By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Friday, May 17, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The TYR Pro Swim Series at Bloomington kicked off tonight with the women’s and men’s 1500m freestyle, one year to the date that Katie Ledecky set the world record in that event, just 45 minutes up the road in Indianapolis.
There would be no Ledecky – though she’s slated to swim in other events here later this weekend – and no world record in tonight’s timed finals of the 1500, but U.S. National Teamers Hannah Moore and Zane Grothe put together some solid swims for the women’s and men’s titles.
Moore’s time of 16:11.42 was the sixth-fastest in the world this year, outdistancing the rest of the field by more than 11 and a half seconds. Finishing second was Kristel Kobrich of Chile in 16:23.19, followed by Becca Mann in third in 16:29.45.
"I actually got off the airplane and came right here," Moore said. "So I'm pretty surprised with that time, but I felt like I had a lot of stamina coming off open water (nationals) the other week. I felt pretty good, and I was pretty happy with the time."
In the men’s race, Grothe easily outdistanced Marcelo Acosta of the University of Louisville, 15:17.12 to 15:28.66. Ricardo Vargas of the University of Michigan was third in 15:30.04.
"I tried to stay smooth," Grothe said. "I'm swimming a little better than I have been. My race strategy (in the 1500) is probably one of my weakest race strategies, but I just tried to stay smooth and build through it. For not over-working it, I'm very happy with that time."
The meet continues tomorrow with a full slate of events, including the women’s and men’s 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle.