2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Clovis: Urlando’s NAG Record Highlights Night Three (RACE VIDEOS)

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Luca Urlando; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The third night of finals at the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Clovis featured six events for both men and women. Numerous season-bests were achieved on night two, and a similar showing presented itself on night three.

Luca Urlando led the way by breaking Michael Phelps‘ 17-18 National Age Group Record in the 200 Butterfly. He also set a TYR Pro Series record in the event. Kelsi Dahlia won the women’s race, while the sprint fly went to Kendyl Stewart and Peter Holoda.

Further event wins came courtesy of Catie Deloof and Brad Tandy (50 Free), Isabelle Stadden and Matt Grevers (100 Back), Sydney Pickrem and Daniel Roy (200 Breast) and Erica Sullivan and Trey Freeman (400 Free).

DAY 3 RESULTS

Women’s 200 Butterfly

Kelsi Dahlia earned her first win of the weekend in the 200 fly in 2:10.69. The time is one second off her season best 2:09.09 from the Richmond stop of this Pro Swim Series. Dahlia will also race in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly on night three.

Dahlia was out to quick start, coming ahead of the field by over a second right from the first fifty. She was out in 1:01.63 at the 100, then held on in 33.94 and 35.09 for the win.

Texas duo Remedy Rule and Lauren Case out-split Dahlia on the final fifty (34.33 and 34.40, respectively). They ultimately took the second (2:11.56) and third (2:12.13) positions. Both times were season-bests.

Canada’s Emily Overholt took fourth in 2:12.81. She was followed by Bailey Nero (2:15.87), Tara Halsted (2:16.24), Vien Nguyen (2:18.12) and Megan Dalke (2:19.66).

Men’s 200 Butterfly

17-year-old Luca Urlando had the swim of the meet so far in the men’s 200 Butterfly. He dominated the race by nearly five seconds, coming in at 1:53.84. The time was not only a TYR Pro Series Record, but also a 17-18 USA Swimming National Age Group Record. The mark was formerly set by Michael Phelps in 2003.

Urlando’s splits for the race were 26.08 – 28.74 – 29.09 – 29.93. He remains the top American in this event this season and is now the fourth-fastest performer in the world for 2019.

Justin Wright was right on his season best for second in 1:58.61. Ben Miller rounded out the top three with his 2:00.41.

Also competing in the final were Mexico’s Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz (2:00.64), Puerto Rico’s Jarod Arroyo (2:01.00), Mexico’s Angel Martinez (2:02.85), Ascanio Ferna Pinto Urbina (2:04.20) and Nicolas Duke (2:06.77).

Women’s 50 Freestyle

Catie Deloof added a win of her own, dipping below the 25-second barrier for the 50 freestyle win. The swim is the seventh-best time for Americans so far this season and is a season-best for Deloof.

Julie Meynen was not far behind in 25.08. Mallory Comerford took the third position in 25.21, off her season-best of 24.89. Fresh out of the 200 Fly, Kelsi Dahlia took fourth in 25.28. That time is just two one hundredths off her season-best.

Linnea Mack (25.41), Anelise Diener (25.66), Ali Delos (25.69) and Marina Spadoni (25.78) also raced in the final.

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Brad Tandy and Michael Chadwick battled it out in the men’s 50 Freestyle, with Tandy having the upper hand in the end. He won the race in 22.17, while Chadwick took second in 22.28.

Mexico’s Gabe Castano was third in 22.35.

Taking the fourth through eighth places were Peter Holoda (22.66), Cristian Quintero (22.70), 16-year-old Jack Alexy (22.98), Tate Jackson (23.08) and Devon Nowicki (23.32). Alexy now holds the eleventh-fastest time ever for a 15-16-year-old American.

Women’s 100 Backstroke

16-year-old Isabelle Stadden blasted a 59.71 100 Backstroke for the win in Clovis. The swim was her first time under the one-minute barrier, moving her from sixth to fourth in the USA Swimming all-time 15-16 100 Backstroke rankings. The time is also the fourth-best by an American this season.

Stadden was able to track down Ali Deloof (1:00.59) who had the lead at the fifty in 29.10. Catie Deloof (1:01.69) took third with a season-best swim.

After winning the 100 butterfly on night two, Sweden’s Louise Hansson was fourth in 1:01.90. 15-year-old Natalie Mannion took fifth in 1:02.08. She was followed by Olivia Ellard (1:03.54), Mexico’s Athena Menseses Kovacs (1:03.65) and Katey Lewicki (1:03.84).

Men’s 100 Backstroke

After taking second in the 50 Backstroke on night two, Matt Grevers posted a solid time to win the 100 Backstroke (53.59). Out in 26.11, he was able to hold off Justin Ress who took second in 54.25.

Grevers’ season-best is 53.09, while Ress took two tenths off of his. The men sit second and seventh in the American ranks this season.

Canada’s Markus Thormeyer was third in 54.50 followed closely by Dylan Carter in 54.72. Chris Staka (55.83), Luca Urlando (56.82), Kristofer Rogic (56.93) and Andy Song (56.96) took fifth through eighth.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem picked up her third win of the week in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:25.52 was off her worldwide sixth-ranked 2:22.63, but was still enough for the win in Clovis.

Pickrem held the lead throughout the race, but was heavily challenged by Mexico’s Melissa Rodriguez in 2:25.54. Rodriguez was narrowly out-splitting Pickrem on the back half, but ran out of room to run her down. Her teammate Esther Gonzalez Medina was third in 2:29.44.

Breeja Larson put up the fourth-place time of 2:30.78. Abigail Herscu (2:33.97), Mackenzie Duarte (2:35.21), Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (2:35.46) and Hillary Metcalfe (2:35.73) rounded out the heat.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

19-year-old Daniel Roy had a quick swim in the 200 breaststroke for the win in Clovis. His 2:10.43 is a season-best by over a second and a half and moves him from to seventh to fifth in the American ranks for this season.

18-year-old AJ Pouch was not far behind in 2:11.06. He moves in as the sixth-quickest racer this year for the United States. After a fast 100 on night two, Brandon Fischer was third in a personal best 2:11.91.

Mexico took the next two spots with efforts from Miguel de Lara Ojeda (2:12.81) and Mauro Castillo Luna (2:14.83). Devon Nowicki (2:18.09), Zachary Tan (2:20.89) and Youssef Elkamash (2:23.34) were sixth, seventh and eighth.

Women’s 50 Butterfly

Team Elite’s Kendyl Stewart won a tight 50 fly battle on night three over Kelsi Dahlia (26.38) and Louise Hansson (26.54). Stewart’s time of 26.35 is less than a tenth off her season-best time.

Also competing in the final were Haley Black (26.81), Linnea Mack (26.96), Mallory Comerford (27.13), Lauren Case (27.45) and Alia Atkinson (27.85).

Men’s 50 Butterfly

Phoenix Swim Club duo Peter Holoda (23.78) and Giles Smith (23.95) went one-two in the men’s 50 fly. They were the lone swimmers under the 24-second mark.

Ryan Coetzee was third in 24.14 and Mexico’s Jorge Iga was fourth with a 24.57.

Rounding out the top eight were Lukas Miller (24.73), Daniel Ramirez (25.03), Justin Wright (25.06) and Josiah Binnema (25.14).

Women’s 400 Freestyle

After a great 800 freestyle on night one, Erica Sullivan kept her momentum going in the 400 distance. Her 4:10.36 was just one second off her lifetime best time in this event. She also moves from eleventh to seventh in the 2019 American rankings.

Sullivan grabbed the lead early on and only strengthened it as the race progressed. Texas’ Evie Pfeifer did give her a push throughout the entirety of the race, swimming a lifetime best time of 4:11.77.

14-year-old Claire Tuggle was third in 4:14.37. Remedy Rule (4:19.58) and Ayumi Macias (4:19.67) had a race of their own for the fourth position. Mackenzie Padington took sixth in in 4:23.34 followed by Allison Bernier (4:26.45) and Natalie Mannion (4:27.45).

Men’s 400 Freestyle

After winning the 200 free on night two, Trey Freeman made a statement in the 400 race by winning in a dominant 3:49.16. Just one tenth off his lifetime best, the time is now second for Americans this year only behind Zane Grothe (3:48.27).

Freeman had control of the race throughout its entirety. Akaram Mahmoud (3:53.94) and Chris Wieser (3:54.81) had a good race, with Wieser out-splitting the field on the last fifty in 28.73.

Canadian duo Alexander Pratt (3:58.29) and Jeremy Bagshaw (3:58.91) were fourth and fifth. Rounding out the heat were Sawyer Grimes (4:01.38), Parker Reynolds (4:02.72) and Connor Daniels (4:03.04).

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