Full Psych Sheets Drop For Mesa PSS, Schmitt Enters 100, 200 Free

After stacked fields of internationals flocked to the first two Pro Swim Series stops, the Mesa Pro Swim Series looks like a much more domestic affair, with mostly American athletes heading the psych sheets.

USA Swimming posted the psych sheets on its website this week:

Full Mesa PSS Psych Sheet here

The Mesa stop reverts to the new PSS event schedule, including the 50 stroke shootouts and the mystery 200 IM on Saturday with the 1500 freestyles pushed to Sunday morning. The SwimSquad Mixed Medley Relay event will be on Thursday night, and the schedule will also offer a men’s 800 free (Friday night) and a women’s 1500 free (Sunday morning).

The stroke 50 shootouts are three-round, one-on-one races of the top 8 qualifiers from the morning heats. The mystery 200 IM takes the top 8 finishers in the regular 200 IM and has them draw lanes at random, with each lane requiring a different order of the four strokes. The mixed medley relay pits teams of two men and two women from each of the four SwimSquads against each other for bragging rights.

Appearing on the entry sheet isn’t a guarantee for competition, of course, but several big names appear set to make returns to competition after extended absences.

Allison Schmitt hasn’t logged an official swim since the Rio Olympics, but is entered in two events in Mesa. Conor Dwyer hasn’t logged a swim since last August, though he has already entered, then scratched, both Pro Swim Series events so far this year. Cullen Jones hasn’t competed since November and is entered in Mesa. Leah Smith also hasn’t raced since November. She, like Dwyer, has been a scratch at both PSS meets so far, but with her training base set in Tucson with the University of Arizona’s pro group, Mesa seems like a natural debut meet for her, and she’s listed among USA Swimming’s big names. Cierra Runge hasn’t competed since Summer Nationals last July, but she, too, is based out of Arizona with Arizona State’s training crew, and is entered in Mesa.

The Mesa psych sheets are loaded with notable names, but here are a few of the more notable (or sometimes unusual) event entries. Note: this list is not exhaustive, and we will continue to update it as we dig through psych sheets.

  • Allison Schmitt100 free, 200 free
  • Chase Kalisz400 IM, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM
  • Josh Prenot400 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 50 fly
  • Michael Andrew: 100 fly, 200 breast, 100 back, 100 breast, 50 fly, 50 back, 50 free
  • Tom Shields: 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 fly, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free
  • Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell): 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 50 free
  • Olivia Smoliga: 200 back, 100 back, 100 free, 50 back, 50 free
  • Melanie Margalis: 100 fly, 200 free, 100 back, 200 IM, 50 breast
  • Abbey Weitzeil: 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly
  • Lia Neal: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly, 100 fly
  • Mallory Comerford: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly, 100 fly
  • Cierra Runge: 200 free, 400 free, 800 free
  • Conor Dwyer: 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM
  • Leah Smith: 200 free, 800 free, 200 fly, 100 free, 200 IM, 400 free

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Swimfish87

Okay when is Missy coming back?

Hswimmer

She may go to the Atlanta Classic but still no word if she actually is or not.

Hswimmer

She’s fine now, what are you talking about?

Yozhik

I’m talking about Missy Franklin and her clear unwillingness to compete. Please, prove me being wrong. If she is fine what’s stopping her to show up. Any idea?

Sir Swimsalot

You’re such a ray of sunshine.

Yozhik

If it helps to shed some light on the Missy Franklin’s mysterious not swimming successful pro career I will feel flattered.

Jeepers

Why does swim swam allow posts and trolls to continue like this?

USA

Same question goes for Lochte (At least for the main long course meets)

paloozas

he’s headed to the atlantic classic in mid may with dressel: https://swimswam.com/atlanta-classic-set-for-may-18-20-dressel-and-lochte-expected-to-race/

Swimming4silver

i assume, she’ll be in the nationals.. if not. its over.

Yozhik

What would be the reason to show up at Nationals and to achieve nothing. No reason at all unless to make it an official farewell exhibition.
If she seriously planning to get back on the team and to compete later this season at PamPac then I would expect her to try herself at some more or less serious competition before Nationals. Unless, of course, she is so experienced that doesn’t need that and is ready to compete at Nationals being prepared at practice exercises only. If she masters that then it will be a big splash. But honestly speaking the probability of that to happen isn’t high.

running start to touch backstroke flags

It’s been over.

Superfan

He swam a LC meet in Florida a couple weeks ago. A lot of people don’t find it imperative to only swim GP type meets!

Cate

Unless your sponsor is Tyr who is also sponsoring these meets.

Pvdh

What is even available for her to come back to? Not even 2 years after 2014 Pan Pacs where she initially collapsed into oblivion was she replaced in the backstrokes. 100 free? She’s stuffle to make a relay. 20” free? Relay swim at the max. So right now she’s using whatever publicity she has left to keep her sponsors going.
Falling off the wagon like this is almost a death sentence in USA swimming. Because there’s always someone there to replace and surpass you.

Jmanswimfan

She collapsed into oblivion in 2014 which is why she got 2 individual medals in Kazan

Ex Quaker

Hoping we get to see Comerford pop off a 200 fly at some point. I have a feeling she could rip a fast one.

Yozhik

I’m more interested if there’s any progress with her 200 free. She was great at 180m SC.
Last year her 1:40.3 SCY transferred into 1:56 high in LCM. This season she was a half of a second faster in yards. If it hasn’t come mostly from walls and underwater then we may expect her to be 1:55 swimmer in 200LCM. That will be great.

Caleb

Her LC 100 was great, an American record (til Manuel broke it), so there’s no reason she can’t do a great 200. It’s just a matter of experience and feeling the pace. I think she’ll be lights-out this summer.

Yozhik

This logic doesn’t work in case of Simone Manuel. But Mallory is a swimmer with very unusual swimming career. She was one of the greatest surprises of 2017 season. And I have a feeling that this Cinderella story isn’t finished yet.

Lord Farris

If you grew up with her in Michigan, you’ll know she was no surprise

Swimmer

So glad she’s back! She is great. (Bold entering your first meet back with a 1.55 seed time though)

swimmmer

OME won’t allow you to downseed.

Coach

How does she have a qualifying time if she hasn’t swum an individual event since June 2016?

Dan

I’m not sure what the rules are, but Olympic gold medalists fill seats. If you can make an exception, she would be someone who deserves one

TAa

Schooling told her to say she did it in practice so it counts

dewey

For pro swim series meets the qualifying period is 2 years prior to the entry deadline, so June 2016 times would count

Pressure

Yes you can

Gunky

Bolder would be the 1:53.61. She held back from what she may have entered.

neil

That probably wasn’t an allowable entry time for the time period that the standard need to be achieved. That was almost 6(!) years ago, and the entry frame typically extends at most to 2 years prior to the meet.

Yozhik

It would be a nice tribute to remind people that they have a chance to great on the block the person who holds one of the oldest world record.
I would suggest to do same thing in case of Missy Franklin should she swim . 200 backstroke. But she doesn’t do it. That is the difference between her and Allison.

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