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The 2017 arena Pro Swim Series continued this weekend with a stop in Mesa, AZ with many collegiate athletes making their return to long course.
Josh Prenot overtook an absent Daiya Seto on the men’s side, grabbing gold in the men’s 200 breast, followed by silvers in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Prenot’s weekend swims push him ahead of Seto by a slim 6 points, leading 38 to 32.
Jacob Pebley (22), Chase Kalisz (18), and Nathan Adrian (17) complete the men’s top five on the leaderboard.
U.S. Olympian Melanie Margalis maintained her incredible lead over the women’s leaderboard with a total of 31 points, while Canad’as Mary-Sophie Harvey continued to sit second and edge towards Margalis. Katie Ledecky’s entry into the Pro Series immediately moved her up to third, tying her with fellow Olympian Hali Flickinger at 18 points.
Ashley Twichell rounds out the women’s top five with 16 points.
This year, the Arena Pro Swim Series will give out nearly $350,000.
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 = $1,000 (five points)
- Second place = $600 (three points)
- Third place = $200 (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.