Want a sneak peek at some of the athletes who may be competing in the next summer Olympics?
Head to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas this week for the TYR Pro Swim Series.
The event, set for Jan. 11-14, will feature a field of former Olympians, world champions, USA Swimming National Team members and up and coming stars. Daily preliminaries start at 9 a.m.; finals start at 6 p.m. The meet concludes Sunday with finals of the 1,500-meter freestyle at 8 a.m.
Individual gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Ryan Murphy and Dana Vollmer are expected to compete, along with Austin-based National Team members Jack Conger, Madisyn Cox , Will Licon, Dakota Luther, Clark Smith and Andrew Wilson.
I’ll be paying particular attention to Luther, who is the daughter of Whitney Hedgepeth, who coaches the U.S. Masters program at UT where I’ve been swimming for the last four months. (We work out at 6 a.m. at the pool most mornings, and it gives me a little rush of excitement every time I jump in that pool, where so many of the world’s best swimmers have competed.)
The meet marks the first of six stops of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series, and includes a few unusual events, including a shoot-out style 50s of all strokes, a mystery 200 IM and a mixed relay featuring National Team members. Olympians Natalie Coughlin, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak and Kaitlin Sandeno have drafted teams for that last one.
Single- and all-session tickets are on sale now online. For more information go here.