By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Monday, January 20, 2020
Regan Smith clocked her second TYR Pro Swim Series record of the competition, while Erica Sullivan, Zane Grothe, Madisyn Cox and Carson Foster added to their win totals as the four-day meet wrapped up Sunday night at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Smith, who set a new championship record in the 100m back earlier in the meet, added a second record in the 200m back with a 2:05.94 in finals. That wiped out Taylor Ruck’s 2:06.36 from two years ago, set in Atlanta. Smith’s time also just missed the U.S. Open record of 2:05.68, set by Missy Franklin back in 2013. Aquajets’ Isabelle Stadden finished a distant second in 2:09.32, with Aggie Swim Club’s Lisa Bratton in third (2:10.21). The third-best time of finals came from the B final, where Nation’s Capital’s Phoebe Bacon clocked a 2:09.57.
Sandpipers of Nevada’s Erica Sullivan grabbed the distance freestyle triple in Knoxville, winning the 400m and 800m free earlier in the meet and adding the 1500m free tonight in 16:01.71. Chile’s Kristel Kobrich finished a distant second in 16:17.86, while University of Tennessee product Amanda Nunan posted a 16:33.31 for third.
Zane Grothe from Boulder City Henderson won the men’s 1500m free comfortably over Mission Viejo’s David Heron, 15:19.77 to 15:28.40. Grothe also won the 400m free last night. Denmark’s Alexander Norgaard, winner of the 800m free on night one, posted a 15:29.92 for third.
Longhorn Aquatics’ Madisyn Cox made it a clean sweep of the IM events in Knoxville, cracking 2:10 in the 200m IM final with a 2:09.88. Cox held off Nashville Aquatic Club’s Alex Walsh, who led at the halfway point and finished in 2:10.38, just in front of Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ Melanie Margalis (2:10.42).
Mason Manta Rays’ Carson Foster added a second win to his collection on the final night of racing. After winning the 200m free on night two, Foster clocked a 1:59.50 in the 200m IM, the only swim under 2:00. Will Licon from Longhorn Aquatics took second in 2:00.21, with Sam Stewart in third at 2:00.44.
Javier Acevedo of Ajax Swimming out-split the rest of the championship final by more than half a second on the final 50 to overtake two swimmers and take the win in the men’s 200m back in 1:59.90. Tennessee’s Joey Reilman and Cal’s Andy Song, who had flipped first and second the entire race, ended up tying for second in 2:01.34.
After tying for Olympic gold back in Rio, Canadian Penny Oleksiak and Alto Swim Club’s Simone Manuel treated the crowd to another awesome 100m free battle. Oleksiak flipped fourth at the turn and came roaring back to take the win in 53.41, with Manuel right behind in 53.44. Tennessee’s Erika Brown, who won the 50m free earlier in the meet, led at the halfway point and ended up third in 53.49.
Eight swimmers cracked the 50-second barrier in the men’s 100m free, with Mission Viejo’s Zach Apple leading the way in 48.98. New York Athletic Club’s Ryan Held, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 400m free relay, grabbed second in 49.09, with Canada’s Yuri Kisil in third at 49.48.
Des Moines, Iowa will host the third stop of this year’s series, with the meet scheduled for March 4-7.