Saturday, July 30th will be the U.S. Olympic Swim Team’s open practice at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.
The team traveled on Thursday from their first stop in San Antonio, Texas to their final pre-Rio training camp Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll stay until August 2nd, when they depart via a charter flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A phone call revealed that one practice next weekend will be open to the public – but only on a limited scale. Unlike the open practice in San Antonio last week, where 4,500 fans were admitted, only 1,500 will be allowed to watch the workout in Atlanta. Tickets will be free, but are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday morning. Doors are planned to open at 9AM, with practice beginning at 11AM – a relatively-late start as Team USA tries to prepare for the unusual late-prelims, past-midnight finals schedule they’ll face at the Olympics.
Also unlike San Antonio, the pool at Georgia Tech is indoors and climate-controlled.
Michael Phelps, using Facebook live from the team’s charter flight from San Antonio to Georgia, alluded to the possibility of some off-the-block 100s from the men’s team. Those results could have implications for the American 400 free relay that’s still searching for the right formula after missing the final at last year’s World Championships.