# R. Smith, Andrew Lead Des Moines Money Earners, Smith Leads Entire PSS

Jared Anderson

March 09th, 2020

### 2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES

Regan Smith earned the most prize money of any athlete for a second-consecutive Pro Swim Series stop, and she now leads the entire series in earnings at $13,000. Smith didn’t even swim the season-opening stop at Greensboro, but put up identical$6500 totals in Knoxville and Des Moines to earn the series lead. Smith is still under amateurism restrictions on how much of that money she can accept, though, given that she still plans to swim for Stanford in the NCAA.

Second in series earnings is Katie Ledeckywho also faced the money-vs-Stanford struggle and turned pro after two seasons with the Cardinal. Ledecky has earned $11,000 for the series, also missing one of the three stops. The only other earner in five figures (and the top male earner) is Zane Grothe at$10,000.

Michael Andrew led all male earners in Des Moines, getting two wins and the prelims bonus to tally $5,500. That’s his first appearance on the tour this season. #### Des Moines PRELIMS BONUSES Note: we’re using the 2019 FINA Power Points tables (here and here) – USA Swimming has confirmed that it will use 2019 power points for the whole series to maintain consistency, rather than switching to the 2020 points midway through the series. • Women: Regan Smith100 back, 58.79 (960 FINA points) • Men: Michael Andrew, 100 fly, 51.49 (905 FINA points) ### PRIZE MONEY FORMAT Full prize Money Format here Individual events: • First place =$1,500
• Second place = $1000 • Third place =$500

Top prelims swim (in FINA points) at each meet:

• $1500 to top woman and top man Top overall swim (in FINA points) for the whole series: •$10,000

### Des Moines PRIZE MONEY LIST

Note: these lists track ‘money earned’, though not necessarily ‘money accepted.’ Athletes maintaining amateurism for high school or college swimming are under certain restrictions about how much prize money they can accept, though NCAA rules do allow them to keep some prize money to cover their annual training and competition expenses.

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Wahooswimfan
1 year ago

Regan Smith, with a good Olympics, may go pro and never swim for Stanford. When you look at the earnings Missy Franklin passed up after London, If Regan wins 3 golds (and possibly more if she makes top 6 in the 200 free or also medals in the 200 fly or 100 fly) –

1 year ago

She’d swim for Stanford in college, which is in California. California already passed a law that student athletes can make money. So she’d make money even if she swam for college.

CRD
1 year ago

Doesn’t the NCAA regulate that?

1 year ago

It seems like it was signed by California but may be a problem with the NCAA. I was mistaken though, the law will be taken into effect in 2023, so it will basically be too late for Regan.

Nswim
1 year ago

Smiths Points are going to be extremely high in the backstroke events, they’re still using the old WRs as a baseline and she already come within tenths of the old 100 record

Dan
1 year ago

Smith’s points are extremely high period. Using the 2020 point scale her two 100 backs from Des Moines and Knoxville are at 968 & 964.

Tomek
1 year ago

It is sad to see how much top swimmers are earning compared with other professional sports

Fried Tomato
1 year ago

Pay scale is really skewed toward the truly elite. I think those who are Olympians do OK. They’re making their money on endorsements anyway. It’s probably the post collegiate national teamers who haven’t made an Olympics who have to struggle a bit. They do receive some support from USA Swimming, but it’s not a lot.