Dressel, Ledecky and the American stars prepare for trials at the TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio
The NCAA championships have just ended, but the next major championship in the United States is less than a month away. This will be the International Team Trials in Greensboro, North Carolina, scheduled for April 26-30. The last big tune-up for the trials will begin this Wednesday with the TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio, just the second stop of this year’s Pro Series after Westmont, Illinois, earlier this month.
Many of America’s top professional swimmers will race in San Antonio, including the 2021 individual Olympic gold medalists Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky and Hunt Kalisz. Dressel is entered in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle along with the 100 butterfly and 200 IM, while Ledecky is skipping the 800 and 1,500 freestyle this week to focus on the 100, 200 and 400 meter events. Kalisz, meanwhile, is not entered in the 400 IM, but he will swim the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 IM.
Most of the stars of recent NCAA championships will be absent from this one as they return to practice and focus on the long run, but two winners of last week’s men’s competition will be in the running: star from Arizona State Leon Marchand is scheduled for the 200 free, fly, breast and IM with the 400 IM and Texas’ Drew Kibler is on the shrink sheet for the free 50, 100 and 200. Top swimmers competing just weeks after women’s championships include Alabama Rhyan White and Texas’ Anna Elendt.
The list of 2016 and/or 2021 USA Olympians ready to race includes Lily King, Hali Glitter, Olivia Smoliga, Annie Lazor, bella sims, Erika Brown, Kathleen Boulanger, Melanie Margalis, Lea Smith, paige madden, Kelsi Dahlia, Phoebe Bacon and teenager Claire Curzan, who had four individual wins at Westmont. Olympians on the male side include Michael Andre, Zach Apple, fuck snitch, Jay Litherland, Ryan held and Bowe Beckerwhile short course world champion Shaine Casas and short course world record holder Coleman Stewart are also entered.
It should be noted that this year’s Pro Swim series will be held at the Northside ISD Swim Center, the outdoor complex that previously hosted the 2015 US National Championships, a meet best remembered for Michael Phelps swimming the fastest time in the world in three events as the world championships were held on the other side of the world. This facility is separate from the indoor pool which hosted two Pro Swim Series meets in San Antonio last year.