2018 Atlanta Classic
- May 18th-20th, 2018
- Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (co-hosted by Swim Atlanta and Southern Crescent Aquatics Team)
- LCM (50m) pool
- Meet Central
- Live Results
Full entries are not complete for the upcoming Atlanta Swim Classic, which will take place next weekend in parallel with the TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Indianapolis.
Meet organizers have provided SwimSwam with a psych sheet through Thursday’s entries, though they’ve been clear that they are expecting more entries before Sunday night’s deadline for official changes.
Previously announced for the meet were U.S. Olympians Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel, both of whom train (now as professionals) at the University of Florida.
Dressel, who is swimming under the flag of the Bolles School Sharks club team that he represented as a high school swimmer, has 6 entries for the meet: the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 200 IM.
The 50 free and 100 free are a part of his typical international long course schedule. He’s not entered in the 100 fly, where he’s the defending World Champion, however. Instead, he’s picked up the 100 breaststroke (where in yards he broke the NCAA Record at SECs, before Ian Finnerty broke it at NCAAs); the 200 IM (where he did the same); and the 200 free, that he swam at last year’s Summer Nationals in 1:47 (but is seeded with a 1:55.00 that he’s never actually swum).
The 33-year old Lochte is swimming a much thinner schedule. He’s entered in the 200 free, 400 IM, and 100 fly at the meet.
Among the new names entered include Olympic breaststroker Molly Hannis, who trains with the post-grad group at Tennessee. She’s entered in the 100 breaststroke and the 50 free, but no 200 breaststroke (where she represented the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic Games).
Canadian 17-year old Penny Oleksiak will also be at the meet, representing the Gator Swim Club (she trains in Canada at the Toronto Swim Club). She hasn’t raced since winning a trio of silver medals in relay at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month. The Olympic 100 free champion is entered in 5 races: the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly. That 200 fly isn’t a race she swims often – in fact, according to the Canadian times database, she hasn’t raced it since February 2016.
Other Noteworthy Names:
- U.S. National Teamer Meaghan Raab – 200 free, 100 breast
- South Carolina junior Fynn Minuth, the 2017 SEC Champion in the 500 free, who is likely swimming for a spot on Germany’s team for the European Championships.
- Canadian National Teamer Javier Acevedo
- Former Italian Olympian, now competing for the U.S., Mitch D’Arrigo, along with several other Gator Swim Club teammates, like double Commonwealth Games medalist Mark Szaranek
- Florida commit Vanessa Pearl, the 6th-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2018.
- U.S. National Teamer Michael Andrew – 100 breast, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free