2018 Santa Clara Pro Swim Series: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


2018 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – SANTA CLARA

The third of four days is set to get underway at the TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Santa Clara, with the 100 back, 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 free and 200 IM on today’s schedule.

Among the highlights, we’ll see Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte race in the 6th heat of the men’s 200 IM, with a potential intriguing battle between those two and Chase Kalisz brewing for tonight. Lochte will also swim the 100 back, Kalisz will do the 200 fly, and Dressel is in the 100 freestyle where he’ll look to end Nathan Adrian‘s PSS undefeated streak.

On the women’s side, the 100 freestyle is loaded including co-Olympic champions Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak in action, along with Katie LedeckyKylie MasseRegan Smith and Olivia Smoliga headline the women’s 100 back, while Lilly King will be the one to beat in the 100 breast.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 58.96, Emily Seebohm, 2016
  1. Ali Deloof, CW, 1:00.25
  2. Regan Smith, RIPT, 1:00.57
  3. Olivia Smoliga, ABSC, 1:00.81
  4. Kylie Masse, SO, 1:00.91
  5. Claire Adams, CSC, 1:01.53
  6. Isabelle Stadden, AQJT, 1:01.71
  7. Amy Bilquist, CAL, 1:01.75
  8. Kennedy Goss, SO, 1:02.04
  9. Keaton Blovad, CAL, 1:02.08

All of the big guns cruised through the women’s 100 back prelims easily, with Ali DeloofRegan Smith and Kylie Masse winning the three circle-seeded heats in 1:00-point for seeds 1, 2 and 4, with Olivia Smoliga in at 3rd. All three of the Americans have been 59 this year, while Masse leads the world ranks with her 58.54 from the Commonwealth Games.

Claire Adams and Amy Bilquist were both just a few tenths off their season bests for the 5th and 6th seeds.

Men’s 100 Back Prelims

  • PSS Record: 52.40, David Plummer, 2016
  1. Ryan Murphy, CAL, 54.86
  2. Ryosuke Irie, TE, 55.29
  3. Matt Grevers, FORD, 55.40
  4. Jacob Pebley, CAL, 55.45
  5. Daniel Carr, CAL, 55.57
  6. Javier Acevedo, SO, 55.60
  7. Markus Thormeyer, SO, 56.02
  8. Austin Katz, UN, 56.07
  9. Chris Staka, UN, 56.38

Ryan Murphy was the lone man sub-55 this morning in the 100 back prelims, cruising to a time of 54.86 as he won the last heat over teammate Jacob Pebley who qualifies 4th.

Ryosuke Irie and Matt Grevers won the other two circle-seeded heats, and Cal’s Daniel Carr, who had a very successful NCAA campaign, posted a very strong 55.57 in his first LC 100 back of the season.

Between Murphy, Irie, Grevers, Pebley and 7th seed Markus Thormeyer, five of the world’s top-14 100 backstrokers this year will contest tonight’s final.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:06.76, Cammile Adams, 2012
  1. Leah Smith, FORD, 2:11.27
  2. Katie McLaughlin, CAL, 2:11.32
  3. Kelsi Dahlia, CARD, 2:12.08
  4. Regan Smith, RIPT, 2:12.42
  5. Dakota Luther, ASC, 2:13.00
  6. Sarah Gibson, TE, 2:13.37
  7. Lauren Case, UN, 2:13.54
  8. Maria Jose Mata Coco, MEX, 2:14.53
  9. Hannah Kukurugya, STAN, 2:14.82

Leah Smith of Tucson Ford was very strong this morning in the women’s 200 fly, posting a new best time of 2:11.27, knocking off 1.3 seconds from her showing in Indianapolis. She takes the top seed into tonight, with Cal’s Katie McLaughlin just one tenth off her season best for 2nd in 2:11.32.

Kelsi Dahlia had a decent morning swim for 3rd in 2:12.08, including posting the fastest final 50 in the field in 33.51, while Regan Smith had a nice double to come back shortly after her 100 back and take 4th overall in 2:12.42.

Notably, Penny Oleksiak and Ella Eastin didn’t swim their heats.

Men’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:55.29, Li Zhuhao, 2017
  1. Jan Switkowski, GSC, 1:59.15
  2. Chase Kalisz, ABSC, 1:59.26
  3. Trenton Julian, ROSE, 1:59.31
  4. Jack Conger, NCAP / Justin Wright, FORD, 1:59.52
  5. Pace Clark, ABSC, 1:59.81
  6. Zheng Quah, CAL, 1:59.84
  7. Tom Shields, CAL, 1:59.99
  8. Jay Litherland, DYNA, 2:00.25

Jan Switkowski of the Gator Swim Club leads the pack after the heats in the men’s 200 fly, running down Trenton Julian and Pace Clark in the fifth of six heats to touch in a time of 1:59.15. Julian went a personal best of 1:59.31 for the 3rd overall seed, and Clark qualified in 6th.

Chase Kalisz won his heat in 1:59.26 for the 2nd seed, and Jack Conger and Justin Wright tied in the final heat for 4th overall in 1:59.52.

Women’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:05.57, Rebecca Soni, 2011
  1. Lilly King, IST, 1:08.40
  2. Melissa Rodriguez, MEX, 1:09.19
  3. Rachel Bernhardt, GAME, 1:09.20
  4. Annie Lazor, UN, 1:09.65
  5. Kim Williams, STAN, 1:10.27
  6. Melanie Margalis, SPA, 1:10.67
  7. Emily Escobedo, COND, 1:10.92
  8. Kennedy Lohman, LAK, 1:11.11
  9. Claire Beaty, UN, 1:11.89

World record holder Lilly King blasted out to a big lead in the final heat of the women’s 100 breast, turning in 31.94 before cruising home and touching in the top time of the morning in 1:08.40. King currently sits atop the world rankings with her 1:05.90 done last month in Indianapolis.

Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez was just .03 off her lifetime best for the 2nd seed in 1:09.19, out-touching Rachel Bernhardt by .01 in heat five. With that swim, Bernhardt has now had her five fastest swims ever done this year.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  • 58.86, Adam Peaty, 2017

Women’s 100 Free Prelims

  • PSS Record: 53.12, Sarah Sjostrom, 2016

Men’s 100 Free Prelims

Women’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 2:08.66, Katinka Hosszu, 2015

Men’s 200 IM Prelims

  • PSS Record: 1:56.32, Michael Phelps, 2012

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