The psych sheets for the 2012 Austin Grand Prix have been posted, and as should be the standard from here through trials, just about all of the major names have come to play.
Check out the full psych sheets here.
The big names on the list will be two swimmers who have recently un-retired getting their first crack at the best of USA Swimming ahead of the 2012 Trials.
Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic champion in the 50 free, has swum a lot of short course since beginning his return in September, but not yet attempted a long course meet. We’ll get to see him race the 50 and 100 frees here against top swimmers like Nathan Adrian (50 and 100), Michael Phelps (100 free), Graeme Moore (50 and 100), and Fred Bousquet (50 and 100 free). He is seeded with his short course meters times, however, so he’ll have to really self-motivate to crack into the A-final in those races, against a very deep sprint field.
Janet Evans will also make her first appearance in some time when she races the 400 and 800 freestyles. She’ll also see some of the best the country has to offer, including Allison Schmitt, Chloe Sutton, Kate Zielger, and Emily Brunemann (who showed her pool skills off at the big-money Chesepeake Pro-Am in December).
Just about every American who you can name will be in attendance at this meet, with the notable exceptions of Amanda Beard, Dara Torres, and Ariana Kukors. Kukors also skipped Nationals in December, which was a bit surprising, and the Duel in the Pool.
Tyler Clary, who pulled out of the end of the Duel in the Pool with a rotator-cuff injury, is apparently feeling well-enough to go in this meet. He’s entered in a tough 7-event schedule. According to his Twitter, he was shooting a bow and arrow just a week after the Duel, and given the strain that would generally put on the injured area, the assumption is that he was feeling much better.
A complete preview will come as the meet gets nearer.