The 2013 Fran Crippen Meet of Champions begins Thursday in Mission Viejo, California, and the field will include a list of national and international swimmers worthy of honoring the memory of the man for whom the event is named.
Many of the swimmers who were further north in Santa Clara for the Grand Prix meet last weekend have migrated south for this event, including many Canadians and 14 Australians.
Liz Pelton, Emily Seebohm, and Brittany Elmslie will be among the highlight names on the women’s side, while the men’s meet will include appropriately enough distance star Ryan Cochrane and rising distance star Mack Horton.
Tom Shields will see a little bit broader event schedule than he did in Santa Clara, racing the 50 free and 200 fly in addition to his more standard 100 fly. He’ll be joined by much of the Cal men’s and women’s teams (think those who were in school still at the end of 2013) including Jeremy Bagshaw, Rachel Bootsma, Rachael Acker, Will Hamilton, Jacob Pebley, Adam Hinshaw, Josh Prenot, Cindy Tran, and Caitlin Leverenz.
There will be no Missy Franklin at this meet, but Canadian/Indiana swimmer Brooklyn Snodgrass will join a still very deep women’s backstroke field.
The meet will run through Sunday, June 9th.
See the psych sheets here.
Full, live results here.