Phelps, Lochte, Ledecky and Franklin Highlight Mesa Psych Sheets

2016 Pro Swim Series Mesa

The psych sheets are out for the Arena Pro Swim Series taking in place in Mesa, AZ from April 14-16, and there are plenty of big names to watch for. 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will be the biggest story, as he is at any competition he goes to. Phelps is entered here in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 200 IM, surprisingly not swimming the 100 fly. The 200 fly and 200 IM are two of the events he has focused on since his comeback, but the 200 free is one he hasn’t competed in at a high level individually since the 2012 Olympic Trials. It is unknown whether or not Phelps will compete in the 200 free at the Trials this year, but he will likely be looking for a spot on the 4×200 relay regardless. He is the top seed in both the 200 fly (1:52.94) and the 200 IM (1:54.75), and is seeded 9th in the 200 free (1:48.20).

Phelps’ friendly rival Ryan Lochte will also be competing, as he is entered in six events. Lochte will swim the 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM. None of these events are out of the ordinary for Lochte, other than the 200 fly. Lochte recorded a personal best in the event for the first time in ten years a month ago at the Southern Premier Meet, and is seeded 20th here with that time of 2:01.19. He’s seeded 1st in the 200 free and 2nd in the 200 IM.

Katie Ledecky is also swimming six events, competing in the 100-800 freestyles, the 100 fly and the 200 IM. The 100 fly and 200 IM are likely just ‘fun’ events for Ledecky, allowing her to switch things up, but keep an eye out for her in the longer freestyle events. After her world record in the 800 free at the Austin stop of the series, she proved anything is possible no matter what the meet is.

Missy Franklin rounds out USA’s “Big four”, as she’ll be competing in four events. Franklin will swim the 100 and 200 free and the 100 and 200 back, her four main events. After an impressive showing at the Orlando stop in March, Franklin will be looking to continue her momentum in Mesa with some fast swims as the Olympic Trials at the end of June are fast approaching.

This meet is loaded with stars. Other American stars competing include:

And many more. There will also be many established international swimmers competing, including:

  • Katinka Hosszu, Hungary
  • Alia Atkinson, Jamaica
  • Arkady Vyatchanin, Serbia
  • Ous Mellouli, Tunisia
  • Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Bahamas
  • Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwe
  • Hilda Luthersdottir, Iceland
  • Lotte Friis, Denmark

 

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bobo gigi

Kate Ziegler too. 🙂

Bobthebuilderrocks

King Cong has finally separated himself from backstroke. He’s entered in both fly’s and the 100/200 free. Most likely that will be his trials schedule.

G3

Weather should be really good too!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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