2021 Pro Swim Series – San Antonio: Day 4 Finals Live Recap – SwimSwam

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES– SAN ANTONIO
The last night from the San Antonio Pro Swim ought to be another interesting one– though there will be a couple of sparsely populated heats up.
World record holder Regan Smith has scratched out of the ladiess 200 back, as has Emma Weyant, leaving just six swimmers in that event tonight. Phoebe Bacon and Isabelle Stadden can be found in as the top 2 seeds.
Will Grant has actually likewise dropped out of the mens 200 back, meaning simply four will contest that race, though it stays interesting with Ryan Murphy, Shaine Casas and Austin Katz in the field.
Other essential matchups to expect tonight include Abbey Weitzeil and Olivia Smoliga in the womens 100 free, Ryan Held and Zach Apple in the guyss 100 totally free, and Madisyn Cox and Kathleen Baker in the ladiess 200 IM. The mens 200 IM must be a great race with the top six seeds all capable of coming away with the win.
The session will start with timed finals in the 1500 totally free, where Haley Anderson and Zane Grothe will look to follow up after winning the 800 on Thursday night. Anderson also won the 400 complimentary on Saturday, so a win here would offer her a real sweep of the range occasions, though shell deal with a hard challenger in Ally McHugh, who won the 400 IM Friday night. Erica Sullivan has especially dropped the occasion due to a medical scratch.
Womens 1500 Free Timed Final
PSS Record: 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 16:49.19
Ally McHugh, WA, 16:12.87
Haley Anderson, MVN, 16:15.40
Bella Sims, SAND, 16:35.64
It took almost the entire race, but Ally McHugh finally handled to retreat from Haley Anderson around the 1250 mark of the womens mile, eventually winning by two and a half seconds in 16:12.87.
The two went stroke-for-stroke for a good portion of the event, including flipping within a few one-hundredths of each other a number of times around the midway mark. McHugh likewise unfavorable divided her swim, kipping down 8:06.74 at the 750 before closing in 8:06.13.
This is the 23-year-olds third-fastest swim ever, and quickest since August of 2019. It likewise makes McHugh the second-fastest American in 2020-21.
Anderson finished in 16:15.40, her best considering that 2018, and 15-year-old Bella Sims completed the podium in 16:35.64. Sims set her finest time in December at 16:29.17.
Guys 1500 Free Timed Final
PSS Record: 14:53.12, Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), 2016
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 15:44.89
Zane Grothe, BCH, 15:10.29
Will Gallant, MVN, 15:24.77
David Johnston, TEX, 15:30.06
The guyss 1500 freestyle was a mirror image of the femaless occasion, this time including Zane Grothe and Will Gallant.
The main distinction was that Grothe made his relocation a bit earlier than McHugh, pulling away from Gallant around the 1000m mark.
Grothe, 28, finished in a time of 15:10.29, stacking up as his fastest swim since July of 2019 while also making him the second-fastest American this season. The time is a significant improvement compared to his 1500 done at this time last year in Richmond (15:19.77).
Like McHugh, Grothe negative split the occasion, going 7:36.23/ 7:34.06 for the 750s, and likewise had his fastest 500 split come at the end (5:03.01/ 5:07.17/ 5:00.11).
Gallant faded over the final third of the race, clocking 15:24.77 for 2nd. The 19-year-old Mission Viejo swimmer set a finest time at the U.S. Open in 15:18.39 that now ranks him 3rd among American this season.
Texas freshman David Johnston took 3 seconds off his life time best for 3rd in 15:30.06.
Womens 200 IM Finals
PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2015
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:17.39
Kathleen Baker, TE, 2:10.30
Madisyn Cox, TXLA, 2:11.22
Beata Nelson, WA, 2:15.21
Kathleen Baker made her proceed the backstroke leg of the ladiess 200 IM, giving her over a 2nd buffer on Madisyn Cox that she was able to keep the remainder of the method. Taking a look at the divides, the 2 were extremely close on all the other strokes, however Bakers 32.49 back leg made all the difference.
The 23-year-old Baker ended up in a time of 2:10.30, moving previous Cox to end up being the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year, with just Australian Kaylee McKeown (2:08.23) ahead of her. Its also Bakers third-fastest performance ever, having been 2:08.32 in the summertime of 2018 and 2:08.75 in February of in 2015.
Cox had a strong swim to finish in 2:11.22, less than a second off her 2:10.49 from the U.S. Open.
In a close race for third, Beata Nelsons front-half was just a bit better than Evie Pfeifers back-half, as Nelson edged her out by a tenth in 2:15.21, her second-fastest swim ever.
In the B last, Katie Crom dropped more than a second from her best time in 2:16.67, getting her under the Olympic Trials cut in the occasion for the very first time.
Mens 200 IM Finals
PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps (USA), 2012
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:04.09
Kieran Smith, UN-FL, 1:59.38
Will Licon, TXLA, 2:01.20
Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:01.89
It was a fitting end to the meet for Kieran Smith, who chooses up his third win in as numerous days with a new personal best time of 1:59.38 in the 200 IM. That revealing reduces his previous PB of 1:59.56, set method back at the 2017 World Juniors, and ranks him 13th on the planet this season.
Known for his freestyle expertise, the 20-year-old distanced himself from the field on back, splitting 29.97, prior to closing strong with splits of 34.83 and 28.92 on breast and totally free.
The top breast leg in the field went to Will Licon, who moved up from 6th at the 100 to 2nd at the 150 in 33.85, ultimately ending up as the runner-up in 2:01.20. That time ranks him 6th this season among Americans.
Jay Litherland had the second-fastest free split in 29.00 to take third in 2:01.89, followed carefully by Andrew Seliskar (2:02.39) and Carson Foster (2:02.99).
Womens 200 Back Finals
PSS Record: 2:05.94, Regan Smith (USA), 2020
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:14.69
Isabelle Stadden, UN-PC, 2:09.31
Phoebe Bacon, NCAP, 2:10.51
Lisa Bratton, AGS, 2:15.16
Phoebe Bacon went out quickly, however it was Isabelle Stadden who charged down the back-half of the femaless 200 back to make the win in 2:09.31, releasing herself into seventh on the planet this year.
Stadden, currently in her freshman year at Cal, likewise dipped under her swim from the Knoxville Pro Swim Series last January by.01, a positive indication as we reset the Olympic year.
Bacon, who stays the fastest American this year with her 2:09.16 from the U.S. Open, touched 2nd in 2:10.51, simply under a 2nd slower than where she remained in January 2020 in Knoxville (2:08.57).
In the six-swimmer field, Lisa Bratton was third in 2:15.16, adding a little over a second and a half from the early morning.
Mens 200 Back Finals
PSS Record: 1:55.04, Xu Jiayu (CHN), 2017
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 2:02.99
Ryan Murphy, CAL, 1:56.82
Shaine Casas, TAMU, 1:58.04
Austin Katz, TEX, 2:00.14
Ryan Murphy finishes the backstroke sweep in the maless 200, taking control of the lead from Shaine Casas on the 2nd 50 on the way to winning by simply over a second in 1:56.82.
Murphy soars the 2020-21 world rankings, becoming the sixth-fastest man on the planet and without a doubt and away the fastest American.
The fastest Murphy has actually ever been in January can be found in 2016, when he went on to win Olympic gold, at 1:55.99.
Casas really ends up being the second-fastest American this season, clocking in at a solid 1:58.04. His fastest swim beyond the 2019 Summer Nationals, where he hit his lifetime best of 1:55.79, is 1:57.34.
Austin Katz, who, like Casas, is in the midst of the NCAA season, took third in 2:00.14.
Womens 100 Free Finals
PSS Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 56.29
Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 54.67
Abbey Weitzeil, CAL, 55.13
Margo Geer, MVN, 55.49
Olivia Smoliga soared off the turn in the ladiess 100 freestyle, surpassing early leader Abbey Weitzeil on the back-half to win in a time of 54.67, helpful for fifth among U.S. swimmers in 2020-21.
Smoliga, who closed in 28.49, has only been this fast a handful of times in-season, and never that fast this early in the year. Her best-ever PSS swim was a 54.45 last March in Des Moines, while her fastest-ever January showing was a 55.50 from 2019.
Weitzeil had the early speed flipping in 25.91, and held on for second in 55.13 to take the seventh spot in the nationwide rankings this season.
Margo Geer (55.49) edged out Natalie Hinds (55.61) in the race for 3rd.
Guys 100 Free Finals
PSS Record: 48.00, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2016
U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49
Ryan Held, NYAC, 49.86
Zach Apple, MVN, 49.91
Tate Jackson, TEX, 50.40
The margin of success in the mens 100 freestyle was razor-thin, both in the race for first and the fight for third.
In advance, Ryan Held got out to the lead at the 50 in 23.67, slightly slower than his 23.56 from this early morning. Zach Apple started to close on him down the stretch, and used his patented straight arm technique over the closing meters.
At the touch it was Held getting his hand on the wall initially in 49.86, with Apple a couple of one-hundredths back in 49.91.
Held was somewhat much faster in the heats up at 49.70, and maintains his spot as the fastest American this season with his 49.00 from the U.S. Open.
Apple, who tied with Drew Kibler for the fastest 2nd 50 in 25.88, was almost a second faster at this time in 2015 (48.98 at the Knoxville PSS).
The other insanely close race consisted of the whole remainder of the field, as finishers 3rd through 8th were separated by less than a quarter of a 2nd.
Tate Jackson handled to sneak in for third in 50.40, followed by Andrew Seliskar (50.45) and Kibler (50.46 ). Brett Pinfold (50.59 ), Dean Farris (50.61) and Daniel Krueger (50.64) completed the event, while Townley Haas struck a 50.56 in the B final.

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