By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Sunday, March 8, 2020
Regan Smith and Caeleb Dressel each broke a meet record, while Ryan Murphy, Melanie Margalis and Michael Andrew added wins during the last night of finals at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet at MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Smith, the world record-holder in both backstroke events, picked up her second win of the meet in the women’s 100m back, as she eclipsed the meet record in the event with a 58.18 in finals. She also won the 200m back last night. Team Elite’s Kathleen Baker finished second in both events, posting a 58.56 in the 100 tonight. Olivia Smoliga, who along with Baker competed in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, took third in 59.25.
Dressel also took down another meet record, this time in the men’s 50m free, posting a 21.51 to lower Nathan Adrian’s 21.56 from 2015. Adrian finished second in 21.88, with HPC Vancouver’s Brent Hayden in third at 21.97.
Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics continued his dominant meet in the men’s backstroke events, clocking a time of 52.79 in the 100m back to jump to the top of the world rankings for 2020. Murphy also won the 200m back last night in a world-leading time. Olympic teammate Jacob Pebley of Team Elite came in second at 54.45, just ahead of Cardinal Aquatics’ Grigory Tarasevich (54.53).
Saint Petersburg’s Melanie Margalis swept the IM events in Des Moines, but in the 200m IM she had to share the win with another swimmer. After swimming way out front of the field for the entire race, Margalis and Longhorn Aquatics’ Madisyn Cox stopped the clock at identical 2:09.03s to share the win. Tucson Ford’s Leah Smith stopped the clock at 2:13.60 for third.
Michael Andrew of Race Pace Club won his second event of the meet in the men’s 200m IM, touching in 1:56.83 to add to his win in the 100m breast earlier. Cal’s Andrew Seliskar nearly reeled Andrew in after turning almost 3.5 seconds behind at the third turn, but ended up second in 1:58.01. Team Elite’s Jacob Heidtman touched third in 1:59.78.
After finishing 1-3 in the 100m breast earlier in the meet, Mission Viejo’s Annie Lazor and Indiana’s Lily King flip flopped in the 200m breast, with Lazor taking the win in 2:21.67 and King in second at 2:22.95. Lazor already held the top time in the world this year at 2:23.06, and now she and King are first and second. Aggie Swim Club’s Bethany Galat took third in 2:26.60.
Olympian Leah Smith of Tucson Ford got the night started with a win in the women’s 800m free, her first win of the meet. She touched in 8:23.46 to out-distance runner-up Hali Flickinger of Sun Devil by about six seconds. Flickinger also broke 8:30 with an 8:29.96. Boilermaker’s Kaersten Meitz claimed third in 8:32.21.
In other events, Athens Bulldog swimmers claimed the top three spots in the men’s 200m breast final, with Nic Fink (2:09.87), Chase Kalisz (2:11.61) and Kevin Cordes (2:11.99) going 1-2-3 in finals. Wolfpack Elite’s Akaram Mahmoud held off a late charge from Cal’s Nick Norman to win the men’s 800m free, 7:55.89 to 7:56.30, with Sarasota’s Arik Katz in third at 8:01.66. Team Rebel Aquatics’ Katarzyna Wasick won the women’s 50m free in 24.58, with Alto’s Simone Manuel (24.68) and Mission Viejo’s Margo Geer (24.86) right behind.