Psych sheets have been posted for the 2011 Winter National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia that will take place December 1st through 3rd. This year’s meet, unlike most years, will be held in long course meters in anticipation of the upcoming Olympic season.
As expected, Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, and the rest of the NBAC crew are staying home to focus on their training after a few grueling weeks of competition in Europe, followed by training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
Ryan Lochte will be there, as will Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy, Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer, and the rest of the big-names.
Notable absences, besides those at North Baltimore, are Natalie Coughlin, Ariana Kukors, Chloe Sutton and Jimmy Feigen (the latter of whom will take advantage of the Texas Invitational at home the same weekend to compete with his college teammates). Among the more hotly scrutinized event schedules for the three day meet, though none of these entries are guaranteed, will be:
Ryan Lochte – 100/200/400 Free, 200/400 IM, 100 back
Missy Franklin – 50/100/200 free, 200 IM, 100/200 back
Dana Vollmer – 50/100/200 free, 100 fly
The meet is stocked with international stars as well. The French contingent will include Fred Bousquet and girlfriend Laure Manaudou, Camille Muffat, Sebastien Rouault, and Yannick Agnel. Eric Ress, who is currently training with Indiana for French Olympic Trials, will be there too, as will Clement Lefert of Trojan. Most of this French squad has been in the United States since at least the Minneapolis Grand Prix as well.
Effectively all of the major Canadian swimmers will be there as well, including World Championship medalists Brent Hayden, Martha McCabe, and Ryan Cochrane; World Championship finalists Julia Wilkinson, Sinead Russell, and Annamay Pierse; and star breaststroker Mike Brown. The biggest absences from Team Canada are Jillian Tyler, who trains with Minnesota, and Katerine Savard.
A large majority (though not all) of the post-grads training in the United States, both American and not, will be at the meet. One of the bigger exceptions is Trojan/Swiss swimmer Dominik Meichtry, who will be at home preparing for the European Short Course Championships that are the following weekend in Poland.
and finally, the meet will have a massive collegiate attendance. This meet is crucial for those collegiate swimmers who are looking to earn an Olympic Trials cut. Because of the timing of the college season, it will be difficult for college swimmers to earn a trials cut after NCAA’s without ruining their taper for the actual meet. College clubs that will be there (in large contingents) include Florida, Cal (men and women), North Carolina, Alabama, Northwestern, Miami, Louisville, SMU (women), South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Yale, West Virginia, Illinois, East Carolina, Cal Poly, Cleveland State, and George Mason.
We’ll post the key storylines later this week (there’s a ton of them), but for now enjoy the psych sheets.