2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond: Big Names Return (Psych Sheet)

2019 Pro Swim Series – Richmond

USA Swimming released the initial psych sheet today for next’s week Pro Swim Series stop in Richmond, VA. Numbers seem to be increasingly at least a little bit in most of the events, after some low turnouts at the first two stops, and we’ll also get to see some more star power as Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, and Ryan Murphy are listed on the psych sheet after missing last month’s stop in Des Moines.

Ledecky is entered in her wheelhouse events — the 200/400/800 freestyles (although not the 1500) — and she’s the top seed in each of those. She’s also entered in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 200/400 IM.

In the 200 free, Ledecky will be competing against a field that includes Manuel, who’s seeded 3rd behind Ledecky and Leah Smith. Manuel is also entered in her signature 50/100 free, and the 50/100 in back and fly, as well.

Ryan Murphy is also entered in the 200 free, along with all three backstroke events and the 100 free.

Outside of those three, there are plenty of other Olympians and US National Teamers scheduled to compete, including (but by no means limited to) Caeleb Dressel, Zane Grothe, Anton Ipsen, Jack Conger, Hali Flickinger, Molly Hannis, Kevin Cordes, Matt Grevers, Ryan Held, Olivia Smoliga, Kelsi Dahlia, Chase Kalisz, Cody Miller, Michael Andrew, Josh Prenot, Jacob Pebley, Madisyn Cox, and Michael Chadwick making this the most star-studded stop on the Pro Swim Series circuit yet this season.

Now that the NCAA season is done, we’ll also get a long course look at swimmers from some top college teams. A sample includes…

  • Cal – Pawel Sendyk
  • Louisville – Andrej Barna, Zach Harting, Daniel Sos
  • NC State – Jacob Molacek, Emma Muzzy, Ky-lee Perry, Justin Ress, Coleman Stewart
  • Stanford – Zoe Bartel, Katie Drabot, Ella Eastin, True Sweetser
  • Texas – Tate Jackson, John Shebat
  • Virginia – Ryan Baker, Paige Madden, Matthew Otto, Casey Storch

Finally, there will be a strong contingent of some of our top-ranked high school recruits and younger stars, such as Lexi Cuomo, Claire Curzan, Madelyn Donohoe, Ethan Harder, Destin Lasco, Anna Keating, Claire Tuggle, Jack Wright, and Josh Zuchowski.

According to the USA Swimming site, all-session tickets have already sold out, but there are still single-session tickets available for Wednesday night and Thursday morning here.

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hswimmer
2 years ago

This will be a fast meet!

hswimmer
2 years ago

I hope Ledecky swims all the events she is entered in. Would be interesting to see her swim 200 IM and 50 free!

Jim C
Reply to  hswimmer
2 years ago

If it were up to me, I wouldn’t take the chance and use the flex position to pick Ledecky in the 50 free and the 200IM.

Ragnar
2 years ago

True Sweetser may be the greatest name in sports history, not counting ___________(The 11 Greatest Letters)

Swimdude
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Dean Farris is only 10?

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Swimdude
2 years ago

You didn’t count the exclamation point

Jiggs
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

Cassius Clay or Muhammed Ali, take your pick

Ice Age Swimmer
Reply to  Ragnar
2 years ago

I thought you guys liked Steel Johnson!

Swammer
2 years ago

Anyone else get tingles when they look at the top 12 seeds in the men’s 100free?

Swimmer
2 years ago

Wonder if Dressel will wear a brief the first morning?

Taa
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

I will be with him in the bathroom stall making sure he puts on a tech suit

Swimdude
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Safe sport

dmswim
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Unfortunately, the Richmond pool doesn’t have many stalls in the locker room…

50free
Reply to  dmswim
2 years ago

Always had a line to take a crap before morning session started

Paul
2 years ago

Jack Conger is changing things up a bit and it should be interesting to watch how he is under new training. Entered in the 50/100 of fly, free, and back, and the 200 free. Seems to be a short sprint focus with backstroke back in the mix for him. Much different than his usual 100/200 Fly/Free lineup with no backstroke of the past few years.

Bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Paul
2 years ago

Think it’s because he’s only swimming 100 fly at worlds.

E Gamble
Reply to  Paul
2 years ago

I hope backstroke is just for fun. I’m just saying.

UGHH
2 years ago

IM SO MAD I CANT GO I LIVE AN HOUR AWAY BUT I CANT GO UGHHH

James
2 years ago

Wow, exciting to see the group of Junior National Team members in the mix. Claire Tuggle swam pretty quick at the San Diego sectional meet in early March, but I suspect she was in the middle of heavy training. Down to a few chances to chase after some big time 13-14 AGR before the age up to 15? And Lasco is breaking out in lot’s of different strokes and distances, expecting some big things from him.