Leah Smith, Jordan Wilimovsky Open PSS – Mission Viejo with 800 Free Wins

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)

The first session of the Mission Viejo stop of the 2021 Pro Swim Series started this morning in sunny California with the women’s and men’s 800 free.

WOMEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL

  • PSS record: 8:06.68, Katie Ledecky (USA) – 2016

Top 3

  1. Leah Smith (UN) – 8:24.46
  2. Ashley Twichell (TAC) – 8:27.41
  3. Emma Nordin (SUN) – 8:29.67

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.

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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.

MEN’S 800 FREE – TIMED FINAL

  • PSS record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom (USA) – 2014

Top 3

  1. Jordan Wilimovsky (KSWM) – 7:54.44
  2. Will Gallant (MVN) – 7:57.55
  3. Zane Grothe (BCH) – 7:58.04

The top three men all broke eight minutes, with KSWIM’s Jordan Wilimovsky touching almost three seconds ahead of the next-best competitor at 7:54.44. Wilimovsky slots in at #17 in the world this season, just behind the top American, Bobby Finke, who is #12 with a 7:53.05 from the U.S. Open.

Second went to Mission Viejo’s Will Gallant, who surged for his first-ever sub-8:00 race at 7:57.55. Gallant’s old best was an 8:02.15 from the U.S. Open in December.

Zane Grothe of Boulder City-Henderson was third in 7:58.04, nearly able to catch Gallant with a 58.2 final 100 to Gallant’s 58.8.

Zach Yeadon of Cal Aquatics and Dylan Porges of TAC Titans finished fourth and fifth in 8:01.96 and 8:06.61, respectively. For Porges, that’s a new lifetime best by a few tenths.

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Hswimmer
12 days ago

Great swim for emma nordin

Yozhik
Reply to  Hswimmer
12 days ago

Indeed. She improved her personal best by 8sec(!) and was better than Olympic qualifying time. One small step left: to be the second after KL at OT.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

Yep she could challenge if she drops another 4-5

Yozhik
Reply to  Hswimmer
12 days ago

It isn’t about time now. Her performance today qualifies her to be Olympian. It is all about race. And everything can happen. That is the beauty of trials.
BTW Ledecky’s personal best at this distance by the April of Olympic year 2012 was still slower than 8:30.
Who knows how Emma’s improvement curve looks like 😀

Ole 99
12 days ago

I see Santo Condorelli’s name on the start list. Is this “just for fun” or does a path to the Olympics still exist for him? Thought Italian trials was it.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Ole 99
12 days ago

There are always other countries

Hswimmer
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
12 days ago

😂😂😂

Riccardo
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
12 days ago

“It’s not an error, I am Canadian,” Condorelli said

John
Reply to  Ole 99
12 days ago

Every 4th country is an automatic by to get on the team.

HJones
Reply to  Ole 99
12 days ago

No, he has one last-ditch opportunity to qualify at Sette Colli in June. He would have to be added as a discretionary pick and would probably have to put up a time that would have him slotted as the 4th fastest 100 freestyler they have to be considered for a relay spot. Even then, that might be a hard sell considering he pretty much tanked the Italy relay at 2019 WC and doesn’t seem to be trending in the right direction.

SwimSam
12 days ago

With the evening prelims morning finals format, will there be a day 2 prelims tonight or will there be nothing tomorrow morning?

Hswimmer
Reply to  SwimSam
12 days ago

Prelims are tonight finals tomorrow morning..

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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