The 16-swimmer contingent of young SwimBC athletes attending the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis May 16-19, were able to witness a moment of history, as they watched Katie Ledecky set a new 1500m Free world record (15:20.48) on Wednesday night. They carried the excitement and enthusiasm of watching that race into their own performances on Thursday, with just under a third of the team making it into one of the finals.
Bailey Herbert (LOSC) was the top-placing swimmer of the meet, just narrowly missing the "B" final with her 200BR prelims swim; she came back with an even stronger finals performance, though, and handily won the "C" final in 2:32.27.
Also swimming 200BR was Ruishen Yu (SKSC), who was the top finisher on the boys side with a fourth-place finish in the "C" final with a near-lifetime best of 2:23.25. His teammate, Scott Pfeifer won the "D" final with a massive lifetime personal best of 2:23.55, while James Lebuke (CSSSC), in only his second season of year-round swimming, was seventh in that race.
Also in finals on night one were Keir Ogilvie (UVPCS), who was eighth in the "C" final of the men's 100 Fly in :57.20, while Chantel Jeffrey (ISC) was sixth in the "D" final of the women's 400 Free in a time of 4:20.56.
One of the main objectives in bringing a group of athletes at this level to a competition that is well above their typical competition (case in point, every event in day one, both men and women, featured at least one Olympic gold medalist, if not a past or current world record holder) was to put them into a situation where they are uncomfortable, and still ask them to perform at their best.
Given that almost all of their entry times were from April 2018, the fact that most of them were within at most, 1.5% of that time, while in the midst of hard training, is certainly encouraging. We are looking forward to even better results as we move through the meet.
More details and full results are available at USA Swimming's meet page.