Breeja Larson; Huge Roster of Olympians to Highlight Inaugural Mesa Grand Prix

USA Swimming decided to bring the Grand Prix Series back to Arizona for the first time since 1997 with a new home at the Mesa Aquatic Club, and the biggest stars in swimming are coming out en force for the event.

The meet will be held from April 11th-13th at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Tickets can be purchased online at

Among the biggest attraction for Mesa locals is the inclusion of Breeja Larson, coming off of a second-straight NCAA title in the 100 breaststroke and an Olympic appearance last summer, competing in front of a home crowd. Arizonans have plenty of “locals” to root for with the Tucson Ford elite post-graduate group, but less frequently do they get to see a true home-grown talent like Larson. Larson, in fact, is a Mesa local, born-and-bred, who went to Mountain View High School.

Having hardly raced in the state since leaving to attend Texas A&M, there will surely be a large contingent of fans on hand to watch her swim. Caitlin Leverenz, who also hails from the Copper State, will also be on hand.

According to, Olympic 100 backstroke champion Matt Grevers will be at the meet. He and his fellow former professional swimmer Annie Chandler are getting married in San Antonio this coming Saturday, but the life of a professional athlete must press on, apparently.

A full list of Olympians expected to enter the meet:

Cammille Adams
Elizabeth Beisel
Rachel Bootsma,
Natalie Coughlin
Claire Donahue
Missy Franklin
Jessica Hardy
Breeja Larson
Katie Ledecky
Caitlin Leverenz
Chloe Sutton
Dana Vollmer
Kate Ziegler

Nathan Adrian
Ricky Berens
Clark Burckle
Tyler Clary
Conor Dwyer
Anthony Ervin
Ryan Lochte
Matt McLean
Scott Weltz

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7 years ago

Let’s hope that Coughlin, Bootsma, and Franklin all go for the 100 Back (again). It’d be fun to watch them all swim together in-season.

7 years ago

When is rebecca soni going to get back into competition? Or is she retired?

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Thanks Braden! That’s a shame shes taking the year off.

Jarrett Brown
Reply to  Danm133
7 years ago

There was an article on here late last week that stated that Soni was taking a year off due to an injury that she had right before the 2012 Games and because she was doing so traveling for on of the charities that she works with.

7 years ago

Great lineup! Should be fast!

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