50s Shootouts, Mystery IM, Molly Hannis Near World Record Close Out Austin Pro Series (Video)

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The final night of action from the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin was a really long one but it debuted new events with the 50 shootouts and the Mystery IM. Nathan AdrianAmanda KendallMolly HannisNic Fink and Regan Smith were among some of the winners in the 50 shootouts as Hannis was the main swimmer of the night with the fourth fastest swim ever in the 50 breast.

The new Mystery IM events, where the swimmers don’t know the order of the 200 IM until they are behind the blocks debuted tonight as well with Madisyn Cox and Carson Foster winning those inaugural events. Those events and formats are a new edition to the TYR Pro Swim Series this year.

Heat Sheets
Results

Tonight’s events:

  • Men’s 400 Free
  • 50 Free Semis
  • 50 Back Semis
  • 50 Free Finals
  • 50 Back Finals
  • Women’s 400 Free
  • 50 Breast Semis
  • 50 Fly Semis
  • 50 Breast Finals
  • 50 Fly Finals
  • 200 Mystery IM

Men’s 400 Free

Zane Grothe got the session started with a win in the 400 free for his third win of the meet. Grothe touched first at 3:48.59 to be the only swimmer to break 3:50. Grothe finished ahead of Anton Ipsen (3:50.43) and Clark Smith (3:52.56) in the race as Smith had the fastest last 50 in the field.

Grothe has been a new man since joining the post grad group at Indiana. Grothe is the new American Record holder in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events and made his first major US team this past summer at the World Championships. Grothe is 25 years old but still improving as if he was an age grouper and is looking to be the new face of American distance swimming after the retirement of Connor Jaeger.

Shogo Takeda (3:52.93), Jeremy Bagshaw (3:53.09), Marcelo Acosta (3:55.92), Trey Freeman (3:57.02) and Kohei Yamamoto (3:58.24) also swam in the championship final.

 Event 24  Men 400 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 3:40.07  7/26/2009 Paul Biedermann
     American: A 3:42.78  8/10/2008 Larsen Jensen
         Meet: M 3:43.55  2016      Sun Yang
         Pool: P 3:45.21            Peter Vanderkaay
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Grothe, Zane     25 Una Mvn-CA        3:53.53    3:48.59        
             26.43        55.20 (28.77)
        1:24.36 (29.16)     1:53.42 (29.06)
        2:22.31 (28.89)     2:51.27 (28.96)
        3:20.49 (29.22)     3:48.59 (28.10)
  2 Ipsen, Anton Oe  23 NC State Univers  3:53.38    3:50.43        
             26.81        55.61 (28.80)
        1:24.88 (29.27)     1:54.48 (29.60)
        2:23.63 (29.15)     2:52.89 (29.26)
        3:21.99 (29.10)     3:50.43 (28.44)
  3 Smith, Clark     22 Longhorn Aquatic  3:54.50    3:52.56        
             26.28        54.96 (28.68)
        1:24.68 (29.72)     1:54.60 (29.92)
        2:24.85 (30.25)     2:54.77 (29.92)
        3:24.80 (30.03)     3:52.56 (27.76)
  4 Takeda, Shogo    22 JAPN-ZZ           3:53.22    3:52.93        
             27.34        56.58 (29.24)
        1:26.42 (29.84)     1:56.37 (29.95)
        2:26.56 (30.19)     2:55.32 (28.76)
        3:24.61 (29.29)     3:52.93 (28.32)
  5 Bagshaw, Jeremy  25 Island Swimming-  3:54.76    3:53.09        
             26.98        55.71 (28.73)
        1:25.18 (29.47)     1:54.60 (29.42)
        2:24.53 (29.93)     2:54.60 (30.07)
        3:24.48 (29.88)     3:53.09 (28.61)
  6 Acosta, Marcelo  21 Univ Louisville-  3:56.11    3:55.92        
             27.34        56.63 (29.29)
        1:26.75 (30.12)     1:57.45 (30.70)
        2:27.50 (30.05)     2:57.64 (30.14)
        3:27.26 (29.62)     3:55.92 (28.66)
  7 Freeman, Trey    17 Baylor Swim Club  3:57.25    3:57.02        
             26.63        55.92 (29.29)
        1:25.81 (29.89)     1:56.01 (30.20)
        2:26.36 (30.35)     2:56.92 (30.56)
        3:27.40 (30.48)     3:57.02 (29.62)
  8 Yamamoto, Kohei  26 JAPN-ZZ           3:57.37    3:58.24        
             27.56        56.96 (29.40)
        1:26.91 (29.95)     1:57.52 (30.61)
        2:27.61 (30.09)     2:57.99 (30.38)
        3:28.88 (30.89)     3:58.24 (29.36)

Women’s 50 Free Quarters

Margo Geer is another 25-year-old swimmer that is still finding improvements. Geer is the top seed going into the final later on in the session as she swam a 24.89 in the semi-finals on Saturday night in Austin. Geer will race Zhang Yufei (25.21), Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (25.29) and Ky-lee Perry (25.64) later on in the session.

Rebecca Millard (25.75), Grace Ariola (25.89), Grace Cooper (25.98) and Hellen Moffitt (26.14) also swam in the semi-finals.

 Event 25  Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 23.67  7/29/2017 Sarah Sjostrom
     American: A 23.97  7/30/2017 Simone Manuel
         Meet: M 24.17  2016      Sarah Sjostrom
         Pool: P 24.17            Sarah Sjostrom
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Geer, Margo      25 Una Mvn-CA          24.83      24.89        
  2 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ            25.38      25.21        
  3 Vanderpool-Wall  27 Wolfpack Elite-N    25.50      25.29        
  4 Perry, Ky-lee    19 NC State Univers    25.67      25.64        
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  5 Millard, Rebecc  22 Univ of Texas-ST    25.65      25.75        
  6 Ariola, Grace    17 Waves Bloomingto    25.92      25.89        
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  7 Cooper, Grace    15 DLTA-IL             25.98      25.98        
  8 Moffitt, Hellen  22 Una TE-NC           25.87      26.14        

Men’s 50 Free Quarters

Sprint sensation Michael Andrew got his busy night started with a leading time in the 50 free semis. Andrew swam a 22.12 just ahead of Nathan Adrian (22.54) as those two will swim again later on in the session in the final. Ryan Held (22.54) and Matias Koski (22.83) will join them in the final later on.

Kyle Robrock (22.87), Oleksandr Loginov (23.03), Ruslan Gaziev (23.11) and Giovanni Izzo (23.22) also competed in the semi-finals.

 Event 26  Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 20.91  12/18/2009Cesar Cielo
     American: A 21.15  7/29/2017 Caeleb Dressel
         Meet: M 21.56  2015      Nathan Adrian
         Pool: P 21.44            Fred Bousquet
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M    22.04      22.12        
  2 Adrian, Nathan   29 California Aquat    22.62      22.47        
  3 Held, Ryan       22 NC State Univers    22.78      22.54        
  4 Koski, Matias    23 Athens Bulldog S    23.04      22.83        
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  5 Robrock, Kyle    24 Unattached-CO       23.08      22.87        
  6 Loginov, Oleksa  25 Swim Ontario-ZZ     23.02      23.03        
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  7 Gaziev, Ruslan   18 Swim Ontario-ZZ     23.10      23.11        
  8 Izzo, Giovanni   20 NC State Univers    23.17      23.22

Women’s 50 Back Quarters

Olivia Smoliga and Regan Smith will go head to head in the 50 back final later on as the 23-year-old Smoliga swam a 28.21 for the top seed ahead of Smith’s 28.34. Smoliga, now a veteran in the sport, is eight years older than the next oldest swimmer in the field as Peng Xuwei (28.66), Jade Hannah (28.71) and Smith are all 14 or 15 years of age.

Isabel Stadden (28.86), Claire Adams (29.02), Danielle Hanus (29.06) and Grace Ariola (29.25) also competed in the semi-finals.

 Event 27  Women 50 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 27.06  7/30/2009 Jing Zhao
     American: A 27.48  7/26/2017 Kathleen Baker
         Meet: M 27.51  2015      Natalie Coughlin
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Smoliga, Olivia  23 Athens Bulldog S    28.49      28.21        
  2 Smith, Regan     15 Riptide Swim Tea    28.32      28.34        
  3 Peng, Xuwei      14 CHINA-ZZ            29.10      28.66        
  4 Hannah, Jade     15 Island Swimming-    28.93      28.71        
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  5 Stadden, Isabel  15 Aquajets Swim Te    29.08      28.86        
  6 Adams, Claire    19 Univ of Texas-ST    29.00      29.02        
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  7 Hanus, Danielle  19 Island Swimming-    29.25      29.06        
  8 Ariola, Grace    17 Waves Bloomingto    29.37      29.25

Men’s 50 Back Quarters

Matt Grevers got his night started with a win in the semi-finals of the 50 back with a 25.20 on Saturday night at the Austin Pro Swim Series. Grevers will be the top seed in the shootout final later on in the session. Grevers is the old man in the field as 17-year-old Nicholas Pyle of Great Britain is the second seed at 25.39. Justin Ress (25.40) and Jacob Pebley (25.50) will also swim in the final as they will be looking to use their 200 speed to their advantage.

Taylor Dale (25.65), Bryce Bohman (25.92), Xavier Castelli (26.05) and Hennessey Stuart (26.26) also competed in the semi-finals.

 Event 28  Men 50 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 24.04  8/2/2009  Liam Tancock
     American: A 24.33  12/5/2008 Randall Bal
         Meet: M 24.74  2015      Junya Koga
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Grevers, Matt    32 Tucson Ford Deal    25.61      25.20        
  2 Pyle, Nicholas   17 GBR-ZZ              25.79      25.39        
  3 Ress, Justin     20 NC State Univers    25.42      25.40        
  4 Pebley, Jacob    24 California Aquat    25.98      25.50        
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  5 Dale, Taylor     23 Athens Bulldog S    25.80      25.65        
  6 Bohman, Bryce    27 Longhorn Aquatic    25.86      25.92        
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  7 Castelli, Xavie  27 Swim Wales-ZZ       26.32      26.05        
  8 Stuart, Henness  22 NC State Univers    26.28      26.26

Women’s 50 Free Semi-Finals

Margo Geer and Zhang Yufei will move on to the two-person shootout final with Geer staying under 25 seconds in her second swim of the night. Zhang was also right at her quarter-final time with a 25.25 the second time around.

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (25.42) and Ky-lee Perry (25.48) were eliminated in the round.

                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Geer, Margo      25 Una Mvn-CA          24.89      24.91        
  2 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ            25.21      25.25        
  3 Vanderpool-Wall  27 Wolfpack Elite-N    25.29      25.42        
  4 Perry, Ky-lee    19 NC State Univers    25.64      25.48

Men’s 50 Free Semi-Finals

Nathan Adrian got his hand on the wall first in the semi-finals of the men’s 50 free as he was 0.01 ahead of Michael Andrew in the semi-finals. Adrian swam a 22.08 to Andrew’s 22.09 as the final will be a huge grudge match between the two. Adrian improve three tenths on his quarter-final time as both swimmer’s aerobic base will be put to the test in the final in a few minutes.

Ryan Held (22.48) and Matias Koski (22.62) did not advance past the semi-finals.

                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Adrian, Nathan   29 California Aquat    22.47      22.08        
  2 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M    22.12      22.09        
  3 Held, Ryan       22 NC State Univers    22.54      22.48        
  4 Koski, Matias    23 Athens Bulldog S    22.83      22.62

Women’s 50 Back Semi-Finals

Olivia Smoliga and Regan Smith advanced in the 50 back semi-finals as the two were separated by 0.09 seconds. Smoliga dipped under 28 seconds with a 27.98 to lead Smith’s 28.07. Both swimmers swam at the World Championships this past summer in Budapest. Smith is only 15-years-old and could be the next great backstroker for USA swimming.

Jade Hannah (28.60) of Canada and Peng Xuwei (28.71) of China did not make the final. Both of those swimmers are under 16 years of age and should have bright futures in this sport.

                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Smoliga, Olivia  23 Athens Bulldog S    28.21      27.98        
  2 Smith, Regan     15 Riptide Swim Tea    28.34      28.07        
  3 Hannah, Jade     15 Island Swimming-    28.71      28.60        
  4 Peng, Xuwei      14 CHINA-ZZ            28.66      28.71

Men’s 50 Back Semi-Finals

Justin Ress touched out Matt Grevers in the semi-finals of the 50 back on Saturday night in Austin at the TYR Pro Swim Series. Ress swam a 25.10 ahead of Grevers’ 25.11. Ress and Grevers will have a grudge match similar to the one in the 50 free where both swimmers are separated by 0.01 seconds.

Nicholas Pyle (25.41) and Jacob Pebley (25.46) did not advance in the shootout 50 back.

                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Ress, Justin     20 NC State Univers    25.40      25.10        
  2 Grevers, Matt    32 Tucson Ford Deal    25.20      25.11        
  3 Pyle, Nicholas   17 GBR-ZZ              25.39      25.41        
  4 Pebley, Jacob    24 California Aquat    25.50      25.46        

Women’s 50 Free Final

In the first edition of the 50 shootout events at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin, Margo Geer collected the first win in the 50 free final. Geer swam a 24.90 to out-duel Zhang Yufei of China (24.99). Geer swam a 24.89 in the quarters, 24.91 in the semis and finished her third swim with a time in between both of those.

Zhang improved on her 25.21 in the quarters and 25.25 in the semis to make the final a little more interesting with her first sub-25 swim of the meet.

For more information on Geer and her comeback, read our feature on her here.

 Event 25F  Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 23.67  7/29/2017 Sarah Sjostrom
     American: A 23.97  7/30/2017 Simone Manuel
         Meet: M 24.17  2016      Sarah Sjostrom
         Pool: P 24.75            Dara Torres
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
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  1 Geer, Margo      25 Una Mvn-CA             NT      24.90        
  2 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ               NT      24.99

Men’s 50 Free Final

Veteran Nathan Adrian still has it in him against 18-year-old Michael Andrew as the 29-year-old Adrian swam a 22.21 to win the shootout final ahead of Andrew (22.34). Both swimmers were slower in the final as Adrian was a 22.47 in the quarters and a 22.08 in the semis. He swam a little slower the third time around but still hung on for the win.

Both swimmers were separated by a hundredth after the semis. Andrew also swam slower in the final after he went 22.12 in the quarters and 22.09 in the semis. He will also have to swim in the 50 fly shootout later on in the session.

 Event 26F  Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 20.91  12/18/2009Cesar Cielo
     American: A 21.15  7/29/2017 Caeleb Dressel
         Meet: M 21.56  2015      Nathan Adrian
         Pool: P 21.44            Fred Bousquet
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
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  1 Adrian, Nathan   29 California Aquat       NT      22.21        
  2 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M       NT      22.34

Women’s 50 Back Final

Regan Smith saved her best 50 back for last as she swam a 27.85 to just barely beat Olivia Smoliga (27.89). Smith is just 15 years old as she is showing no signs of slowing down as she gets her 2018 campaign off to a good start. Smith descended each of her swims as was a 28.34 in the quarters and a 28.07 in the semi-finals.

Smoliga also saved her best for last as she was a 28.21 in the quarters and a 27.98 in the semis. She is in her first full year as a postgrad swimmer after she swam four years collegiately at Georgia. She is also not showing signs of slowing down in her 2018 campaign.

 Event 27F  Women 50 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 27.06  7/30/2009 Jing Zhao
     American: A 27.48  7/26/2017 Kathleen Baker
         Meet: M 27.51  2015      Natalie Coughlin
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
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  1 Smith, Regan     15 Riptide Swim Tea       NT      27.85        
  2 Smoliga, Olivia  23 Athens Bulldog S       NT      27.89

Men’s 50 Back Final

Matt Grevers perfectly descended his three 50 backs as he finished the night with a 24.81 for the shootout win over NC State’s Justin Ress (25.04). Both Grevers and Ress were on the World Championship team this past summer and both are solid members for the national team moving forward.

Grevers descended from a 25.20 in the quarters to a 25.11 in the semis. He swam the first sub-25 swim of the entire meet in the 50 back event. Ress descended from a 25.40 in the quarters to a 25.10 in the semis. He also had his best swim last but could not get by the legendary Grevers.

Grevers scored points for Lenny Krayzelburg and Ress is on the Jason Lezak swim squad.

 Event 28F  Men 50 LC Meter Backstroke
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        World: W 24.04  8/2/2009  Liam Tancock
     American: A 24.33  12/5/2008 Randall Bal
         Meet: M 24.74  2015      Junya Koga
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
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  1 Grevers, Matt    32 Tucson Ford Deal       NT      24.81        
  2 Ress, Justin     20 NC State Univers       NT      25.04

Women’s 400 Free

15-year-old Chinese rising star Li Bingjie swam a 4:06.87 to win the 400 free on Saturday night at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin. Li was looking Ledecky-esque in her swim as she was well ahead of the rest of the swimmers in the final with NC State senior Hannah Moore finishing second at 4:11.48. Louisville’s Sophie Cattermole finished third at 4:12.04.

Ashley Neidigh (4:13.80), Joanna Evans (4:15.05), Kristel Kobrich (4:15.89), Kaitlynn Sims (4:15.89) and Tamila Holub (4:16.47) also swam in the championship final.

Moore was the lone swimmer in the field who scored points for a swim squad as she represents Natalie Coughlin‘s team.

Women’s 50 Breast Quarters

Molly Hannis got the second half of the session started with a meet record in the first of three potential swims in the 50 breast. Hannis swam a 30.27 to break King’s 30.35 meet record from the 2016 Austin meet. Hannis is the top seed headed into the semi-finals ahead of Katie Meili (30.74).

The average age of the 50 back earlier in the night was 16 years old as Olivia Smoliga was the outlier being 23 years of age among the 15-year-olds. The 50 breast semis are a completely different story with the average age being 25.

Rachel Nicol (31.03) and Breeja Larson (31.24) will also swim in the semis later on.

Faith Knelson (31.53), Chloe Tutton (31.67), Kennedy Lohman (31.88) and Melanie Margalis (32.14) did not advance.

 Event 30  Women 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
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        World: W 29.40  7/30/2017 Lilly King
     American: A 29.40  7/30/2017 Lilly King
         Meet: M 30.35  2016      Lilly King
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Hannis, Molly    25 Una Tnaq-SE         30.55      30.27M       
  2 Meili, Katie     26 New York Athleti    30.98      30.74        
  3 Nicol, Rachel    24 UCSC-ZZ             31.50      31.03        
  4 Larson, Breeja   25 New York Athleti    31.48      31.24        
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  5 Knelson, Faith   16 Island Swimming-    31.84      31.53        
  6 Tutton, Chloe    21 Swim Wales-ZZ       32.13      31.67        
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  7 Lohman, Kennedy  19 Univ of Texas-ST    31.82      31.88        
  8 Margalis, Melan  26 Saint Petersburg    31.95      32.14

Men’s 50 Breast Quarters

China has continued its strong meet with Yan Zibei claiming the top spot in the 50 breast quarter finals with a 27.76 on Saturday night in Austin. Yan is just ahead of Andrew Wilson (27.77) who is swimming the meet in his home pool. The Texas men have not been known to swim well in-season but the home pool seems to be working to their advantage as they have been swimming well at the Pro Swim Series in Austin this weekend.

Nic Fink (28.03) and Alexander Milanovich (28.07) will also swim in the semi finals later on in the session.

Nick Zito (28.34), Jake Foster (28.73), Jacob Molacek (28.74) and Gabe Mastromatteo (28.82) did not advance.

                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Yan, Zibei       22 CHINA-ZZ            27.81      27.76        
  2 Wilson, Andrew   24 Longhorn Aquatic    28.19      27.77        
  3 Fink, Nic        24 Athens Bulldog S    28.19      28.03        
  4 Milanovich, Ale  15 Etobicoke Swim C    28.67      28.07        
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  5 Zito, Nick       23 West Swim Club-I    28.74      28.34        
  6 Foster, Jake     17 Mason Manta Rays    28.90      28.73        
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  7 Molacek, Jacob   22 NC State Univers    28.94      28.74        
  8 Mastromatteo, G  15 Swim Ontario-ZZ     28.79      28.82

Women’s 50 Fly Quarters

It has been a big weekend for the 25 and 26-year-olds as Amanda Kendall has had quite the resurgence in her swimming career. Kendall swam a 26.27 to advance to the semi-finals in the 50 fly shootout. She is ahead of Zhang Yufei (26.57) and Hellen Moffitt (26.63). Harriet Jones of Wales is the last swimmer in the semi-finals with a 26.75 swim in the quarters.

Yui Yamane (26.93), Sarah Gibson (26.97), Emma Carlton (27.06) and Krista Duffield (27.16) also competed in the quarter finals.

 Event 32  Women 50 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 24.43  7/5/2014  Sarah Sjostrom
     American: A 25.48  7/29/2017 Kelsi Worrell
         Meet: M 25.80  2012      Dana Vollmer
    Name            Age Team              Prelims      Semis              
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                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Kendall, Amanda  26 Una Mvn-CA          26.49      26.27        
  2 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ            26.62      26.57        
  3 Moffitt, Hellen  22 Una TE-NC           26.67      26.63        
  4 Jones, Harriet   20 Swim Wales-ZZ       27.25      26.75        
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  5 Yamane, Yui      23 JAPN-ZZ             26.97      26.93        
  6 Gibson, Sarah    22 Una TE-NC           27.28      26.97        
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  7 Carlton, Emma    17 Bellingham Bay S    27.21      27.06        
  8 Duffield, Krist  21 NC State Univers    27.35      27.16

Men’s 50 Fly Quarters

Michael Andrew is looking to redeem himself after losing to Nathan Adrian earlier in the 50 free shootout final. Andrew leads the 50 fly quarters with a 23.75 ahead of Texas’ Jack Conger (23.90) swimming in his home pool. Ryan Held (23.94) and Paul Le (24.24) will join them in the semi finals later on.

Jacob Peters (24.29), Tripp Cooper (24.38), Lewis Fraser (24.39) and Tim Phillips (24.43) did not advance.

                       === Semi-Finals ===                        
 
  1 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M    23.55      23.75        
  2 Conger, Jack     23 Nation's Capital    23.99      23.90        
  3 Held, Ryan       22 NC State Univers    24.34      23.94        
  4 Le, Paul         25 Missouri State U    24.52      24.24        
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  5 Peters, Jacob    17 GBR-ZZ              24.63      24.29        
  6 Cooper, Tripp    24 Longhorn Aquatic    24.69      24.38        
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  7 Fraser, Lewis    17 Swim Wales-ZZ       24.30      24.39        
  8 Phillips, Tim    27 Una TE-NC           24.25      24.43

Women’s 50 Breast Semis

Molly Hannis continued her strong night with a 30.35 in the semi-finals to move on to the final with Katie Meili (30.77). Both Hannis and Meili swam at the Olympics in 2016 for Team USA. Hannis was just off her meet record of 30.27 she set earlier in the night.

Rachel Nicol (30.92) and Breeja Larson (31.23) did not advance to the final.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Hannis, Molly    25 Una Tnaq-SE         30.27      30.35        
  2 Meili, Katie     26 New York Athleti    30.74      30.77        
  3 Nicol, Rachel    24 UCSC-ZZ             31.03      30.92        
  4 Larson, Breeja   25 New York Athleti    31.24      31.23

Men’s 50 Breast Semis

In a minor upset, China’s Yan Zibei will not swim in the final as he was beat to the wall by Texas’ Andrew Wilson (27.43) and Georgia’s Nic Fink (27.59). Yan was third with a 27.76 as he still went faster than he did in the quarters but fell short of advancing. Wilson and Fink will instead go for the win in the final.

Alexander Milanovich of Canada did not advance as the 15-year-old placed fourth at 27.93 for his best time of the meet.

                      === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Wilson, Andrew   24 Longhorn Aquatic    27.77      27.43        
  2 Fink, Nic        24 Athens Bulldog S    28.03      27.59        
  3 Yan, Zibei       22 CHINA-ZZ            27.76      27.63        
  4 Milanovich, Ale  15 Etobicoke Swim C    28.07      27.93        

Women’s 50 Fly Semis

Zhang Yufei of China is another swimmer looking to redeem herself as she swam a 26.23 to lead the 50 fly semis ahead of Amanda Kendall (26.31). Those two will go at it in the final as Zhang is looking to win the final after she was beat by Margo Geer earlier in the 50 free.

Hellen Moffitt (26.42) and Harriet Jones (26.63) did not advance.

                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ            26.57      26.23        
  2 Kendall, Amanda  26 Una Mvn-CA          26.27      26.31        
  3 Moffitt, Hellen  22 Una TE-NC           26.63      26.42        
  4 Jones, Harriet   20 Swim Wales-ZZ       26.75      26.63        

Men’s 50 Fly Semis

Michael Andrew is headed to another final as he tied for the top spot in the 50 fly with Jack Conger (23.59). Conger is swimming in his home pool and will be looking to win another event on the weekend after taking out the 100 fly on Thursday. Andrew is still looking for his first win of the meet. This is almost deja vu for Andrew after he was 0.01 behind Nathan Adrian after the 50 free semis. He will be looking for a better result this time.

Ryan Held (23.90) and Paul Le (24.16) did not advance past the semi-finals.

                      === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Conger, Jack     23 Nation's Capital    23.90      23.59        
  1 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M    23.75      23.59        
  3 Held, Ryan       22 NC State Univers    23.94      23.90        
  4 Le, Paul         25 Missouri State U    24.24      24.16        

Women’s 50 Breast Finals

2016 Olympian Molly Hannis may have missed the 2017 World Championship team, but she got her 2018 off to a sizzling start as she swam a 29.71 in the 50 breast final at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Austin, Texas. Hannis broke Lilly King‘s meet record in the quarter finals and even flirted with King’s world record as she was not far off of the 29.40 King set at World Championships this past summer.

Hannis has been a part of a rising crop of 25-year-olds at this meet who have had struggles in the last few years but have used 2018 as a fresh start and showed they are stronger than ever. Hannis is now the second fastest American all-time in the 50 breast to move ahead of Jessica Hardy. Hannis is also fourth all-time as she is behind King, Ruta Meilutyte and Yulia Efimova.

Katie Meili was second in the race with a 30.87 as she scored points for Kaitlin Sandeno.

 Event 30F  Women 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
=========================================================================
        World: W 29.40  7/30/2017 Lilly King
     American: A 29.40  7/30/2017 Lilly King
         Meet: M 29.71  1/13/2018 Molly Hannis, Una TNAQ-SE
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Hannis, Molly    25 Una Tnaq-SE            NT      29.71M       
  2 Meili, Katie     26 New York Athleti       NT      30.87

Men’s 50 Breast Finals

Nic Fink out-touched Andrew Wilson in the 50 breast final shootout at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin. Fink swam a 27.44 to just hold off Wilson at 27.47. Both swimmers are 24 years old and have yet to make an Olympic team. The breaststroke events on the men’s side have been extremely deep the last few years and it has been one of the most difficult events to make the US team in. Fink made the World Championship team in the 200 this past summer.

Fink picked up points for Lenny Krayzelburg while Wilson picked up points for Kaitlin Sandeno.

 Event 31F  Men 50 LC Meter Breaststroke
=========================================================================
        World: W 25.95  7/25/2017 Adam Peaty
     American: A 26.76  8/4/2015  Kevin Cordes
         Meet: M 27.39  2016      Cody Miller
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Fink, Nic        24 Athens Bulldog S       NT      27.44        
  2 Wilson, Andrew   24 Longhorn Aquatic       NT      27.47

Women’s 50 Fly Finals

Amanda Kendall has been on a resurgence since moving to Indiana for post grad. Kendall swam a 26.07 to win the 50 butterfly shootout ahead of China’s Zhang Yufei (26.21). Kendall had a good career at LSU where she was an All-American. She has not made a major team since the 2011 Pan American Games. USA Swimming has not had a solid second 100 butterflyer after Kelsi Worrell. Kendall could fill that void as a major comeback story for USA swimming.


 Event 32F  Women 50 LC Meter Butterfly
=========================================================================
        World: W 24.43  7/5/2014  Sarah Sjostrom
     American: A 25.48  7/29/2017 Kelsi Worrell
         Meet: M 25.80  2012      Dana Vollmer
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Kendall, Amanda  26 Una Mvn-CA             NT      26.07        
  2 Zhang, Yufei     19 CHINA-ZZ               NT      26.21

Men’s 50 Fly Finals

Swimming in his home pool, Jack Conger out-raced Michael Andrew in the 50 fly the third time around on Saturday night in Austin at the TYR Pro Swim Series. Conger won the final race of the night with a 23.37 ahead of Andrew’s 23.43. Conger descended from a 23.90 to a 23.59. Both swimmers were tied after the semi-finals and the final was expected to be pretty much a shootout. Pun intended.

Conger held off Andrew to give him his second loss of the night after the latter lost to Nathan Adrian in the 50 free final. Both swimmers scored points for Kaitlin Sandeno‘s swim squad.

 Event 33F  Men 50 LC Meter Butterfly
=========================================================================
        World: W 22.43  4/5/2009  Rafael Munoz
     American: A 22.76  7/23/2017 Caeleb Dressel
         Meet: M 23.11  2012      Matt Targett
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Conger, Jack     23 Nation's Capital       NT      23.37        
  2 Andrew, Michael  18 Race Pace Club-M       NT      23.43

200 Mystery IM

The first ever Mystery IM events at the TYR Pro Swim Series were claimed by Madisyn Cox and Carson Foster at the Pro Swim Series in Austin. Cox won her race at 2:16.12 and Foster won the men’s race at 2:03.18. Cox finished her race with backstroke as she had freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and back. Cox finished ahead of Alicia Wilson (2:16.81) and Kathleen Golding (2:18.83).

Swimmers would draw their lane assignment that had the designated stroke order written on the board behind their block. Most swimmers had different stroke orders so the lead changed multiple times throughout each race.

 Event 34  Women 200 LC Meter IM Mystery IM
=========================================================================
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Cox, Madisyn     22 Longhorn Aquatic  2:15.85    2:16.12        
             27.54      1:05.85 (38.31)
        1:40.90 (35.05)     2:16.12 (35.22)
  2 Wilson, Alicia   17 GBR-ZZ            2:17.78    2:16.81        
             29.17      1:08.56 (39.39)
        1:43.85 (35.29)     2:16.81 (32.96)
  3 Golding, Kathle  17 South Florida Aq  2:19.35    2:18.83        
             35.26      1:06.45 (31.19)
        1:42.14 (35.69)     2:18.83 (36.69)
  4 Schlosshan, Cia  16 GBR-ZZ            2:18.72    2:19.89        
             28.46      1:01.44 (32.98)
        1:37.51 (36.07)     2:19.89 (42.38)
  5 Poole, Julia     18 NC State Univers  2:17.76    2:20.32        
             28.85      1:03.17 (34.32)
        1:40.57 (37.40)     2:20.32 (39.75)
  6 Rajic, Ema       17 HEAT-IL           2:19.43    2:20.38        
             34.49      1:08.01 (33.52)
        1:47.40 (39.39)     2:20.38 (32.98)
  7 Dunn, Diana      17 Austin Swim Club  2:18.50    2:22.70        
             28.62      1:04.74 (36.12)
        1:41.03 (36.29)     2:22.70 (41.67)
 -- Moore, Hannah    21 NC State Univers  2:18.08         DQ        
             37.53      1:11.79 (34.26)
        1:44.47 (32.68)          DQ (33.56)

The men’s race was won by Foster who swam breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and backstroke as he won with a 2:03.18 ahead of Britain’s Brodie Williams (2:04.06) and NC State’s Andreas Vazaios (2:04.22).

 Event 35  Men 200 LC Meter IM Mystery IM
=========================================================================
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Foster, Carson   16 Mason Manta Rays  2:03.52    2:03.18        
             31.37      1:00.86 (29.49)
        1:31.93 (31.07)     2:03.18 (31.25)
  2 Williams, Brodi  18 GBR-ZZ            2:05.70    2:04.06        
             30.64      1:01.77 (31.13)
        1:32.44 (30.67)     2:04.06 (31.62)
  3 Vazaios, Andrea  23 NC State Univers  2:02.96    2:04.22        
             25.63      1:00.96 (35.33)
        1:33.61 (32.65)     2:04.22 (30.61)
  4 Hill, Robert     21 UOFC-ZZ           2:04.80    2:05.03        
             27.10        57.42 (30.32)
        1:29.33 (31.91)     2:05.03 (35.70)
  5 Whitley, Reece   18 Penn Charter Aqu  2:06.48    2:05.47        
             30.42      1:01.28 (30.86)
        1:35.04 (33.76)     2:05.47 (30.43)
  6 Castelli, Xavie  27 Swim Wales-ZZ     2:05.55    2:05.89        
             25.47        56.73 (31.26)
        1:29.31 (32.58)     2:05.89 (36.58)
  7 Cote, Tristan    22 UOFC-ZZ           2:05.88    2:08.12        
             26.06      1:01.74 (35.68)
        1:34.21 (32.47)     2:08.12 (33.91)
  8 Foster, Jake     17 Mason Manta Rays  2:04.50    2:08.73        
             25.38        59.95 (34.57)
        1:33.21 (33.26)     2:08.73 (35.52)
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