Cielo, Schoeman Competing at Arizona Invite This Weekend

At the 2013 Arizona Invitational, co-hosted this coming weekend by Sun Devil Aquatics and the Mesa Aquatic Club, has a decent run of competition for its three age group separations: 10 & under, 11-12, and 13 & up. It’s attracted a few NCAA-level college swimmers from surrounding programs like Alana Pazevic and Michael Sheppard from Arizona, or Melanie Busch and Alex Coci from Arizona State.

South African Darian Townsend, who sat out his country’s World Championship Trials this year, will be at the meet as well, and will have some good middle-distance races against Arizona All-American undergrad Matt Barber.

Most of the big names from the area (Grevers, Smith, Magnuson) are taking a pass on the meet this season.

The exception should give a big, and very tense, showdown in the men’s 50 free, where South African Roland Schoeman and Brazilian Cesar Cielo will go head-to-head. The two have both qualified to swim the race for their respective countries at Worlds.

The 50 free will be Cielo’s only entry, and Schoeman will also race the 100 free and the 100 fly (he trains in Phoenix, so the meet is a little closer to home for him.)

The dynamic here is kind of interesting, because after Cielo tested positive for a banned substance in 2011, and was given just a warning by the Brazilian federation, Schoeman penned a critical editorial for The Swimmers Circle (our predecessor site) about the dangerous precedent it set.

Both men are professionals, however, so one wouldn’t imagine any visible issues on deck.

Schoeman (21.88) and Cielo (21.57) rank 7th and 3rd in the world thus far in 2013, respectively; Cielo is coming off of a minor knee surgery after the Olympics, but expects to be ready in time for Barcelona.

Full psych sheets for the meet are available here.


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8 years ago

Too bad because Vlad Morozov is at the Speedo Grand Challenge at Irvine NOVA this same weekend. That would have been fun to watch.

8 years ago

Top 8 for 50 free (my prediction)
1) Florent Manaudou
2) James Magnussen
3) Nathan Adrian
4) Cesar Cielo
5) Vlad Morozov
6) Marcelo Chierighini
7) Roland Schoeman
8) Anthony Ervin

Philip Johnson
Reply to  pvk
8 years ago

Leaving out the Olympic silver medalist, that’s cold.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

We’ll see, Jones is a great high pressure performer….

Reply to  pvk
8 years ago

By Now we have

Magnussen with 21.52, Manadou 21.55 Cielo 21.57 Morozov 21.72 Bousquet 21.73 Schoeman Chiereguinni 21.88

Take these 7 guys.

We will add Adrian and Cullen/Ervin

Might add Bovell..

Cielo will be recovered and Florent will show all too at Worlds

I would think we have 3 blocks

And A Block of Cielo and Manadou, who can go 21.3 if 100% both
A B block of Adrian/Jones/Ervin/Magnussen who can be 21.4 21.5, with Adrian being the favorite for Bronze here

And the rest.. With Morozov and Chiereginni as probably the ones who can go fastest.

I would expect


Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

Curious that you left out Magnussen of the final.

However, I agree with your top 3.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

Alright, I’ll do you all a solid and will layout how it will really go down:

Top 8 for 50 free (my prediction)

1) Florent Manaudou
He’s the only one in the field that really only has a shot at the 50 and not the 100

2) Nathan Adrian
The added muscle/strength and a full year of 50m training away from the non-sense of yards will pay off in spades for Adrian.

3) James Magnussen
All depends if his head is right, but should make the medal stand.

4) Vlad Morozov
Rising star, but trained the first half of the season in SC yards.

5) Cesar Cielo
All down hill since the suits were banned… Read more »

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago


you can´t have Adrian/Jones/Ervin…

And saying a guy who went 21.38 and 47.84 is downhill because of suits is not very realistic..

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago

Justin Thompson,

you cannot have 3 Americans (or 3 of any country) in an event

Reply to  Rafael Teixeira
8 years ago


I´m still skeptical about Magnussen on 50 free when it really counts..

8 years ago

George Bovell, Bousquet, and Jones will all be in top 8. Ervin was 5th in the Olympics w a terrible start. He will be top 3-4 at Worlds.

I’m going;
1) florent
2) Cesar
3) Adrian
4) Ervin or Jones
5) Vlad
6) Magnussen
7) Bovell
8) Bousquet

jean Michel
Reply to  Johnny
8 years ago

I would go with your predictions . Ervin with a better start ( i hope he works on it ) is in the top 4 . Jones if he quailifies at trials is also very fast under pressure .

Reply to  Johnny
8 years ago

not to nit-pick here… but you have 9 names listed for 8 finals spots xD

jean Michel
Reply to  Nostradamus
8 years ago

exactly ! in that list either Ervin or Jones will qualify at trials behind Nathan Adrian .

8 years ago

Just a note: Cielo swam his first 15 meters around 0.4s SLOWER than his best because of his knees in Maria Lenk(21.57).His last 25 meters was really impressive.If he can not come to perform his best start, i will pick PVK prediction, but if he comes with his old(great) start…

8 years ago

With Cielo having that bad wheel he’ll be lucky to final.

8 years ago

Cielo Knees will probably be 100% by Worlds..

And even if not.. going 21.5 is more than enough for final..

8 years ago

Adrian was 21.68 at U.S. trials last year.. Tapered, shaved. And this year year he has been 21.70 and 21.72 unrested at Grand Prix’s. Don’t underestimate. those times are 2 tenth drops from times he went last year in season at the same time.

Reply to  NoRespect
8 years ago

I don’t think anyone has underestimated Adrian. Certainly not in this site.

If you bother to read all the comments, Adrian is in top 3 in all predictions.

Is that underestimating?

Or you think we should out Adrian as the absolute 100% winner of the 50 free?

Reply to  NoRespect
8 years ago

No one is understimating Adrian.He can even won gold, but its hard to pick to first place when you have a guy training only for 50´s like Florent(and current Olympic Champion), and a guy who lost only twice in the last four-five years(Cesar) in this event.

8 years ago

My prediction:
1. Manaudou
He’s the most skilled sprinter. Period.
2. Cielo
Very experienced, very talented. The 50 free is his only event.
3. Bousquet
Fred (almost) always delivers when it counts. Again, very experienced and talented. If he plays it safe and won’t cruise the heats and semi’s I give him a good chance to medal.
4. Adrian
He’s should be capable to medal. But with a number of other events (100m free, relays) I’m giving him less chance too medal than the three above.
5. Jones
Very strong, but quite precarious.
6. Morozov
Probably the biggest sprinting talent there is right now. But less experienced and… Read more »

Reply to  Anotherswimfan
8 years ago

not to nitpick, but 50 free is not Cielo’s only event.
He WILL swim 50 fly as well.

And there’s also always a chance he’ll swim in the relays.

Reply to  aswimfan
8 years ago

If Cielo swim the relays, it will be the 4×100 free.. the Medley I would be 100% sure that will be Chiereginni the free leg..

Reply to  Anotherswimfan
8 years ago

I agree with you that swimming is becoming a sport in which only tall and big swimmers are in with a chance of success. still, I haven’t figured out yet is it longer or shorter distances where shorter athletes have better chances.

At the moment I would go with shorter ones. Considering how beautifully Morozov is able to raise on the wave. However, it is difficult to keep up with that for a long. That is also why he seems to be better at short-course competitions since a distance to swim is cut even more due to a turn.

This is not so important for big guys and girls with their long strokes.

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

I won’t do my full predictions, but I think the top three spots will be between Manaudou, Cielo, and Adrian with Magnussen and Morozov and possibly Jones on the outside medals. Question is, can Magnussen and Morozov swim when it matters? Can Manaudou duplicate that kind of swim with pressure on him as the favorite? Adrian has yet to show what he has on the 50. Cielo is a proven swimmer that steps up when it matters and no one has better experience than him. He is on a mission of redemption.

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