TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale Day 2 Men’s Finals: Dylan Carter Wins 100 Free; Fink & Ress Top Fields

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2023 TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale stop continued on Thursday with the Day 2 finals.

The meet is loaded with U.S. Olympians and national team members as well as several international stars.

On tap for the evening is the 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle.

Here is a look at the events:

100 Freestyle

Dylan Carter used a quick start and strong finish to win the men’s event in the 100 free. He got to the wall in 48.28 to hold off a surging Matthew Richards, who got to the wall in 48.48.

Hunter Armstrong was third in 48.95.

“My main focus has been the 50 freestyle, but I had a really good 100 free last week in Mexico, and I was like, ‘Hell, I guess I will swim it again this weekend.’ And I was very happy with it,” Carter said. “The strong field always helps. This morning was so fast with four guys at 48 seconds. I was happy to get the win.”

100 Breaststroke

Nic Fink used a late burst of speed to overtake Michael Andrew on the back half of the 100 breaststroke and win by a hundredth of a seconds.

Fink got to the wall in 59.97 and Andrew was at 59.98.

“It was a good race. With where I am in the season, I can’t complain with a 59,” Fink said. “I try not to think too much about the season but get into the race tempo. The first 50 today was more relaxed and the second 50 was up tempo. The speed is based on where I feel.”

Cody Miller wasn’t far behind, taking third in 1:00.12.

50 Backstroke

Justin Ress and Hunter Armstrong were both under 25 seconds in the men’s 50 back finals.

Ress got to the wall first in 24.73, followed by Armstrong in 24.95. Shaine Casas was third in 25.20.

“It was a little bit of a sloppy race. I think everyone in the heat had a little romantic encounter with a the lanelines. That is how it goes when you are outdoor. You just hope it doesn’t mess up your 50. You just pray to mother nature that you can (stay straight),” Ress said. “I wasn’t prepared for it to be this dark out.”

200 Butterfly

Sandpipers Ilya Kharun dropped two seconds from his previous best time to set a Canadian record in the 200 butterfly. He got to the wall in 1:54.49.

Trenton Julian led at the 50, 100 and 150 marks before Kharun pulled ahead. Julian was second in 1:55.70.

Sun Devils’ Chase Kalisz was third in 1:56.03, followed by Zach Harting (1:56.79) and Nicolas Albiero (1:56.98).

400 Freestyle

Tunisia’s Ahmend Hafnaoui made it two-for-two at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderadale.

After winning the 1500 on Wednesday, He came back and won the 400 free to close out the A finals on Thursday. Hafnaoui got to the wall in 3:46.02, finishing ahead of Egypt’s Marwan El Kamash (3:47.34) and USA’s Kieran Smith (3:48.02).

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