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Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian Among Highlights At TYR Pro Series In Bloomington

By Karen Price | May 19, 2019, 8:01 p.m. (ET)

Nathan Adrian smiles after the 100-meter freestyle at the TYR Pro Swim Series on May 17, 2019 in Bloomington, In.


It was another weekend filled with victories for some of the country’s best swimmers at the fourth stop on the TYR Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, Indiana.

Katie Ledecky was one of several Olympians to win a handful of events, beginning with a victory on Friday in the 400-meter freestyle. Her sub-4:00 time of 3:59.95 was a season best for her and just short of top time in the world. 

Former Stanford and 2016 Olympic teammates Ledecky and Simone Manuel turned in solid performances in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, with Ledecky coming out on top with a time of 1:55.80, her second fastest swim of 2019 at the distance. Manuel finished second with a season’s best time of 1:57.24. Not long after that race, Ledecky finished fourth in the 400 IM final and on Sunday earned a decisive victory in the 800-meter freestyle timed final.

Manuel won the 100-meter freestyle on Friday and was the only swimmer to clock in under 54 seconds in both the prelims and finals, finishing in 53.65. She closed out the weekend with a win in the 50-meter freestyle.

Regan Smith, 17, swept the backstroke events, including a tremendous swim in the 200 backstroke where she finished in 2:06.47 and just missing her personal best mark of 2:06.43. It was the third-fastest time in the world this season. She also won the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 28.08 and was second in the 200-meter butterfly on Friday. On Sunday she won the 100-meter backstroke in a new personal best time of 58.82 and was second in the 100-meter butterfly.

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Zane Grothe won the men’s 400-meter freestyle and the 1,500-meter freestyle and was second in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:47.90, his fastest in the event since 2017. He wrapped up the weekend with a win in the 800-meter freestyle timed final, claiming victory by more than 11 seconds. 

Cody Miller, a 2016 Olympian, won the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday with a time of 59.24, just beating out Michael Andrew, who finished in 59.52. He also won the 200-meter breaststroke on Sunday in a new personal best time of 2:08.98.

Andrew would have a number of victories of his own, however, at the 50-meter distance, winning the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. His win in the 50-meter backstroke came not long after exiting the pool from the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing in 24.91 and just missing beating his own personal best this season of 24.66. He had to withdraw from Sunday’s races because of a scheduling error. 

That bumped five-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian up to the top seed in the 50-meter freestyle. He finished third with a time of 22:22. Adrian returned to the pool in this meet for the first time since being diagnosed with testicular cancer late last year. He was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle on Friday. 

Olympian Jay Litherland was dominant in the men’s 400 IM, winning by over eight seconds with a time of 4:14.42, and claimed a victory in the 200-meter butterfly as well with a personal best time of 1:57.99. He finished the weekend with a third win, this time in the 200 IM in a new season’s best time of 2:00.64.

Lilly King, another 2016 Olympian, won the 50-meter breaststroke with the fastest time in the world this season at 30.03 seconds on Saturday to go along with her win in the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday. That was King’s first post-collegiate final and she swam it in 1:05.68, the fastest time in the world so far this season. 

Annie Lazor rounded out the weekend with a win in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:20.77, two seconds better than her previous personal best and the fastest time in the world this year. She was also second in 50 breast and the 100 breast as she continues her push to contest the events in Tokyo.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.