2023 PRO SWIM SERIES – WESTMONT
- April 12-15, 2023
- FMC Aquatic Center, Westmont, Illinois
- Long Course Meters (50 meters)
- Event Central
- Pre-Scratch timeline
- Psych Sheets
- Live Stream
- Live Results
- Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap | Day 2 Finals Live Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Live Recap | Day 3 Finals Live Recap
Michael Andrew has chosen the 50 breaststroke over the 200 IM, and Kelly Pash has scratched out of her final two events of the weekend on Saturday morning at the Pro Swim Series meet in Westmont, Illinois.
Andrew has raced the 100 breast (7th – 1:01.30), 50 free (5th – 22.30), and 50 fly (3rd – 23.53) this weekend in Westmont. On Saturday, he had the choice to swim the 200 IM as the #3 seed or the 50 breaststroke as the #1 seed, and he chose the latter.
While the 50 isn’t an Olympic event, it pays the same prize money ($1,500 for 1st, $1,000 for 2nd, $500 for 3rd) as the 200 IM. While Andrew is one of the fastest performers in history in the 200 IM, post-Tokyo he seems to have pivoted back to the sprint races. He hasn’t swum a 200 IM in competition since April 2022, and he’s only swum it at two meets since the Olympics.
Shaine Casas, meanwhile, has held on to all three of his entries on Saturday: the 200 IM (#2 seed) starts his morning, the 200 back (#3 seed) comes next, and the 100 free (#5 seed) wraps up the day.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll swim all three races, though. He’s swum three races at the meet so far, but was a no-show for prelims of the 200 free earlier in the meet, leaving an empty lane.
Casas, as much as any American, has some difficult event choices to make headed toward the Paris Games. He could make the team in both backstrokes, both butterflies, the 200 IM, and maybe event a sprint freestyle event, but that would result in a lot of doubles and/or triples.
The biggest scratch of the day on the women’s side was Texas Longhorn Kelly Pash, who was seeded as the #6 seed in the 200 IM and #11 seed in the 100 free.
That leaves her with just one swim this week in Westmont, the 100 fly, where she was 2nd in prelims in 58.52. That’s a pretty good swim for her just a few weeks behind the NCAA Championships, but she scratched out of the rest of the meet (including that final).
Other notable scratches from swimmers who are in the meet:
- Erin Gemmell – #7 seed in the women’s 100 free (no other races on Saturday); she was 2nd in the 200 free and the 400 free earlier in the meet.
- Duru Tanriverdi – #7 seed in the women’s 1500 free (no other races on Saturday); she was 22nd in the 800 free and 34th in the 400 free earlier in the meet.
- Sean Green – #6 seed in the men’s 1500 free (chose the 200 back as the #28 seed on Saturday); best finish for the LIAC 16-year-old in the meet so far was 22nd in the 800 free
Other scratches of high-seeded swimmers who haven’t raced yet this meet:
- Hugo Gonzalez out of the 200 IM (#5 seed) & 200 back (#8 seed)
- Paige Hetrick out of the 200 IM (#8 seed) & 100 free (#51 seed)
- Jason Louser out of the 200 IM (#16 seed)
- Gabriel Jett out of the 200 IM (#19 seed) and 200 back (#18 seed)
- Gabby DeLoof out of the 100 free (#10 seed)