Pro Swim Series: Mission Viejo- Day 3 Finals Live Recap



On night three of the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo, the 200 free, 200 back, 400 IM. and 100 fly will be contested. We see many swimmers taking on doubles this session, such as Katie Grimes (200 back/400 IM), Bella Sims (200 free/400 IM),  and Trenton Julian (200 free/100 fly).

Some of these races will give us a preview of World Championships, which happen just two weeks from now. Grimes is the top seed in the women’s 400 IM (4:43.46), an event that she just set a massive personal best in at trials and will be racing at worlds. After she went a best time by nearly a second in the 400 free last night, we could potentially see another drop tonight. In addition, the 16-year-old the second seed in the 200 back (2:12.58), just 0.08 seconds behind Isabelle Stadden.

Claire Weinstein and Bella Sims are the top two seeds in the women’s 200 free with times of 2:00.36 and 2:00.95 respectively, Both of these swimmers are qualified to swim on Team USA’s 4×200 free relay at worlds, while Weinstein is also swimming the 200 free individually. Sims is also seeded second in the 400 IM. Trenton Julian is seeded second in the men’s 200 free (1:49.94) and the top seed in the 100 fly (53.04), with Grant House taking the top spot in the former event out of prelims (1:49.90).

Women’s 200 free

  • World Record: Federica Pellegrini (ITA): 1:52.98
  • American Record: Allison Schmitt: 1:53.61
  • US Open Record: Allison Schmitt/Katie Ledecky (USA): 1:54.40
  • Pro Swim Record: Katie Ledecky (USA): 1:54.40

Top 3:

  1. Claire Weinstein – 1:58.31 (SAND)
  2. Bella Sims – 1:58.97 (SAND)
  3. Lindsay Looney – 2:00.03 (ASU)

The two Sandpipers of Nevada, Claire Weinstein and Bella Sims, were dominant throughout the race and were ahead of the rest of the field by over a second. Sims took it out very fast, splitting 58.08 on her first 100 before closing a bit slower in 1:00.89. She led for the first 150 meters of the race, before Weinstein came charging home in a blistering 29.24 last 50 to take the win. Both Weinstein and Sims were a bit off their trials times of 1:57.04 and 1:57.71 respecitvley.

Arizona State swimmer Lindsay Looney rounded out the top three, finishing with a time of 2:00.03. This was a new personal best for her, an improvement from the 2:00.86 she swam all the way back at the 2019 Nationals meet.

Men’s 200 free

  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER): 1:42.00
  • American Record: Michael Phelps: 1:42.96
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA): 1:44.10
  • Pro Swim Record: Sun Yang (CHN): 1:44.82

Top 3:

  1. Trenton Julian – 1:48.01 (Unattached)
  2. Patrick Sammon – 1:48.43 (ASU)
  3. Grant House – 1:48.44 (ASU)

Grant House took an early lead in this race and flipped in first at the 100 mark with a 52.18 split. However, Trenton Julian came roaring back on the second 100, and ended up having a body length lead over the competition to take the win. He split 55.64 on his back half compared to House’s 56.26.

House ended up being outtouched by his ASU teammate Patrick Sammon by 0.01 of a second and fell to third. Sammon was trailing Julian and House by nearly a second at the 150 mark, but had a speedy 27.01 final 50 to run down House. That split was over a second faster than his third 50 time of 28.22.

Women’s 200 back

  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA): 2:03.35
  • American Record: Regan Smith: 2:03.35
  • US Open Record: Phoebe Bacon (USA): 2:05.08
  • Pro Swim Record: Regan Smith (USA): 2:05.94
  1. Katie Grimes – 2:09.52 (SAND)
  2. Isabelle Stadden – 2:09.59 (CAL)
  3. Jojo Ramey – 2:14.51 (FAST)

Isabelle Stadden had nearly a second lead over the rest of the field when she flipped in 1:03.04 at the 100 mark, but Katie Grimes closed with a 32.14 final 50 to take the win by 0.07 seconds.

For Grimes, her time of 2:09.52 was a best time by nearly two seconds, faster than the 2:11.31 she swam in the prelims of International Team Trials this April. Her time is also the 11th fastest performance in the girls’15-16 age group. Stadden, who finished fourth in the finals of the 200 back in a time of 2:09.69 at trials, was just a bit faster today when she clocked a 2:09.59.

Florida commit Jojo Ramey took third in 2:14.51, a few seconds slower than the 2:10.92 she swam to finish 8th at International Trials.

Men’s 200 back

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA): 1:51.92
  • American Record: Aaron Peirsol: 1:51.92
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA): 1:53.08
  • Pro Swim Record: Xu Jiayu (CHN): 1:55.04
  1. Jack Dolan – 2:01.90 (ASU)
  2. David Cespedes Echeverri – 2:04.68 (Unattached)
  3. Harry Homans – 2:05.03 (Unattached)

Arizona State swimmer Jack Dolan led this race start to finish, splitting 59.02/1:02.70 to win in a time of 2:01.90. He took 0.03 seconds off his best time of 2:01.93 from Olympic trials last year. 28-year-old Columbian swimmer David Cespedes Echeverri finished second in 2:04.68, with Harry Homans coming just a few tenths behind in 2:05.03.

Women’s 400 IM

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:26.36
  • American Record: Katie Hoff: 4:31.12
  • US Open Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:31.07
  • Pro Swim Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN): 4:31.07

Top 3:

  1. Katie Grimes – 4:36.77 (SAND)
  2. Bella Sims – 4:43.46 (SAND)
  3. Lindsay Looney – 4:44.12 (ASU)

Katie Grimes and Bella Sims were even on the fly leg of the 400 IM, but Grimes pulled ahead on the backstroke leg. She ended up winning by nearly six seconds in a time of 4:36.77, just six tenths off her best time of 4:36.17 set at U.S. trials. In fact, her time today would have ranked her seventh in the world had she not already been ranked third with her trials time. Grimes split 1:01.36/1:09.47/1:23.44/1:02.44 on her race.

Sims, who finished in second with a time of 4:43.46, took just under three seconds off her best time of 4:46.37 from this Janurary. Lindsay Looney swam to her second third-place finish of the night with a time of 4:44.12, also a major improvement from her previous lifetime best of 4:47.42.

Men’s 400 IM

  • World Record: Michael Phelps (USA): 4:03.84
  • American Record: Michael Phelps: 4:03.84
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA): 4:05.25
  • Pro Swim Record: Chase Kalisz (USA): 4:08.92

Top 3:

  1. David Johnston – 4:19.54 (TST)
  2. Ilya Kharun – 4:24.31 (SAND)
  3. Tyler Kopp – 4:27.03 (Unattached)

Ilya Kharun took the early lead in his strong stroke of butterfly, but David Johnston broke away from the rest of the field on breaststroke, dominating the rest of the race and winning by nearly six seconds in a time of 4:19.54. Johnston finished fourth in this event at U.S. trials, where he set a new best time of 4:13.24.

Kharun had a 0.04 second improvement from his old lifetime best of 4:24.35 to take second in 4:24.31, while Tyler Kopp came just under three second behind for the third spot.

Women’s 100 fly

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 55.48
  • American Record: Torri Huske: 55.66
  • US Open Record: Torri Huske (USA): 55.66
  • Pro Swim Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE): 56.38

Top 3:

  1. Justina Kozan – 1:00.01 (Unattached)
  2. Krystal Lara – 1:00.24 (BAD)
  3. Isabelle Odgers – 1:00.74 (USC)

Krystal Lara was leading at the 50 mark in 28.15, but Justina Kozan came back on the second half of the race to take the win in a time of 1:00.01, splitting 28.65/31.36.

Lara, who represents the Dominican Republic internationally, broke her national record of 1:00.29 by 0.05 seconds to go a best time of 1:00.24 tonight. USC swimmer Isabelle Odgers finished third in 1:00.74, less than a tenth off her lifetime best of 1:00.67.

Men’s 100 fly

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA): 49.45
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel: 49.45
  • US Open Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA): 49.76
  • Pro Swim Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA): 50.92

Top 3:

  1. Trenton Julian – 51.78 (Unattached)
  2. Ryan Held – 52.44 (NYAC)
  3. Gabriel Jett – 52.50 (CAL)

Trenton Julian did what he did in the 200 free, overtaking race leader Ryan Held in the second half of the race. He split 24.46/27.32 to win in a time of 51.78, which is just a few tenths away from his best time of 51.10 set at trials. This bodes well for him in Budapest, as he will likely have to swim the prelims leg of the 4×100 medley relay with Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew, the top two U.S. 100 flyers, likely having be on the finals relay. Held also was just a little bit off his best time of 52.15 when he finished second in 52.44.

Gabriel Jett, who finished third with a time of 52.50, dropped over two seconds off his previous lifetime best of 54.59 from May 2021.

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5 months ago

I am intrigued how Claire W can dominate the 200 free, yet Sims beats her in the 100/400/800. No shade at all to her, but there’s just something magical she must have for a 200 race.

Bobo Gigi
5 months ago

I wondered yesterday where had gone Léon Marchand. He was missing!

So here’s the official explanation of why he only swam the 200 fly at that meet.
He left USA yesterday and took a plane to join the French team for a training camp in Canet-en-Roussillon to prepare world championships.

Bobo Gigi
5 months ago

Much better race from Claire Weinstein in the 200 free compared to her 400 of Thursday. She’s tall. She has so much potential in the 200 free. To reach the next level and become a world contender (under 1.55) she needs to take speed and power. Let’s hope it will come in time for Paris 2024. The US women’s 4X200 free relay badly needs another 1.54 girl to go with KL for next olympics.
Katie Grimes is a machine. 4.36 in the 400 IM just after swimming a great 200 back with a best time of 2.09. They know how to train at Sandpipers. She’s really a rough diamond to polish. Huge raw talent. Let’s hope she stops swimming… Read more »

Fobby Binke
5 months ago

Sandpiper girls are on 🔥

5 months ago

Weinstein, Sims, and Grimes are all looking like they’re in great form heading into Budapest, can’t wait to see what Worlds has in store

5 months ago

Julian and grimes look so good

5 months ago

Great drop for Jett

Reply to  zdhamme86
5 months ago

Honestly Jett is showing some crazy versatility. Wouldn’t even have considered him a 100 Butterfly swimmer, but a 52.5 is legitimately fast.

5 months ago

Grimes is so humble and likeable during interviews, the media won’t get enough of her

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