By Sharon Robb

January 15, 2014

There will be plenty of world-class swimmers competing this weekend when the Arena Grand Prix Series resumes at the University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Aquatic Center in Austin.

The three-day meet that begins on Friday will be the first long course meet of the series.

A field of 423 athletes are entered including forty USA Swimming National Team swimmers and thirty Olympic gold medalists.

Heading the field are Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Allison Schmidt.

Canadian Olympian Martha McCabe was forced to withdraw from the meet with a stress fracture in her clavicle.

Even though he is on the psych sheet for Austin, Ryan Lochte, training full-time with SwimMAC after being sidelined after a freak MCL knee injury, will not be ready until the Feb. 13-15 Orlando stop, SwimMAC coach Dave Marsh said.

Universal Sports Network will have live coverage on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a live webcast streamed on http://www.usaswimming.org.

A total of $150,000 in prize money is available in the six-meet series. First place earns $500, second is $300 and third is $100.

Connor Dwyer and Megan Romano are currently leading the Arena Grand Prix Series standings after the first of six meets.

OTHER SWIMMING NEWS

Florida Gold Coast swimmer Brandon Goldman, a St. Thomas Aquinas alum, won three events to lead LSU men’s team to a 185-112 victory over SMU. Goldman, a freshman, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.95, 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.34 and 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.10…LSU also defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 51-26. Oklahoma Baptist is coached by Sam Freas, former executive director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Florida Gold Coast coach…

Another Florida Gold Coast swimmer, Carlos Omana of the University of Florida, was named the first Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for 2014. Omana won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:08.26 and 400-yard individual medley in 3:54.69 in the Gators’ 180-118 win over Florida…Florida Southern’s Luis Rojas and Lauren Reynolds won the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Week honors…

North Baltimore Aquatic Club coach Bob Bowman, who coached Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt among others to Olympic gold, is writing a book that is expected to come out in late 2015 or early 2016. While some of his swimming experiences will be included, the book will dwell more on goal-setting, business and personal development.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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