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What it Would Take to Beat Regan Smith for Pro Swim Series Title

The 2020 Pro Swim Series isn’t even half over, but the race for the women’s title might as well be. With Regan Smith‘s absurd speed in Knoxville, it’s going to take an otherworldly swim to knock her off the top of the current standings.

For the second season, the Pro Swim Series doesn’t give out its $10,000 series winner prizes based on cumulative points. This year, as it was last year, the winner will be determined by the single best swim (in FINA points) of the entire series. FINA points attempt to compare swims in different events by creating a points system in which the world record is worth 1000 points. Swims slower than the world record earn less than 1000, based on their relative distance from the world record, and new world records will earn more than 1000, depending on how much faster they are than the previous world record.

While that system has its critics, it is the one being used for this year’s Pro Swim Series title. And it’s relative simplicity means we can come up with ‘benchmark’ times that would be needed to beat Smith’s 58.27 100 backstroke from the Knoxville Pro Swim Series over the weekend.

Spoiler alert: they’re ridiculous.

The Pro Swim Series is using FINA’s 2019 Power Points table, which is based off of world records as of January 2019. (That means Smith’s backstrokes are scored based on the former world records, not her new world records set over the summer). Smith scored 986 points with her 100 back in Knoxville. Here’s a look at the slowest times that would earn 987 points and knock Smith off the top of the list:

Event 987-point Swim
50 free 23.77
100 free 51.93
200 free 1:53.47
400 free 3:57.49
800 free 8:06.90
1500 free 15:24.50
100 back 58.25
200 back 2:04.60
100 breast 1:04.41
200 breast 2:19.71
100 fly 55.72
200 fly 2:02.34
200 IM 2:06.67
400 IM 4:27.52

While the series does award $10,000 to the winner, Smith is still maintaining her amateurism for NCAA eligibility. That’ll put some restrictions on how much (if any) of that award she can accept. But the PSS title also comes with plenty of prestige. And it looks like Smith is squarely in line for that honor.

Oh, and if there’s a tie, the tiebreaker is highest FINA points in a second event. Smith has already gone 2:05.94 in the 200 back for 955 FINA points. So even if another swimmer can muster up a 986-point swim, they’ll have to get a second event above 955. Good luck with that.

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2020 Pro Swim Series – Knoxville: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


  • Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Knoxville, TN – Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center – University of Tennessee
  • Long course meters (LCM) format
  • Thursday distance session: 4 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Fri-Sun.: 9:30 AM Prelims / 6:30 PM Finals
  • Meet site
  • Live Stream
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live results

The third finals night of the 2020 Pro Swim Series in Knoxville is scheduled to have amazing duels in the A-finals, as well as have more Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center pool records. This evening’s line-up will feature the finals of the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and 400 free.

Among the races to watch, catch Worlds runner-up Hali Flickinger race in the 200 fly against teen sensation Regan Smith. Later on in the session, world record-holder Smith will contest in the 100 back against fellow teen stars NCAP’s Phoebe Bacon and Aquajets’ Isabelle Stadden. WUGs champion Lisa Bratton and Olympian Taylor Ruck are also set to race in the final tonight.

Then, 18-year-old Carson Foster is scheduled to be the center of two battles here in Knoxville. The first will be the 200 fly, where Foster is seeded 3rd behind Worlds finalist Zach Harting and Kentucky’s Mason Wilby. Then, Foster will battle another Worlds finalist, Zane Grothe, in the 400 free final.

More exciting races to keep an eye on are Simone Manuel V. Erika Brown in the 50 free, Annie Lazor V. Madisyn Cox in the 200 breast, Will Licon V. Nic Fink also in the 200 breast, and teens Emma Weyant V. Erica Sullivan in the 400 free.

Remaining top seeds tonight include NC State’s Nyls Korstanje (50 free) and WUGs champion Justin Ress (100 back).


  • PSS Record: Cammile Adams, 2012, 2:06.76
  • Trials Cut: 2:14.59

Top 3


  • PSS Record: Luca Urlando, 2019, 1:53.84
  • Trials Cut: 2:01.19

Top 3


  • PSS Record: Sarah Sjostrom, 2016, 24.17
  • Trials Cut: 25.99

Top 3


  • PSS Record: Nathan Adrian, 2015, 21.56
  • Trials Cut: 23.19

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  • PSS Record: Olivia Smoliga, 2019, 58.73
  • Trials Cut: 1:02.69

Top 3


  • PSS Record: David Plummer, 2016, 52.40
  • Trials Cut: 56.59

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  • PSS Record: Annie Lazor, 2019, 2:20.77
  • Trials Cut: 2:33.29

Top 3


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  • PSS Record: Katie Ledecky, 2018, 3:57.94
  • Trials Cut: 4:16.89

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  • PSS Record: Sun Yang, 2016, 3:43.55
  • Trials Cut: 3:57.29

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Hanim Abrahams The Golden Swimmer

Hanim Abrahams The 17-Year-Old Swimmer

Hanim Abrahams the 17 year old that is leading the way in her field of swim, she is trying to help and inspire young teens around the world.

She has around 2.5k followers on Instagram, everyone make sure you go give her a follow if you don’t already!

We got the chance to interview her, here are a few things she had to say.

How old are you?

I am Hānim Abrahams, I am currently 17 years old. 

When did you start swimming?

I was introduced to swimming at a very young age, I started swimming lessons when I was about two years old.

I would be in our pool whenever I could and my mom would have to haul me out. In grade R I tried out for the school swim team to be with my older sister.

Many girls thought I was crazy as I tried out with the grade two’s.

I then started swimming at Cape Dolphins Aquatics (CADO) with renowned coach Brian Button at the age of six.

What goes through your mind when you swim? 

When I swim I think what’s goes through my mind is to push myself to limits to compete with myself. I just want to be the best swimmer that I can be.

What inspires you to keep swimming?

What inspires me to swim would be the sport and the competitiveness of swimming.

In swimming you can always be better and faster and that inspires me to keep going.

You won the gold in the 50m breaststroke. Please explain your emotions after you realized you won. 

I was incredibly humble to have won the 50m breastroke at Junior Nationals.

This win meant so much to me as junior nationals was my first nationals post operation, the win made me feel like all the hardwork paid off preparing physically and mentally. 

You were named captain the team captain at the Junior African Swimming Championships. Walk us through that experience please. 

Being a captain of any South African team is incredibly humbling. I enjoy being a leader and it was really a privilege to be the captain.

It taught me a lot about other swimmers and a lot about myself.

What advice for teenagers in your field?

Advice to any teenagers in my field would be “Everything happens for a reason” just trust the process and your own abilities.

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