By USA Swimming | Sunday, January 14, 2018Key Links
AUSTIN, Texas – USA Swimming National Team member Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached) won for the third straight night, and Team USA athletes won 11 of 12 events contested Saturday at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The meet concludes Sunday with timed finals for the 1500-meter freestyle at 8 a.m. CT.
Grothe, who set a pair of short-course American records last month, continued his strong swimming with his third win of the meet in the men’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3 minutes, 48.59 seconds to win by nearly 2 seconds. He also has topped the field in the 200m free and 800m free in Austin.
Saturday marked the debut of shootout-style 50-meter races across all strokes at the TYR Pro Swim Series. Each event started with eight in the quarterfinal, with the top four moving to the semifinal round and the top two racing head to head in the final.
The shootout winners were:
- Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio/Unattached) in the women’s 50m free in 24.90
- Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics) in the men’s 50m free in 22.21
- Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team) in the women’s 50m back in 27.85
- Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) in the men’s 50m back in 24.81
- Molly Hannis (Santa Rosa, Calif./Unattached) in the women’s 50m breast in 29.71
- Nic Fink (Morristown, N.J./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the men’s 50m breast in 27.44
- Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va./Unattached) in the women’s 50m fly in 26.07
- Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) in the men’s 50m fly in 23.37
“It was fun to kind of see how fast you could go in a 50 without really trying and trying to conserve energy. I was really surprised with a 25.1,” Grevers said. “I felt very relaxed, so, yeah, it was good.”
Hannis’ effort in the 50m breast was the ninth-fastest swim of all-time in the event.
Also debuting on Saturday was the mystery 200m individual medley, where swimmers chose their lane and received a random stroke order for the race. Madisyn Cox (Lubbock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) won the women’s race in 2:16.12, while Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) earned the men’s victory in 2:03.18.
Li Bingjie of China claimed her third win of the meet in women’s 400m free with a time of 4:06.87.