Leah Smith Swims World’s Fourth-Fastest 400 Free in Columbus

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

After some fast swims in the 1500 on night one, the second finals session of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series from Columbus, Ohio will feature the 100 Fly, 400 Free, 200 Breast and 100 Free.

Michael Andrew and Margo Geer led the way this morning after posting the fourth fastest 100 Free times by Americans in 2018. Kelsi DahliaLeah Smith, Felix Auboeck and Justin Ress, all familiar names to the TYR Pro Swim Series circuit, earned top seeds in the 100 Fly, 400 Free and 100 Free.

Annie Lazor and Lousiville’s Evgenii Somov posted the top times in the 200 breaststroke but will have heavy challenges from the likes of Lilly King, Chase Kalisz, Reece Whitley and more.

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Women’s 400 Free

No stranger to TYR Pro Swim Series domination, Leah Smith crushed the competition in the women’s 400 Free final. Her time of 4:04.23 is a season best, improving on her fourth-place world ranking.

Cierra Runge also posted her best 400 of the season, dropping a 4:08.99 to move from tenth to seventh in the American rankings. Veteran Allison Schmitt was not far behind in 4:09.27, also moving up two spots. Boilermaker Kaersten Meitz finished just after in 4:09.32. The swim was also a season best and keeps her in the top ten of these ranks.

Rose Bi led the remaining swimmers in 4:12.43. She was followed by Evie Pfeifer (4:12.49), Mariah Denigan (4:13.11) and Sierra Schmidt (4:15.45).

 Event 5  Women 400 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 3:56.46  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
     American: A 3:56.46  8/7/2016  Katie Ledecky, USA
    U.S. Open: O 3:57.94  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimmin
     Jr World: J 3:58.37  8/23/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
     Pro Swim: P 3:57.94  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimmin
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Leah Smith       23 Tucson Ford Deal  4:06.19    4:04.23   907  
    r:+0.72  28.34        58.57 (30.23)
        1:29.16 (30.59)     2:00.19 (31.03)
        2:31.25 (31.06)     3:02.49 (31.24)
        3:33.48 (30.99)     4:04.23 (30.75)
  2 Cierra Runge     22 Arizona State Un  4:11.28    4:08.99   856  
    r:+0.79  29.45      1:00.80 (31.35)
        1:32.52 (31.72)     2:04.17 (31.65)
        2:35.74 (31.57)     3:07.08 (31.34)
        3:38.41 (31.33)     4:08.99 (30.58)
  3 Allison Schmitt  28 Una Asu           4:10.67    4:09.27   853  
    r:+0.72  29.08      1:00.01 (30.93)
        1:31.16 (31.15)     2:02.51 (31.35)
        2:33.87 (31.36)     3:05.66 (31.79)
        3:37.57 (31.91)     4:09.27 (31.70)
  4 Kaersten Meitz   22 Boilermaker Aqua  4:10.27    4:09.32   853  
    r:+0.82  29.67      1:01.31 (31.64)
        1:32.91 (31.60)     2:04.56 (31.65)
        2:35.89 (31.33)     3:07.28 (31.39)
        3:38.60 (31.32)     4:09.32 (30.72)
  5 Rose Bi          22 Club Wolverine    4:12.58    4:12.43   821  
    r:+0.69  30.18      1:01.99 (31.81)
        1:34.02 (32.03)     2:05.60 (31.58)
        2:37.54 (31.94)     3:09.47 (31.93)
        3:41.46 (31.99)     4:12.43 (30.97)
  6 Evie Pfeifer     19 Longhorn Aquatic  4:13.26    4:12.49   821  
    r:+0.75  30.26      1:01.95 (31.69)
        1:34.16 (32.21)     2:05.94 (31.78)
        2:38.07 (32.13)     3:10.10 (32.03)
        3:42.12 (32.02)     4:12.49 (30.37)
  7 Mariah Denigan   15 Northern KY Clip  4:12.72    4:13.11   815  
    r:+0.68  29.47      1:01.20 (31.73)
        1:33.31 (32.11)     2:05.49 (32.18)
        2:37.42 (31.93)     3:09.33 (31.91)
        3:41.46 (32.13)     4:13.11 (31.65)
  8 Sierra Schmidt   20 Club Wolverine    4:12.00    4:15.45   793  
    r:+0.73  29.59      1:01.20 (31.61)
        1:33.16 (31.96)     2:05.25 (32.09)
        2:37.46 (32.21)     3:10.09 (32.63)
        3:42.95 (32.86)     4:15.45 (32.50)