Pro Swim Series: Mission Viejo – Day 4 Prelims Live Recap



The last prelims session of the Pro Swim Series – Mission Viejo kicks off this morning, featuring the 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 50 free. Many of the events today include a top seed who is seeded well ahead of the rest of the field. Cal’s Isabelle Stadden comes into the women’s 100 back with her personal best of 58.99, making her the only woman in the field to enter with a time under 1:00. Similarly, Justin Ress is seeded first in the men’s 100 back by nearly two full seconds. Will Licon comes in as the top men’s 200 breaststroker by over four seconds.

Polish national Katarzyna Wasick swam close to her personal best to win the women’s 100 free on Thursday night, and enters as the top seed in the 50 free this morning. Given the 50 has historically been Wasick’s best event, and she had a great 100 a few days ago, we might see a low-24 out of her tonight.

Ryan Held will try to win the men’s 50 free today after taking the 100 free on Thursday night. His work is cut out for him, as he’ll have to contend with Justin Ress and David Curtiss, but Held is the top seed.


  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 57.45
  • American Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 57.57
  • U.S. Open Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 57.76
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 58.18

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Isabelle Stadden (CAL) – 1:00.99
  2. Teagan O’Dell (NOVA) – 1:02.35
  3. Bella Sims (SAND) – 1:02.63
  4. Ayla Spitz (UN-NOVA) – 1:02.80
  5. JoJo Ramey (FAST) – 1:03.57
  6. Taylor McCoy (MVN) – 1:04.05
  7. Justina Kozan (UN-MVN) – 1:04.23
  8. Alexa Conner (UN-SSC) – 1:04.27

Cal’s Isabelle Stadden looked comfortable this morning, swimming a 1:00.99. She was out in 29.44, marking the only sub-:30 split on the opening 50. She’ll be looking to get under 1:00 tonight, which would be within a second of her personal best of 58.99.

Irvine Novaquatics 15-year-old Teagan O’Dell had a solid morning swim, posting a 1:02.35 for 2nd. O’Dell has a personal best of 1:00.88. Bella Sims has entered into the fray, finishing 3rd this morning with a 1:02.63.


  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85
  • U.S. Open Record: Aaron Piersol (USA) – 51.94
  • Pro Swim Series Record: David Plummer (USA) – 52.40

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Justin Ress (MVN) – 54.42
  2. Mikita Tsmyh (UN-SDSA) – 56.61
  3. Colby Mefford (CAL) – 57.05
  4. Parker McOmber (UA) – 57.38
  5. David Cespedes (UN-US) – 57.93
  6. Diego Camacho (UN-SI) – 57.97
  7. Tiago Behar (SUN) – 58.15
  8. Jaque Wenger (CSTE) – 58.70

Justin Ress was in a field of his own this morning, clocking a 54.42. Mikita Tsmyh was 2nd, swimming a 56.51, and was the only other swimmer in the field under 57 seconds. Although they were swimming in different heats, Tsmyh was able to essentially match Ress’ pace on the first 50, but wasn’t able to hold his speed through the back half.

On the other hand, Ress paced his race excellently, swimming a 26.78 on the first 50, then coming home in 27.64.


  • World Record: Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2:18.95
  • American Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:19.59
  • U.S. Open Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:20.38
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Annie Lazor (USA) – 2:20.77

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Isabelle Odgers (TROJ) – 2:32.23
  2. Kaitlyn Dobler (TROJ) – 2:33.29
  3. Katja Pavicevi (UN-SI) – 2:34.30
  4. Riley Courtney (TEX) – 2:38.22
  5. Iza Adame (SUN) – 2:38.27
  6. Morganne Malloy (TST) – 2:38.77
  7. Eva Carlson (UCLA) – 2:39.01
  8. Lucy Warnick (SAND) – 2:39.14

Isabelle Odgers looked relaxed this morning as she turned in a top time of 2:32.23. Fellow USC swimmer Kaitlyn Dobler swam a 2:33.29 for 2nd, which is faster than her 2021 best. Dobler, the 100 breast champion from earlier in the meet, has an LCM 200 breast personal best of 2:30.37.

15-year-old Sandpiper Lucy Warnick clocked a new personal best to take the 8th spot for tonight’s ‘A’ final. The swim marks her first time under 2:40 in the event, as her previous personal best sat at 2:41.71 from last summer. She took the race out fast, swimming a 1:16.13 on the first 100 of the race, which is just over a second off her personal best of 1:14.93.


  • World Record: Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) – 2:05.95
  • American Record: Josh Prenot (USA) – 2:07.17
  • U.S. Open Record: Josh Prenot (USA) – 2:07.17
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Andrew Wilson (USA) – 2:08.95

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Brandon Fischer (UN-PC) – 2:17.56
  2. Will Licon (TXLA) – 2:20.15
  3. Ethan Hansen (SUN) – 2:21.26
  4. Baylor Lewis (UTE) – 2:21.76
  5. David Johnston (TST) – 2:23.33
  6. Parker Macy (UN-MVN) – 2:24.01
  7. Jason Schreiber (UN-MVN) – 2:24.29
  8. Matthew Lou (NOVA) – 2:24.99

In a slow prelims of the men’s 200 breast, 33-year-old Brandon Fischer led the field considerably, posting a 2:17.56. Fischer was 1:05.00 on the first 100, the fastest first 100 split of anyone in the field by nearly three seconds. Fischer was 2nd in the 100 breast earlier in the meet, while Texas Longhorn Aquatics’ Will Licon won the event.

Licon was well off his personal best this morning, swimming a 2:20.15. He has a personal best of 2:07.62, which he swam at the 2019 Pan American Games.


  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.12
  • American Record: Ariana Kukors (USA) – 2:06.15
  • U.S. Open Record: Alex Walsh (USA) – 2:07.84
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:08.66

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Viktoria Gunes (UN-MVN) – 2:17.85
  2. Justina Kozan (UN-MVN) – 2:18.93
  3. Lindsay Looney (SUN) – 2:20.04
  4. Teagan O’Dell (NOVA) – 2:20.11
  5. Taylor McCoy (MVN) – 2:20.70
  6. Summer Stanfield (UTAH) – 2:20.91
  7. Jade Foelske (SUN) – 2:21.09
  8. Morgan Brophy (TEX) – 2:21.41

Viktoria Gunes used a field-leading middle 100 to post the top time of the morning, turning in a 2:17.85. She was 35.21 on back and 38.72 on breast, for a 1:13.93 on the middle 100. She was slow coming home, splitting a 34.22, which was by far the slowest free split on anyone in the field who made the ‘A’ final.

Justina Kozan, the top seed in the event, swam a 2:18.93 for the 2nd fastest time of the morning. Arizona State’s Lindsay Looney, who has had a fantastic meet thus far in Mission Viejo, was 3rd in 2:20.04.


  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.56
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:56.32

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Grant House (SUN) – 2:03.53
  2. Ilya Kharun (SAND) – 2:06.59
  3. Tyler Kopp (UN-PC) – 2:07.30
  4. Rex Maurer (UN-CA) – 2:07.43
  5. Harry Homans (UN-NE) – 2:07.82
  6. Noah Sech (MVN) – 2:08.00
  7. David Arias Gonzalez (UN-US) – 2:08.18
  8. Ryan Healy (KMS) – 2:08.79

Grant House led the field by over 3 seconds this morning, swimming a 2:03.53. Like Gunes in the women’s 200 IM, House built his lead through the middle 100 of the race. He split 31.82 on backstroke, the 3rd fastest in the field, and 36.68 on breaststroke, the 2nd fastest split in the field, for a 1:08.50 on the middle 100.

Sandpipers 17-year-old Ilya Kharun swam a new personal best of 2:06.59, dipping under 2:07 for the first time in his young career. Kharun’s previous best of 2:07.22 was set last summer. Coming out of the Sandpipers, Kharun had the 2nd-fastest free split in the filed, coming home in 29.43.


  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 23.67
  • American Record: Simone Manuel (USA) – 23.97
  • U.S. Open Record: Pernille Blume (DEN) – 24.08
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 24.17

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katarzyna Wasick (TRA) – 24.85
  2. Kyla Leibel (TEX) – 25.77
  3. Anika Apostalon (UN-CA) – 26.07
  4. Eloise Riley (UN-PC)/Emma Davidson (UN-PC) – 26.19
  5. Anicka Delgado (EVO) – 26.27
  6. Krystal Lara (BAD) – 26.28
  7. Teagan O’Dell (NOVA) – 26.29

15-year-old Irvine Novaquatics star Teagan O’Dell made her 2nd ‘A’ final of the day, taking the 8th spot this morning with a 26.29. After touching 2nd in the 100 back at the beginning of the session, O’Dell was just 0.21 seconds off her personal best in the 50.

Katarzyna Wasick, the 100 free champion from Thursday, took the top seed for tonight’s final by nearly a full second.


  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 20.91
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 21.04
  • U.S. Open Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 21.04
  • Pro Swim Series Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 21.51

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. David Curtiss (WOLF) – 21.76
  2. Ryan Held (NYAC) – 22.43
  3. Artyom Machekin (SDSA) – 22.59
  4. Nikola Miljenic (UN-CA) – 22.72
  5. Xander Skinner (SUN) – 23.01
  6. Matthew Jensen (UN-PC) – 23.08
  7. Jesse Novak (NOVA) – 23.16
  8. Leif Kluever (NOVA) – 23.38

In possibly the best race of the morning, 19-year-old NC State sprinter David Curtiss roared to a new personal best in the 50 free, taking the top spot for finals with a 21.76. The swim comes in 0.11 seconds under his previous best, which was set at the Richmond Pro Swim Series meet in January of 2021.

100 free champion Ryan Held was 2nd this morning with a 22.43, and has the fastest personal best in the field. Justin Ress, another NC State product, was a top seed as well, but Declared False Start (DFS), apparently choosing to focus on the 100 back tonight.

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3 months ago

Is it me but it seems the Pro Series aren’t being well attended by many elite swimmers (National teamers and top end)….not just this meet but the entire series has been disappointing?!?

Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

It was basically a Sandpipers intrasquad meet. well not quite, ASU, Cal, Usc, Tx sent some swimmers. The local teams didn’t show, Speedo grand challenge at Nova was last week so that took away from the depth. SoCal has SMOC, Grand Challenge, LA invite most years they really didn’t have room for this meet on the schedule and add in COVID travel BS and here we are.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Taa
3 months ago

Kozan, Odgers, and O’Dell I think are some of the better local swimmers. Odgers use to swim in the area before college.

3 months ago

*3rd A-final for Teagan

Sherry Smit
3 months ago

Excited to see Grimes in the 800 tonight

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Sherry Smit
3 months ago

Yeah her 800 from trials was the strangest swim of the meet, IMO. Not sure what happened there, especially since it was first and she calls it one of her favorite events. Obviously it was her Olympic event.

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
3 months ago

Agreed. And the strange thing is that her 400 and 1500 were both on… 4:06 and 15:51 at trials, but her 800 5 second add… maybe just a fluke. it is her signature event IMO. 8:17.0 is sensational

Reply to  Sherry Smit
3 months ago

it might be because it’s the only personal best she has from an olympic final. probably a bit better than her other times

Reply to  owen
3 months ago

prelims not finals but it is her only personal best from the Olympics (her prelims pb would’ve medaled)

3 months ago

Daaaavid Curtis with a 21.76 in prelims…whoa

3 months ago

Maggie to LSU 🙂

Reply to  Jackman
3 months ago

This makes me excited !

Reply to  Jackman
3 months ago

Article incoming

manoj ghimire
3 months ago

I am from outside us today USA swimming has off air how ican watch live

3 months ago

Licon might win the war of attrition in 200br if he hangs in to Paris. I’d love for him to make the team. He may have the stubbornness to do it.

3 months ago

Held and the rest just a swimming prelims then catching a flight?

Last edited 3 months ago by Horninco