WATCH: Distance Races from Night 1 of the 2019 Pro Swim Series – Bloomington


As reported by Jared Anderson. Videos courtesy of USA Swimming on YouTube.


  • Pro Swim Series record: 15:20.48 – Katie Ledecky (2019)
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 16:49.19
  1. Hannah Moore (Wolfpack Elite) – 16:11.42
  2. Kristel Kobrich (Chile) – 16:23.19
  3. Becca Mann (Unattached) – 16:25.49
  4. Sierra Schmidt (Michigan) – 16:33.67
  5. Cassy Jernberg (Unattached) – 16:38.48
  6. Cierra Runge (Sun Devil) – 16:46.12
  7. Kaitlynn Sims (MAC) – 16:46.35
  8. Hayley Pike (NW Arkansas) – 16:57.07

Hannah Moore rolled through the opening heat for NC State’s Wolfpack Elite club, going 16:11.42. That’s a season-best for Moore, about two seconds faster than she went in winning this event in Richmond last month.

Chile’s Kristel Kobrich finished second – she was the runner-up in Richmond. Kobrich held off Becca Mann for second, besting Mann by two seconds. From there, things dropped back to Big Ten duo Sierra Schmidt (Michigan) and Cassy Jernberg (Indiana).


  • Pro Swim Series record: 14:53.12 – Jordan Wilimovsky (2016)
  • 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 15:44.89
  1. Zane Grothe (Boulder City Henderson) – 15:17.12
  2. Marcelo Acosta (Louisville) – 15:28.66
  3. Ricardo Vargas (Michigan) – 15:30.04
  4. Mikey Calvillo (Indiana Swim Club) – 15:40.94
  5. Will Roberts (Michigan) – 15:46.91
  6. Ford Blaylock (Mercersburg) – 15:55.16
  7. Jake Mitchell (Carmel) – 15:56.67
  8. Hayden Curley (Louisville) – 16:07.66

Zane Grothe got his first 1500 win of the series, going 15:17.12 to win the opening heat tonight. That time is actually slower than he went in Des Moines back in March (he was 15:13), but is much better than his Richmond swim last month (15:26). Grothe did go 15:05 at this time last year, so he’s a little off that. But his time tonight is similar to what he went a few times in-season last year before going 14:48 at the end of the summer.

Marcelo Acosta earns his second runner-up finish in a row in this event. Acosta was 15:28.66, holding off Michigan’s Ricardo Vargas by two seconds. Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo touched fourth, with another Michigan swimmer, Will Roberts, in fifth.

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3 years ago

Kobrich is 33 throwing down 16:23s in-season, without a lap counter. Werrrrkkkkkk

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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