Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps To Headline Santa Clara Field for Pro Swim Series

Missy Franklin - by Peter Bick

The final stop of the USA Swimming Pro Series is set for June 18-21 in Santa Clara, the George Haines International Swim Center serving as the venue. The best field of the six-stop series is expected at the California meet, with Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps standing out as the headline athletes. While Franklin will be making her first competitive appearance since reuniting with coach Todd Schmitz, Phelps will be embarking on the latest meet in his return.

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The final stop of the USA Swimming Pro Series is set for June 18-21 in Santa Clara, the George Haines International Swim Center serving as the venue. The best field of the six-stop series is expected at the California meet, with Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps standing out as the headline athletes. While Franklin will be making her first competitive appearance since reuniting with coach Todd Schmitz, Phelps will be embarking on the latest meet in his return.

Comments

Cayley Guimarães

I am glad that Franklin is back in Colorado.

aswimfan

I think Melissa will swim really fast times in Santa Clara.

easyspeed

Hope MP can put up a decent time or two just to keep from getting too frustrated. By decent I mean in season time, of course. You don’t want an early taper either. But just a little something to keep him from losing confidence.

GBswim

I hope Franklin is swimming the 200m free and we are able where she stands at this point in the season. Such a loaded final come Kazan – I expect it to be:

Franklin, Heemskerk, McKeown, Bonnet, Pellegrini, Sjostrom/Ledecky/Hosszu (if they choose to race.) Also in the mix is Shen Duo, Elmslie, Coleman and O’Connor. How will defending champion Franklin fare? I believe she will medal – gold I’m not sure.

aswimfan

GBswim,
I don’t think Elmslie will swim the individual 200 free. Wasn’t it Palmer that finished second to McKeon?

Ex Aqua

I would argue that Missy’s long course freestyle looked its best in 2011 at Worlds. She lead off the 4×200 relay with a 1:55:06 (as a 16 year-old) and split 52s in the 4×100 relays. Reminds us that her 2013 win with a 1:54:81 wasn’t much of a drop. Can’t wait to see what she can really do this summer (esp. now that she’s back in Colorado).

GBswim

aswimfan,

You are right, my apologies. Elmslie has now in fact pulled out of Kazan to have surgery and get ready for Rio, so she won’t swim the 4x200m either.

Still McKeown, Palmer, Barrat and then Schlanger/Wright or possibly Leah Neale makes Team AUS favourites for a medal…silver behind USA?

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