By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Sunday, January 19, 2020
World champion and world record-holder Regan Smith broke the TYR Pro Swim Series record in the women’s 100m back to highlight the third night of racing at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Smith’s 58.26 cleared the previous TYR Pro Series record of 58.73 set by Olivia Smoliga at last year’s stop in Richmond, Va., and marked her first win of the meet. Phoebe Bacon of Nation’s Capital nearly cleared the old record as well with her 58.86, the only two sub one-minute swims of the night. Canada’s Jade Hannah placed third in 1:00.54.
Erica Sullivan of Sandpipers of Nevada swam another impressive race, this time in the women’s 400m free. After winning the 800m free on night one in a new pool record, she topped the 400m free in 4:06.36, more than three seconds ahead of Sun Devil’s Allison Schmitt (4:09.98) and Sarasota’s Emma Weyant (4:10.65).
Mission Viejo’s Annie Lazor also added her second win of the meet, sweeping the breaststroke events in Knoxville with a 2:23.06 to win the 200m breast. Condor’s Emily Escobedo repeated her performance from last night in the 100m breast with another runner-up finish, this time in 2:24.08. Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis overtook Aggie Swim Club’s Bethany Galat for third, 2:24.94 to 2:25.25.
Sun Devil’s Hali Flickinger, a 2016 Olympian in the event, picked up her first win of the meet in the women’s 200m fly. Flickinger and Regan Smith traded leads throughout the race before Flickinger pulled away down the stretch, 2:08.34 to 2:08.73. Denmark’s Helena Rosendahl Bach moved up from her eighth-place position on the first 50 to take third in 2:10.63.
The University of Tennessee’s Erika Brown fed off the energy of the home crowd in the women’s 50m free final, pulling away from the field to take the win in 24.57, only .06 ahead of world champion and American record-holder Simone Manuel (24.63) of Alto Swim Club. Mission Viejo’s Margo Geer got to the wall third in 25.08.
Longhorn Aquatics’ Will Licon topped the men’s 200m breast by a second, 2:10.34 to 2:11.34, over Pinnacle Racing’s Anton McKee. Athens Bulldog’s Nic Fink, winner of the 100m breast last night, placed third in 2:12.11.
After finishing second in both the 200m and 800m freestyle events so far in Knoxville, Boulder City Henderson’s Zane Grothe finally got to the top of the podium in the men’s 400m free, out-racing Florida’s Kieran Smith down the stretch, 3:48.38 to 3:48.51. Swim Atlanta’s Jake Magahey touched five seconds back in 3:53.90 for third.
In other races, Canadian Olympian and former University of Missouri standout Mack Darragh topped the men’s 200m fly final in 1:59.29, just holding off Cal’s Andrew Seliskar (1:59.60) down the stretch. Cavalier Aquatics’ Jack Conger actually had the third-best time in finals at 1:59.69 from the B final, but Cardinal Aquatics’ Zack Harting officially finished third with a 2:00.02 in the A final. Wolfpack Elite’s Justin Ress dominated the men’s 100m back final with a 53.99, more than a second in front of Ajax’s Javier Acevedo (55.22) and Sam Stewart (55.72).
North Carolina State picked up its first win of the meet in the men’s 50m free, courtesy of Nyls Korstanje and his 22.16. Korstanje finished way out front in the race, as Hamilton Y’s David Curtis touched more than three tenths behind in 22.50, with Mission Viejo’s Ali Khalafalla in third at 22.61. Ian Ho posted the second-best time of the night from the B final at 22.46.The meet concludes tomorrow with prelims beginning at 9:30am EST and finals at 6:30pm EST.