By USA Swimming | Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The TYR Pro Swim Series at Greensboro opened today with the women and men’s 1500m freestyle.
Ashley Twichell, who has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Team in the 10k open water event, won the women’s 1500m freestyle in 16:11.19. Her time outdistanced the rest of the field by more than 21 seconds. Hannah Moore of Wolfpack Elite was second in 16:32.84, followed by Kate Sanderson of Colorado Springs Swim Team in 16:39.68.
“I felt pretty comfortable my first thousand," Twichell said. "The plan was to do that, then descend the last five 100s. Overall felt pretty good. When I tried to pick it up felt my training, but that’s kind of what I expected this time of year.”
U.S. National Team member Zane Grothe also turned in a decisive victory in the men’s race, touching in 15:18.71. Chris Wieser of Dart Swimming was second in 15:40.33, followed by Christian Bayo of Tac Titans in third in 15:43.31.
"I can’t remember the last time I raced long course in the fall, so I guess I’m at a good spot now getting under 15:20,” Grothe said. “My biggest goal was to find a rhythm. I’ve been working on a little bit of technique change to get better at that 1500m distance.”