Ryan Lochte, Joao de Lucca, and Madison Kennedy are among the professional swimmers who will attend next weekend’s Sectional Championship meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, according to psych sheets released this week.
Sectional meets, which are designed primarily as a stepping stone for athletes to Junior National and National qualification, are often used by pros as a good test meet that are lower-effort, lower-maintenance, and in many cases lower travel than the Grand Prix series.
This particular meet is short course yards, which will give these stars a chance to swim in short course that they don’t get often once they’re done with college.
Lochte has a light schedule that includes entries in the 100 fly, 200 free, and 400 IM (where he’s the 64th seed – placed using his yards time).
The three-time NCAA Champion De Lucca, who represents Brazil, will take a crack as the top seed in his three primary events: the 50 free, the 100 free, and the 200 free. Kennedy will swim the 50 free, 100 free, and a bit of a change-up from her primary focus with the 100 yard back (also as the top seed in all three).
Also joining int he fun is Lochte’s SwimMAC teammate Tim Phillips, who is entered in the 200 free and 100 fly and U.S. Olympian Cammile Adams, who is entered in the 100 fly and 400 IM. They will be joined by with several of their junior teammates who are on the verge of becoming national-level stars (Caitlin Casazza, Becca Postoll, Alyssa Marsh) at the meet.
Also in attendance from the junior ranks will be 14-year old Madison Homovich from the North Carolina Aquatic Club, who when she’s rested is a threat for National Age Group Records. The distance specialist has 9 entries at the meet per psych sheets, though that is likely to be whittled down when race day arrives.
The meet will run from March 5th-8th at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.