By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Saturday, November 9, 2019
Katie Ledecky and Luca Urlando each picked up their second wins of the meet during the third night of finals at the first stop of the TYR Pro Swim Series at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Ledecky’s win came in the first event of the night, the women’s 200m free. She stopped the clock at 1:55.68 to easily outdistance runner up Simone Manuel (1:57.46) and third place finisher Allison Schmitt (1:57.63). Urlando earned his second win of the meet in the men’s 200m free as he just out-touched another double event winner, Zane Grothe, 1:48.40 to 1:48.45. Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays was right behind in third at 1:48.80.
Seventeen-year-old Isabelle Stadden topped the women’s 200m back final in 2:08.16, ahead of Team Elite’s Kathleen Baker (2:09.05), the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m back. NC State’s Katherine Berkoff took third in 2:12.74.
Wolfpack Elite’s Christopher Reid got to the wall first in the men’s 200m back with a 1:58.33, ahead of 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley (1:58.39) and 2008 Olympic champion Ryan Lochte (2:00.87).
Finals of the men’s and women’s 400m IM closed out the night. Wisconsin Aquatics’ Ally McHugh out-raced Hali Flickinger down the stretch to take the women’s race, 4:40.09 to 4:40.78. Katie Ledecky took third in 4:41.72. Dynamo’s Jay Litherland, a 2016 Olympian in the event, took top honors in the men’s IM with a 4:20.09 in finals, with Team Elite’s Jacob Heidtmann in second at 4:23.35 and Carlos Claverie in third at 4:28.85.