New information on the USA Swimming website says that four retired Olympians will serve as captains of the newly-introduced SwimSquad Battle teams, drafting national teamers for a running competition throughout next year’s TYR Pro Swim Series.
You can check out the page here. The biggest notes:
- The national team will be drafted into 4 squads. (Athletes can opt out if they wish).
- Prior to each meet, the captain will select 6 swimmers from their overall roster to score.
- Each of the six athletes is designated for one specific category, and can score in up to two events from that category. The categories are:
- Free (50 through 1500)
- Back (50 through 200)
- Breast (50 through 200)
- Fly (50 through 200)
- IM (200 and 400, not the mystery order 200 IM)
- Flex (any two races)
- An athlete must make the top 8 to score points:
- 1st: 10
- 2nd: 8
- 3rd: 7
- 4th: 5
- 5th: 4
- 6th: 3
- 7th: 2
- 8th: 1
The winning squad at the end of the Pro Swim Series will get to donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice, while athletes can win sponsor prizes (though NCAA athletes are barred from the prizes due to amateurism rules.
These come as part of the tweak of Pro Swim Series format introduced earlier this year.
We don’t yet know who the four retired Olympians will be (could the GOAT be involved??), but we’ll know soon, as the teams will be drafted at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles event on November 19.