2021 PRO SWIM SERIES â€“ SAN ANTONIO
Reported by James Sutherland.
MENâ€™S 100 FREE FINALS
- PSS Record: 48.00, Nathan Adrian (USA), 2016
- U.S. Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49
The margin of victory in the menâ€™s 100 freestyle was razor-thin, both in the race for first and the battle for third.
Up front,Â Ryan HeldÂ got out to the lead at the 50 in 23.67, slightly slower than his 23.56 from this morning.Â Zach AppleÂ began to close on him down the stretch, and employed his patented straight arm technique over the closing meters.
At the touch it was Held getting his hand on the wall first in 49.86, with Apple a few one-hundredths back in 49.91.
Held was slightly faster in the heats at 49.70, and maintains his spot as the fastest American this season with his 49.00 from the U.S. Open.
Apple, who tied withÂ Drew KiblerÂ for the fastest second 50 in 25.88, was almost a second faster at this time last year (48.98 at the Knoxville PSS).
The other insanely close race included the entire rest of the field, as finishers third through eighth were separated by less than a quarter of a second.
Tate JacksonÂ managed to sneak in for third in 50.40, followed byÂ Andrew SeliskarÂ (50.45) and Kibler (50.46).Â Brett PinfoldÂ (50.59),Â Dean FarrisÂ (50.61) andÂ Daniel KruegerÂ (50.64) rounded out the event, whileÂ Townley HaasÂ hit a 50.56 in the â€˜Bâ€™ final.
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