The Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara will feature a large crew of foreign superstars, including world record-holder Sun Yang and world champ Emily Seebohm.
You can view the full psych sheets here
Last week, USA Swimming announced some of the top domestic names, which include reigning Olympic 100 free champ Nathan Adrian, series points leader Conor Dwyer and multi-time Olympic veterans Dana Vollmer and Natalie Coughlin.
That group of Americans will get a great test a few weeks out from the Olympic Trials, with some of the top international threats from Australia, China and Canada showing up on the psych sheets, which dropped today.
Most notable is Sun, the Chinese Olympic champ, who doesn’t often compete on American soil. Sun holds the world record in the 1500 free, and won the 400 and 800 frees at last summer’s Word Championships. He gets to battle with Canada’s Ryan Cochrane in the distance events in Santa Clara.
Australia will send a large contingent, including backstroke stars Seebohm, Madison Wilson and Mitch Larkin. Seebohm and Wilson went 1-2 at Worlds in the 100 back last summer, and have been almost unbeatable in the months since. They’ll tangle with some of the top American backstroking talent, including Coughlin and 2012 Olympian Rachel Bootsma. Olympic champ Missy Franklin is not listed on the psych sheets, but the race will also feature Australia’s junior world record-holder Minna Atherton.
Larkin, who won the 100 and 200 backstrokes at Worlds last summer, gets to face red-hot American Ryan Murphy, who is coming off a historic college season in short course yards.
The meet will also feature Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova, who recently returned from an anti-doping suspension. Efimova tested positive for meldonium earlier this year, but in low enough levels that she may not qualify for a suspension under FINA rules. Her status for the Olympics should be decided in late June, but for now, she is eligible and is on track to compete in Santa Clara.
Here’s a quick non-exhaustive list of some of the more notable names on the psych sheets:
- Thiago Pereira (Brazil)
- Emma McKeon (Australia)
- Bronte Barratt (Australia)
- Junior world record-holder Kyle Chalmers (Australia)
- James Magnussen (Australia)
- Junior world record-holder Maxime Rooney (USA)
- Georgia Bohl (Australia)
- Tom Shields (USA)
- Emily Overholt (Canada)
- Junior world record-holder Brandonn Almeida (Brazil)
- Simone Manuel (USA)
- Anthony Ervin (USA)
- Maya DiRado (USA)
- Leonard de Deus (Brazil)