One day into the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin, Katie Ledecky has rocketed into the top 5 in overall points with the day’s top haul.
Ledecky, who did not compete at the Series’ first stop in Minneapolis, rolled up 10 points on a pair of wins to lead all athletes for the day.
That put a damper on Katinka Hosszu‘s earnings. Hosszu rolled through the series last year, swimming only two of the six meets, but dominating the points at both to win the overall series points title. Things won’t be quite so easy for Hosszu this time around, though, as she finished second to Ledecky in both the 100 and 400 frees.
Hosszu still earned 6 points, second-most among women and tied for the second-most in either gender. The top-earning man was Conor Dwyer, who sneakily nabbed 6 points on a pair of 2nd-place finishes.
Just behind Dwyer were a group of single-event winners, each with 5 points: Nathan Adrian, Jack Conger, Josh Prenot and Connor Jaeger.
That leaves Dwyer just a single point behind Tyler Clary (19) for the overall series lead. Elizabeth Beisel will maintain her lead (21.5) on the women’s side, as none of the previous top 5 scored any points on night 1 in Austin.
As a reminder, an event win earns 5 points, a runner-up finish 3 and a third-place spot 1. The overall series points winner earns a $10,000 bonus and a 1-year lease of a BMW car.
Prize money for individual events this season is $200 per point – so an event winner earns $1000, a 2nd-place finisher $600 and a 3rd-place finisher $200. The lists below are “money-earned” lists, not necessarily “money-accepted” lists, given that NCAA swimmers and those who plan to compete in college down the road have restrictions on how much prize money they can accept. Those “amateur” athletes are denoted below with an “(A)”.
The following are tallies from the Austin Pro Swim Series only, which we’ll be keeping track of day-by-day as the meet continues:
Men’s Rankings – Pro Swim Series Austin
|2||Josh Prenot (A)||5||$1,000|
|2||Jack Conger (A)||5||$1,000|
|6||Tripp Cooper (A)||3||$600|
|8||Ryan Murphy (A)||1||$200|
|8||Anton McKee (A)||1||$200|
|8||Andrew Seliskar (A)||1||$200|
Women’s Rankings – Pro Swim Series Austin
|1||Katie Ledecky (A)||10||$2,000|
|3||Noemie Thomas (A)||5||$1,000|
|5||Katie McLaughlin (A)||3||$600|
|5||Marina Garcia (A)||3||$600|
|7||Cassidy Bayer (A)||1||$200|