Katie Ledecky (left) and Missy Franklin (right) are two of the many stars converging on Southern California for the US National Championships this week.
Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke – US Nationals Preview – Question marks abound in one of US’s deepest races
David Plummer (pictured) is the defending national champion in what has historically been one of the USA’s toughest and deepest events.
Destin Lasco has broken his second National Age Group Record of the weekend at the Middle Atlantic Long Course Junior Olympics. This one was back in his more recognizable backstroke race.
Here are more SwimSwam images from the Los Angeles Invitational at Uytengsu Aquatics Center at USC.
Justin James of Australia, pictured above, clocked a 2:03.61 to lead the qualifiers in the men’s 200 IM at Los Angeles Invitational.
The Santa Clara Grand Prix is the next stop on the Michael Phelps comeback tour, and will also be the 2014 Grand Prix series debut for Missy Franklin.
Cal Golden Bear Anthony Ervin had the fastest morning swim in the 100 free, though it took as much to even get him into the final.
In the early goings of the Mare Nostrum tour, Japan’s Ryosuke Irie has been nothing if not dominant.
Though this stop of the circuit will not include female money-earning leader Katinka Hosszu, there are still loaded fields in each event as some of the top British, Canadian and Polish athletes will make their Mare Nostrum debuts in Canet.
Japanese backstroker Ryosuke Irie is one of a number of international swimming stars set to compete this weekend on the first stop of the whirlwind weeklong Mare Nostrum tour .
Xu Jiayu’s world-leading 100 backstroke appears to have some big international implications.
Based on numbers compiled from the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Championships, only about 2/3rds of “returning point scorers” will actually return to put up points the following season, and almost half the total points in the NCAA will come from new point scorers.
2014 Mesa Grand Prix-Prelims Recap Day 3: Katie Hoff Blows Away The Field In 200 IM On A Windy Morning In Mesa
With a Michael Phelps-less heat sheet for Saturday morning, there will still be plenty of exciting and even interesting swimming to go around.
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Meagn Romano will be swimming three events, the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke, and the 50 freestyle, on the second night of the 2014 Mesa Grand Prix.