2015 ABSC Speedo Long Course Sectionals
- Where: University of Georgia, Athens, GA (hosted by the Athens Bulldog Swim Club)
- When: July 9th-12th, 2015
- Psych Sheets
- Information Page (meet results will be uploaded here when available)
With the biggest meets of the summer drawing nearer, some of the best swimmers training in the U.S. will compete at ABSC’s LC Sectionals meet as a final tune-up before taper.
SwimMac Elite’s Ryan Lochte, who hasn’t had any big races since mid June, is scheduled to swim in this meet. Of the five races that he is entered in, he holds the top seed in three: the 200 IM, the 100 fly and the 200 free. He’s also set to compete in the 50 and 400 freestyles. Lochte has had a fruitful season so far, with his best swim of the year being his 1:57.20 in the 200 IM, a time that ranks him third in the world behind Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto. He’ll be looking to improve upon his 23rd-ranked 100 fly (52.29) as well as crack the world’s top 25 in the 200 free. Notably, he will not swim any backstroke races, probably seeing as the 200 IM and 200 free are his only individual races at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
Lochte won’t be the only SwimMac Elite athlete competing this weekend, as a host of other top swimmers from the club will be joining him. Micah Lawrence (top seed in both 100 and 200 breaststroke races), Cammile Adams (top seed in 200 fly and 400 IM), Kathleen Baker, Kirsty Coventry, Tim Phillips, and more are going to be getting in their last racing before they compete at Worlds in August. One of SwimMac’s stars, Tyler Clary, is absent from the psych sheets. The last time Clary competed, according to the SWIMS database, was at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, though he didn’t have any season best times at that meet.
Melanie Margalis, Connor Jaeger, and Nic Fink are three other notable swimmers who will compete at Worlds for the U.S. The versatile Margalis is the top seed in the 200 IM and 200 free as well as the 2nd seed in the 100 breast, while she’ll also be racing the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 fly. Jaeger is the top seed in the 400 free, and will also compete in the 100 and 200 free as well as the 200 IM. Fink is the only sub-minute 100 breaststroker scheduled to race, and he’s the top seed in both breaststroke races. He’s also seeded to swim in the 50 free and 200 IM.
Even as you look past the big names, there is going to plenty of fast swimming from the NCAA’s top swimmers. Just from glancing at the top ends of each event on the psych sheets, it’s clear that squads from Michigan (whose college swimmers will be joined by a fantastic group of pro swimmers on Club Wolverine), Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, UNC, and the host Georgia will be duking it out for event wins and in relays. Most (if not all) of these swimmers will not be competing at the international level this summer, though if they can pop some big times here this weekend, they’ll certainly be in contention for a spot on the 2015-16 U.S. National Team roster. You can read more about the national team qualification process here.