2016 Los Angeles Invitational
- Where: Uytengsu Aquatic Center (USC)
- Dates: July 14th-July 17th, 2016
- Results: (Meet Mobile)
- LAI Psych Sheet
- LAI Timelines
The University of Southern California’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center is bracing itself for 1000 swimmers competing in the 2016 version of the annual Los Angeles Invitational, beginning this Thursday and running through Sunday. One of the biggest names on the psych sheet is that of Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, who is expected to compete in her first meet since the lifting of her FINA ban for testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium earlier this year. Efimova is entered in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 50 free.
Efimova is now 2nd in the world rankings for both the 100 breast (with 1:05.70, trailing Lilly King by .50) and the 200 breast (with 2:21.41, 1.8 seconds behind Rie Kaneto of Japan). While she has recently entered several meets that she ended up not swimming, Efimova is expected to show up at LAI given that she was recently affirmed to compete in Rio.
With 1000 competitors, the meet will be flighted on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the USC athletes for whom this is a “home meet”, LAI attracts swimmers from some of the bigger Southern California clubs (e.g., Irvine Novaquatics and Irvine Aquazots, Mission Viejo Nadadores, and Canyon Aquatics), Arizona clubs such as Tucson Ford, and clubs from San Diego, Northern California, and the East Coast, as a stop on their summer circuits leading up to Nationals/US Open.
The meet begins on Thursday with 200 free relay (M,W), prelims of women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free, and 200 medley relay (M,W).
Friday’s events: W800 free final, 100 free (M,W), 200 fly (M,W), 200 back (M,W), W400 IM, and M400 free, 400 free relay (M,W).
Saturday’s events: M1500 free final, W200 IM, M200 free, 200 breast (M,W), 50 free, W400 free, M400 IM, 800 free relay.
Sunday’s events: 100 fly (M,W), W1500 free, 100 back (M,W), M800 free, 100 breast (M,W), W200 free, M200 IM, 400 medley relay (M,W).
Some of the other big names in the meet include: Vlad Morozov, Nikita Lobintsev, Alex Suhrokov, Long Guitierrez, Katrina Konopka, Katy Campbell, Cristian Quintero, Mike Alexandrov, Farida Osman, Katie McLaughlin, Nick Thorne, and Azad Al-barazi.