Pro Swim Series- San Antonio: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap



The final day of the Pro Swim Series- San Antonio kicks off this morning with prelim races of the 200 IM, 200 back and 100 free. Prelims start at 9 AM CST.

Melanie Margalis, representing Saint Petersburg, comes in as the top seed in the women’s 200 IM, just ahead of Beata Nelson and Leah Smith. Fresh off of his win in the 50 free last night, Michael Andrew sits as the top seed in the men’s 200 IM, with Georgia pro Chase Kalisz just behind him.

The women’s 200 back will feature a stacked field of Olympians, including Rhyan White, Phoebe Bacon, Claire Curzan, Hali Flickinger and Olivia Smoliga, while Azura’s Yeziel Moarales holds the top seed in the men’s race.

The session will wrap up with the 100 free, where Tennessee Aquatics’ Erika Brown and Claire Curzan seem poised to go head to head again. The men’s race will include a loaded field with stars like Caeleb Dresesl, Ryan Held, Zach Apple and Bowe Becker slated to compete.

Women’s 200 IM

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2015): 2:06.12
  • American Record: Ariana Kukors (USA, 2009): 2:06.15
  • US Open Record: Kathleen Baker (USA, 2018): 2:08.32
  • Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee (JPN, 2017): 2:09.98
  • Pro Swim Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2015): 2:08.66

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Leah Smith (TXLA): 2:14.12
  2. Melanie Margalis (SPA): 2:15.58
  3. Beata Nelson (WA): 2:15.98
  4. Leah Polonsky (Unattached): 2:17.41
  5. Diana Petkova (BAMA): 2:17.61
  6. Mackenzie Looze (IU): 2:18.66
  7. Gabriella Grobler (Unattached): 2:18.94
  8. Dakota Luther (Unattached): 2:19.22

Texas pro Leah Smith, who came in seeded third, secured the top seed heading into finals after winning her heat in 2:14.12. Behind her, top seed Melanie Margalis qualified second in 2:15.58 and Beat Nelson qualified 3rd in 2:15.98.

The top qualifying time continues what has been a strong meet for Smith, who won the 800 free and put up a solid 4:05 in the 400 last night.

Men’s 200 IM

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.00
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.00
  • US Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.56
  • Junior World Record: Haiyang Qin (CHN, 2017): 1:57.06
  • Pro Swim Record: Michael Phelps (USA, 2012): 1:56.32

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Michael Andrew (MASA): 1:59.60
  2. Leon Marchand (Unattached): 1:59.72
  3. Shaine Casas (Unattached): 1:59.86
  4. Chase Kalisz (ABSC): 2:00.65
  5. Sam Stewart (Unattached): 2:01.38
  6. Joaquin Gonzalez Pinero (Unattached): 2:02.52
  7. Jay Litherland (DYNA): 2:02.97
  8. Matheo Mateos (AZFL): 2:03.41

The final heat produced the top two times of the morning, with top seed Michael Andrew touching first in 1:59.60. He touched just ahead of Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand, who qualified second in 1:59.72. Marchand is coming off swimming the fastest 200 SCY IM ever at last week’s NCAA Championships.

Swimming out of heat two, Shaine Cases posted a 1:59.86 to dominate his heat and qualify third. That swim comes in just over a second off of his lifetime best and puts him as one of three swimmers this morning under the 2:00 barrier.

Chase Kalisz, who has been an American IM mainstay for years, qualified fourth in 2:00.65. Kalisz previously won the 200 fly at this meet.

Women’s 200 back

  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • American Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • US Open Record: Missy Franklin (USA): 2:05.68
  • Junior World Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • Pro Swim Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2020): 2:05.94

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Phoebe Bacon (Unattached): 2:10.66
  2. Rhyan White (BAMA): 2:10.88
  3. Leah Smith (TXLA): 2:12.84
  4. Aviv Barzelay (TAMU): 2:13.41
  5. Gabby Deloof (CW): 2:13.58
  6. Hali Flickinger (SUN): 2:13.81
  7. Anna Peplowski (IU): 2:17.02
  8. Barbara Schaal (Unattached): 2:17.19

Wisconsin undergrad Phoebe Bacon took the top seed in the women’s 200 back, winning her heat in 2:10.66. She qualified just ahead of Alabama’s Rhyan White, who came in as the top seed and qualified second in 2:10.88.

Texas-based pro Leah Smith qualified third in 2:12.84, swimming just minutes after posting the top qualifying time in the 200 IM.

Men’s 200 back

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:51.92
  • American Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:51.92
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:53.08
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS, 2017): 1:55.14
  • Pro Swim Record: Xu Jiayu (CHN, 2017): 1:55.04

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Yeziel Morales (AZFL): 2:02.55
  2. Anze Erzen (TAMU): 2:06.61
  3. Joe Radde (IU): 2:07.28
  4. Mikey Calvillo (IU): 2:07.87
  5. Tristan Dewitt (IU): 2:07.97
  6. Arijus Pavlidi (CS): 2:08.30
  7. Mikita Tsmyh (Unattached): 2:08.35
  8. Jay Baker (ECA): 2:08.84

Top seed Yeziel Morales of Azura took care of business this morning, coasting to the top qualifying spot in 2:02.55, over four seconds clear of the field.

Texas A&M undergrad Anze Erzen, who came in with a yards seed, took the second spot in 2:06.61. Erzan was followed by a trio of IU Hoosiers in Joe Radde, Mikey Calvillo and Tristan Dewitt.

Women’s 100 free

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2017): 51.71
  • American Record: Simone Manuel (USA, 2019): 52.04
  • US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA, 2018): 52.54
  • Junior World Record: Penny Oleksiak (CAN, 2016): 52.70
  • Pro Swim Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2016): 53.12

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan (TAC)/Erika Brown (TNAQ): 54.58
  2. —-
  3. Katie Ledecky (Unattached): 54.72
  4. Natalie Hinds (Unattached): 54.73
  5. Mallory Comerford (CARD): 55.11
  6. Paide Madden (Unattached): 55.26
  7. Kelly Pash (TEX): 55.36
  8. Chloe Stepanek (TAMU): 55.66

TAC Titans’ Claire Curzan and Tennessee Aquatics’ Erika Brown tied for the top qualifying spot in the 100 free with a 54.58. Brown came in as the top seed, while Curzan won the 50 free yesterday, setting up a showdown for this evening.

Florida-based pro Katie Ledecky has opted to drift away from her distance roots for this meet and try her hand at the shorter races and she qualified 3rd in 54.72. Ledecky finished just .01 ahead of her fellow Gainesville pro Natalie Hinds, who qualified 4th in 54.73.

Men’s 100 free

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo Filho (BRA, 2009): 46.91
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA, 2019): 46.96
  • US Open Record: Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (USA, 2019): 47.39
  • Junior World Record: Andrew Minakov (RUS, 2020): 47.57
  • Pro Swim Record: Nathan Adrian (USA, 2016): 48.00

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Andrej Barna (CARD): 49.41
  2. Maxime Rooney (PLS): 49.45
  3. Ryan Held (NYAC)/Drew Kibler (TEX): 49.46
  4. —-
  5. Carter Swift (SUN): 49.61
  6. Aleksey Tarasenko (TENN): 49.62
  7. Caeleb Dressel (GSC): 49.67
  8. Zach Apple (ISC): 49.85

Louisville pro Andrej Barna, who came in as the second seed, took the top qualifying spot out of the morning with a 49.41. He qualified just ahead of Pleasanton’s Maxime Rooney, who qualified second in 49.45.

Arizona State-based pro Ryan Held and University of Texas senior Drew Kibler tied for the third qualifying spot in 49.46, while top seed Caeleb Dressel qualified 7th in 49.67.

Tonight’s final projects to be very tight, with all 8 swimmers qualifying within 4 tenths of one another.

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8 months ago

Kalisz and Casas will keep Andrew off the team in 200im.

Reply to  Pvdh
8 months ago

Pop quiz: which one of those guys has the fastest PB?

8 months ago

Curzan 52.9 tonight?

8 months ago

I am really looking forward to the Men’s 200 IM tonight. The top 4 seeds have won 7 of the 9 events from the previous 2 days—Michael Andrew (100 Breast, 50 Free), Leon Marchand (400 IM, 200 Breast), Shaine Casas (100 Fly, 100 Back), and Chase Kalisz (200 Fly).

Reply to  BuddyFromSA
8 months ago

well didn’t marchand get disqualified, but going off times, we can include him.

Mean Dean
Reply to  swimmerfromjapananduk
8 months ago

The disqualification was overturned after further review

Reply to  Mean Dean
8 months ago

Oh really? They might as well overturn the whole rule at that point

Last edited 8 months ago by Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  swimmerfromjapananduk
8 months ago

DQ was overturned.

8 months ago

Has anybody noticed how slow was the second 50 in women 100FR race ( live results). And actually pretty fast the first half of the distance. What is that? The prelim stuff or something isn’t right with timing gadgets.

8 months ago

So how many teams has Held trained with since leaving NCSU?

Reply to  jvj
8 months ago

Indiana, Alabama, and ASU I think. The Indiana to Alabama was just following Stickels IIRC, so he’s only changed coaches twice (DeSorbo/Holloway -> Stickels -> Bowman/Behm)

Last edited 8 months ago by PVSFree
Reply to  PVSFree
8 months ago

Wasn’t he also with NYAC for awhile? Who was he training under there? Or was he just repping them in name only?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  jvj
8 months ago

Nyac is just for naming sponsorship.

D1 swimmer
8 months ago

Who had MA closing the 200IM faster than Marchand and Kalisz on their swim bingo?

Reply to  D1 swimmer
8 months ago

I’ll reserve reaction until the Bingo Hall opens at 6pm local time.

Reply to  D1 swimmer
8 months ago

Perhaps he was trying something different with his strategy. I’m fairly certain I’ve seen him go 29-low before when he holds back on the first 100. We’ll see if he sticks to that tonight.

Reply to  thezwimmer
8 months ago

Yet, since it seems that he has very few gears apart from “all-out”, him holding back the first half of the race isn’t worth whatever he can get on the last 50.

8 months ago

whatever happened to kathleen baker?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  chris
8 months ago

Real life. Getting married soon.

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
8 months ago

Wishing her all happiness. I still maintain she would have been the Olympic gold medallist in the 200 IM, if she were healthy. And it wouldn’t have been close.

8 months ago

The only real chance she had was in Rio in 100BK. She was healthy then but performed very unimpressively losing the gold medal to someone who isn’t a backstroke specialist.

Reply to  Yozhik
8 months ago

Didn’t she set a PB in the final? Seems like a bit of an unfair assessment.

8 months ago

so Dressel is now swimming straight arms?..

Reply to  maxswimmer
8 months ago

I don’t think so, he tends to swim more “straight-arm” when he is in really heavy training (I guess the fatigue makes it hard for him to relax on the recovery?). He’s said in his “Dressel Dissects” videos that he doesn’t think straight arm is the best for him.