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.
Women’s 1500 Free Timed Final
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