2018 PRO SWIM SERIES – COLUMBUS Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 8, 2018 McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, OH Thursday:…
Kristel Kobrich (above) won the women’s 1500 free on Thursday.
Anton Ipsen, the 2018 NCAA Champion in the 1650 yard free, swam a season-best time on night 1 of the 2018 Pro Swim Series in Columbus.
USA Swimming previously paid a management fee to host the Pro Swim Series. Beginning in the 2019-2020 season, they’ll ask cities to pay for the right to host.
Columbus will see a bit of a skeleton crew for SwimSquads – every team should have an empty spot amongst its starters, making contributions from the top-tier swimmers even more vital.
The psych sheets for the 2018 Pro Swim Series’ final regular-season stop show a somewhat-lighter field (though still dotted with plenty Olympians) and much of the drama centered around the ongoing battles for the series points lead.
Among the standouts expected to headline the field are Olympic champions Lilly King and Allison Schmitt, as well as fellow individual Olympic medalists Chase Kalisz and Katie Meili.
Dean Farris breaks down his weekend in Santa Clara, how training has gone during his time in Austin with the UT men, and how he’s feeling moving into the rest of the summer
Leah Smith of Tuscon Ford Dealers took two seconds off of her season best to take 2nd in 4:04.72. That’s the 4th-ranked time in the world this year for Smith
Melanie Margalis scored 9 Pro Swim Series points in Santa Clara to overtake the absent Taylor Ruck for the series points lead on the women’s side. But Katie Ledecky scored another 15 points and is now only a couple wins out of stealing the lead.
Lenny Krayzelburg’s SwimSquad won a tough Santa Clara meet, putting up the second-highest point total of any team at any meet so far. Krayzelburg’s 98 points is second only to the 107 his crew put up in Austin.
Simone is not only a master at sprinting, but also at having great hair while she’s doing it. She let us in on her secret to maintaining it during swim meets
King was absolutely cooking down the pool, churning out a 29.62 for the new world #1 ahead of American Molly Hannis (29.71) and Russian Yulia Efimova (29.93)
Aside from coming out victorious un numerous races this weekend, Katie Ledecky spent a significant amount of time signing autographs and taking pictures with young swimmers, hoping to make an impact
Don’t let her typical event line up of 200 fly/free fool you: Katie McLaughlin has always tried to convince her coaches to let her sprint