West Coast Answers: Psych Sheets Out for 2014 LA Invitational, Missy and Adrian to Attend

After the excitement of last weekend’s Bulldog Grand Slam meet in Georgia, it’s time for the West Coast’s elite swimmers to get in one final tune-up before the 2014 U.S. National Championships in early August with the Los Angeles Invitational, hosted by the Trojan Swim Club.

Full psych sheets here.

All of the west-coast based American stars will be here, including Nathan Adrian (50/100 free), Missy Franklin (50/100/200 free, 100/200 back), Matt Grevers (50/100 free, 100 back) and Natalie Coughlin (50/100 free). A big group of college stars will be present as well, swimmers like Lia NealLiz Pelton, and Margo Geer.

Adding in a little flare and flavor will be a group of Australian Nationals who will have a significant role in determining the podiums here; it’s effectively Australia’s best team that isn’t in Manchester, England for final Commonwealth Games preparations. Those names include:

  • Katie Goldman
  • Yolane Kukla
  • Leah Neale
  • Kylie Palmer
  • Jack McLoughlin
  • Kylie Palmer
  • Holly Barratt
  • Bonnie MacDonald
  • Marieke D’Cruz (Guehrer)
  • Mikkayla Sheridan
  • Alexander Graham
  • Kurt Herzog
  • (among others).

The stars of the American lineup in list form:

  • Nathan Adrian
  • Missy Franklin
  • Anthony Ervin
  • Natalie Coughlin
  • Lia Neal
  • Tom Shields
  • Liz Pelton
  • Kendyl Stewart
  • Bonnie Brandon
  • Caitlin Leverenz
  • Alabama All-American
  • Mads Glaesner
  • Most of the Cal undergrad and post-grad programs
  • Most of the Stanford undergrad and post-grad programs
  • Most of the USC undergrad and post-grad programs
  • Most of the Arizona undergrad and post-grad programs
  • Abbey Weitzeil
  • Lindsey Engel
  • Nick Soedel
  • Cristian Quintero
  • Tyler Messerschmidt
  • Josh Prenot
  • Corey Okubo
  • Jessica Hardy
  • Haley Anderson
  • (Read the psych sheets, they’re all there, and they’re all stacked)

In terms of depth, there are few meets in the country this year outside of Grand Prixs and National Championships that can match what the LA Invite will provide. What’s more, it will be a fantastic showcase of the brand-new Uytengsu Aquatic Center, which most of the country hasn’t yet seen on a significant stage.

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7 years ago

Showdown of the meet:
Lia Neal (USA) vs. Leah Neale (AUS) in the 100 free.

7 years ago

Second best showdown of the meet:
Trenton F. Williams v Trenton T. Williams in 50 Free

7 years ago

Is she going? On her instagram she said she was sick..

bobo gigi
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 years ago


Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Missy said she wasn’t feeling well. She had a picture with chicken noodle soup saying thanks to Kristen Verdeveld for being the best roommate when I’m sick.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 years ago

Hopefully she will be there.
She needs to swim backstroke before US nationals.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I think she’ll be fine. She’s swam enough backstroke in her life that she won’t forget how to do it.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

with all the exprience she allready has at a high level ( + all the medals of great wins + Us team experience ) , she will be fine . Few weeks left before Nationals , and at Cal , i beleive they know how to prepare big meets pretty well .

bobo gigi
7 years ago

East Coast answer 🙂
Potomac Valley swimming senior long course championships this week.
With Katie Ledecky, Jack Conger, Andrew Seliskar, Janet Hu, Isabella Rongione, Matthew Hirschberger, Carsten Vissering, Cassidy Bayer, Leah Smith, Andrew Gemmell, Madelyn Donahue, Sean Fletcher.
Psych sheet

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

So Nation’s Capital………….

Reply to  yoyoyo
7 years ago

conger, smith, donohue and fletcher aren’t NCAP

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Wow! Some great showdowns! 😎

Women’s 100 free. Missy (if she’s ok) vs Coughlin vs Kukla vs Geer vs Neal vs Weitzeil vs Hardy
Men’s 100 free. Adrian vs himself. But also Ervin and Lobintsev. I’ll also keep an eye on Messerschmidt for the future.
Women’s 100 back. Missy (if she’s ok) vs Pelton vs Bootsma
I don’t still understand why, again, Bootsma, who is a backstroker, swims the 200 fly, and why, again, Stewart who is a butterflyer, swims the 200 back.
Women’s 200 IM. Leverenz vs Li vs DiRado vs Eastin vs Pelton. We’ll see if Miss Pelton continues to improve her breaststroke….or not.
Men’s breaststroke. Cordes vs Kitajima!
Men’s 100 fly. Shields vs himself.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

i’m a diehard Pelton fan. but it appears she needs to decide if she’s serious about the IM. during the NCAA season it felt clear she really only cared about backstroke.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Matthew
7 years ago

I dream she works breaststroke 24/7 all year but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to happen. 😥
It’s too bad because she has 3 other very strong strokes.
For a few years now I write that her future is the 200 IM.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Bootsma and Stewart are well aware of what their best international events are, but they have to balance that against what their college teams need from them so they swim off events too.

Pelton has a better balance. Cal needs her in the 200 IM, but she still gets to swim 200 back and 200 free, which along with 100 back are her best international events.

7 years ago

Speaking of showdowns, how about that France vs Germany World Cup quarterfinal? Agree there are alot of very good swimmers and matchups in the women’s and men’s 100 free. Don’t forget Messerschmidt’s Cal team-mate Stubblefield.

Reply to  PAC12BACKER
7 years ago

yes , these 2 Cal fast swimmers well might maybe surprise this summer ; Time to shine

7 years ago

Men’s breaststroke. Cordes vs Kitajima!

7 years ago

Let’s see what Shields can put on before August ! He will probably be in the battle for second place behind Michael at Nationals .

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