Andrew Wilson Gets Atlanta Pro Swim Series Off To Fast Start

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The first morning of the 2018 Atlanta TYR Pro Swim Series will feature eight preliminary events. International Olympians Sarah SjostromYulia Efimova and Vlad Morozov will be in action as well as American Olympians Kelsi WorrellNathan Adrian and Kevin Cordes.

Today’s events:

  • 100 fly
  • 200 breast
  • 100 free
  • 800 free

Women’s 100 Fly

The world record holder coming to the US to swim at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series is a very big deal and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom came to play with a 57.49 to have the top seed in the 100 fly on Thursday morning in Atlanta. Sjostrom is ahead of 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Kelsi Worrell (57.75). Sjostrom got under the pool record of 57.50 that Worrell set last year.

2016 Olympic silver medalist Penny Oleksiak is also in the field as she swam a 59.12 for fourth.

Rebecca Smith (58.62), Amanda Kendall (59.25), Lillie Nordmann (59.63), Olivia Carter (59.73) and Liliana Szilagyi (59.81) also qualified for the A-final.

Half of the field are international swimmers with Hungary, Canada and Sweden all being represented.

 Event 1  Women 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 55.48  8/7/2016  Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
     American: A 55.98  7/29/2012 Dana Vollmer, USA Olympic Team
    U.S. Open: O 56.38  1/15/2016 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
     Jr World: J 56.46  8/7/2016  Penny Oleksiak, Canada
   GT Pool LC: P 57.50  5/4/2017  Kelsi Worrell
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sarah Sjostrom   24 Sweden              55.48      57.49P q898  
    r:+0.66  26.82        57.49 (30.67)
  2 Kelsi Dahlia Wo  23 Cardinal Aquatic    56.37      57.75  q886  
    r:+0.66  27.19        57.75 (30.56)
  3 Rebecca Smith    17 HPC-Ontario         58.07      58.62  q847  
    r:+0.74  27.27        58.62 (31.35)
  4 Penny Oleksiak   17 Toronto Swim Clu    56.94      59.12  q826  
    r:+0.74  27.72        59.12 (31.40)
  5 Amanda Kendall   27 Mission Viejo Na    57.87      59.25  q821  
    r:+0.77  27.31        59.25 (31.94)
  6 Lillie Nordmann  15 Magnolia Aquatic    59.99      59.63  q805  
    r:+0.71  27.99        59.63 (31.64)
  7 Olivia Carter    17 Enfinity Aquatic    59.38      59.73  q801  
    r:+0.67  28.36        59.73 (31.37)
  8 Liliana Szilagy  21 Arilson Silva       58.50      59.81  q798  
    r:+0.69  27.70        59.81 (32.11)

Men’s 100 Fly

Jack Conger posted a smooth 52.12 100 fly in the prelims of the Atlanta Pro Swim Series as he is ahead of Marius Kusch of Queens (52.33) and fellow Longhorn Tripp Cooper (52.98). The Texas pro swimmers are allegedly tapered somewhat for this meet in Atlanta so they could drop some more time in finals tonight.

Michael Andrew (53.14), Pace Clark (53.76), Tom Shields (53.79), Paul Le (53.89) and Josiah Binneman (53.95) will also swim in the championship final.

The men’s 100 fly is another solid international field with Germany, Vietnam and Canada being represented along with the United States.

 Event 2  Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
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        World: W 49.82  8/1/2009  Michael Phelps, USA
     American: A 49.82  8/1/2009  Michael Phelps, USA
    U.S. Open: O 50.22  7/9/2009  Michael Phelps, North Baltimore
     Jr World: J 50.62  7/29/2017 Kristof Milak, Hungary
   GT Pool LC: P 51.86  5/13/2016 Joseph Schooling, UN-ST
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Jack Conger      23 Nation's Capital    51.26      52.12  q873  
    r:+0.68  24.55        52.12 (27.57)
  2 Marius Kusch     24 Unattached          51.83      52.33  q862  
    r:+0.70  24.08        52.33 (28.25)
  3 Tripp Cooper     25 Longhorn Aquatic    52.13      52.98  q831  
    r:+0.70  24.68        52.98 (28.30)
  4 Michael Andrew   18 Race Pace Club      53.18      53.14  q824  
    r:+0.75  24.21        53.14 (28.93)
  5 Pace Clark       23 ABSC/UGA            53.44      53.76  q795  
    r:+0.62  25.46        53.76 (28.30)
  6 Tom Shields      26 California Aquat    51.20      53.79  q794  
    r:+0.77  25.15        53.79 (28.64)
  7 Paul Le          25 Missouri State U    54.15      53.89  q790  
    r:+0.61  25.19        53.89 (28.70)
  8 Josiah Binnema   20 UBC Thunderbirds    52.90      53.95  q787  
    r:+0.67  25.52        53.95 (28.43)

Women’s 200 Breast

China’s Shi Jinglin had the fastest 200 breast of the morning at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Atlanta with a 2:25.26. Shi is well ahead of the rest of the field with Kierra Smith (2:26.66) and Madisyn Cox (2:27.86) sitting second and third.

Molly Hannis (2:27.94), Micah Sumrall (2:28.07), Yulia Efimova (2:28.73), Melanie Margalis (2:29.69) and Breeja Larson (2:29.96) will also swim in the A-final.

This is a very stacked field with six total Olympians competing in the A-final and three women that have medaled internationally in an individual event. The reigning World Champion Efimova is in the final in sixth place.

 Event 3  Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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        World: W 2:19.11  8/1/2013  Rikke Moeller Pedersen, DEN
     American: A 2:19.59  8/2/2012  Rebecca Soni, USA Olympic Team
    U.S. Open: O 2:20.38  7/11/2009 Rebecca Soni, Trojan
     Jr World: J 2:19.64  8/30/2015 Viktoria Gunes, Turkey
   GT Pool LC: P 2:21.46  12/1/2011 Rebecca Soni, TROJ
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Jinglin Shi      25 China             2:22.50    2:25.26  q878  
    r:+0.69  33.60      1:10.33 (36.73)
        1:47.14 (36.81)     2:25.26 (38.12)
  2 Kierra Smith     24 HPCenterVictoria  2:22.23    2:26.66  q853  
    r:+0.78  34.02      1:11.71 (37.69)
        1:49.35 (37.64)     2:26.66 (37.31)
  3 Madisyn Cox      22 Longhorn Aquatic  2:25.62    2:27.86  q832  
    r:+0.71  33.45      1:10.91 (37.46)
        1:49.00 (38.09)     2:27.86 (38.86)
  4 Molly Hannis     25 Tennessee Aqua.   2:24.39    2:27.94  q831  
    r:+0.79  33.22      1:11.38 (38.16)
        1:50.01 (38.63)     2:27.94 (37.93)
  5 Micah Sumrall    27 Chattahoochee Go  2:40.00    2:28.07  q829  
    r:+0.77  34.45      1:12.24 (37.79)
        1:50.59 (38.35)     2:28.07 (37.48)
  6 Yulia Efimova    25 Russia            2:19.64    2:28.73  q818  
    r:+0.80  35.94      1:14.74 (38.80)
        1:52.49 (37.75)     2:28.73 (36.24)
  7 Melanie Margali  26 Saint Petersburg  2:24.68    2:29.69  q802  
    r:+0.78  34.41      1:12.27 (37.86)
        1:50.86 (38.59)     2:29.69 (38.83)
  8 Breeja Larson    25 New York Athleti  2:25.70    2:29.96  q798  
    r:+0.76  34.05      1:12.24 (38.19)
        1:50.33 (38.09)     2:29.96 (39.63)

Men’s 200 Breast

Texas’ Andrew Wilson was out really quick in the prelims of the 200 breast on Thursday morning at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Atlanta as he swam a 2:08.52 to get the top seed. Wilson broke the pool record of 2:09.49. That record was held by Josh Prenot, who is the second seed at 2:10.21 ahead of Longhorn’s Will Licon (2:11.07).

Chase Kalisz (2:12.49), Erik Persson (2:13.12), Nic Fink (2:13.36), Kevin Cordes (2:13.58) and Cody Miller (2:13.68) are also in the A-Final as five total Olympians are competing in the final tonight.

The Texas swimmers are tapered and Wilson is showing no signs of mercy early on in Atlanta.

 Event 4  Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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        World: W 2:06.67  1/29/2017 Ippei Watanabe, JPN
     American: A 2:07.17  6/30/2016 Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics
    U.S. Open: O 2:07.17  6/30/2016 Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics
     Jr World: J 2:09.39  7/27/2017 Qin Haiyang, China
   GT Pool LC: P 2:09.49  5/13/2016 Joshua Prenot, CAL-PC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Andrew Wilson    24 Longhorn Aquatic  2:08.37    2:08.52J q965  
    r:+0.66  28.53      1:00.73 (32.20)
        1:33.95 (33.22)     2:08.52 (34.57)
  2 Josh Prenot      24 California Aquat  2:07.17    2:10.21  q928  
    r:+0.71  29.79      1:03.21 (33.42)
        1:36.62 (33.41)     2:10.21 (33.59)
  3 Will Licon       23 Longhorn Aquatic  2:08.14    2:11.07  q909  
    r:+0.71  30.30      1:03.49 (33.19)
        1:37.29 (33.80)     2:11.07 (33.78)
  4 Chase Kalisz     23 ABSC/UGA          2:10.74    2:12.49  q880  
    r:+0.76  30.14      1:04.10 (33.96)
        1:38.33 (34.23)     2:12.49 (34.16)
  5 Erik Persson     24 Kungsbacka        2:07.85    2:13.12  q868  
    r:+0.77  30.55      1:04.18 (33.63)
        1:38.67 (34.49)     2:13.12 (34.45)
  6 Nic Fink         24 ABSC/UGA          2:08.56    2:13.36  q863  
    r:+0.76  30.55      1:04.86 (34.31)
        1:39.01 (34.15)     2:13.36 (34.35)
  7 Kevin Cordes     24 Tiger Elite Raci  2:07.41    2:13.58  q859  
    r:+0.70  30.11      1:03.64 (33.53)
        1:38.05 (34.41)     2:13.58 (35.53)
  8 Cody Miller      26 Sandpipers Of Ne  2:09.91    2:13.68  q857  
    r:+0.70  30.87      1:05.01 (34.14)
        1:39.33 (34.32)     2:13.68 (34.35)

Women’s 100 Free

The women’s 100 free is another very stacked field with four different countries represented from Sweden, USA, Canada and Italy. World record holder Sarah Sjostrom is the top seed at 54.00 ahead of re-surging Margo Geer (54.14) and Stanford commit Taylor Ruck (54.36).

Mallory Comerford (54.40), Kayla Sanchez (54.70), Rebecca Smith (54.74), Federica Pellegrini (54.76) and Lia Neal (54.97) will also swim in the championship final.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak was shut out in 9th place at 55.05 just ahead of USA national teamer Olivia Smoliga (55.19).

 Event 5  Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 51.71  7/23/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
     American: A 52.27  7/28/2017 Simone Manuel, USA
    U.S. Open: O 52.81  6/27/2017 Mallory Comerford, Univ Louisville-
     Jr World: J 52.70  2/11/2016 Penny Oleksiak, CAN
   GT Pool LC: P 53.82  5/4/2017  Simone Manuel
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Sarah Sjostrom   24 Sweden              51.71      54.00  q896  
    r:+0.69  25.86        54.00 (28.14)
  2 Margo Geer       25 Mission Viejo Na    53.74      54.14  q889  
    r:+0.69  26.09        54.14 (28.05)
  3 Taylor Ruck      17 HPC-Ontario         52.96      54.36  q878  
    r:+0.75  26.18        54.36 (28.18)
  4 Mallory Comerfo  20 Unattached          52.59      54.40  q876  
    r:+0.65  26.50        54.40 (27.90)
  5 Kayla Sanchez    16 HPC-Ontario         54.44      54.70  q862  
    r:+0.75  26.78        54.70 (27.92)
  6 Rebecca Smith    17 HPC-Ontario         54.63      54.74  q860  
    r:+0.75  26.45        54.74 (28.29)
  7 Federica Pelleg  29 Italy               53.92      54.76  q859  
    r:+0.68  26.52        54.76 (28.24)
  8 Lia Neal         23 Unattached          53.59      54.97  q849  
    r:+0.75  26.94        54.97 (28.03)

Men’s 100 Free

Jack Conger picked up another top seed with a 48.80 in the 100 free on Thursday morning in Atlanta. Conger was the only swimmer under 49 seconds as Bruno Fratus was second at 49.39 and Ryan Murphy was third at 49.62.

Marcelo Chierighini (49.67), Nathan Adrian (49.75), Vladimir Morozov (49.86), Yuri Kisil (49.96) and Guido Buscaglia (50.03) will also swim in the A-final.

This is perhaps the most internationally flavored event of the day with five international swimmers competing across five different countries. USA, Brazil, Russia, Canada and Argentina are all represented.

 Event 6  Men 100 LC Meter Freestyle
==================================================================
        World: W 46.91  7/30/2009 Cesar Cielo Filho, BRA
     American: A 47.17  7/27/2017 Caeleb Dressel, USA
    U.S. Open: O 47.58  7/2/2008  Jason Lezak, Rose Bowl
     Jr World: J 47.58  8/10/2016 Kyle Chalmers, Australia
   GT Pool LC: P 48.29  5/13/2016 Nathan Adrian, CAL-PC
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims  FINA       
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Jack Conger      23 Nation's Capital    49.50      48.80  q888  
    r:+0.69  23.80        48.80 (25.00)
  2 Bruno Fratus     28 Coral Springs Sw    48.50      49.39  q856  
    r:+0.74  23.62        49.39 (25.77)
  3 Ryan Murphy      22 California Aquat    48.88      49.62  q844  
    r:+0.62  24.43        49.62 (25.19)
  4 Marcelo Chierig  27 Tiger Elite Raci    48.11      49.67  q842  
    r:+0.70  23.55        49.67 (26.12)
  5 Nathan Adrian    29 California Aquat    47.72      49.75  q838  
    r:+0.73  24.18        49.75 (25.57)
  6 Vladimir Morozo  25 Trojan Swim Club    48.06      49.86  q832  
    r:+0.65  23.84        49.86 (26.02)
  7 Yuri Kisil       22 UBC Thunderbirds    48.28      49.96  q827  
    r:+0.80  24.25        49.96 (25.71)
  8 Guido Buscaglia  21 Argentina           49.94      50.03  q824  
    r:+0.70  24.26        50.03 (25.77)
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