2020 PRO SWIM SERIES – DES MOINES
It’s a backstroker’s world; we just live in it.
Smith already led the series by a pretty-much-insurmountable margin. In fact, after her 986-point 100 back swim in Knoxville, we did some fun math to project just how improbable it would be that anyone could beat that swim over the rest of the tour. Des Moines proved us right, as even a 15:29 mile from Katie Ledecky and a 4:32 IM from Melanie Margalis didn’t even come close to unseating Smith for the series lead.
Smith’s point value actually did fall, though: to herself. Smith went 58.18 in the 100 back, upping her series-leading swim to 990 FINA points.
On the men’s side, we’ve seen shakeups in the series leader with every stop. Murphy went 52.79 in the 100 back to move to #1, and the five fastest swims of the series so far took place in Des Moines. Murphy’s 947-point backstroke leads – that’s exactly how many FINA points it took to win the series in 2019.
The winners will take home the $10,000 series title.
TOP FINA POINT SWIMS – 2019-2020 PRO SWIM SERIES
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.
|1||Regan Smith||990||58.18||100 Back||Des Moines|
|2||Regan Smith||986||58.27||100 Back||Knoxville|
|3||Katie Ledecky||971||15:29.51||1500 Free||Des Moines|
|3||Kathleen Baker||971||58.56||100 Back||Des Moines|
|5||Katie Ledecky||960||3:59.66||400 Free||Des Moines|
|6||Katie Ledecky||958||1:54.59||200 Free||Des Moines|
|7||Phoebe Bacon||956||58.86||100 Back||Knoxville|
|8||Regan Smith||955||2:05.94||200 Back||Knoxville|
|9||Regan Smith||950||2:06.16||200 Back||Des Moines|
|10||Annie Lazor||946||2:21.67||200 Breast||Des Moines|
|1||Ryan Murphy||947||52.79||100 Back||Des Moines|
|2||Caeleb Dressel||936||50.92||100 Fly||Des Moines|
|3||Michael Andrew||929||1:56.83||200 IM||Des Moines|
|4||Nic Fink||927||2:09.87||200 Breast||Des Moines|
|5||Caeleb Dressel||918||21.51||50 Free||Des Moines|
|6||Will Licon||917||2:10.34||200 Breast||Knoxville|
|7||Ryan Murphy||916||1:55.22||200 Back||Des Moines|
|8||Michael Andrew||914||51.33||100 Fly||Des Moines|
|9||Jacob Heidtmann||901||4:12.40||400 IM||Des Moines|
|10||Michael Andrew||900||59.14||100 Breast||Des Moines|