Psych Sheets for Arena Pro Swim Series – Orlando Released

Initial psych sheets for the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series stop in Orlando – the third locale in this year’s series – have been released. The meet begins Thursday, February 12th and runs through Saturday, February 14th.

See psych sheets here.

All of the usual Pro Swim Series stars are at this meet, with the exception of Katie Ledecky, who is finishing her high school career in fine fashion this week at the DC Metro Champs. We’ll have a full preview next week, but a few things that jumped out at us immediately:

1. Alia Atkinson will be swimming her first meet since tying the World Record in the 100 short course meter breaststroke in December at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She’s entered in the 100 and 200 free, the 100 fly, and her specialties the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Among her breaststroke competition will be Tennessee undergrad Molly Hannis, Italian star Lisa Fissneider, and top American Breeja Larson. This is almost a home meet for Atkinson, who is a Jamaican national but trains at the South Florida Aquatic Club.

2. Hannah Miley is in town for this meet, and she will give Atkinson a good challenge as well, especially in the 200 breaststroke. Miley, one of the best swimmers in the UK, is the two-time defending Commonwealth Games champion in the 400 IM, and she’s entered as the #2 seed in that race against the likes of Olympic medalist Katie HoffCaitlin Leverenz, and…

3. Elizabeth Beisel. Beisel, you will recall, recently pulled out of the U.S. team that went to Perth, Australia for the BHP Aquatic Super Series due to a groin strain. Because she lives and trains in nearby Gainesville, this meet might be an easier one for a muscular strain due to shorter travel times, but that groin will be especially tested on the breaststroke legs of the IM. Beisel currently leads the women’s side of the Pro Swim Series by a healthy margin over the absent Ledecky, the present Dominique Bouchard and Caitlin Leverenz, and the absent HOsszu in the 2-5 spots.

4. Ryan Lochte is entered in the 400 IM for the second-straight Pro Swim Series meet. In Austin, he took 3rd in a respectable 4:18.68, but afterward talked about how badly the race hurt. He’s the defending Olympic Champion in the event, but continues to teeter back and forth on whether or not to race it.

and finally….

5. Micah Lawrence, who suffered an undisclosed lower leg injury in Perth, is not entered in Pro Swim Series – Orlando. While an initial statement from SwimMAC Carolina Team Elite, the club she trains with, indicated that she might be back in the water training already, Lawrence won’t race at the Pro Swim Series meet.

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John
6 years ago

Lisa Blackburn at 43 years is the oldest competitor here? Also kosher is entered in the 100breast. When was the last time he raced?

John
Reply to  John
6 years ago

*kosuke…. Stupid spell check.

bo
Reply to  John
6 years ago

Lisa is making a run to swim the FINA “B” standard for Rio as she is now swimming for Bermuda and not Canada

KD
Reply to  John
6 years ago

Erika Braun of the Marlins of Raleigh is also 43.

DRUKSTOP
6 years ago

Kitajima is entered in the 100,200 breast and the 200im

TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

I know Ledecky is in a league of her own, and thus deserves special mention, but doesn’t look like we’re going to see many US high school or college swimmers, period, at this meet, as it falls right in the middle of championship season for many high schools, and near conference championships for NCAA teams. I don’t even see any high school aged professional swimmers entered…

TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

As I continue to scan through the psych sheet, I saw Dwyer, Jaeger, McLean, and McBroom all swimming the 400 free, and I thought how many times those four have swam this event together now. Baseball is a very statistic-driven sport, and I know somewhere you can go look up which middle infielders played together the most, or which pitcher and batter faced each other the greatest number of times. Makes me wonder — which two or three swimmers have raced against each the greatest number of times? I doubt there’s any way to answer that with any degree of certainty, but it’s definitely interesting to ponder.

Scott Alan
6 years ago

Just saw a Universal Sports promo for Orlando during the downhill skiing tonight that hypes the Beisel/Ledecky race for the Series lead. Too bad its not happening but I love that Ledecky is making her high school team a priority!

Katy
6 years ago

Between High school champs, NCAA’s, injuries, and suspensions (phelps) its kinda a lack luster field if you ask me…not even Natalie Coughlin and the Cal pros are at this meet…are they going overseas somewhere? On the other hand though, i’m looking forward to see how Katie Hoff does. I think a meet like this is a good thing for her.

6 years ago

Is Kirsty Coventry entered in this meet?

bobo gigi
Reply to  Bad Anon
6 years ago

Look at the psych sheets posted above!

No, she isn’t entered.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

A lot of “foreign” swimmers as usual at this Orlando Grand Prix. A big British delegation for example. Or Brazilian.
Cool to see Mie Nielsen too. I think it will be the first time she’ll swim in USA.
I’ll also keep an eye on the 2 young talented girls from York YMCA, Courtney Harnish and Meghan Small.
Cool to see Katie Hoff too. 😎 Hopefully she can stay healthy until the olympic trials.

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