2017 arena Pro Swim Series Leaderboard: Ledecky Closes Points Gap on Absent Margalis

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The Santa Clara stop of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series concluded the series with a fast four days of swimming by National Age Group (NAG) record holders, collegiate swimmers, Olympians, and more!

Chase Kalisz and Josh Prenot continued their reign at first on the men’s leaderboard as the two claimed one gold each in Santa Clara. The two own 43 points each for their efforts throughout the series.

Japan’s Daiya Seto continues to sit at third with 32 points, despite not having swum since the Indy stop of the series, while Jacob Pebley sits comfortably at fourth with 29.

A strong weekend of swims by Jay Litherland moved him up to fifth in the rankings, tying him with Nathan Adrian at 23 points.

The race for first is just as tight on the women’s side as only one point separates Olympians Melanie Margalis (39) and Katie Ledecky (38). Margalis elected not to swim at the Santa Clara stop, giving Ledecky a chance to close the gap in the points. However, the distance ace kept a tight schedule, swimming only two events: the 200 and 1500 freestyles.

Kelsi Worrell rocketed into the top five after a strong weekend, sitting at third with 30 points.

An absent Hali Flickinger hovers just behind Worrell with 29 points, just ahead of Simone Manuel’s 28 points.

While the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series has come to a conclusion, the points continue as athletes turn their attention towards the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships. There the points earned for first, second, and third place finishes will rise to 10, 6, and 2 respectively. At the conclusion of the National Championships, the series winners will be announced and awards distributed.


The per-event prize money and Arena Pro Swim Series scoring system awards swimmers prize money  and points based on first-, second-, and third-place performances at each meet in the Championship final only. The prize money and scoring system is as follows:

  • First place = $500 (five points)
  • Second place = $300 (three points)
  • Third place = $100 (one point)

There will be separate Arena Pro Swim Series standings for male and female swimmers. To be eligible for the BMW lease, a swimmer must (i) be a U.S. citizen, (ii) be a USA Swimming member, (iii) possess a valid U.S. driver’s license, and (iv) no longer be NCAA eligible. The BMW prize will be offered to the highest finishing eligible male and female athlete who meets all the criteria, even if he/she is not the overall points winner for the series.

To be eligible for the $10,000 series bonus, awarded to the overall male and female winners of the Series regardless of nationality, athletes must no longer be NCAA eligible.

In the event of a tie of Arena Pro Swim Series points, the Arena Pro Swim Series winner will be the swimmer who earned the highest single-race FINA power point ranking.

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Michael Maloney
Michael Maloney
6 years ago

Question…didn’t Katie L have 33 points after winning 3 events in Atlanta….. and 2 victories in Santa Clara……or does the 1500m not count….where am missing something???? please anyone respond..or should she have 43 points with the 2 wins last week

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