Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick
The psych sheet for the arena Pro Swim Atlanta was released today and it is a loaded psych sheet as expected. American Olympians Nathan Adrian, Katie Ledecky, Tom Shields, Simone Manuel, Ryan Murphy and Lilly King along with many others are scheduled to swim at Atlanta for that meet May 4 through the 7th.
There are a couple other international well known names in the field. Canada is sending a good portion of its national team to the meet as Penny Oleksiak will be making an appearance. Park Tae Hwan and Ryosuke Irie will also be making appearances at the meet as Irie has moved to Charlotte to train with that group after spending his whole career training in his native Japan. Germany will also be sending a couple of its national team to the meet with Damian Wierling and Alexandra Wenk.
There are a couple of races that stand out off the psych sheet alone. Simone Manuel and Oleksiak will be swimming head to head in the 100 free where they tied for gold in Rio last summer. It will be the first time they have raced since the Olympics. Manuel is coming off a stellar NCAA Championships where she won two individual titles and helped Stanford win its first national title in almost two decades. Oleksiak has already qualified for World Championships as Canada had its National Championships already this year.
Lilly King and Kierra Smith will square off again in the 200 breaststroke. King and Smith went toe to toe at the NCAA Championships in the 200 breast, producing the two fastest SCY 200 breasts ever in the same race. King and Smith have raced numerous times this past season and King has not lost once. But that was yards and this is long course, where King is not as strong.
The Texas men’s team will also be making its first appearance in long course this summer after they torched the record books at the NCAA Championships. It will be interesting to see how Townley Haas, Jack Conger and Clark Smith react to racing in their first meet since the NCAA’s. Will Licon is not entered on the psych sheet and Joseph Schooling is only entered in the 200 butterfly.
Katie Ledecky will also be in her usual lineup with the 100-800 free and the 400 IM. She will not be swimming the 1500 on Thursday night.
The meet will begin May 4 in Atlanta with the usual arena Pro Swim Series event order.