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 MesaGrandPrix.com.
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 AZCentral.com, 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: