|10 Olympians among elite swimmers entered in Arizona Invitational|| |
May 23, 2012
Parents, we have a MAJOR event taking place this weekend...one that is getting National attention as it is the last chance for some athletes to make Olympic Trials cuts and the last tune up meet for those that already have them. In addition teams from 12 states coming in with some nationally ranked 12 and unders so it will be action packed all weekend at both pools! We are still very much in need of your assistance however, numerous emails have been sent but we still have dozens of volunteer shifts open....these are ALL very easy tasks and very little time commitment. Please logon to the job sign up page under the Events tab for AZ Invite OR you can email me and I will get you in touch with Erin. Thanks again for helping MAC become one of the premier meet hosts in the country!
10 Olympians among elite swimmers entered in Arizona Invitational By JEFF METCALFE
Ten Olympians and additional USA Swimming National team members are entered in the Arizona Invitational, Friday through Monday in Mesa and Tempe.
Competition is at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, including in the open division, and Kino Aquatic Center. The meet is sold out with 800 entrants, some still trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. There will be 28 teams represented, 12 from out of state and one from Mexico.
Olympians expected are Amanda Beard, Matt Grevers, Darian Townsend, Christine Magnuson, Ed Moses, Simon Burnett, Jean Basson, Roland Schoeman, Noriko Inada and Masayuki Kishida. Others top entrants include Nick Brunelli, Annie Chandler, Ellyn Baumgardner, Cory Chitwood andMarcus Titus.
Many of the elite entrants train in Tucson and a few with Phoenix Swim Club with national ties not only to the United States but South Africa, Great Britain and Japan.
Super finals with the top four qualifiers competing for prize money will be held in the open 50-meter freestyle, 200 free, 200 IM and 100 free. The men's 100 free alone is stacked with the likes of Grevers, Adam Ritter, Burnett, Schoeman, Townsend, former Arizona State swimmer Brunelli, Basson and Kishida.