TYR Pro Series: Regan Smith Adding Intrigue to Already Stacked 100 Fly Field for Trials

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TYR Pro Series: Regan Smith Adding Intrigue to Already Stacked 100 Fly Field for Trials

When analyzing the program of Regan Smith for the United States Olympic Trials, three events are a given for the 19-uear-old sensation. The Minnesota native will obviously race both backstroke events, where she is the world-record holder, and the 200 butterfly is another of her specialties. If she feels the schedule will allow it, the 100 butterfly will also be part of the equation.

Coming off a runnerup showing earlier in the night in the 200 backstroke, Smith grabbed gold in the 100 butterfly at the TYR Pro Series stop in San Antonio. Posting a time of 57.88 for the only sub-58 clocking in the field, Smith fended off Team USA veteran Kelsi Dahlia (58.48). Smith had about an hour between the 200 backstroke, which was won by Kathleen Baker, and the 100 fly.

A few months out from Trials, it seems a four-for-two scenario has developed in the 100 butterfly, with Dahlia looking to retain her Olympic spot against a trio of surging teenagers. Smith is one of those teens, with the others being Claire Curzan and Torri Huske. Curzan has already been 56-mid for the event, managed late last year, while Huske recently set a national high school record in the 100-yard fly, and has proven herself as both a short-course and long-course standout.

In claiming her 100 fly win, Smith opened in 27.44 and came back in 30.44, outsplitting Dahlia by exactly .30 on both laps. Aly Tetzloff was third in 59.02 while Katie McLaughlin, who earlier in the night was 1:57 in the 200 freestyle, went 59.19 for fourth.

For the men, Olympian Tom Shields, who had a terrific International Swimming League season at the end of 2020, won the 100 fly in 52.25, with Michael Andrew taking second in 52.53. Andrew held a lead over Shields at the turn, 24.08 to 24.41, but Shields (27.84) was the only swimmer to split sub-28 on the second lap and beat Andrew to the wall. Maxime Rooney was 52.71 for third place.

“Tonight, I think I just really didn’t want to be where I was yesterday where it was more like, ‘I could’ve done this, I could’ve done that,’” Shields said in the virtual mixed zone. “Tonight, I was going to do what I could do.”

Women’s 100 Butterfly

 Event 17  Women 100 LC Meter Butterfly
=========================================================================
        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, CAN
     Pro Swim: P 56.38  2016      Sarah Sjostrom
                 59.59  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
               1:00.69  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Regan Smith      19 Riptide             58.61      57.88        
    r:+0.72  27.44        57.88 (30.44)
  2 Kelsi Dahlia     26 Cardinal Aquatic    58.87      58.48        
    r:+0.64  27.74        58.48 (30.74)
  3 Aly Tetzloff     23 Wolfpack Elite      59.03      59.02        
    r:+0.64  27.20        59.02 (31.82)
  4 Kathryn McLaugh  23 California Aquat    59.90      59.19        
    r:+0.70  27.75        59.19 (31.44)
  5 Linnea Mack      25 Team Elite          59.06      59.25        
    r:+0.71  27.68        59.25 (31.57)
  6 *Beryl Gastalde  26 Aggie Swim Club     59.43      59.58        
    r:+0.63  27.52        59.58 (32.06)
  7 Natalie Hinds    27 Athens Bulldog S  1:00.29      59.59        
    r:+0.64  27.44        59.59 (32.15)
  8 Hali Flickinger  26 Sun Devil Swimmi    59.90      59.81        
    r:+0.72  28.40        59.81 (31.41)

Men’s 100 Fly

 Event 18  Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
=========================================================================
        World: W 49.50  7/26/2019 Caeleb Dressel, USA
     American: A 49.50  7/26/2019 Caeleb Dressel, USA
    U.S. Open: O 50.22  7/9/2009  Michael Phelps, North Baltimore
     Jr World: J 50.62  7/29/2017 Kristof Milak, HUN
     Pro Swim: P 50.92  3/6/2020  Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club-
                 53.37  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
                 54.19  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Tom Shields      29 California Aquat    52.96      52.25        
    r:+0.69  24.41        52.25 (27.84)
  2 Michael Andrew   21 Race Pace Club      53.08      52.53        
    r:+0.69  24.08        52.53 (28.45)
  3 Maxime Rooney    22 Pleasanton Seaha    52.99      52.71        
    r:+0.63  24.29        52.71 (28.42)
  4 Luis Martinez    25 Unattached          52.76      52.80        
    r:+0.60  24.45        52.80 (28.35)
  5 Coleman Stewart  23 Wolfpack Elite      53.17      52.84        
    r:+0.61  24.55        52.84 (28.29)
  6 *Marius Kusch    27 Team Elite          53.29      53.12        
    r:+0.67  24.32        53.12 (28.80)
  7 *Zheng Quah      24 California Aquat    53.27      53.20        
    r:+0.59  24.70        53.20 (28.50)
  8 Jack Saunderson  23 Wolfpack Elite      53.36      53.25        
    r:+0.61  24.63        53.25 (28.62)

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