By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The final stop of this year’s TYR Pro Swim Series gets underway tomorrow in Clovis, Calif. Here are five of the top swimmers to watch as the TYR Pro Swim Series draws to a close.
One of the top butterfly and freestyle swimmers in the world right now, 2016 Olympian Kelsi Dahlia could walk away from Clovis with an armful of hardware in those strokes. She enters the meet as the top seed in four events – the 100m butterfly (56.37), 200m butterfly (2:09.09), 50m freestyle (24.79) and 50m butterfly (56.37 – seeded at 100m time). She’s also seeded second in the 100m free at 53.87, behind Mallory Comerford’s 52.59.
Matt Grevers’ quest to return to the Olympic Games continues in Clovis and he remains one of the top backstrokers to beat. He’s got the time to beat in both the 50m backstroke (52.26 – entered at 100m time) and 100m backstroke (52.26), and will also contest the 50m freestyle, where he’s seeded sixth in 22.55, and the 100m freestyle (eighth at 49.18).
Former University of Michigan standout Ali DeLoof has made a name for herself on the international swimming scene and carries that momentum into Clovis with the top seed times of the meet in both sprint backstroke events. She’s the only swimmer at the meet with a sub-1:00 100 back time, and is seeded first in the 50m back as well. DeLoof won’t contest the 200m back in Clovis, but instead will swim the sprint freestyle events where she’s entered 7th in the 50m free and 14th in the 100m free.
Rising 17-year-old Gianluca Urlando from Dart Swimming has been making noise of late and is a threat to finish among the top three in a handful of events this week. He’ll showcase his versatility in Clovis with top five seed times in the 200m free (1:47.56), 100m fly (52.04), 200m fly (1:54.35), 200m IM (2:00.34) and 200m back (2:01.61). Urlando snuck onto the U.S. national team with his 200m fly performance at last summer’s national championships and will be looking to add more events to his resume this summer.
Canadian Olympian Sydney Pickrem, who recently wrapped up her collegiate swimming career at Texas A&M, will be in attendance and has the potential to nail down several individual wins in the 400m IM (4:32.88), 100m breast (1:07.90), 200m breast (2:22.63) and 200m IM (2:08.71). She’ll have her hands full with Leah Smith in the 400m IM, who also has a shot to win multiple events this week, as well as Breeja Larson in the breaststroke events.
Racing action gets underway from Clovis on Wednesday with the 800m freestyle at 8 p.m. eastern on usaswimming.org with prelims continuing Thursday thru Saturday at 12 p.m. eastern on usaswimming.org. A finals will air on NBC Sports Network Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m eastern with B finals at usaswimming.org. Saturday finals will stream live on usaswimming.org and the NBC Sports ap.