Leah Smith, Jordan Wilimovsky Open TYR Pro Swim Series Mission Viejo With 800 Freestyle Wins

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series from Mission Viejo kicked off Thursday morning from southern California as USA Swimming is using this as a tune-up and prep meet for the Olympic Games by holding finals in the morning 107 days from the start of the Games.

Leah Smith, who made the final in the 800 at the last Olympics, won the 800 freestyle at 8:24.46 to put herself second in the world rankings for 2021 behind only Katie Ledecky, who was not entered in this event this weekend. Smith won ahead of open water Olympian Ashley Twichell (8:27.41), who is already on the team for the 10K race, and Arizona State’s Emma Nordin (8:29.67), who took a redshirt this season from the NCAA year.

Smith on her race: “I’ve been training really well and have been getting some good work in. I wanted to go to this meet and swim faster than I did in San Antonio (at last month’s TYR Pro Swim Series) so I’m off to a good start. It’s really nice to be racing with all my friends again.”

The other open water Olympian, Haley Anderson, finished in fourth at 8:30.90 as the Mission Viejo Nadador is swimming in her home facility, having made the move from her long tenure at USC.

Jordan Wilimovsky, who is also already on this summer’s Olympic team, won the men’s race at 7:54.44. Mission Viejo’s Will Gallant finished in second in his home pool at 7:57.55 ahead of Zane Grothe (7:58.04).

Wilimovsky on his race: “It was a good swim for me,” Wilimovsky said. “This was only our second time really racing this season so we’re just kind of seeing where we are at before we get into the next block (of training) before Trials.”

Wilimovsky’s swim puts him unofficially sixth in the world rankings this year led by Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine at 7:48 in early March. The men’s 800 will be making its debut to the Olympic lineup this summer in Tokyo as the American men haven’t had a medalist in the event at the World Championships since Michael McBroom’s silver in 2013.

 Event 1  Women 800 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 8:04.79  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
     American: A 8:04.79  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
    U.S. Open: O 8:06.68  1/17/2016 Katie Ledecky, Nation's Capital
     Jr World: J 8:11.00  6/22/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
     Pro Swim: P 8:06.68  2016      Katie Ledecky
                 8:44.01  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
                 8:48.09  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Leah Smith       25 Unattached-AZ     8:16.33    8:24.46        
    r:+0.67  28.82        59.39 (30.57)
        1:30.88 (31.49)     2:02.28 (31.40)
        2:34.11 (31.83)     3:05.63 (31.52)
        3:37.67 (32.04)     4:09.53 (31.86)
        4:41.64 (32.11)     5:13.59 (31.95)
        5:45.60 (32.01)     6:17.87 (32.27)
        6:49.96 (32.09)     7:21.43 (31.47)
        7:53.21 (31.78)     8:24.46 (31.25)
  2 Ashley Twichell  31 TAC Titans-NC     8:27.36    8:27.41        
    r:+0.73  29.87      1:00.91 (31.04)
        1:32.42 (31.51)     2:03.65 (31.23)
        2:35.39 (31.74)     3:06.84 (31.45)
        3:39.00 (32.16)     4:10.54 (31.54)
        4:41.87 (31.33)     5:14.64 (32.77)
        5:45.48 (30.84)     6:18.76 (33.28)
                                7:23.42 ( )
        7:55.75 (32.33)     8:27.41 (31.66)
  3 Emma Nordin      21 Sun Devil Swimmi  8:37.00    8:29.67        
    r:+0.70  30.18      1:02.11 (31.93)
        1:34.83 (32.72)     2:07.00 (32.17)
        2:39.52 (32.52)     3:11.45 (31.93)
        3:43.72 (32.27)     4:15.55 (31.83)
        4:47.60 (32.05)     5:19.48 (31.88)
        5:51.54 (32.06)     6:23.28 (31.74)
        6:55.16 (31.88)     7:26.75 (31.59)
        7:58.45 (31.70)     8:29.67 (31.22)
  4 Haley Anderson   29 Mission Viejo Na  8:27.63    8:30.90        
    r:+0.79  29.40      1:00.56 (31.16)
        1:32.61 (32.05)     2:04.23 (31.62)
        2:36.13 (31.90)     3:08.07 (31.94)
        3:40.57 (32.50)     4:12.53 (31.96)
        4:45.03 (32.50)     5:17.22 (32.19)
        5:49.78 (32.56)     6:22.09 (32.31)
        6:54.37 (32.28)     7:26.77 (32.40)
        7:58.99 (32.22)     8:30.90 (31.91)
  5 Sarah Dimeco     20 Unattached-PC     8:47.31    9:02.87        
    r:+0.68  30.18      1:02.62 (32.44)
        1:35.99 (33.37)     2:09.47 (33.48)
        2:43.70 (34.23)     3:17.96 (34.26)
        3:52.54 (34.58)     4:26.87 (34.33)
        5:00.93 (34.06)     5:35.80 (34.87)
        6:10.38 (34.58)     6:44.86 (34.48)
        7:19.64 (34.78)     7:54.20 (34.56)
        8:29.05 (34.85)     9:02.87 (33.82)
  6 *Ayumi Macias A  24 Unattached-AZ     8:43.32    9:09.76        
    r:+0.75  32.27      1:05.31 (33.04)
        1:38.91 (33.60)     2:12.53 (33.62)
        2:46.69 (34.16)     3:20.69 (34.00)
        3:55.23 (34.54)     4:29.67 (34.44)
        5:04.48 (34.81)     5:39.28 (34.80)
        6:14.13 (34.85)     6:49.36 (35.23)
                                7:59.96 ( )
        8:35.67 (35.71)     9:09.76 (34.09)
 Event 2  Men 800 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 7:32.12  7/29/2009 Lin Zhang, CHN
     American: A 7:43.60  7/31/2013 Michael McBroom, USA
    U.S. Open: O 7:44.57  7/29/2018 Zane Grothe, Mission Viejo Na
     Jr World: J 7:45.67  8/28/2013 Mack Horton, AUS
     Pro Swim: P 7:49.96  2014      Michael McBroom
                 8:08.95  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
                 8:12.99  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Jordan Wilimovs  26 KSwim-CA          7:49.76    7:54.44        
    r:+0.66  27.71        57.07 (29.36)
        1:18.79 (21.72)     1:56.10 (37.31)
        2:24.35 (28.25)     2:55.42 (31.07)
        3:25.10 (29.68)     3:54.92 (29.82)
        4:25.04 (30.12)     4:54.73 (29.69)
        5:24.85 (30.12)     5:54.78 (29.93)
        6:24.96 (30.18)     6:54.84 (29.88)
        7:25.28 (30.44)     7:54.44 (29.16)
  2 Will Gallant     19 Mission Viejo Na  8:02.15    7:57.55        
    r:+0.67  27.66        57.46 (29.80)
        1:27.38 (29.92)     1:57.56 (30.18)
        2:27.57 (30.01)     2:57.60 (30.03)
        3:27.67 (30.07)     3:57.63 (29.96)
        4:27.58 (29.95)     4:57.77 (30.19)
        5:27.71 (29.94)     5:57.95 (30.24)
        6:28.19 (30.24)     6:58.69 (30.50)
        7:28.56 (29.87)     7:57.55 (28.99)
  3 Zane Grothe      28 Boulder City Hen  7:50.14    7:58.04        
    r:+0.69  27.50        57.17 (29.67)
        1:27.21 (30.04)     1:57.18 (29.97)
        2:27.31 (30.13)     2:57.43 (30.12)
        3:27.53 (30.10)     3:57.63 (30.10)
        4:27.67 (30.04)     4:57.86 (30.19)
        5:28.24 (30.38)     5:58.77 (30.53)
        6:29.45 (30.68)     6:59.79 (30.34)
        7:29.59 (29.80)     7:58.04 (28.45)
  4 Zach Yeadon      21 Unattached-PC     8:02.33    8:01.96        
    r:+0.78  27.21        56.54 (29.33)
        1:26.49 (29.95)     1:56.69 (30.20)
        2:26.72 (30.03)     2:56.90 (30.18)
        3:27.26 (30.36)     3:57.58 (30.32)
        4:28.10 (30.52)     4:58.50 (30.40)
        5:29.04 (30.54)     5:59.59 (30.55)
        6:30.42 (30.83)     7:01.10 (30.68)
        7:31.77 (30.67)     8:01.96 (30.19)
  5 Dylan Porges     20 TAC Titans-NC     8:07.03    8:06.61        
    r:+0.73  27.22        56.95 (29.73)
        1:27.25 (30.30)     1:57.59 (30.34)
        2:28.16 (30.57)     2:58.73 (30.57)
        3:29.82 (31.09)     4:00.31 (30.49)
        4:30.91 (30.60)     5:01.53 (30.62)
        5:32.30 (30.77)     6:03.41 (31.11)
        6:34.71 (31.30)     7:05.67 (30.96)
        7:36.94 (31.27)     8:06.61 (29.67)
  6 Mikey Calvillo   20 Indiana Swim Clu  8:01.14    8:09.36        
    r:+0.74  28.15        58.31 (30.16)
        1:29.12 (30.81)     1:59.85 (30.73)
        2:30.84 (30.99)     3:01.75 (30.91)
        3:32.78 (31.03)     4:03.63 (30.85)
        4:34.57 (30.94)     5:05.42 (30.85)
        5:36.27 (30.85)     6:06.87 (30.60)
        6:37.69 (30.82)     7:08.58 (30.89)
        7:39.37 (30.79)     8:09.36 (29.99)
  7 Gabriel Jett     18 Clovis Swim Club  8:14.35    8:09.85        
    r:+0.74  27.54        57.28 (29.74)
        1:27.43 (30.15)     1:57.92 (30.49)
        2:28.82 (30.90)     2:59.82 (31.00)
        3:30.92 (31.10)     4:02.11 (31.19)
        4:33.68 (31.57)     5:04.85 (31.17)
        5:36.37 (31.52)     6:07.73 (31.36)
        6:38.70 (30.97)     7:09.96 (31.26)
        7:40.72 (30.76)     8:09.85 (29.13)
  8 *James Freeman   20 Una UOFM-MN       8:07.67    8:13.46        
    r:+0.71  27.79        57.95 (30.16)
        1:28.35 (30.40)     1:59.13 (30.78)
        2:30.23 (31.10)     3:01.02 (30.79)
        3:31.77 (30.75)     4:02.91 (31.14)
        4:34.22 (31.31)     5:05.40 (31.18)
        5:36.95 (31.55)     6:08.78 (31.83)
        6:40.56 (31.78)     7:12.29 (31.73)
        7:43.37 (31.08)     8:13.46 (30.09)

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