The first round of psych sheets for the 2014 Minneapolis Grand Prix has been released, and while not a full load like we’ll see as the 2015 World Championships get closer and after the college season has ended, there’s still a good quality of swimmers at this meet.
Among the headliners is Nathan Adrian, who is entered in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 freestyle races. The interesting entry there is the 200 free – a race that Adrian hasn’t swum since the 2010 NCAA Championships, where he was a 1:36.97.
That’s the second time we’ve seen this event pop up on his schedule; he’s also swimming the 200 free at the OKC Pro-Am in December. While it makes sense for him to have a third race to swim, even though for years he’s been strictly a 50-and-100 freestyler, there seems to be a different tact taking this year in having that extra race be the 200 free. He’s the 9th-seed in that race in Minneapolis with a 1:35.47 (a time he actually did at the 2010 Pac 10 Championships), but has been as fast as 1:32.98 in a rubber suit in 2009.
Conor Dwyer, still representing the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, has 7 entries at the meet: the 100, 200, and 500 freestyles, the 200 and 400 IM’s, and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
On the women’s side, Maya DiRado, Melanie Margalis, Caitlin Leverenz, Elizabeth Beisel, Katie Hoff, and Karlee Bispo are all entered in the meet, which should make for electric races in the 200 and 400 yard IM’s.
Without forgetting the hosts, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, last season, undergrad Kierra Smith was the first swimmer in the country to swim an NCAA Automatic Qualifying Time, and she did so at this meet in the 200 breaststroke. As she looks to defend her Big Ten title in that event, she’ll have plenty of competition here. In addition to the aforementioned Margalis and Leverens, also present will be Laura Sogar, Haley Spencer, Emily McClellan, Hilda Luthersdottir, and Indiana’s Bronwyn Pasloski.
The meet begins on Thursday, November 20th.