While the pool swimming portion of the 2015 World University Games, the biggest competition of the last week, has wrapped up in Gwangjou, South Korea, this weekend will still prove a number of noteworthy competitions, some with huge implications going forward.
To help you (and us) keep it all organized, we’ve outlined the meets to watch out for below.
- LOS ANGELES INVITE (July 9th-12th) – The annual meet has drawn a huge crowd of west coast swimmers, including Nathan Adrian, who’s been quiet this summer, but has been the leading American in the 100 free for the last few years. Amongst the slew of Olympians and elite Olympic hopefuls, watch out for the post-pregnancy return of 100 fly World Record holder Dana Vollmer on Sunday. She’ll swim in that same race, where she’s seeded 23rd. Results: Meet Mobile.
- ATHENS SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (July 9th-12th) – The eastern United States’ answer to the LA Invite, this meet includes superstars like Ryan Lochte, along with several other Olympians (Cammile Adams) and Olympic hopefuls. (Results on Meet Mobile)While most of the west coast swim stars are drawn to the LA Invite, the east coast answers back with this meet, which features Mr. Ryan Lochte. Along with a ton of SwimMac Elite team members joining him, top pro swimmers like Connor Jaeger and Melanie Margalis are also set to tune up their racing to prepare for the Kazan World Champs. Results: Meet Mobile.
- WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES (OPEN WATER) (Saturday, July 11th) – The best collegiate open water swimmers in the world will be at the Jangseongho Lake Regatta for the men’s and women’s 10km races. Top names include American Arthur Frayler and Australian Kane Radford on the men’s side, while the women’s race will see Americans Stephanie Peacock and Tristin Baxter do battle with the likes of Canadian Stephanie Horner and 18-year old Australian Sacha Downing. Results can be found here.
- PAN AM GAMES (OPEN WATER) (July 11-12th) – This is a premier meet for most of the western hemisphere, and open water begins on Saturday after the opening ceremonies on Friday night. Canadian Richard Weinberger is back to defend his crown in the 10k on the men’s side, while American open water regulars Eva Fabian and Emily Brunemann are set to represent the U.S. on the women’s side. Pool swimming will run July 14th-18th in Toronto, Canada. Find results here.
- PACIFIC GAMES (July 6-12th_- These games have been going on all week, and they’ll wrap up this weekend. Many nations populating the islands and coasts of the Pacific Ocean are competing here. Results here.
- SPANISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS (July 8-12th) – Big things are happening at the Spanish Summer Champs, including a world top ten swim from Melanie Costa Schmid in the 800 free. While Mireia Belmonte Garcia is out as a precaution as she hopes to be able to compete at Worlds, there is still plenty of talent to watch out for. Find results here.
- ROMANIA INTERNATIONAL (July 8-12th) – While Romania’s best slug it out in Bucharest this weekend, a notable swim from a non-Romanian came earlier in the week. The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal blasted a personal best in the 1500 to break the Dutch national record. Results here.
- LITHUANIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (July 9-11th) – Lithuania holds their summer championships in Kaunas, as the final events will conclude tomorrow. Check for results here.
- EURO JUNIOR OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS (July 10-12th) – The best youth open water swimmers from Europe will compete in Tenero, Switzerland. The 7.5km race will feature multiple 2014 World Open Water Championships medalists. More information here.
- KNZB CHALLENGE (July 12th) – The one day meet will be the very last chance for Dutch swimmers to qualify for the 2015 Kazan World Championships as a member of Netherlands’ roster. See results here.
- AUSTIN SECTIONALS (July 9-12th) – Most of the pros and top age group swimmers will be competing elsewhere, but there will still be plenty of local Texas talent racing this weekend in Austin at the Speedo Sectionals. Check Meet Mobile for results.