TYR Pro Swim Series Fort Lauderdale Women’s Finals: More Titles For King, Weitzeil, Smith, McIntosh

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2023 TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Fort Lauderdale concluded with the Day 4 finals from Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center at the site of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) on Saturday.

The events of the day are the 800 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 IM and 50 freestyle.

Here is a look at each women’s event on Day 4:

800 Freestyle

As Katie Ledecky got to the blocks, a packed crowd at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center went wild. The largest crowd of the meet, and the crowd with the most kids, screamed for the world record holder.

Ledecky delighted the crowd by winning in 8:14.70, finishing more than 25 meters ahead of the field.

Ledecky splits started with a 28.55 and ended with a 30.03. She was a 30.60 in her second 50 then 31-low the entire race until the final 50.

Sandpipers’ Claire Weinstein finished second in 8:33.16.

Michaela Mattes finished third in 8:39.61.


100 Backstroke

Regan Smith has had a stellar meet and kept that rolling with a stunning 57.92 in the 100 backstroke. It is the first of a double. She was out in 27-high and was two seconds ahead of the field.

Olivia Smoliga put together a dominating swim as well, just not quite where Smith was in the race. Smoliga broke a minute and finished in 59.71.

Medi Harris from Wales was third in 1:00.05, followed by Erika Pelaez (1:00.12) and Great Britain’s Lauren Cox (1:00.88).


200 Breaststroke

Lilly King came into this meet with no expectations, but she might have some, now.

King swam the best time in the world this year to win the 200 breaststroke in Fort Lauderdale, finishing in 2:23.33.

Canada’s Kelsey Wog was second in 2:25.49, followed by King’s teammate Annie Lazor (2:26.96).

Great Britain’s Kara Hanlon was fourth (2:28.42), followed by Rachel Bernhardt (2:29.23), Canada’s Sophie Angus (2:31.62). Alexis Yager (2:32.00) and Tess Cieplucha (2:32.13).


100 Butterfly

Regan Smith put together another dominating race to complete an impressive double at the TYR Pro Swim Series.

After winning the 100 back, she won the 100 fly in 56.60.

Canada’s Katerine Savard took second in 58.63, followed by compatriot Ella Jansen (58.93).

Natalie Hinds was fourth in 59.16.


200 IM

Another swim, another World Junior Record for Canada teen sensation Summer McIntosh. She led from start to finish and dominated the race, getting to the wall in 2:08.08.

Canadian teammate Mary Sophie Harvey was second in 2:11.94, using a strong back half of the race to move up from fifth to second.

Sandpipers’ Katie Grimes finished third in 2:12.66, followed by Florida’s Isabel Ivey (2:13.70), and Canada’s Kelsey Wog (2:15.38) and Bailey Andison (2:16.01).


50 Freestyle

Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil made it 3-for-3 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Fort Lauderdale.

After winning the 100 free and 50 butterfly, Weitzeil claimed the 50 free to close out the women’s meet with a 24.40.

Poland Olympian Kasia Wasick was second in 24.68, followed by Hong Kong Olympian Siobhan Haughey (24.85) and Denmark’s Julie Kepp Jensen (25.08).

Simone Manuel finished fifth (25.18), followed by Erika Brown (25.23), Olivia Smoliga (25.32), in the second of a double, and Erika Pelaez (25.53).

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