Katie Ledecky 58 $4,800 0 0 18 15 5 20
2 Melanie Margalis 41 $4,000 19 6 6 8 0 2
3 Kelsi Worrell 40 $3,500 0 5 10 5 10 10
4 Hali Flickinger 39 $3,400 8 10 0 11 0 10
5 Simone Manuel 34 $3,100 0 0 12 11 5 6
6 Leah Smith 31 $2,000 0 0 9 0 0 22
7 Madisyn Cox 22 $2,200 0 0 7 0 15 0
7 Mary-Sophie Harvey 22 $2,200 11 3 8 0 0 0
9 Mallory Comerford 21 $1,500 0 5 3 1 0 12
10 Katie Meili 18 $1,800 0 3 10 5 0 0
10 Lilly King 18 $1,300 0 0 0 8 0 10
12 Ashley Twichell 16 $1,600 10 6 0 0 0 0
13 Ali DeLoof 15 $1,500 0 5 5 5 0 0
13 Hilary Caldwell 15 $1,500 5 5 0 0 5 0
15 Sarah Gibson 13 $900 5 0 0 0 0 8
16 Regan Smith 12 $900 0 0 0 0 6 6
17 Kathleen Baker 10 $500 0 0 0 0 0 10
17 Lia Neal 10 $900 0 0 2 0 6 2
19 Breeja Larson 9 $900 8 0 1 0 0 0
19 Elizabeth Beisel 9 $600 0 0 0 0 3 6
19 Eva Merrell 9 $900 4 0 5 0 0 0
19 Lauren Case 9 $900 0 0 3 3 3 0
19 Zhu Menghui 9 $900 0 9 0 0 0 0
24 Brooke Forde 8 $700 0 0 0 6 0 2
24 Cierra Runge 8 $800 0 0 0 0 8 0
24 Kayla Sanchez 8 $800 5 3 0 0 0 0
24 Michelle Williams 8 $800 5 3 0 0 0 0
24 Molly Hannis 8 $800 0 5 3 0 0 0
29 Bethany Galat 7 $400 0 0 0 1 0 6
29 Federica Pellegrini 7 $700 0 7 0 0 0 0
29 Madison Kennedy 7 $700 0 1 3 3 0 0
29 Siobhan Haughey 7 $700 0 0 0 0 7 0
33 Amanda Weir 6 $600 5 0 0 1 0 0
33 Dakota Luther 6 $300 0 0 0 0 0 6
33 Erin Voss 6 $600 0 0 3 3 0 0
33 Hannah Miley 6 $600 0 6 0 0 0 0
33 Hellen Moffitt 6 $600 0 0 0 3 3 0
33 Joanna Evans 6 $600 0 0 0 6 0 0
33 Katie Drabot 6 $600 0 0 0 0 6 0
33 Katie McLaughlin 6 $600 0 0 0 0 6 0
33 Kylie Masse 6 $600 0 0 0 0 6 0
42 Chloe Tutton 5 $500 0 5 0 0 0 0
42 Hannah Moore 5 $400 3 0 0 0 0 2
42 Lucie Nordmann 5 $500 5 0 0 0 0 0
42 Macarena Ceballos 5 $500 0 0 0 0 5 0
42 Miranda Tucker 5 $400 0 0 0 3 0 2
42 Rebecca Smith 5 $500 3 1 0 1 0 0
48 Cassidy Bayer 4 $400 0 3 0 1 0 0
48 Erica Seltenreich-Hodgson 4 $400 4 0 0 0 0 0
48 Hannah Saiz 4 $400 3 1 0 0 0 0
48 Kendyl Stewart 4 $400 0 3 1 0 0 0
52 Abbie Wood 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Danielle Hanus 3 $300 3 0 0 0 0 0
52 Delfina Pignatiello 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Emily Escobedo 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
52 Grace Ariola 3 $300 0 0 0 3 0 0
52 Jazmin Carlin 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Jessica Fullalove 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Ky-lee Perry 3 $300 3 0 0 0 0 0
52 Liu Yaxin 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Louise Hansson 3 $300 0 0 3 0 0 0
52 Mackenzie Padington 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
52 Mie Nielsen 3 $300 0 0 3 0 0 0
52 Monika Gonzalez-Hermosilla 3 $300 0 0 0 3 0 0
52 Riley Scott 3 $300 0 0 0 0 3 0
52 Sandrine Mainville 3 $300 0 0 0 3 0 0
52 Sarah Darcel 3 $300 0 3 0 0 0 0
52 Vien Nguyen 3 $300 0 0 0 3 0 0
69 Asia Seidt 2 $100 0 0 0 0 0 2
69 Claire Adams 2 $200 0 0 1 1 0 0
69 Sydney Pickrem 2 $200 2 0 0 0 0 0
72 Abbey Weitzeil 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Alexia Zevnik 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Allie Szekely 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Andee Cottrell 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Caroline Baldwin 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Dominique Bouchard 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0
72 Emma Barksdale 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Emma Nordin 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0
72 G Ryan 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0
72 Imogen Clark 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Kierra Smith 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Kristel Kobrich 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Leah Stevens 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Mackenzie Glover 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Marina Garcia 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Melissa Postoll 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Melissa Rodriguez 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Natalie Labonge 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Olivia Anderson 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Olivia Smoliga 1 $100 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Remedy Rule 1 $100 0 0 0 0 1 0
72 Sierra Schmidt 1 $100 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Taylor Pike 1 $100 1 0 0 0 0 0
72 Ye Shiwen 1 $100 0 1 0 0 0 0

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Tom from Chicago

After 6 events, no US swimmer has earned more than $5,000 in prize money? What is the budget for US Swimming? What are the administrators paid? Is there no one in business development? This is a core Olympic sport for the US. I would like to see the top swimmers able to support themselves while they train.

People don’t pay to see swimmers swim like they do for football, basketball, baseball, and soccer games.

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