Regan Smith, Simone Manuel & Taylor Ruck On Knoxville PSS Psych Sheets

2020 Pro Swim Series – Knoxville

  • Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Knoxville, TN – Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center – University of Tennessee
  • Long course meters (LCM) format
  • Thursday distance session: 4 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Fri-Sun.: 9:30 AM Prelims / 6:30 PM Finals
  • Meet site
  • Psych Sheets

2019 World Champs Regan Smith, Simone Manuel and Olivia Smoliga appear on psych sheets for the 2020 Pro Swim Series event in Knoxville, along with top Canadian talents Taylor Ruck and Penny Oleksiak.

The five-stop Pro Swim Series started early this year, with a November stop in Greensboro, North Carolina. The January Knoxville meet bridges the gap to the bulk of the tour, which hits Iowa, California, and Indiana in the months of March, April, and May, respectively. Psych sheets have dropped for next week’s meet, which starts on Thursday, January 16.

You can view the full psych sheets here.

Smith (200 back), Manuel (50 free, 100 free) and Smoliga (50 back) each won golds at last summer’s World Championships. Smith notably set world records in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes. She’ll compete for just the second time this season, following a number of big swims at U.S. Open in December.

Manuel competed at the Pro Swim Series opener in Greensboro in addition to U.S. Open. And Smoliga has been exceedingly busy this fall and winter, competing in the International Swimming League as well as U.S. Open.

A few of Canada’s top swimmers are also on the psych sheets for Knoxville. 2016 Olympic 100 free champ Penny Oleksiak is entered, as is 2018 Pan Pacs and Commonwealth Games champ Taylor Ruck.

Below are 2019 World Champs medalists appearing on the psych sheets, along with their event entries as of now:

  • Simone Manuel: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 100 back
  • Regan Smith: 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 free, 200 free
  • Olivia Smoliga: 100 back, 200 back, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free
  • Farida Osman: 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free
  • Hali Flickinger: 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 100 back, 200 back
  • Zach Apple: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free
  • Nathan Adrian: 50 free, 100 free
  • Andrew Seliskar: 200 free, 400 free, 100 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly
  • Jack Conger: 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free
  • Andrew Wilson: 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM
  • Mallory Comerford: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly
  • Kelsi Dahlia: 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free
  • Allison Schmitt: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 100 fly
  • Margo Geer: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free
  • Kayla Sanchez: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 IM
  • Taylor Ruck: 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back
  • Penny Oleksiak: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly
  • Rebecca Smith: 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 fly
  • Melanie Margalis: 200 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast, 100 free, 200 free
  • Katie McLaughlin: 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free
  • Emily Overholt: 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly
  • Emma O’Croinin: 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 IM
  • Kierra Smith: 100 breast, 200 breast

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Wow didn’t realize how stacked this would be


I would love to see Manuel and Smith go under 156 in the 200 free


I think you’ll be disappointed. Both Manuel and Smith are coming off hard Christmas training. Mike Parratto, Smith’s coach, is well known for pounding big yards during this time of year…not to mention strength work in the gym. Not as sure on Meehan with Manuel. I’m guessing it’s a training meet where these tough doubles result in average times for both. And neither probably care. Again, eyes are on summer. That’s all that matters.


Not to mention that Minnesota swimmers have almost zero access to LCM pools at this time of the year.


If Manuel stays where she usually is when in training (1:57) and Regan swims close to her personal best (1:58) then it wil be a great sign that they will be 1:56 at Trials. But none of them yet confirmed that they plan for the the 4×200 Olympic medal.

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With KL on the decline in the 200 free the US women’s 4X200 free relay will need strong other weapons in 1.55 flat-start shape to win the gold in Tokyo and beat Australia. Manuel, McLaughlin and Margalis swam very well last summer but it was not enough. They still need to improve. Regan Smith’s freestyle is stronger and stronger. Fully tapered she can swim 1.55 high. But is she interested in swimming that relay? Tuggle and Kozan are the future US weapons for that relay but 2020 is coming probably a little bit too early in their career.


With KL being sick and with Manuel, Margalis and McLaughlin not being 200FR specialists at all American team broke 11 years old super-suit world record and was only 0.3 seconds shy of new record holder who had two 1:54 swimmers.


Forgot to mention that should Americans trained as a relay team and spent on exchange 0.25 sec each (that is very averaged) instead of 0.4 sec (that is very poor) then this team would be a record holder today.


The US team only spent 0.02 more on relay changeovers than the AUS team.


Manuel was the slowest leg of the American women and she was still faster than Australia’s slowest leg Madison Wilson. The American have the depth they just need the firepower to take back the world record


It’s wishful thinking that KL is on the decline in any of her events. Last time I checked, KL had the top two times in the world in the 200 Free LCM this season (as well as top times in the world in the 400-800-1500), trailed in the 200m Free by Pellegrini, Schmitt, Haughey and Manuel. (Swimswam needs to update its database). It’s still early in the season, yes a lot of swims and swimmers still to hit the blocks. But everyone is still chasing KL, no sense in her showing her cards. KL and Team USA will be just fine.


Regan Smith has been under 2:00 in the 200 Free just twice in her career, with her PB at 1:58.44. Not sure why she should even be thought of as a contender for 4×200 relay here at this moment, when there are plenty of other young freestyle swimmers in the mix, or how she would magically swim an in-season 1:56 all of a sudden. As the U.S. Open showed, she will have a tough enough time to make the team in a backstroke event.


Agreed on 200 free. But exactly how did the US Open show she’ll have a “tough enough time making the team in a backstroke event”? An opening rested, shaved hotshot (Bacon) beats a completely unrested, not shaved Smith by. 05 seconds and this somehow shows what? Smith was a full 1.2 seconds off of her rested time from 4 months earlier. Is that a sign of weakness? I don’t get it. Don’t perpetuate the hype. Bacon is DEFINITELY in the hunt to make the team in the 100 Back. But that doesn’t make SMITH vulnerable. Save that for a few other names.


Regan Smith was never under 2:06 in 200bk before last season and then suddenly she was twice 2:03.
Regan Smith practically didn’t race 200free in her career being 2min swimmer in this event and suddenly she swims 1:58 last season. Do you see the pattern?
Let me remind you that 16 swimmers have real chance for the 2 extra spots on American Olympic 4×200 relay. And all these swimmers are within 1 sec interval. And Regan Smith is in the middle of this pack. Why should she refuse to have one more Olympic medal and maybe the gold one.


This going to be on TV?

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