Top swimmers racing in Austin at this week’s Arena Pro Swim Series

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Natalie Coughlin will race at this week's Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin. Melissa Lundie Photography
Natalie Coughlin will race at this week's Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin. Melissa Lundie Photography

Natalie Coughlin will race at this week’s Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin. Melissa Lundie Photography

Swim fans can watch Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky and other big names streak across the water at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin this Thursday through Saturday.

The three-day meet at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center marks the second stop of the 2014-15 Arena Pro Swim Series.

Ryan Lochte is also scheduled to compete. Melissa Lundie Photography

Ryan Lochte is also scheduled to compete. Melissa Lundie Photography

Other gold medalists expected to swim include Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Matt Grevers. In all, more than 40 National Team members will race, along with about 20 University of Texas men’s swimmers and Texas alumni Jimmy Feigen and Michael McBroom.

Prelims will begin each day at 9 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m. Single-session tickets will be for sale at the swim center during the meet. For more information go here.

The Arena Pro Swim Series features $300,000 in overall prize money. At each meet, $1,000 is awarded for a first-place finish, $600 for second and $200 for third. The overall male and female winners at the end of the series earn a $10,000 bonus.

Clary currently leads the men’s series standings and Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel, who is also scheduled to compete, tops the women’s standings.

“In many ways, it’s like playing in the same game as LeBron James or a Tour event with Tiger Woods,” said USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch.

Universal Sports Network will air live television coverage of the meet Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. A webcast will also be available at usaswimming.org.


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