Olympic champ Allison Schmitt is set to swim her first race since the 2016 Olympics this month, as she’s been listed by USA Swimming among the big names entered at the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series at Mesa.
Schmitt hasn’t registered a swim in USA Swimming’s database since August of 2016, though she also hadn’t made any official announcements about either her retirement or her desire to continue competing. Schmitt never left the USADA drug-testing pool, which is typically a pretty good indicator of retirement, and social media posts from her and Michael Phelps last year hinted that Schmitt might be looking to make a comeback.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist took home relay silver and gold in Rio after winning the 200 free individually in London in 2012. A longtime swimmer of Bob Bowman‘s, Schmitt followed Bowman and Phelps to Tempe, Arizona when Bowman took over as the head coach at Arizona State. Mesa makes sense from a travel perspective, then, as Schmitt is already based in the area.
Appearing on the entry sheet isn’t a guarantee for competition, of course. Several other big names have entered previous Pro Swim Series meets and then scratched out, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on Schmitt’s status leading up to next week’s meet.
Schmitt isn’t the only Olympian potentially set to make a return to competition in Mesa. Conor Dwyer hasn’t logged a swim since last August, though he has already entered, then scratched, both Pro Swim Series events so far this year. Cullen Jones hasn’t competed since November and is entered in Mesa. Leah Smith also hasn’t raced since November. She, like Dwyer, has been a scratch at both PSS meets so far, but with her training base set in Tucson with the University of Arizona’s pro group, Mesa seems like a natural debut meet for her, and she’s listed among USA Swimming’s big names.
Psych sheets should be on the way shortly, with the meet beginning next Thursday.