By USA Swimming | Saturday, January 13, 2018Key Links
AUSTIN, Texas – Olympic champions Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) and Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics) were victorious, and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) picked up two more wins Friday at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The four-day meet continues through Sunday. Saturday daily prelims open at 9 a.m. CT followed by finals at 5:40 p.m. The meet concludes Sunday with timed finals for the 1500-meter freestyle at 8 a.m. CT.
In a match-up of the past two Olympic champions, Grevers outdueled Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) in the men’s 100-meter backstroke for the win in 53.73 seconds. Murphy, who won Thursday’s 200m back, touched second in 53.99.
Adrian followed with a wire-to-win victory in men’s 100m free in 48.75.
“I want to go faster, but for what we’re working on, honestly, I think we nailed it – just putting the pieces together that weren’t so great.” Adrian said. “This is kind of the kick off to the long course season, so we’re going to go back and work on those other pieces and try to put together some good ones before the summer trials.”
After winning the 400m IM on Thursday, Kalisz doubled tonight with wins in the men’s 200m fly in 1:55.63 and the men’s 200m IM in 1:57.50.
Other Team USA winners on Friday included Katie Meili (Colleyville, Texas/New York Athletic Club) in the women’s 100m breast in 1:06.49, Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team) in a pool-record 59.38 in the women’s 100m back and Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached) in the men’s 800m free in 7:56.64 for his second win of the meet.
International winners included China’s Li Bingjie in the women’s 800m free in 8:28.98, Great Britain’s Alys Thomas in the women’s 200m fly in 2:09.50, China’s Yan Zibei in the men’s 100m breast in 59.84, Canada’s Taylor Ruck in the women’s 100m free in 53.51 and Canada’s Sydney Pickrem in the women’s 200m IM in 2:09.92.
NBC Sports will provide extensive coverage from Austin on Saturday on the Olympic Channel at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage also will air on same-day delay on NBC Sports Network at midnight ET. All three finals session will also be streamed via NBC Sports, while a live webcast of prelims also will be available at usaswimming.org.