Rio Olympians Top 2017 Austin PSS Psych Sheet

by Robert Gibbs 39

January 07th, 2017 National, News, Pro Swim Series

We’re a week out from kicking off the 2017 Arena Pro Series competition, and today USA Swimming released the initial psych sheet.

Rio individual gold medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada is the very first name on the list, as the 52.70 she swam to tie Simone Manuel for the 100 free title gives her the top seed in that event.  Oleksiak is also slated to swim the 100 and 200 fly and the 50 and 200 free.

Other international Olympians on the psych sheet include 16 year-old Taylor Ruck of Canada, (50/100/200/400 free, 100/200 back, 200 IM), Japan’s IM dynamo, Daiya Seto (100/200 fly, 200/400 IM), and Lithuanian Simonas Bilis (50/100/200 free, 100 fly).

NC State standout and Rio gold medalist in the 4×100 free Ryan Held is scheduled for a program that includes the 50/100/200 free, 100 fly, and interestingly, the 200 IM.  Rio teammate Melanie Margalis, who picked up a gold in Rio as part of the USA’s 4×200 free team, will swim six events: 200/400 free, 200 IM, 100/200 breast, and 200 back.

Four other Team USA Rio olympians appear on the psych sheet: 200 breast silver medalist Josh Prenot (100/200 breast, 200 IM), 4×100 free relay silver medalist Amanda Weir (50-400 free), Jacob Pebley (100/200 free, 100/200 back), and Hali Flickinger (100 fly, 200/400/800 free, 100/200 back, 200 fly).

London gold medalist Matt Grevers is the top seed in the 100 back, where he finished a heartbreaking third at this past year’s Olympic Trials, and he will also be swimming the 50 free.  Grevers hinted strongly at retirement immediately after missing out on Rio, but decided to stay with the sport for the time being, and at the age of 31, is one of the most experienced active USA swimmers.

Conspicuously absent from the psych sheets are the Texas Longhorns, despite the meet happening in their home pool.  Both the men’s and women’s teams are on the road next week, swimming at Auburn on Thursday and at Georgia on Saturday.

There will be plenty of top age group swimmers to watch as well, including Eva Merrell, (100 free, 100/200 fly, and 100/200 back), Michael Andrew (50/100 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200/400 IM), Sean Grieshop (200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free, 100/200 back, 200/400 IM), and Trey Freeman (100/200/400/1500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM).

Direct your web broswer to SwimSwam for live recaps of each session of this meet next week, as well as continuing coverage of the series between now and USA Summer Nationals in June.

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Hswimmer

This should be a great meet, ready for some fast swims!! Where is Missy Franklin???

Markster

Hopefully being whipped back into shape by Durden

Hswimmer

Yep, but she needs to see how she’s doing with him at an international meet.

bobo gigi

Missy Franklin still has to fall in love with swimming again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AS8oCoD7do

Taa

Yikes she is out promoting a book. Her and Rhonda rousey they are done being champions of anything

Bigly

As much as I love Missy, I think you’re right.

Marley09

As much as I love Rousey, ,I think you’re right.

Prickle

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Supernovas together. BANG!!!!! and nothing then. But there were unforgettable moments. Thanks.

Prickle

Dagny Knutson, Katie Hoff, Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin

Uberfan

Oh Dagny what could have been

JudgeNot

More than just Dagny – that photo is a cautionary tale written four times. May they all be happy and content with their lives now – that would be excellent. Wow they’re a talented lot.

a_trojan

Michael Andrew in the 400 IM?? yikes

Person

Maybe he took everyone’s suggestions and built up an aerobic base so he can finish his races better! Or he’s just swimming it…

Bigly

I think his 31 free split on the end of his 200 IM at Worlds, which must have been painful, might have convinced him more than anything.

Person

Yeah that split was scary… and not in a good way.

CROOKED HILLARY

He will scratch it or swim around 4:45 ish

weirdo

i agree, he will scratch probably…if he does swim it, it will be ugly i don’t think he needs to swim a 4im to get in aerobic shape…he just needs to train a bit more aerobically a couple times a week

G Lee

Maybe he’s starting to seriously train for the 200IM. He did win the 100IM at SC Worlds. The 200IM is wide open now. He has the speed.

Person

And he’s got all four strokes. I’ve always thought he could be a very good 200 IMer, before he shifted more to 100s. Maybe now he’s trying to work back up to 200s.

IMs for days

Thought grevers was done, which was a shame since if he was in great form and would had qualified had he some for any other nation. Glad to see him back, it tells me that he’s in this because he want to.

Joel Lin

Grevers can get in the game for a 4×100 relay spot in 2020. I truly believe he can do it. With a focus on that event, it could be shades of what Ryk Neethling did in 2004. Which was nice.

Grevers baby, Grevers!

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