Pro Swim Series- San Antonio: Day 3 Finals Live Recap



The third finals session of the Pro Swim Series- San Antonio kicks off tonight at 6 PM CST. Finals of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast and 400 free will all take place this evening.

Hali Flickinger comes in as the top qualifier in the women’s 200 fly, just ahead of Dakota Luther. Georgia-based pro Chase Kalisz posted the top time this morning in the men’s 200 fly and comes in as the top seed tonight.

TAC Titans’ Claire Curzan posted a 25.04 this morning to earn the top spot in the women’s 50 free, while NC State freshman David Curtiss holds the top seed in the men’s 50, just ahead of Michael Andrew and Florida pro Caeleb Dressel.

Just minutes after the 50 free, Curzan is set to return as the top seed in the 100 back, while Shaine Casas, who won the 100 fly last night, holds the top seed in the men’s 100 back. In the 200 breast, Texas sophomore Anna Elendt comes in as the top seed in the women’s race, while Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand is the top qualifier in the men’s 200 breast.

The session will wrap up with the 400 free, where Katie Ledecky comes in as the heavy favorite in the women’s race and Bar Soloveychik enters as the top qualifier on the men’s side.

Notably, the weather forecast for this evening is for high winds at the outdoor Northside Aquatic Center, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour providing a tailwind for the 50 frees.

Women’s 200 fly

  • World Record: Zige Liu (CHN, 2009): 2:01.81
  • American Record: Mary Descenza (USA, 2009): 2:04.14
  • US Open Record: Hali Flickinger (USA, 2021): 2:05.85
  • Junior World Record: Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN, 2017): 2:06.29
  • Pro Swim Record: Hali Flickinger (USA, 2020): 2:06.11

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Hali Flickinger (SUN): 2:08.47
  2. Kelly Pash (TEX): 2:09.21
  3. Lindsay Looney (SUN): 2:09.81
  4. Emma Sticklen (TEX): 2:09.98
  5. Dakota Luther (Unattached): 2:10.13
  6. Olivia Carter (Unattached): 2:14.17
  7. Lockett Bowley (BD): 2:17.08
  8. Leah Gingrich (HURR): 2:18.39

Sun Devil’s Hali Flickinger came in as the top seed in the women’s 200 fly and defended her seed, winning in 2:08.47. Texas’ Emma Sticklen was out fast, turning with Flickinger at the halfway mark before the ASU pro took control of the race on the 3rd 50.

Texas’ Kelly Pash and Arizona State’s Lindsay Looney used a strong final 50 to run down Sticklen to finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Men’s 200 fly

  • World Record: Kristof Milak (HUN, 2019): 1:50.73
  • American Record: Michael Phelps (USA, 2009): 1:51.51
  • US Open Record: Michael Phelps (USA, 2008): 1:52.20
  • Junior World Record: Kristof Milak (HUN, 2017): 1:53.79
  • Pro Swim Record: Luca Urlando (USA, 2019): 1:53.84

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Chase Kalisz (ABSC): 1:56.79
  2. Zach Harting (CARD): 1:58.95
  3. Martin Espernberger (BSS): 1:59.28
  4. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero (Unattached): 1:59.38
  5. Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz (AZFL): 1:59.47
  6. Matthew Hardy (SASA): 2:02.78
  7. Cooper Lucas (LAC): 2:03.40

Chase Kalisz put up a dominance performance in the A final of the 200 fly, leading wire to wire and touching first in 1:56.79. Kalisz looked strong coming home, splitting 30.3/30.6 over the final 100 meters of the race.

Touching second was Louisville pro Zach Harting in 1:58.95, and rounding out the podium was Bolles’ Martin Espernberger, a University of Tennessee commit.

Women’s 50 free

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2017): 23.67
  • American Record: Simone Manuel (USA, 2017): 23.97
  • US Open Record: Pernille Blume (DEN, 2019): 24.08
  • Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee (JPN, 2017): 24.33
  • Pro Swim Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2016): 24.17

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan (TAC): 24.43
  2. Erika Brown (TNAQ): 24.81
  3. Mallory Comerford (CARD): 25.11
  4. Kalia Antoniou (BAMA): 25.25
  5. Natalie Hinds (Unattached): 25.29
  6. Diana Petkova (BAMA): 25.56
  7. Grace Cooper (TEX): 25.58
  8. Cherelle Thompson (PAQ): 25.66

Claire Curzan of the TAC Titans bolted out to a massive lead and held on for the win in 24.43. Despite adding a couple of tenths from her lifetime best, she actually clipped Torri Huske’s 17-18 NAG by .01. Curzan’s best time and 15-16 NAG stands at 24.17.

Tennessee pro Erika Brown finished in 2nd in 24.81, while Louisville pro Mallory Comerford finished 3rd in 25.11.

In the B final, Louisville pro Kelsi Dahlia swam fly to finish third in 26.13, only a tenth slower than she swam in the prelims, swimming freestyle.

Men’s 50 free

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Michael Andrew (MASA): 21.73
  2. Caeleb Dressel (GSC): 21.86
  3. David Curtiss (NCS): 21.93
  4. Drew Kibler (TEX): 22.27
  5. Kaloyan Bratanov (TAMU): 22.33
  6. Artyom Machekin (SDAS): 22.36
  7. Jokubas Keblys (Unattached): 22.62
  8. Bowe Becker (SAND): 22.71

Michael Andrew outtouched Florida Gator pro Caeleb Dressel in the 50, touching first in 21.73 to Dressel’s 21.86. Andrew appeared to be a little long into his finish, but was able to still get his hand on the wall first.

Third place went to NC State freshman David Curtiss in 21.93. That is just .06 off of Curtis’ lifetime best of 21.87.

Women’s 100 back

  • World Record: Kaylee McKeown (AUS, 2021): 57.45
  • American Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 57.57
  • US Open Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2021): 57.92
  • Junior World Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 57.57
  • Pro Swim Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2020): 58.18

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan (TAC): 58.73
  2. Rhyan White (BAMA): 1:00.05
  3. Olivia Smoliga (Unattached): 1:00.28
  4. Phoebe Bacon (Unattached): 1:01.17
  5. Aviv Barzelay (TAMU): 1:01.61
  6. Gabby Deloof (CW): 1:01.22
  7. Beata Nelson (WA): 1:02.28
  8. Olivia Bray (TEX): 1:02.49

Claire Curzan dominated her tough doube. Less than 15 minutes after winning the 50 free, Curzan came back to dominate the 100 back in 58.73, winning by well over a full second. Curzan was in the lead just 15 meters into the race and continued to expand her lead throughout the entirety of the 100 meters.

Alabama’s Rhyan White finished second in 1:00.05 while ASU pro Olivia Smoliga finished 3rd in 1:00.28.

Men’s 100 back

  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (USA, 2016): 51.85
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy (USA, 2016): 51.85
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 51.94
  • Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS, 2018): 52.53
  • Pro Swim Record: David Plummer (USA, 2016): 52.40

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Shaine Casas (Unattached): 53.54
  2. Coleman Stewart (WOLF): 54.43
  3. Sam Stewart (Unattached): 55.27
  4. Ogi Maric (Unattached): 55.68
  5. Paul Le (WOLF): 56.50
  6. Arijus Pavlidi (CS): 56.59
  7. Kristofer Rogic (CSUB): 56.88
  8. Yeziel Morales (AZFL): 57.19

Shaine Casas took home his second title of this Pro Swim stop, winning the 100 back in 53.54, following up his 100 fly victory yesterday. NC State pro Coleman Stewart finished 2nd in 54.43, just a half second off of his lifetime best.

Third place went to Sam Stewart, who touched in 55.27.

Women’s 200 breast

  • World Record: Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA, 2021): 2:18.95
  • American Record: Rebecca Soni (USA, 2012): 2:19.59
  • US Open Record: Rebecca Soni (USA, 2009): 2:20.38
  • Junior World Record: Viktoriya Gunes (TUR, 2015): 2:19.64
  • Pro Swim Record: Annie Lazor (USA, 2019): 2:20.77

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Lilly King (ISC): 2:23.69
  2. Anna Elendt (TEX): 2:24.63
  3. Annie Lazor (ISC): 2:24.95
  4. Mackenzie Looze (IU): 2:31.12
  5. Noelle Peplowski (IU): 2:31.57
  6. Mona McSharry (TENN): 2:31.81
  7. Brearna Crawford (IU): 2:32.92
  8. Leah Polonsky (Unattached): 2:33.92

Indiana pro Lilly King used a strong final 50 to win the 200 breast in 2:23.69, a full second clear of the field.

King and Texas sophomore Anna Elendt turned nearly even at 150, though King pulled away on the final 50. Elendt’s time of 2:24.63 is a new lifetime best and German record.

Indiana pro Annie Lazor rounded out the top 3, touching in 2:24.95. Indiana had 5 of the top 7 finishers in tonight’s final.

Men’s 200 breast

  • World Record: Anton Chupkov (RUS, 2019): 2:06.12
  • American Record: Josh Prenot (USA, 2016): 2:07.17
  • US Open Record: Josh Prenot (USA, 2016): 2:07.17
  • Junior World Record: Haiyang Qin (CHN, 2017): 2:09.39
  • Pro Swim Record: Andrew Wilson (USA, 2018): 2:08.95

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Leon Marchand (Unattached): 2:09.24
  2. Nic Fink (MAAC): 2:11.67
  3. Chase Kalisz (ABSC): 2:12.47
  4. Brandon Fischer (Unattached): 2:14.22
  5. Will Licon (TXLA): 2:14.31
  6. Tommy Cope (ISC): 2:14.55
  7. Cody Miller (SAND): 2:15.25
  8. Mateusz Dubas (Unattached): 2:17.36

Fresh off his NCAA title 6 days ago, Leon Marchand swam a new lifetime best of 2:09.24 to win the 200 breast going away. Coming in second behind him was Nic Fink, who is representing Metro Atlanta and trains at Georgia Tech.

Chase Kalisz, who won the 200 fly earlier tonight, finished third in 2:12.47.

Women’s 400 free

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Katie Ledecky: (Unattached): 4:03.84
  2. Leah Smith (TXLA): 4:05.43
  3. Hali Flickinger (SUN): 4:10.38
  4. Jillian Cox (TXLA): 4:12.93
  5. Yara Hierath (NCS): 4:17.50
  6. Sierra Schmidt (SAC): 4:19.95
  7. Adriana Cera (MIA): 4:22.69
  8. Ella Tistic (IU): 4:23.31

Katie Ledecky took home the title in the 400 free in 4:03.83. Katie went out strong, turning first at 200 and held off Leah Smith, who outsplit Ledecky on the final 100 by over a half second.

Smith continues her strong meet by finishing second in 4:05.83. Smith won the 800 earlier this weekend. Sun Devil’s Hali Flickinger snagged her second podium finish of the night, finishing 3rd in 4:10.83. Flickinger won the 200 fly earlier this evening.

Men’s 400 free

  • World Record: Paul Biedermann (GER, 2009): 3:40.07
  • American Record: Larsen Jensen (USA, 2008): 3:42.78
  • US Open Record: Larsen Jensen (USA, 2008): 3:43.53
  • Junior World Record: Mack Horton (AUS, 2014): 3:44.60
  • Pro Swim Record: Sun Yang (CHN, 2016): 3:43.55

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Marwan Aly Elkamash (ISC): 3:52.62
  2. Tommylee Camblong (Unattached): 3:52.82
  3. Michael Cotter (TAC)/Bar Soloveychik: 3:53.70
  4. —-
  5. James Freeman (Unattached): 3:56.64
  6. Oskar Lindholm (Unattached): 3:57.66
  7. Mikey Calvillo (IU): 3:59.65
  8. Kayden Lancaster (BSS): 4:00.13

Indiana pro Marwan Aly Elkamash, who came into the meet as the top seed, won the 400 free tonight out of lane 3. Elkamash and Georgia undergrad Tommylee Camblong swam even for nearly the entire race, by Elkamash was able to pull away on the final 50 to win in 3:52.62.

Camblong, swimming out of lane 5, dropped over a full second from his seed to finish runner-up in 3:52.82.

NC State commit Michael Cotter and Minnesota swimmer Bar Soloveychik tied for third in 3:53.70.

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Cardinal 2.0
2 years ago

Any idea where I can watch the B final of the womens 50 free? I want to watch Dahlia do fly!

2 years ago

Kylee mckowen over on her phone lookiñg at curzans 58.73 right after she pooped a 24 43…curzans gonna be fast in in Budapest!

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Pretty sure Kaylee is not worried. Have you seen her in season times in the last 18 months?

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Wow! A 58.73 is almost equal to Kaylee’s 14th best time in the 100 back. She’s probably terrified.

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago


Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Curzan looks tough, but I think the American backstroker who can push McKeown in the 100 is Berkoff. That 48.7 at NCAAs was impressive.

2 years ago

Nesty, Nesty, Nesty…
He is coaching 16 Olympic gold medals, fly and freestyle, from 50m through 1500m, men and woman. Isn’t it a tremendous responsibility and may too much for one coach? All his super stars are looking very tired. There is no power in their strokes. Even under these conditions their dominance still makes them #1 at trials. Maybe therefore trials are not of much concern and we shouldn’t expect anything spectacular there; just get qualified. But they are performing well below the level we used see them during in -season training.
Maybe, maybe maybe…. but for now we have no hints what to expect from all of them in less than 3 months.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Maybe Ledecky is slower than normal but Dressel is faster than normal for being this time of the year and so are a few others that normally train at UF, I do not know what they will do at Trials and/or at Worlds but compered to previous years, several of them are faster than normal when looking some of them up in the database.

2 years ago

Let it be known that Grant Shoults just went 3:51.51 in his retirement swim at SMOC. Would have won this meet too. The moms loved it

Reply to  PNW
2 years ago

Shoults is going out in style and also it seems to be on top. Legendary.

2 years ago

Why are there no 50’s at these Pro Swim Stops?

Reply to  sepgup
2 years ago

Lol swimswam been going crazy lately downvoting people asking completely innocuous questions

Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago

Sometimes I wish they’d get rid of the downvote button …

Negative Nora (they/them)
2 years ago

Ledecky going 4:03 instead of her typical 3:59/4:00 kind of excites things a bit. Clearly a different strategy with the coaching change. Excited to see what comes of it this summer! Next summer will tell much more though, getting more than a full year of adaptation under her new team.

Last edited 2 years ago by Negative Nora (they/them)
Alex Walsh 7 Golds in Paris
2 years ago

Great swim for Leah Smith in the 400! Can’t wait to watch her again in a few weeks.

Reply to  Alex Walsh 7 Golds in Paris
2 years ago

What’s Alex gonna win 7 golds in?

Alex Walsh 7 Golds in Paris
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

No clue but I can hope lol

Reply to  Alex Walsh 7 Golds in Paris
2 years ago

Your homework is to come up with that list for the next person who asks

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Alex Walsh 7 Golds in Paris
2 years ago

Gonna be tough with the event overlap with Kate Douglass 😉

Tea rex
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

By 2024 I expect she will have cycled through all the pool events, so I’d guess:
10 km open water
Platform diving
Synchronized swimming
Balance beam

Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

200m Free, 100m Back, 200m Back, 200m IM, and all 3 relays.
As simple as that. 🤣

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
2 years ago

That was… a little rough from Ledecky.

Leah Smith closed really well though, well-executed swim from her.

Georgia Rambler

Have never seen her breathing so hard during a race interview. Something happened during that last 50, stroke tempo went down and not much legs. Hope she is not coming down with something or recovering from something. She did look very tired, although she did say she was adjusting to the new training style,…Can only imagine.