2019 TYR Pro Swim Series Des Moines: Wang Jianjiahe Breaks Asian Record, Moves to Sixth All-Time (RACE VIDEO)

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The first night of the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series from Des Moines only had two events but China’s Wang Jianjiahe made some noise in the women’s 1500 free on Wednesday night. Wang swam a 15:46.69 as she moved up to sixth all-time in the event as she also sits second in the world rankings behind world record holder Katie Ledecky (15:45.59).

Anton Ipsen held off a strong finish from American Jordan Wilimovsky as they both swam 15:05’s to lead the men’s 1500 timed final.

Women’s 1500

China’s Wang Jianjiahe got the TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines off to a really good start as she swam a 15:46.69 in the 1500 free on Wednesday night. That swim was only a second behind Katie Ledecky’s 15:45.59 from January’s TYR Pro Swim Series in Knoxville as Wang is now second in the world rankings for 2019.

Wang was the Asian Games gold medalist in the 1500 in 2018 and she lowered the Asian Record tonight with her swim. Wang took down fellow Chinese swimmer Li Bingjie’s record of 15:52.87 from September 2017. Wang is now sixth all-time in the 1500 as she moves ahead of Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (15:47.09) on the all-time list.

Wang was well in front of the rest of the field as Chile’s Kristel Kobrich (16:17.92) finished in second and China’s Li (16:19.71) was third.

Becca Mann (16:33.24), Emma O’Croinin (16:47.69), Katy Campbell (17:02.64), Nicole Oliva (17:11.58) and Bryn Handley (17:19.50) also finished in the top eight.

All-Time List:

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 15:20.48 (2018)
  2. Lotte Friis, DEN, 15:38.88 (2013)
  3. Lauren Boyle, NZL, 15:40.14 (2015)
  4. Kate Ziegler, USA, 15:42.54 (2007)
  5. Alessia Filippi, ITA, 15:44.93 (2009)
  6. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 15:46.69 (2019)
  7. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 15:47.09 (2015)
  8. Jazz Carlin, GBR, 15:47.26 (2013)

 Event 1  Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, USA
     American: A 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     Jr World: J 15:28.36  8/24/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
     Pro Swim: P 15:20.48  5/16/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimmin
    Trial Cut: T 16:49.19
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
  1 Jianjiahe Wang   16 China            15:53.01   15:46.69   934  
    r:+0.74  28.73      1:00.27 (31.54)
        1:31.43 (31.16)     2:03.18 (31.75)
        2:34.65 (31.47)     3:06.23 (31.58)
        3:37.66 (31.43)     4:09.47 (31.81)
        4:41.57 (32.10)     5:13.42 (31.85)
        5:45.09 (31.67)     6:17.01 (31.92)
        6:48.98 (31.97)     7:21.18 (32.20)
        7:52.68 (31.50)     8:24.36 (31.68)
        8:56.23 (31.87)     9:28.25 (32.02)
        9:59.81 (31.56)    10:31.53 (31.72)
       11:03.37 (31.84)    11:35.00 (31.63)
       11:57.34 (22.34)    12:38.53 (41.19)
       13:10.35 (31.82)    13:42.12 (31.77)
       14:13.95 (31.83)    14:45.79 (31.84)
       15:17.30 (31.51)    15:46.69 (29.39)
  2 Kristel Kobrich  33 Chile            16:10.93   16:17.92   847  
    r:+0.81  30.63      1:03.30 (32.67)
        1:35.82 (32.52)     2:08.52 (32.70)
        2:41.00 (32.48)     3:13.72 (32.72)
        3:46.09 (32.37)     4:18.75 (32.66)
        4:51.12 (32.37)     5:23.86 (32.74)
        5:56.30 (32.44)     6:29.00 (32.70)
        7:01.49 (32.49)     7:34.17 (32.68)
        8:06.72 (32.55)     8:39.60 (32.88)
        9:12.12 (32.52)     9:44.84 (32.72)
       10:17.35 (32.51)    10:50.16 (32.81)
       11:22.66 (32.50)    11:55.59 (32.93)
       12:28.16 (32.57)    13:01.12 (32.96)
       13:33.78 (32.66)    14:06.86 (33.08)
       14:39.63 (32.77)    15:12.79 (33.16)
       15:45.50 (32.71)    16:17.92 (32.42)
  3 Bingjie LI       17 China            15:53.80   16:19.71   842  
    r:+0.71  28.86      1:00.56 (31.70)
        1:32.14 (31.58)     2:04.32 (32.18)
        2:36.52 (32.20)     3:09.12 (32.60)
        3:41.78 (32.66)     4:14.55 (32.77)
        4:47.20 (32.65)     5:20.02 (32.82)
        5:52.68 (32.66)     6:25.72 (33.04)
        6:58.42 (32.70)     7:31.50 (33.08)
        8:04.51 (33.01)     8:37.69 (33.18)
        9:10.69 (33.00)     9:43.87 (33.18)
       10:16.83 (32.96)    10:49.99 (33.16)
       11:23.12 (33.13)    11:56.22 (33.10)
       12:29.36 (33.14)    13:02.47 (33.11)
       13:35.53 (33.06)    14:08.61 (33.08)
       14:41.82 (33.21)    15:14.85 (33.03)
       15:47.82 (32.97)    16:19.71 (31.89)
  4 Becca Mann       21 Una Asu          16:24.49   16:33.24T  808  
    r:+0.78  31.09      1:03.99 (32.90)
        1:37.07 (33.08)     2:10.38 (33.31)
        2:43.34 (32.96)     3:16.43 (33.09)
        3:49.24 (32.81)     4:22.17 (32.93)
        4:55.19 (33.02)     5:28.18 (32.99)
        6:01.01 (32.83)     6:34.04 (33.03)
        7:06.74 (32.70)     7:39.80 (33.06)
        8:12.70 (32.90)     8:45.92 (33.22)
        9:18.83 (32.91)     9:52.04 (33.21)
       10:25.23 (33.19)    10:58.76 (33.53)
       11:32.01 (33.25)    12:05.60 (33.59)
       12:39.21 (33.61)    13:12.91 (33.70)
       13:46.44 (33.53)    14:20.20 (33.76)
       14:53.50 (33.30)    15:27.13 (33.63)
       16:00.36 (33.23)    16:33.24 (32.88)
  5 Emma O'Croinin   15 Edmonton Keyano  16:28.79   16:47.69   774  
    r:+0.77  30.36      1:03.84 (33.48)
        1:37.27 (33.43)     2:11.07 (33.80)
        2:44.79 (33.72)     3:18.44 (33.65)
        3:52.14 (33.70)     4:25.59 (33.45)
        4:59.25 (33.66)     5:33.30 (34.05)
        6:07.02 (33.72)     6:40.76 (33.74)
        7:14.46 (33.70)     7:48.33 (33.87)
        8:21.84 (33.51)     8:55.45 (33.61)
        9:28.75 (33.30)    10:02.73 (33.98)
       10:36.43 (33.70)    11:10.26 (33.83)
       11:44.28 (34.02)    12:18.28 (34.00)
       12:52.23 (33.95)    13:26.05 (33.82)
       13:59.83 (33.78)    14:33.93 (34.10)
       15:07.50 (33.57)    15:41.87 (34.37)
       16:15.06 (33.19)    16:47.69 (32.63)
  6 Katy Campbell    25 Team Santa Monic 16:47.58   17:02.64   741  
    r:+0.77  31.22      1:04.73 (33.51)
        1:38.20 (33.47)     2:11.82 (33.62)
        2:45.35 (33.53)     3:18.97 (33.62)
        3:52.70 (33.73)     4:26.33 (33.63)
        4:59.57 (33.24)     5:33.60 (34.03)
        6:07.71 (34.11)     6:41.72 (34.01)
        7:15.66 (33.94)     7:50.05 (34.39)
        8:24.09 (34.04)     8:58.45 (34.36)
        9:32.54 (34.09)    10:07.09 (34.55)
       10:41.38 (34.29)    11:16.11 (34.73)
       11:50.78 (34.67)    12:25.38 (34.60)
       12:59.89 (34.51)    13:34.51 (34.62)
       14:09.15 (34.64)    14:44.00 (34.85)
       15:18.16 (34.16)    15:53.17 (35.01)
       16:28.14 (34.97)    17:02.64 (34.50)
  7 Nicole Oliva     17 Unattached       17:04.66   17:11.58   722  
    r:+0.70  31.24      1:05.01 (33.77)
        1:38.74 (33.73)     2:13.02 (34.28)
        2:42.25 (29.23)     3:21.50 (39.25)
        3:51.81 (30.31)     4:29.73 (37.92)
        5:04.06 (34.33)     5:38.40 (34.34)
        6:12.34 (33.94)     6:46.57 (34.23)
        7:21.04 (34.47)     7:55.59 (34.55)
        8:30.37 (34.78)     9:04.91 (34.54)
        9:40.19 (35.28)    10:14.92 (34.73)
       10:49.98 (35.06)    11:24.86 (34.88)
       12:00.03 (35.17)    12:34.95 (34.92)
       13:10.36 (35.41)    13:45.01 (34.65)
       14:20.33 (35.32)    14:55.01 (34.68)
       15:29.95 (34.94)    16:04.49 (34.54)
       16:39.04 (34.55)    17:11.58 (32.54)
  8 Bryn Handley     22 Kentucky Aquatic 17:08.82   17:19.50   705  
    r:+0.79  31.77      1:05.40 (33.63)
        1:39.39 (33.99)     2:13.30 (33.91)
        2:47.55 (34.25)     3:21.59 (34.04)
        3:56.23 (34.64)     4:30.29 (34.06)
        5:04.75 (34.46)     5:39.13 (34.38)
        6:13.67 (34.54)     6:48.14 (34.47)
        7:23.09 (34.95)     7:57.66 (34.57)
        8:32.70 (35.04)     9:07.59 (34.89)
        9:42.85 (35.26)    10:17.85 (35.00)
       10:53.17 (35.32)    11:28.42 (35.25)
       12:03.84 (35.42)    12:38.99 (35.15)
       13:14.62 (35.63)    13:49.52 (34.90)
       14:25.13 (35.61)    15:00.38 (35.25)
       15:35.66 (35.28)    16:10.56 (34.90)
       16:45.87 (35.31)    17:19.50 (33.63)

Men’s 1500

Wolfpack Elite’s Anton Ipsen got off to a fast start in the men’s 1500 as he had some distance between himself and American veterans Jordan Wilimovsky and Zane Grothe. Wilimovsky made a run at Ipsen over the last 500 but it was not enough as Ipsen won with a 15:05.39. Wilimovsky came in second at 15:05.44 as both guys came home in 27s on the last 50.

“I’m very happy with the swim and how I felt,” Ipsen said about the victory. “I’m super stoked about the competition here this week.

It was really cool to swim with the likes of Zane Grothe and Jordan Wilimovsky, who in some way are idols to me each in their own respect. I’m really happy to race against them and get some great race experience this week.”

Grothe was back in third at 15:13.29. Those three now have the top three times in the world this year as Ipsen improved on his 15:16 from the TYR Pro Swim Series in Knoxville.

Mission Viejo’s David Heron placed fourth here with a 15:19.74 as he moves into fourth in the world rankings as we are still early in the calendar year. The top four here all moved in front of Spain’s Albert Escrits Manosa (15:23.89) as he is now fifth in the world this year.

Akaram Mahmoud (15:31.28), Gordon Mason (15:49.67), Noah Brune (15:50.32) and Alexandru Ispas (15:55.12) finished in the top eight.

 Event 2  Men 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 14:31.02  8/4/2012  Yang Sun, CHN
     American: A 14:39.48  8/13/2016 Connor Jaeger, USA
    U.S. Open: O 14:45.54  7/6/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
     Jr World: J 14:51.55  4/6/2014  Mack Horton, USA
     Pro Swim: P 14:53.12  2016      Jordan Wilimovsky
    Trial Cut: T 15:44.89
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals  FINA       
==================================================================
  1 Anton Ipsen      24 Wolfpack Elite   15:05.86   15:05.39   890  
    r:+0.71  27.55        57.97 (30.42)
        1:28.34 (30.37)     1:58.67 (30.33)
        2:29.25 (30.58)     2:59.70 (30.45)
        3:30.44 (30.74)     4:00.94 (30.50)
        4:31.32 (30.38)     5:01.79 (30.47)
        5:32.01 (30.22)     6:02.58 (30.57)
        6:32.95 (30.37)     7:03.15 (30.20)
        7:33.25 (30.10)     8:03.61 (30.36)
        8:33.98 (30.37)     9:04.28 (30.30)
        9:34.52 (30.24)    10:04.97 (30.45)
       10:35.30 (30.33)    11:05.62 (30.32)
       11:36.02 (30.40)    12:06.68 (30.66)
       12:36.99 (30.31)    13:07.40 (30.41)
       13:37.66 (30.26)    14:07.83 (30.17)
       14:37.66 (29.83)    15:05.39 (27.73)
  2 Jordan Wilimovs  24 Team Santa Monic 14:46.93   15:05.44T  890  
    r:+0.67  28.09        58.64 (30.55)
        1:28.92 (30.28)     1:59.71 (30.79)
        2:30.12 (30.41)     3:00.82 (30.70)
        3:31.24 (30.42)     4:02.14 (30.90)
        4:32.66 (30.52)     5:03.57 (30.91)
        5:34.03 (30.46)     6:04.56 (30.53)
        6:34.79 (30.23)     7:04.98 (30.19)
        7:35.16 (30.18)     8:05.31 (30.15)
        8:35.15 (29.84)     9:05.45 (30.30)
        9:35.60 (30.15)    10:05.95 (30.35)
       10:35.87 (29.92)    11:06.38 (30.51)
       11:36.57 (30.19)    12:07.15 (30.58)
       12:37.44 (30.29)    13:07.87 (30.43)
       13:37.80 (29.93)    14:07.97 (30.17)
       14:37.86 (29.89)    15:05.44 (27.58)
  3 Zane Grothe      26 Boulder City Hen 14:48.40   15:13.29T  867  
    r:+0.69  27.47        58.22 (30.75)
        1:28.71 (30.49)     1:59.36 (30.65)
        2:29.89 (30.53)     3:00.73 (30.84)
        3:31.06 (30.33)     4:02.00 (30.94)
        4:32.45 (30.45)     5:03.42 (30.97)
        5:34.09 (30.67)     6:04.87 (30.78)
        6:35.40 (30.53)     7:06.06 (30.66)
        7:36.49 (30.43)     8:07.31 (30.82)
        8:37.79 (30.48)     9:08.80 (31.01)
        9:39.40 (30.60)    10:10.34 (30.94)
       10:40.55 (30.21)    11:11.15 (30.60)
       11:41.56 (30.41)    12:12.16 (30.60)
       12:42.67 (30.51)    13:13.54 (30.87)
       13:43.71 (30.17)    14:14.53 (30.82)
       14:44.46 (29.93)    15:13.29 (28.83)
  4 David Heron      23 Mission Viejo Na 15:22.98   15:19.74T  849  
    r:+0.75  28.13        58.50 (30.37)
        1:29.38 (30.88)     2:00.19 (30.81)
        2:31.17 (30.98)     3:02.18 (31.01)
        3:33.06 (30.88)     4:03.85 (30.79)
        4:34.97 (31.12)     5:05.98 (31.01)
        5:26.01 (20.03)     6:08.17 (42.16)
        6:30.04 (21.87)     7:10.22 (40.18)
        7:41.35 (31.13)     8:12.28 (30.93)
        8:43.28 (31.00)     9:14.03 (30.75)
        9:37.71 (23.68)    10:15.62 (37.91)
       10:46.15 (30.53)    11:16.80 (30.65)
       11:36.89 (20.09)    12:18.27 (41.38)
       12:48.90 (30.63)    13:19.23 (30.33)
       13:49.72 (30.49)    14:20.21 (30.49)
       14:50.66 (30.45)    15:19.74 (29.08)
  5 Akaram Mahmoud   22 Una Game         14:59.56   15:31.28   818  
    r:+0.67  27.48        57.86 (30.38)
        1:28.44 (30.58)     1:59.05 (30.61)
        2:29.63 (30.58)     3:00.43 (30.80)
        3:31.08 (30.65)     4:01.89 (30.81)
        4:32.73 (30.84)     5:03.82 (31.09)
        5:34.86 (31.04)     6:06.33 (31.47)
        6:37.50 (31.17)     7:08.79 (31.29)
        7:40.23 (31.44)     8:11.97 (31.74)
        8:43.55 (31.58)     9:15.28 (31.73)
        9:46.52 (31.24)    10:17.99 (31.47)
       10:49.18 (31.19)    11:20.58 (31.40)
       11:51.80 (31.22)    12:23.48 (31.68)
       12:54.91 (31.43)    13:26.43 (31.52)
       13:57.66 (31.23)    14:29.29 (31.63)
       15:00.40 (31.11)    15:31.28 (30.88)
  6 Gordon Mason     19 Team Santa Monic 15:42.76   15:49.67   771  
    r:+0.67  30.10      1:01.90 (31.80)
        1:33.48 (31.58)     2:05.28 (31.80)
        2:36.83 (31.55)     3:08.85 (32.02)
        3:40.30 (31.45)     4:12.28 (31.98)
        4:43.61 (31.33)     5:15.28 (31.67)
        5:46.22 (30.94)     6:17.68 (31.46)
        6:48.94 (31.26)     7:20.38 (31.44)
        7:51.74 (31.36)     8:23.69 (31.95)
        8:55.10 (31.41)     9:27.16 (32.06)
        9:58.63 (31.47)    10:30.61 (31.98)
       11:02.26 (31.65)    11:34.14 (31.88)
       12:05.57 (31.43)    12:37.48 (31.91)
       13:09.03 (31.55)    13:41.32 (32.29)
       14:12.93 (31.61)    14:45.33 (32.40)
       15:17.53 (32.20)    15:49.67 (32.14)
  7 Noah Brune       17 Mission Viejo Na 15:37.60   15:50.32   769  
    r:+0.67  28.53        59.96 (31.43)
        1:31.33 (31.37)     2:03.07 (31.74)
        2:34.62 (31.55)     3:06.37 (31.75)
        3:38.36 (31.99)     4:10.20 (31.84)
        4:40.99 (30.79)     5:14.23 (33.24)
        5:46.00 (31.77)     6:18.23 (32.23)
        6:50.18 (31.95)     7:22.14 (31.96)
        7:54.19 (32.05)     8:26.14 (31.95)
        8:56.97 (30.83)     9:29.91 (32.94)
       10:01.75 (31.84)    10:33.76 (32.01)
       11:05.40 (31.64)    11:37.42 (32.02)
       12:09.28 (31.86)    12:41.22 (31.94)
       13:13.06 (31.84)    13:45.35 (32.29)
       14:16.93 (31.58)                    
           15:20.58 ( )    15:50.32 (29.74)
  8 Alexandru Ispas  16 Mission Viejo Na 15:34.64Y  15:55.12   758  
    r:+0.77  29.92      1:02.02 (32.10)
        1:34.53 (32.51)     2:06.24 (31.71)
        2:38.18 (31.94)     3:10.24 (32.06)
        3:41.80 (31.56)     4:13.96 (32.16)
        4:45.45 (31.49)     5:17.20 (31.75)
        5:47.44 (30.24)     6:20.08 (32.64)
        6:52.04 (31.96)     7:23.82 (31.78)
        7:55.81 (31.99)     8:27.90 (32.09)
        9:00.11 (32.21)     9:32.21 (32.10)
       10:04.32 (32.11)    10:36.76 (32.44)
       11:08.67 (31.91)    11:41.04 (32.37)
       12:13.14 (32.10)    12:45.02 (31.88)
       13:10.39 (25.37)    13:49.24 (38.85)
       14:21.37 (32.13)    14:53.56 (32.19)
       15:24.93 (31.37)    15:55.12 (30.19)

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Dave

    Surprised to Not see either TYR sponsored Manuel or Ledecky. Any word on why they are both not competing?

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      Seems rare to see athletes go to all the stops of the PSS. Especially for the west coast athletes that will only have one this year (Clovis) compared to Santa Clara and Mesa last year. Probably just wanted to avoid travel.