By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Saturday, June 15, 2019
A number of U.S. National Teamers and other swimmers who will be representing the U.S. at a major international competition this summer have been racking up the wins this week at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Clovis.
National Team member Gianluca Urlando won his second event of the meet Friday, taking the men’s 200m butterfly in 1:53.84, a TYR Pro Swim Series and 17-18 National Age Group record. His time was the third-fastest in the world this year, 51-hundredths of second faster than his swim last month at Mel Zajac Invitational in Vancouver.
National Teamer Justin Wright, who will be competing in the 200m butterfly at the FINA World Championships July 21-28 in Gwangju, South Korea, was second in 1:58.61, followed by Ben Miller of Tigard Tualatin Swim Club in 2:00.41.
“Overall I’m just really surprised,” said Urlando, who also won the 100m butterfly on Thursday. “I didn’t think I was going to get a best time today. But I’m really happy about it. I was just trying to stay relaxed and bring home the second 100 faster than I have been recently.”
Trey Freeman, who will represent the U.S. at the World University Games next month in Naples, Italy, won his second event of the meet in the men’s 400m freestyle, turning in a time of 3:49.16. Freeman outdistanced the rest of the field by nearly five seconds. Akaram Mahmoud of Egypt was second in 3:53.94, followed by Chris Wieser of DART Swimming int 3:54.81.
Freeman also won the 200m free on Thursday.
“I would have liked to be a little faster,” Freeman said. “I think I pushed it out too hard at the beginning because I got a little excited. I can’t be too mad with the time, and I think this puts me in a good place for [World University Games] in a few weeks.”
U.S. World Championships team member Kelsi Dahlia swam a tough triple Friday, winning the women’s 200m fly in 2:10.69, then finishing fourth in the 50m free in 25.28 about 10 minutes later. She capped the night with a second-place finish in the 50m fly in 26.38.
Finishing second behind Dahlia in the 200 fly was Remedy Rule in 2:11.56 and Lauren Case in 2:12.13.
“My 50 free was the hardest, with that quick turnaround,” Dahlia said. I improved on all my times from this morning, and that was the goal. I’m walking away just really happy overall.”
Catie DeLoof emerged victorious in the women’s 50m free in 24.99, while Julie Meynen of Luxembourg and U.S. National Teamer Mallory Comerford finished 2-3 in 25.08 and 25.21.
DeLoof will be competing in next month’s World University Games.
“During my race this morning I felt good, “DeLoof said. “I wanted to see if I could go faster tonight and work on my details off the start and go from there.”
Catie DeLoof and her sister, Ali, finished third and second, respectively, in the women’s 100m backstroke, turning in times of 1:01.60 and 1:00.59. Isabelle Stadden swam a personal best of 59.71 for the win.
Both Stadden and Ali DeLoof will be competing in the Pan American Games in August in Brazil. It was the second time this week the two faced off in the finals of a backstroke race. On Thursday night, it was DeLoof who came out on top of the 50 back.
“It was tough, but the competition was really good,” Stadden said. “It was fun to race.”
U.S. World Championships Team member Matt Grevers and Justin Ress went 1-2 in last night’s finals of the men’s 50m back, with Ress coming out on top. Tonight it was Grevers who would touch first in the men’s 100m backstroke in 53.59, followed by Ress in 54.25. Markus Thormeyer of Canada was third in 54.50.
“I’m really pleased with my time and where I am in training outdoors,” Grevers said. “I don’t want to make excuses, but every pool is different, and every environment is a little different, so for me to go that time right now it’s great. [For this summer] it’s giving me confidence to go out naturally, and smooth and not to force anything in the first 50. Every time I go out and swim well with that kind of strategy it just reaffirms it – that going out easier is better.”
Other U.S. National Team members winning Friday included Kendyl Stewart in the women’s 50m butterfly in 26.35; Erica Sullivan in the women’s 400m freestyle in 4:10.36, and Daniel Roy in the men’s 200m breast in 2:10.43.
The four-day, long-course meters competition runs through Saturday with daily prelims at 9 a.m. PT and evening finals at 5 p.m. PT.
Across the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, swimmers may earn increased awards for top-three finishes in all individual Olympic events. At each meet, $1,500 will be provided for a first-place finish, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. In addition, one athlete per gender with the highest-scoring prelim swim in an individual Olympic event based on FINA power points will win $1,500.
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