2021 Pro Swim Series – Indianapolis: Day 1 Distance Recap


2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – INDIANAPOLIS (#4)

The women’s and men’s 1500 freestyle kicks off the fourth and final Pro Swim Series meet of 2021 in Indianapolis, with a total of four heats on the docket.

The heats will alternate women/men/women/men.

Ally McHugh and Zane Grothe enter as the top seeds.

Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  1. Ally McHugh (WA), 15:59.54
  2. Emma Nordin (SUN), 16:01.37
  3. Sierra Schmidt (UN), 16:06.85

Ally McHugh ran down early leader Emma Nordin over the final few hundred meters to ultimately win the fastest heat of the women’s 1500 free in 15:59.54, marking her first time under the 16:00 threshold.

McHugh, 23, came into the meet with a personal best time of 16:02.56, set at the 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals. She now takes over eighth in the world for the 2020-21 season, and is also the second-fastest American behind top-ranked Katie Ledecky.

McHugh also notably negative-split the race: out in 8:01.11 at the 750 (with a 8:33.27 800 free split), and then back in 7:58.43.

Nordin, who couldn’t match McHugh’s speed over the last 100, produces a massive best time, chopping almost 10 seconds off her previous PB in 16:01.37 to rank 10th in the world this season. The 21-year-old Sun Devil had previously been 16:11.23 at the Mission Viejo PSS in April. Prior to that her best time was a 16:36.69 from 2019.

Sierra Schmidt, who recently announced a move to Arizona to train with her father until next month’s Olympic Trials, rounds out the top three in 16:06.85, lowering her previous best of 16:10.12 from 2019.

Also setting a best time was 17-year-old Mariah Denigan, who clocked 16:13.09 for fourth. Denigan had set her previous best of 16:19.29 at the same meet as McHugh – 2018 Summer Nationals.

Four more women will race the event in the next heat.

Men’s 1500 Free Timed Final

  • PSS Record: 14:53.12, Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), 2016
  1. Zane Grothe (BCH), 15:20.96
  2. Charlie Clark (OSU), 15:21.30
  3. Ricardo Vargas (CW), 15:23.13





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