Margo Geer Kickstarts Comeback on Day Two of Austin PSS

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The action continued on day two of the Austin stop of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series. In the middle of her comeback, Margo Geer threw down an impressive 100 freestyle, while Aggie Sydney Pickrem blasted a sub-2:14 200 IM. Notable absences included Jack Conger in the 100 free and Tom Shileds, who has not raced yet this meet, in the 200 fly.

This session’s events include:

  • Women 100 Back Prelims
  • Men 100 Back Prelims
  • Women 200 Fly Prelims
  • Men 200 Fly Prelims
  • Women 100 Breast Prelims
  • Men 100 Breast Prelims
  • Women 100 Free Prelims
  • Men 100 Free Prelims
  • Women 200 IM Prelims
  • Men 200 IM Prelims
  • Women 800 Free (Slower Heats)
  • Men 800 Free (Slower Heats)

For event-by-event coverage, check below. Hit “refresh” for the latest coverage.

Today’s preliminaries will be separated into A and B flights, with the faster swimmers swimming earlier in the session in the A flight and the slower seeded swimmers swimming after the conclusion of the preliminary session, in the B flight.

Women 100 Back Prelims

15 year old Regan Smith continued her impressive weekend by dropping a 1:00.26 in the women’s 100 backstroke to earn herself the top seed going into tonight’s finals. Another teenager, Taylor Ruck, earned the second fastest time in 1:00.48. Georgia graduate Olivia Smoliga turned in a 1:01.12 to capture the third spot. Rounding out the A final tonight will be 14 year old Peng Xuwei.

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Men 100 Back Prelims

In a tight series of heats during this morning’s prelims, N.C. State’s Justin Ress was able to get ahead of the rest of the competitors by posting the only sub-55 second time with a 54.98. Right behind was Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley who each posted a 55.05 and a 55.07, respectively. Olympic veteran Matt Grevers was in fourth with his 55.12. Rounding out our A final tonight will be Great Britain’s Daniel Cross who posted a 55.90, which shows us that the A final tonight will be separated by less than a second.

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Women 200 Fly Prelims

Hali Flinkinger from Athens Bulldogs earned the middle lane for tonight’s finals after swimming a 2:10.55 followed by the 2:10.81 turned in by Alyssa Thomas out of Wales. After posting the fastest time of the morning in the immediately previous event, the 100 backstroke, Smith swam the third fastest time in a 2:12.10. Rounding out the top heat tonight will be Harriet Jones who swam a 2:14.05 in her preliminary heat.

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Men 200 Fly Prelims

Masayuki Umemoto was able to secure the top spot going into finals tonight by making himself the only swimmer to dip under the 2:00 mark. Georgia’s Chase Kalisz touched in 2:00.35 to take lane five in the A final while Texas grad Jack Conger swam a 2:00.45 to post the third fastest time. Taking lane eight tonight will be Great Britain’s Jacob Peters with his 2:02.43 from this morning.

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Women 100 Breast Prelims

New York Athletic Club’s Katie Meili turned in a swift 1:06.86, which was the only time posted under 1:07. Rachel Nicole swam a 1:07.66 to earn the second spot tonight while Molly Hannis out of Tennessee swam a 1:08.44 to place herself in lane six in the A final tonight. Aggie Anna Belousova will take the outside lane tonight by virtue of her 1:09.53.

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Men 100 Breast Prelims

China’s Yan Zibei was able to post a quick 1:00.67, which was the fastest time turned in, though Emory graduate Andrew Wilson was close behind in 1:01.07. Athens Bulldog Nic Fink swam a 1:01.81 for the third spot while West Swim Club Nic Zito posted a 1:03.13 to earn lane eight tonight.

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Women 100 Free Prelims

Margo Geer made her comeback loud and clear by posting a 53.76 in this morning’s prelims. Taylor Ruck continued her impressive weekend by throwing down a 53.97 while Wolfpack Elite’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace swam a 54.92 to earn the third spot tonight.

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Men 100 Free Prelims

Nathan Adrian cruised to an easy 49.58 which earned him the middle lane going into tonight. Daniel Krueger and Ryan Held were behind in 49.80 and 50.02, respectively. 100 meter backstroke world record holder, Ryan Murphy will be in lane eight tonight after swimming a 51.11 this morning.

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Women 200 IM Prelims

Texas A&M Junior Sydney Pickrem blasted a 2:13.53 to earn herself the middle lane tonight while Melanie Margalis, winner of the 400 IM last night, swam a 2:14.72. The third fastest time was turned in by Longhorn freshman Evie Pfeifer with her 2:15.28. Aggie teammates Bethany Galat and Monika Gonzalez-Hermosa tied for seventh in a 2:17.50.

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Men 200 IM Prelims

N.C. State’s Andrea Vazaios turned in the fastest time here with a 2:02.96 followed by Louisville’s Daniel Sos who swam a 2:03.24. Up and coming backstroker Carson Foster took the third spot with his 2:03.52. Rounding out the top eight was Cal’s Josh Prenot who swam a 2:04.94.

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Women 800 Free (Slower Heats)

Louisville’s Sophie Cattermole posted the top time outside of the top seeded heat this morning with her 8:47.50. Cattermole was well ahead of the rest of the meet though Kaitlynn Sims was right behind in 8:53.57. Turning in the third fastest time was Haley Yelle out of Texas A&M with a 8:54.03.

Men 800 Free (Slower Heats)

Japan’s Kohei Yamamoto turned in a quick 8:02.39, which has the potential to score in the top eight after tonight’s finals heat. Taking second in the early heats was Yamamoto’s countryman Shingo Nakaya who swam a 8:05.62 while University of Florida commit Trey Freeman swam to a 8:11.45.

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Jason Tillotson is a junior at American University where he is majoring in Foreign Language Communication with a minor in Marketing. He is also a coach for Nation's Capital Swim Club.

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