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

2022 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES SAN ANTONIO

SATURDAY FINALS HEAT SHEET

The final session of the San Antonio Pro Swim Series finals will include the 1500 Free, 200 IM, 200 Back and the 100 Free.

The men’s 200m IM will see a duel between Tokyo 2020 Olympians Michael Andrew and Leon Kaufman. Andrew finished 5th at the 200 IM in Tokyo but is the No. 3 all-time American at the event behind Olympic icons Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte (1:55.26).

Not only are Andrew and Marchand included in this A-final, but also Shaine Casas, who is #4 all-time in the 200-yard IM. And in addition, Chase Kaliszthe 2017 world champion in the 200 IM, is also in the mix.

Olympians from Tokyo Erica Brown and Claire Curzan tied at 54.84 in the heats over 100 freestyle this morning. Brown’s 54.1 from the Westmont Pro Series secures her a top five finish in the world, but Curzan is looking to break into the global top five in another event tonight.

On the men’s side zach apple is the top seed in the B-finals after losing a swim-off for 8th place this morning. No swimmer in the A-Finals has surpassed 49 seconds in the heats, but several high-profile athletes have personal bests of 46.9 to 47.9 to match. So we hope that some athletes will break the 48 second barrier before the International Team Trials.

1500 FREESTYLE FOR WOMEN

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 (UN) – 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 pace, taking the first 500 meters in 5:28.8 and jumping between :32/:33 for the last 1000 meters. She maintained the lead throughout the race, eventually extending a lead of over 50 metres. Schmidt blew kisses to the crowd as she finished in 16:35, the ninth fastest time in the world for 2022.

Jillian Cox also maintained her 2nd place finish in the 1500m, narrowly finishing her personal best of 17:13.12

MEN 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)
  • Junior 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 (UNO) – 15:23.33
  2. Marwan Aly Elkamash (ISC) – 15:34.05
  3. Mikey Calvillo (IE) – 15:35.31
  4. Aryan Nehra (UN) – 15:44.67
  5. Ben Cote (A) – 15:54.73
  6. Advait page (A) – 16:02.42
  7. Jackson Carlile (IE) – 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 at the 600 meter mark and was able to overtake Aryan Nehra after 800 meters.

Indiana went 2-3 as Elkamash (15:34.05) and Mikey Calvillo (15:35.31) sped to the finish.

WOMEN 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
  • Professional swimming record: Katinka Hosszu (HUN, 2015): 2:08.66

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Melanie Margalis (SPA) – 2:12.39
  2. Leah Polonsky (UN) – 2:12.85
  3. Beata Nelson (WA) – 2:13.56
  4. Diana Petkova (BAMA) – 2:16.11
  5. Mackenzie Looze (IE) – 2:18,29
  6. Gabriela Grobler (UNO) – 2:19.79
  7. Lindsay Looney (UNO) – 2:21.08
  8. Nicole Frank Rodriguez (AZFL) – 2:21.56

Beata Nelson led on the fly leg and got her 200 IM in 27.8. Margalis was 3rd at the 100m mark but had a great sternum (37.7) to place within 0.3 of Nelson. Margalis used her clutch freestyle leg and caught Nelson, very reminiscent of how she closed to secure a 200 IM spot at the 2016 Olympic Trials.

Margalis was just off her season best of 2:12.0 to finish at the top with a time of 2:12.39. Leah Polonsky was able to pass Nelson in the last 25 meters to finish 2nd (2:12.85) and move up to 7th in the world for 2022.

MEN 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
  • Professional swimming record: Michael Phelps (USA, 2012): 1:56.32

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Shaine Casas – 1:56.70
  2. Leon Kaufman – 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 Gonzalez Pinero – 2:02.08
  8. Matheo Mateos—2:03.31

Going into this race we knew it was going to be too fast as the A final featured 5 of the top 10 performers for 2022.

Casas was out in 24.59 with Andrew just .02 behind. Casas maintained his lead through the 100, sharing 54.2 compared to Andrews’ 55.1. Casas had a solid pectoral but still maintained his lead in the 150m Leon Kaufman threw an incredible breaststroke split. That 3rd leg, in addition to his monster underwater kickout, allowed Marchand to level with Casas. Casas had to dig deep for the last 25 as Marchand and Kalisz were now hot on his heels.

Casas secured the win, erasing his best time and setting the world best for 2022 at 1:56.70. Marchand finished just behind and also set a new personal best of 1:56.95, which ranks 2nd in the world. Kalisz passed Andrew on the final stage to finish third and fourth in the world. Andrew finished fourth (1:59.11), losing nearly a full second after his pre-lap swim.

200 WOMEN’S SETBACK

  • 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
  • Professional swimming 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 (GUEST) – 2:10.79
  4. Hali Flickinger (SUN) – 2:11.23
  5. Gabby Deloof (CW) – 2:13.16
  6. Barbara Schaal (UNO) – 2:17.42
  7. Anna Peplowski (IU) – 2:18.80
  8. Anna frees (IE) – 2:18.84

Rhyan White took complete control of the race, winning the race in 2:07.92 and moving up to world #3 for 2022. The Tokyo Olympians went 1-2 while Phoebe Bacon finished in 2:09.52. Israeli Olympian Aviv Barzelay was third in a time of 2:10.79, 0.03 seconds off her personal best.

MEN 200 SETBACK

  • 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
  • Junior World Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS, 2017): 1:55.14
  • Professional swimming record: Xu Jiayu (CHN, 2017): 1:55.04

Top 8 finishers:

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

100 WOMEN’S 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
  • Professional swimming record: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, 2016): 53.12

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Claire Curzan (TAK) – 53.68
  2. Erica Brown (TNAQ) – 54.08
  3. Natalie Hinds (UNO) – 54.30
  4. Katie Ledecky (UNO) – 54.93
  5. Mallory Comerford (MAP) – 54.95
  6. Paige Madden (UNO) – 54.96
  7. Kelly Pash (TEX) – 55.55
  8. Cloe Stephanek (GUEST) – 55.58

Claire Curzan was out fast, 25.60 on feet to be exact. No one was within .3 of her at 50 and she kept her lead to the end. Curzan won the 100 (53.68), Brown was second (54.08) and Hinds third (54.30).

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

100 MEN’S FREESTYLE

  • World record: Cesar Cielo Filho (BRA, 2009): 46.91
  • American record: celebrity dressel (US, 2019): 46.96
  • US Open record: Ryan Held/celebrity dressel (US, 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 first out with 23.3, but Dressel was close behind with his 23.5 split on feet. Dressel took advantage of lane 1 as he smoked the entire field from the outside and gave Barna the win.

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

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