Pro Swim Series- San Antonio: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

By Michael Hamann on SwimSwam


March 30 – April 2, 2022
Northside Swim Center, San Antonio, Texas
LCM (50 meters)
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Wednesday 800s Heat Sheet

With less than a month to go before the US International Team Trials in Greensboro, many of the country’s top swimmers will be getting their final tune-up in at this weekend’s Pro Swim Series stop in San Antonio, Texas. The competition starts this evening with four timed final heats of the 800 free at 4 PM CST.

Leading the women’s 800 is Sandpipers Olympian Bella Sims, who comes in as the top seed with an 8:23.55, just ahead of Texas-based pro Leah Smith. Sims’ club teammate, 15 year old Claire Weinstein, comes in as the fourth seed in 8:32.51 and will swim out of lane 6.

Indiana-based pro Marwan Aly El Kamash is the top seed in the men’s 800, coming in with a 7:52.19. He will flanked by a pair of NCAA swimmers, with Georgia’s Tommylee Camblong swimming in lane 5 and Florida’s Oskar Lindholm swimming in lane 3. Also swimming in the top heat is 16 year old Cooper Lucas, who swims for Lakeside Aquatic Club in the Dallas suburbs. Lucas will compete in lane 8.

Women’s 800 free

World Record: Katie Ledecky (USA, 2016): 8:04.79
American Record: Katie Ledecky (USA, 2016): 8:04.79
US Open Record: Katie Ledecky (USA, 2016): 8:06.68
World Junior Record: Katie Ledecky (USA, 2014): 8:11.00
Pro Swim Record: Katie Ledecky (USA, 2016): 8:06.68

Top 8 finishers:

Leah Smith (TXLA): 8:22.80
Bella Sims (SAND): 8:30.83
Claire Weinstein (SAND): 8:37.76
Jillian Cox (TXLA): 8:43.74
Yara Hierath (NCS): 8:45.75
Sierra Schmidt (SAC): 8:47.13
Ching Hwee Gan (IU): 8:47.54
Abby Grottle (TAMU): 9:01.06

Heat one went to Texas Longhorn’s Leah Smith, who touched first in 8:22.80, a full second drop from her seed though 6 seconds off of her lifetime best from 2019. Sandpipers of Nevada took the second and third spot, with Bella Sims touching 2nd in 8:30.83 and Claire Weinstein finishing third in 8:37.76. Sims was 7 seconds off of her seed, while Weinstein was 5 seconds off of hers.

Smith’s Texas-based training partner Jillian Cox impressed by finishing 4th in 8:43.74, just a second and a half off of her seed.

After her swim, Smith said, “that swim felt good, I am pretty happy with my time. I’m just happy to be in San Antonio. This is where our Olympic Team camp was back in 2016 so it brings back some pretty good memories.”

She also added, “it’s exciting that we are getting so close to [the Phillips 66 International Team Trials], I’m taking things one step at a time. This race was pretty good for me to gear up for a meet like Trials.”

Men’s 800 free

World Record: Lin Zhang (CHN, 2009): 7:32.12
American Record: Bobby Finke (USA, 2021): 7:41.87
US Open Record: Zane Grothe (USA, 2018): 7:44.57
World Junior Record: Mack Horton (AUS, 2013): 7:45.67
Pro Swim Record: Michael McBroom (USA, 2014): 7:49.96

Top 8 finishers:

Tommylee Camblong (Unattached): 7:59.08
Mikey Calvillo (IU): 8:07.64
Ilya Kharun (SAND): 8:08.62
Marwan Aly El Kamash (ISC)/Oskar Lindholm: 8:09.55
Aryan Nehra (Unattached): 8:09.68
Advait Page (Unattached): 8:13.72
Mason Edmund (NTN): 8:14.19

Georgia undergrad Tommylee Camblong won the first heat going away in 7:59.08, less than a half second off of his seed time. Camblong nearly even-split the race 3:59.09-3:59.9 by 400.

He touched 8 seconds ahead of Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo, who dropped 1.7 from his seed to touch in 8:07.64. Top seed Marwan Aly El Kamash, an Indiana post grad, added 17 seconds from his seed to touch in a tie for 3rd in the heat with Oskar Lindholm in 8:09.55.

The big swim out of the second heat was Sandpiper high schooler Ilya Kharun, who dropped 12 seconds to finish 3rd overall in 8:08.62. Kharun, an Arizona State commit who is best known as a butterflier, has exploded onto the swimming scene in the last 12 months and become one of the top swimmers in the high school class of 2023.

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