It’s been an exciting inaugural year for the TYR Pro Swim Series (PSS). From great locations to record-breaking races, there was a ton of fun and success to be had. In addition to an outstanding athlete presence, the six event 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series also delivered on a number interactive fan experiences, athlete signings and major reveals.
For a re-cap of some of our favorite highlights, plus a look ahead at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials, read on below.
We are proud to report that three Team TYR athletes have earned spots in the women’s top five Pro Series points system moving into Nationals. Currently, sitting in first place is 2x Olympic Medalist and 7x World Championship Medalist Leah Smith. In fourth is Olympic Gold Medalist, 11x World Championship Medalist and World and American Record Holder Kelsi Dahlia. Finally rounding out the list is none other than Team TYR’s newest member, 5x Olympic Gold Medalist, 14x World Champion and 14x World Record Breaker Katie Ledecky.
These women alongside the rest of Team TYR and Team USA will have the opportunity to once again vie for the lead at U.S. Nationals later this month. This event will serve as the final PSS scoring opportunity for the athletes.
At the 2017 Golden Goggle Awards USA Swimming announced that the National Team would be split into four squads. Each of these teams would then compete for points and a grand prize throughout both the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series and the 2018 National Championships.
Captained by four retired Olympic swimmers, each team was drafted by their respective leaders. Prior to each meet, the captains chose six athletes from their squad to score points at the meet. The six athletes were then designated across six event categories (one athlete per category) with the chance to score points in a maximum of two events from that category. The categories include: Free (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500) Fly (50, 100, 200), Back (50, 100, 200), IM (200, 400), Breast (50, 100, 200) and Flex (any two races).
The squad with the most points will donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice and each squad member will win sponsor prizes.
With only one more showing to go, the #KrayzelburgSquad has won four straight meets, most recently with a 10-point victory in Columbus. Krayzelburg has now won five of the six stops and leads the series by 53 points. Swimming two great races in both the 100 and 200m butterfly, team TYR superstar Kelsi Dahlia earned a necessary 20 points for her squad in Columbus.
2018 TYR Next Gen Team
Now that the final stop of the TYR Pro Swim Series has wrapped up, USA Swimming is set to consider all the finishes from across the series to determine the top 18-and-under male and female performers in each event for the full series. These individuals will be named to the 2018 TYR Next Gen Team.
The inaugural TYR Next Gen Team will be announced at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships during an on-deck ceremony prior to a finals session and will be recognized on usaswimming.org.
Want some inspiration on how to gear up for your next big race? Then click on the images below for advice from Team TYR’s Michael Chadwick and Cody Miller.