2014 Athens Bulldog Grand Slam Preview: Phelps and Lochte head SwimMAC vs NBAC battle

The University of Georgia will host a showdown this weekend with some of the nation’s top pro talent as well as the vaunted Athens Bulldog Swim Club’s top names. In a throwback to the good old days of American swimming, both Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are entered and could go head-to-head as many as three times over the course of the weekend.

Athens Bulldog Grand Slam

  • Thursday, July 10-Sunday, July 13
  • Gabrielsen Natatorium, University of Georgia, Athens Georgia
  • Thursday finals 4PM, Friday-Sunday Prelims 9AM/Finals 6PM
  • Psych Sheets
  • Meet Website
  • Results only available on Meet Mobile

Meet Schedule

Thursday (timed finals)

Women’s 1500 free
Men’s 800 free


200 free
100 breast
100 fly
400 IM


200 fly
50 free
100 back
200 breast
400 free


Women’s 800 free (timed final)
200 IM
Men’s 1500 free (timed final)
200 back
100 free

6 Storylines to Watch

1. Jeah or No on Lochte’s knee: SwimMAC superstar Ryan Lochte will finally be back into competition after a season that has been full of setbacks. Now almost a year removed from his dominating World Champs performance, Lochte was first injured last fall, then re-aggravated the injury in his return to competition towards the end of winter and hasn’t seemed to fully heal in the months since. We’re now within a month of U.S. Nationals, and so it’s getting down to crunch time for Lochte to return to form. Continued knee pain could force him to qualify in a lighter event slate for Pan Pacs and 2015 Worlds, or even cause him to miss the national team completely. As of now, Lochte is entered in the 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 and 200 back and 100, 200 and 400 frees, though he’ll probably drop several of those events.

2. SwimMAC vs NBAC? There has been much fan chatter about how exciting a dual meet would be between David Marsh‘s SwimMAC Carolina and Bob Bowman‘s North Baltimore Aquatic Club, two of the biggest and best-known pro swimming hubs in the nation. It won’t be a proper dual, but this weekend is one of the few meets both teams are attending in full force. Lochte vs former training partner Conor Dwyer plus French NBAC-er Yannick Agnel in the 200? You got it. Tyler Clary vs. Chase Kalisz in the 200 IM? It’s on. Cullen Jones vs. Agnel in the 100? Michael Phelps-Lochte 100 fly? Nick Thoman-Lochte-Phelps in 100 back? The exciting matchups just go on and on.

3. Clash of Titans in women’s 200 free: The biggest story at the top of the 200 free is former Georgia Bulldog Allison Schmitt returning to her college stomping grounds as a member of North Baltimore. She’ll take on former teammates and rising stars Megan Romano and Shannon Vreeland, plus her own young NBAC teammates Becca Mann, Lotte Friis, Gillian Ryan and Cierra Runge. Meanwhile SwimMAC enters 17-year-old Kathleen Baker, and Amanda Weir makes the trip from SwimAtlanta.

4. Don’t sleep on men’s 200 free: Not to be outdone, the men will come back one event later with their own loaded 200 free field. NBAC enters a lineup led by the Olympic champ Agnel, plus Dwyer, Matt McLean and Ous Mellouli. Lochte heads the SwimMAC delegation, and Club Wolverine arrives with a group of contenders like Connor Jaeger, Michael Klueh, Justin Glanda and Michael Wynalda. On top of that, Charlie Houchin will be competing for SEAL Aquatics out of North Carolina in what should be an outstanding battle.

5. That Phelps guy: How did we make it this far without mentioning the Phelps comeback? The most decorated Olympian of all-time coming out of retirement has gotten plenty of media attention thus far, and the Bulldog Grand Slam will offer him a chance to add a potential event to his nationals lineup. Phelps is entered in the 100 fly and 100 free, events he’s swum at Grand Prix meets already this year, but also added the 100 back. American backstroke is perhaps the deepest and toughest stroke discipline out there right now, but there’s still a chance Phelps will look to add the 100 to his new, more sprint-oriented lineup. It would utilize his great underwaters, and give him a chance to even further showcase his extreme versatility. He’ll have a trial by fire, though, as both Lochte and Olympic silver medalist Nick Thoman are the top two seeds.

6. A rare Caeleb Dressel sighting: high school superstar and Florida commit Caeleb Dressel has had a light summer, taking some time off and competing only sporadically, to very mixed results. Dressel is entered in the 50/100/200 frees and the 100 back and fly, and his performance here should help answer some questions about his potential this summer, especially in the sprints, where at one point this year, he looked like a potential national team candidate.

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This is one meet that should be streamed live on the internet. It should be a good time

bobo gigi

You’re absolutely right!
It’s not very hard to have a camera with a guy behind!


I think you should go video it for us, you know a lot about swimming!


lol, except he’s in France…


How would I know, not a stalker.. .But now I do thanks! Lol

bobo gigi

Wow! So many big names! 1. The greatest is there. 2. Jeah is there. And while I’m taking about him, it’s time someone explains to me the official meaning of that word. It seems so crucial for my swimming knowledges! 🙂 3. Miss swimming America is there. She has done only one long course meet so far this year. 4. Lady relay is there. Time for her to show some improvements. 5. The Nascar driver is there. 6. The French intellectual of the sport is there. 7. The little distance machine is there. 8. The Danish distance machine is there. 9. The next US big thing in the 200 free/400 free on the women’s side is there. 10. The next… Read more »

I had to think about some of these but some I recognized right away. I need to brush up on my swimming knowledge.


I pretty much have them all but want to be sure about #3.. must be Olivia Smoliga as I know she is your favorite..but I will admit I had to double check pysch sheet to make sure Missy Franklin wasn’t entered at last minute but she has done 2 LCM meets so far this year.

bobo gigi

1. MP
2. Ryan Lochte
3. Olivia Smoliga
4. Megan Romano
5. Tyler Clary
6. Yannick Agnel
7. Becca Mann
8. Lotte Friis
9. Cierra Runge
10. Chase Kalisz
11. Emma Reaney
12. Nick Thoman
13. Kathleen Baker
14. Caeleb Dressel
15. Allison Schmitt
16. Cullen Jones
17. Conor Dwyer
18. Amanda Weir
19. Micah Lawrence
20. Gillian Ryan


It’s curious that you characterize Cullen Jones by referring to his 2007 silver medal at the WC and not his 2012 silver medal at the Summer Olympics, though

bobo gigi

It was just to make the things a little bit harder. 🙂


Jeah is Lochte’s way of saying Yeah

bobo gigi

Ok. Thanks. It was simple. I had missed something very important! 🙂


Is someone gonna video it?
Or is this meet gonna be behind closed doors

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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