Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2022 PRO SWIM SERIES – WESTMONT

The initial stop of the 2022 Pro Swim Series continues tonight with the first full finals session. While it’s not a deep field, it is chock full of US Olympians. This morning, members of the 2020 US Olympic team put up the fastest times in the 100 free (Abbey Weitzeil), 100 breast (Lilly King and Michael-Andrew), 200 flies (Hali Flickinger and Zach Harting), and the 400 free (Katie Ledecky and Jake Mitchell). Maxime Rooney led prelims in the men’s 100 free, and he’ll face off a field that includes Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel.

WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – Finals

  • World: 51.71 7/23/2017 Sarah Sjostrom
  • American: 52.04 7/26/2019 Simone Manuel
  • US Open: 52.54 7/25/2018 Simone Manuel
  • Jr World: 52.70 8/11/2016 Penny Oleksiak
  • Pro Swim: 53.12 2016 Sarah Sjostrom

Top 3:

  1. Erika Brown (Tennessee Aquatics) – 54.13
  2. Abbey Weitzeil (California Aquatics) – 54.53
  3. Olivia Smoliga (Una Sun) – 54.71

U.S. Olympian Erika Brown faced a strong field, but managed to have the fastest opening and closing 50 splits (26.01/28.12), and she won with a time of 54.31. This morning’s top seed, Abbey Weitzeiltook 2nd in 54.53, followed by Olivia Smoliga (54.71). Those same three finished in the top in this event at the US Olympic Trials, although Brown and Weitzeil swapped positions tonight.

Natalie Hindswho finished 4th at OTs, also took 4th tonight, touching in 54.82, followed by another another OTs finalist, Linnea Mack (54.82).

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – Finals

  • World: 46.91 7/30/2009 Cesar Cielo Filho
  • American: 46.96 7/25/2019 Caeleb Dressel
  • US Open: 47.39 7/31/2019 Ryan Held / Caeleb Dressel
  • Jr World: 47.57 10/30/2020 Andrei Minakov
  • Pro Swim: 48.00 2016 Nathan Adrian

Top 3:

  1. Shaine Casas (Una – TXLA) – 49.29
  2. Maxime Rooney (Pleasanton Seahawks) – 49.37
  3. Ryan Held (NYAC) – 49.40

Ryan Held flipped first at the wall in 23.51, but Shaine Casas was just 0.04s behind him, and he powered home to touch first in 49.29. That’s the first PSS win for Casas since he turned pro last year and moved from Texas A&M to the pro group at the University of Texas.

Train Longhorn Maxime Rooney took 2nd in 49.37, just ahead of Held (40.40). Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel touched 4th in 49.54, followed by Olympic teammate Zach Apple (49.72).

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKES – Finals

  • World: 1:04.13 7/25/2017 Lilly King
  • American: 1:04.13 7/25/2017 Lilly King
  • US Open: 1:04.45 8/7/2009 Jessica Hardy
  • Jr World: 1:04.35 7/29/2013 Ruta Meilutyte
  • Pro Swim: 1:05.32 4/8/2021 Lilly King

Top 3:

  1. Lilly King (Indiana Swim Club) – 1:06.24
  2. Annie Lazor (Indiana Swi Club) – 1:06.48
  3. Lydia Jacoby (Seward Tsunami) – 1:06.87

world record holder Lilly King went out fast, hitting the wall at 31.08, and she held on to win in 1:06.24, which looks to be the 2nd-fastest time in the world this year behind Reona Aoki’s 1:05.19. King’s teammate and fellow Olympian Annie Lazor touched 2nd in 1:06.48, followed by Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby in 1:06.87.

Those three were the only women under 1:07, but 15 year-old Piper Enge improved to 1:08.12, which moves her into a tie for #7 in the 15-16 age group.

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKES – Finals

  • World: 56.88 7/21/2019 Adam Peaty
  • American: 58.14 6/13/2021 Michael-Andrew
  • US Open: 58.14 6/13/2021 Michael-Andrew
  • Jr World: 59.01 8/23/2017 Nicolo Martinenghi
  • Pro Swim: 58.86 2017 Adam Peaty

Top 3:

  1. Michael-Andrew (MA Swim Academy) – 59.05
  2. Nic Fink (Metro Atlanta) – 59.55
  3. Kevin Houseman (Una – Northwestern) – 1:00.05

After throwing down at sub-1:00 this morning, Michael-Andrew went event faster tonight, touching in 59.05 and coming within 0.19s of Adam Peaty’s Pro Swim Record.

Andrew held off a charge from fellow Olympian Nic Finkwho came home in 31.19 to Andrew’s 31.59 to take 2nd in 49.55.

Northwestern’s Kevin Houseman came within a whisker of breaking the one minute barrier for the second time in his career, touching 3rd in 1:00.05.

WOMEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – Finals

  • World: 2:01.81 10/21/2009 Zige Liu
  • American: 2:04.14 7/30/2009 Mary Descenza
  • US Open: 2:05.85 6/17/2021 Hali Flickinger
  • Jr World: 2:06.29 4/13/2017 Suzuka Hasegawa
  • Pro Swim: 2:06.11 3/5/2020 Hali Flickinger

Top 3:

  1. Hali Flickinger (Sun Devil Swimming) – 2:06.87
  2. Lucy Bell (Fort Collins Area Swim Team) – 2:10.25
  3. Leah Gingrich (Columbus Aquatic) – 2:13.82

Veteran Hali Flickinger was just a bit off of her time from this morning, but her 2:06.87 was plenty to get the win in a very small field. 17 year old Lucy Bell knocked over two seconds off of her prelims time to touch 2nd in 2:10.25, and 32 year-old Leah Gingrich also was about two seconds faster tonight than she was this morning, taking 3rd in 2:13.82.

MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – Finals

  • World: 1:50.73 7/24/2019 Kristof Milak
  • American: 1:51.51 7/29/2009 Michael Phelps
  • US Open: 1:52.20 7/2/2008 Michael Phelps
  • Jr World: 1:53.79 6/30/2017 Kristof Milak
  • Pro Swim: 1:53.84 6/14/2019 Gianluca Urlando

Top 3:

  1. Federico Burdisso (Una – Northwestern) – 1:57.83
  2. Zach Harting (Cardinal Aquatics) – 1:58.81
  3. Tommy Bried (Una – Louisville) – 2:00.03

Northwestern’s Federico Burdisso went out fast, and he hung to touch in 1:57.83, clocking what appears to be the fastest time in the world this year. Zach Harting outsplit Burdisso on the back half, but he couldn’t overtake the lead, and he settled for 2nd in 1:58.81.

louisville freshman Tommy Bried came within a whisker of breaking 2:00 for the first time in his career, as he took 3rd with a 2:00.03.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – Finals

Top 3:

  1. Katie Ledecky (Una – GSC) – 4:01.30
  2. Leah Smith (Longhorn Aquatics) – 4:04.73
  3. Fantine Lesaffre (Wolfpack) – 4:18.08

world record holder Katie Ledecky got the win by a comfortable margin, beating fellow distance ace Leah Smith, 4:01.30 to 4:04.73. That time by Smith is faster than she went to Olympic Trials, and actually looks to be her best time in the event in nearly four years.

There was a wide gap between those two and the rest of the small field. Fantine Lesaffre touched 3rd in 4:18.08, followed by Illetrka Lebel (4:21.90) and Heidi Stalkfleet (4:26.82).

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE – Finals

  • World: 3:40.07 7/26/2009 Paul Biedermann
  • American: 3:42.78 8/10/2008 Larsen Jensen
  • US Open: 3:43.53 6/29/2008 Larsen Jensen
  • Jr World: 3:44.60 4/1/2014 Mack Horton
  • Pro Swim: 3:43.55 2016 Sun Yang

Top 3:

  1. Marwan El-Kamash (Indiana Swim Club) – 3:50.59
  2. Jake Mitchell (Una – Michigan) – 3:51.12
  3. Alec Enyeart (Tsunami Swim Team) – 3:53.47

Marwan El-Kamash earned his second event win of the meet, winning the 400 free tonight in 3:50.59 after winning the 1500 yesterday.

US Olympian and University of Michigan swimmer Jake Mitchell held the lead for most of the first half of the race, and ultimately hit 2nd in 3:51.12.

Texas Commit Alec Enyeart set a new personal best to take 3rd in 3:53.47, followed by Rex Maurer (3:55.09) and another University of Michigan Olympian, Patrick Callan (3:56.30).

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