Atlanta Classic Set for May 18-20; Dressel and Lochte Expected to Race

The 2018 Atlanta Classic is set for mid May, as college standouts, pro stars, and age group names will converge for one of the premier meets of this spring. The TYR Pro Swim Series will have a stop in Indianapolis that same weekend, from May 16-19, while this meet will run May 18-20.

While this won’t be a Pro Swim Series stop (Atlanta already hosted one earlier in March), plenty of big names are expected to compete. Among the headliners are American record holder, and perhaps the most exciting swimmer in the world right now, Caeleb Dressel, along with World record holder and twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. With his final NCAA Championships said and done, this will be one of, if not the, first meets post-NCAA for Dressel. Lochte recently made his first ventures into racing of the 2017-18 season, and this will be a higher level meet than the area and sectional championships he’s already competed at in Florida this spring.

College swimmers from the University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, University of Texas, and University of Tennessee are expected to make appearances at the meet, as well as post-grad trainees from UGA and Texas. Other pros listed on the meet website are Amanda WeirJosh PrenotMichael Andrew, and Ryan Held. NCAP and Nashville Aquatic Club are listed among expected club teams, meaning we could see more action from Gretchen and Alex Walsh.


  • Auburn

  • Baylor

  • Bolles School Sharks

  • Chattahoochee Gold

  • Dynamo Swim Club

  • Georgia Tech

  • Lakeside Swim Team

  • Nation’s Capitol

  • Nashville Aquatic Club

  • Nitro Swimming

  • North Carolina State University

  • Stingrays Swimming

  • SwimAtlanta

  • University of Alabama

  • University of Florida

  • University of Georgia

  • University of Kentucky

  • University of Tennessee

  • University of Texas

With Texas and UGA post-grad groups expected to be racing, this could mean a comeback for Olympian Missy Franklin. Nothing has indicated that she intends on racing at this meet, but Franklin moved to Athens earlier this year to pursue a psychology degree and train under Jack Bauerle in his pro group, which also includes Olivia SmoligaMelanie Margalis, and Chase Kalisz. Franklin has yet to announce a set date for her “comeback,” so the potential for her racing at this meet is more of a hopeful speculation than anything else.

More information will be released as it becomes available regarding which big names are expected to compete at this year’s Atlanta Classic. Swim fans will be happy to learn that the meet is FREE to spectators– seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, the Atlanta Classic will be taking meet entries until Thursday, May 8th, at 8PM EST.

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4 years ago

Is this a fina accredited meet?

It’s a must read
4 years ago

I’ve only been on this site for two days and I have one question: why does everyone hate “Bobo Gigi

Reply to  It’s a must read
4 years ago

People like him now!? He used to get massive amounts of downvotes even when he made well thought out observations. Or maybe because he is French?

Ex Quaker
Reply to  It’s a must read
4 years ago

Commentators like Bobo Gigi and Yozhik become notorious on this site very quickly for taking a more realistic (or pessimistic, depending on your point of view) perspective on the sport. Some people feel like they offer well-balanced insight, others just think they bring the party down. Maybe it’s American optimism that makes them stand out.

Reply to  It’s a must read
4 years ago

He’s been on this site since it’s beginning actually and he’s been known for his good judgement. Allot of new people on this site however don’t like his detailed opinions even when they are for the most part true since they are sensitive.

Tea rex
4 years ago


bobo gigi
4 years ago

Hopefully my American swimming idol 🙂 Destin Lasco will be at one of these big LCM meets in May. He’s quiet since last December. He must train like a beast right now to peak next summer. 😎

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

He has a meet this week Bobo

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Nathan Adrian’s interview on the USA swimming website.
Part 1

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Off topic but for those who are interested, here’s the full day 4 of last NCAA men’s championships.

4 years ago

livestream please! doesnt hurt to ask early.

Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

Yes!! There better be one for this meet.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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