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

2022 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES SAN ANTONIO

SATURDAY FINALS HEAT SHEET

The last Finals Session of the San Antonio Pro Swim Series will feature the 1500 free, 200 IM, 200 back, and the 100 free.

The men’s 200 IM will feature a dual between Tokyo 2020 Olympians Michael-Andrew and Leon Marchand. Andrew placed 5th in Tokyo in the 200 IM, but is the #3 all-time American performer in the event (1:55.26) behind Olympic icons Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

Not only does that A-Final include Andrew and Marchand, but Shaine Casas, who’s the #4 performer all-time in the 200-yard IM. In addition, Chase Kaliszthe 2017 World Champion in the 200 IM, is also in the mix.

Toyko Olympians Erika Brown and Claire Curzan tied this morning in the 100 freestyle prelims at 54.84. Brown’s 54.1 from the Westmont Pro Series secures her a top-5 spot in the world, but Curzan looks to enter the Global Top 5 tonight in yet another event.

On the men’s side, Zach Apple is the top seed in the B-Final after losing a swim-off for 8th place earlier this morning. No swimmers in the A-Final broke 49 seconds in prelims, but several high-profile athletes boast personal bests from 46.9-47.9, so we hope to see a few athletes crack into the 48-second barrier before the International Team Trials.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Sierra Schmidt (SAC) – 16:35.94
  2. Jillian Cox (TXLA) – 17:13.12
  3. Abby Grottle (TAMU) – 17:15.92
  4. Frederica Kizek (A) – 17:30.21
  5. Mollie Wright (TAMU) – 17:35.55
  6. Annabelle Corcoran (A) – 17:40.56
  7. Ximena Conde Merlos (SASA) – 18:51.56

Sierra Schmidt has great pacing, taking the first 500 meters out in 5:28.8 and bouncing between :32/:33 for the final 1000 meters. She maintained the lead through the entire race, eventually building a lead of over 50 meters. Schmidt blew kisses to the crowd as she finished in 16:35, the 9th-fastest time in the world for 2022.

Jillian Cox also maintained her 2nd-place position throughout the 1500, finishing just off her personal best in 17:13.12

MEN’S 1500 FREESTYLE

  • World Record: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang (2012)
  • American Record: 14:39.48 – Connor Jaegar (2016)
  • US Open Record: 14:45.54 – Peter Vanderkaay (2008)
  • Jr World Record: 14:46.09 – Franko Grgic (2014)
  • Pro Swim Series Record: 14:53.12 – 14:53.12 – Jordan Wilimovsky (2016)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Tommy Camblong (A) – 15:23.33
  2. Marwan Aly Elkamash (ISC) – 15:34.05
  3. Mikey Calvillo (IU) – 15:35.31
  4. Aryan Nehra (A) – 15:44.67
  5. Ben Cote (A) – 15:54.73
  6. Advait Page (A) – 16:02.42
  7. Jackson Carlile (IU) – 16:29.93
  8. Tommy Erwin (AAAA) – 16:37.31

Tommy Camblong led from start-to-finish, winning the 1500 in 15:23.33, good enough for 7th in the world for 2022.

Marwan Aly Elkamash started to make his move at the 600-meter mark and was able to overtake Aryan Nehra by 800 meters in.

Indiana took 2-3 as Elkamash (15:34.05) and Mikey Calvillo (15:35.31) raced home for the finish.

WOMEN’S 200 IM

  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2015): 2:06.12
  • American Record: Ariana Kukors (USA, 2009): 2:06.15
  • US Open Record: Kathleen Baker (USA, 2018): 2:08.32
  • Junior World Record: Rikako Ikee (JPN, 2017): 2:09.98
  • Pro Swim Record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2015): 2:08.66

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Melanie Margalis (SPA) – 2:12.39
  2. Leah Polonsky (A) – 2:12.85
  3. Beata Nelson (WA) – 2:13.56
  4. Diana Petkova (BAMA) – 2:16.11
  5. Mackenzie Looze (IU) – 2:18.29
  6. Gabriela Grobler (A) – 2:19.79
  7. Lindsay Looney (A) – 2:21.08
  8. Nicole Frank Rodriguez (AZFL) – 2:21.56

Beata Nelson led the way on the fly leg, taking out her 200 IM in 27.8. Margalis was sitting in 3rd at the 100-meter mark, but had a great breaststroke (37.7) leg to put herself within .3 of Nelson. Margalis used her clutch freestyle leg and caught Nelson, very reminiscent of how she closed at the 2016 Olympic Trials to secure a 200 IM spot.

Margalis was just off her season best of 2:12.0, finishing on top with a time of 2:12.39. Leah Polonsky was able to pass Nelson over the final 25 meters, finishing 2nd (2:12.85) and moving up to 7th in the world for 2022.

MEN’S 200 IM

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.00
  • American Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.00
  • US Open Record: Ryan Lochte (USA, 2011): 1:54.56
  • Junior World Record: Haiyang Qin (CHN, 2017): 1:57.06
  • Pro Swim Record: Michael Phelps (USA, 2012): 1:56.32

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Shaine Casas – 1:56.70
  2. Leon Marchand – 1:56.95
  3. Chase Kalisz – 1:57.10
  4. Michael-Andrew – 1:59.11
  5. Sam Stewart – 1:59.44
  6. Jay Litherland – 2:01.44
  7. Joaquin González Pinero – 2:02.08
  8. Matheo Mateos – 2:03.31

We knew going into this race that it was going to fast, as the A-Final featured 5 of the 10 top performers for 2022.

Casas was out in 24.59, with Andrew only .02 behind. Casas maintained his lead through the 100, splitting 54.2 compared to Andrew’s 55.1. Casas had a solid breaststroke leg, still continuing to maintain his lead through 150 meters, however Leon Marchand threw down an incredible breaststroke split. That 3rd leg, in addition to his monster underwater kickout, allowed Marchand to pull even with Casas. Casas had to dig deep the last 25, as Marchand and Kalisz were now hot on his tail.

Casas was able to secure the win, obliterating his best time and setting the #1 time in the world for 2022 in 1:56.70. Merchant finished just behind, also setting a new personal best of 1:56.95, which is 2nd in the world. Kalisz overtook Andrew on the last leg to finish 3rd, and 4rd in the world. Andrew finished 4th (1:59.11), dropping nearly a full second from his prelims swim.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE

  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • American Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • US Open Record: Missy Franklin (USA): 2:05.68
  • Junior World Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2019): 2:03.35
  • Pro Swim Record: Regan Smith (USA, 2020): 2:05.94

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Rhyan White (BAMA) – 2:07.92
  2. Phoebe Bacon (UN-01) – 2:09.52
  3. Aviv Barzelay (TAMU) – 2:10.79
  4. Hali Flickinger (SUN) – 2:11.23
  5. Gabby Deloof (CW) – 2:13.16
  6. Barbara Schaal (A) – 2:17.42
  7. Anna Peplowski (IU) – 2:18.80
  8. Anna Freed (IU) – 2:18.84

Rhyan White took complete control of the race, winning the race in 2:07.92 and moving up to #3 in the world for 2022. The Tokyo Olympians took 1-2, as Phoebe Bacon finished in 2:09.52. Israeli Olympian Aviv Barzelay finished 3rd in a time of 2:10.79: missing his own personal best by .03 seconds.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:51.92
  • American Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:51.92
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA, 2009): 1:53.08
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS, 2017): 1:55.14
  • Pro Swim Record: Xu Jiayu (CHN, 2017): 1:55.04

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Anze Erzen (TAMU) – 2:00.96
  2. Yeziel Morales (AZFL) – 2:03.18
  3. Mikita Tsmyh (A) – 2:03.77
  4. Joe Radde (IU) – 2:06.70
  5. Jay Baker (ECA) – 2:07.02
  6. Kellen Russell (TAC) – 2:07.63
  7. Mikey Calvillo (IU) – 2:07.94
  8. Tristan Dewitt (IU) – 2:08.29

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE

  • World Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2017): 51.71
  • American Record: Simone Manuel (USA, 2019): 52.04
  • US Open Record: Simone Manuel (USA, 2018): 52.54
  • Junior World Record: Penny Oleksiak (CAN, 2016): 52.70
  • Pro Swim Record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2016): 53.12

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan (TAC) – 53.68
  2. Erika Brown (TNAQ) – 54.08
  3. Natalie Hinds (UN) – 54.30
  4. Katie Ledecky (A) – 54.93
  5. Mallory Comerford (CARD) – 54.95
  6. Paige Madden (A) – 54.96
  7. Kelly Pash (TEX) – 55.55
  8. Cloe Stephanek (TAMU) – 55.58

Claire Curzan was out fast, 25.60 to the feet, to be exact. No one was within .3 of her at the 50, and she maintained her lead through the finish. Curzan won the 100 (53.68), with Brown finishing 2nd (54.08) and Hinds 3rd (54.30).

Curzan broke Amanda Weir’s pool record and tied for 3rd in the world with Maddie Wilson (53.68).

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo Filho (BRA, 2009): 46.91
  • American Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA, 2019): 46.96
  • US Open Record: Ryan Held/Caeleb Dressel (USA, 2019): 47.39
  • Junior World Record: Andrew Minakov (RUS, 2020): 47.57
  • Pro Swim Record: Nathan Adrian (USA, 2016): 48.00

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (GSC) – 49.13 / Andrej Barna (CARD) – 49.13
  2. —-
  3. Ryan Held (NYAC) – 49.20
  4. Drew Kibler (TEX) – 49.30
  5. Maxime Rooney (PLS) – 49.38
  6. Carter Swift (UN) – 49.66 / Aleksey Tarasenko (TENN) – 49.66
  7. —-
  8. Brett Pinfold (SHAC) – 49.80

Barna was out first in 23.3, but Dressel was following close behind with his 23.5 split to the feet. Dressel used Lane 1 as an advantage as he outside-smoked the entire field and tied Barna for the win.

Unfortunately, no one hit the 48-mark, but it was nice to see a tight field with over half the field finishing in 49.3 or under. Ryan Held was able to get his hand on the wall ahead of Kibler and Rooney, who all flipped within hundredths of each other but didn’t have the closing speed that Held had.

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