Michael Andrew Climbs American, World Ranks in Columbus 100 Fly Win

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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Men’s 100 Fly

Michael Andrew blasted a lifetime best of 51.86 to claim the men’s race. Leading the way from start to finish, Andrew is now second in the American rankings and sixteenth in the world.

Veterans Giles Smith (52.55) and Chase Kalisz (53.52) took the next two stops as Zach Harting (53.63) and Ryan Held (53.73) added to the loaded field tonight.

18-year-old Cody Bybee posted the eighth-fastest American 18 and under time so far this year in 53.84 to finish sixth. He was followed by Nicolas Albiero (53.97) and Michael Salazar (53.98).

 Event 4  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
     Pro Swim: P 51.00  2018      Jack Conger
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals  FINA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Michael Andrew   19 Race Pace Club      52.47      51.86   886  
    r:+0.69  23.68        51.86 (28.18)
  2 Giles Smith      26 Phoenix Swim Clu    53.40      52.55   852  
    r:+0.60  24.38        52.55 (28.17)
  3 Chase Kalisz     24 Athens Bulldog S    53.73      53.52   806  
    r:+0.70  25.27        53.52 (28.25)
  4 Zach Harting     20 Univ Louisville     53.72      53.63   801  
    r:+0.64  25.38        53.63 (28.25)
  5 Ryan Held        23 Wolfpack Elite      53.72      53.73   797  
    r:+0.64  24.49        53.73 (29.24)
  6 Cody Bybee       18 Dayton Raiders      53.86      53.84   792  
    r:+0.68  25.32        53.84 (28.52)
  7 Nicolas Albiero  19 Univ Louisville     54.21      53.97   786  
    r:+0.63  25.44        53.97 (28.53)
  8 Michael Salazar  20 Ohio State Swim     54.08      53.98   786  
    r:+0.65  24.64        53.98 (29.34)
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