2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES
Reported by Nick Pecoraro.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINALS
- PSS Record: 8:06.68, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2016
- GOLD: Leah Smith (Tuscon Ford)- 8:23.46
- SILVER: Hali Flickinger (Sun Devil)- 8:29.96
- BRONZE: Kaersten Meitz (Boilermaker)- 8:32.21
Leah Smith consistently held 31s throughout the majority of the race, coming home in 30.46 to clock in a season best of 8:23.46. Tying her seed time for second place was Hali Flickinger, clocking in an 8:29.96. Touching in for third was Kaersten Meitz, coming in just off her SB (8:31.85) at 8:32.21.
Smith now is the 3rd-fastest swimmer in the world this season just behind Kiah Melverton (8:22.24) and Katie Ledecky (8:14.59). Flickinger’s swim now puts her at #13 for the 2019-2020 season while Meitz’s season best remains at #16.