Psych Sheet for arena Pro Swim Atlanta Released; Flooded by Olympians

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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.

arena Pro Swim Series Atlanta Psych Sheet – Results

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New York mayor promises huge investment to put final link in Manhattan greenway

$100 million will fill missing link in walking and cycling path, allowing cyclists to ride around the whole of Manhattan

$100 million of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget will be used to help finish the final missing section of greenway in Manhattan between East 61st and East 53rd Streets, enabling cyclists to circumnavigate the whole of Manhattan without using busy roads.

The project is estimated to take around five years and will increase accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians to travel through the busy New York suburb.

Three different parties involved in the project have already given their initial approval: the Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as well as the United States Coast Guard.

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The city is hopeful that designs for the greenway can be completed and approved this year, with construction beginning in 2019. The goal is to have the entire stretch completed by 2022.

“We’re jump starting the completion of a greenway linking the entire Manhattan waterfront,” de Blasio said.

“The greenway has vastly improved quality of life on the West Side, and we want families in every corner in the borough to have that same access to bike, walk, and play along the water. This is the first of many big investments we’ll make as we bring the full greenway to reality.”

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The commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DoT), Polly Trottenberg explained the extensive greenway plans should help meet the increase in safe cycling routes throughout New York, the largest city in the US. According to DoT, the number of riders on the road has increased 80 per cent in the last five years.

Part of the City’s larger, 1,100-mile bicycle lane network and started in 1993 by former mayor David Dinkins, the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway has grown with every mayoral successor.

It’s estimated that around 7,000 cyclists ride on the multi-use path every day, making it one of the highest-traffic paths in the entire country.

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Nastase apologises for 'spontaneous' Serena comments

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Ilie Nastase has apologised for comments he made about Serena Williams’ unborn child, but says his outburst during Romania’s Fed Cup win over Great Britain was “exaggerated”.

Williams accused Nastase of racism after he was overheard asking if the child would be “chocolate with milk?”.

Nastase, 70, a former world number one, said his reaction was “spontaneous”.

But the Romania captain also criticised