Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte at Front of USA Swimming Pro Swim Series Lineup in Austin

Ryan Lochte, by Peter Bick

Despite the infancy of 2015, there’s a chance the New Year will bring some quick times with several leading Olympians scheduled to compete from Jan. 15-17 at the USA Swimming Pro Swim Series at Austin. The meet is the second competition in the slate that was formerly known as the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.

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Despite the infancy of 2015, there’s a chance the New Year will bring some quick times with several leading Olympians scheduled to compete from Jan. 15-17 at the USA Swimming Pro Swim Series at Austin. The meet is the second competition in the slate that was formerly known as the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.

Comments

petriasfan

Looking forward to seeing the start lists in a few days time. As it is a new year, and only roughly 18 months until Olympic Trials, I wonder if Coughlin is going to get back into the fly and back events.

Cayley Guimarães

I am with petriasfan on this!

beachmouse

Since we don’t know if Dana Vollmer is retired for good or only on maternity leave, Claire Donahue seems to have stalled out a bit, and no one knows if the juniors will step it up, the 100 fly seems like it might be worth a try. More so than the 50 free, which seems to finally have some good teenagers looking to do well on the world stage.

Viva la Bang

I have often wondered if Natalie fully exploited her 200m medley potential, She was Olympic bronze medalist in this event then never swam it again!

Danjohnrob

I don’t think we’ll see Natalie in the 200 IM again, but I don’t think she reached her potential in the event either.

I’m not as sure about the 100 fly, because it is often viewed as a power event like the 50/100 free events; but I think to be one of the best at the 100 fly requires extensive distance work which she’s not likely to do at this point in her career. Maybe the 50 fly…

I AM hoping that the new backstroke starting wedges, plus the fact that the 100 back is no longer as tough an event as it was in 2012, will encourage her to give it a try again!

Honestly, what set Natalie apart was her starts/turns. Without a turn, she’s not able to contend in the 50 free, so I think her chances in the 100 back are better than in any event other than the 100 free at this point.

Danjohnrob

PS. I meant the 100 back is not as tough an event in the US; internationaly, it’s VERY tough!

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