The 42nd Swimnetwork.com Santa Clara International begins Thursday, and it features (at least*) TEN Olympic gold medalists. The highlight has to be Michael Phelps, who is tenatively scheduled to contest the 200 Fly, 400 Free, 100 Free, and 100 Back at the meet. While he is heavily favored (DUH!) in the 200 Fly, he will face tough competition in the other three events. Also, 3-time gold medalist Ryan Lochte will swim. He will contest the 100 Breast, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Back, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 IM, and 100 Back, though he may pull out of some of those. Those competing include:
Gold Medalists: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Stephanie Rice, Leisel Jones, Matt Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer, Kirsty Coventry, Dave Walters, Ricky Berens
Other Stars: Katie Hoff, Margaret Hoelzer, Scott Spann, Lacey Nymeyer, Kara Lynn Joyce, Allison Schmitt, Elizabeth Beisel, Kathleen Hersey, Brenton Rickard, Hayden Stoeckel, Ashley Delaney, Brent Hayden, Elaine Breeden, Julia Smit, Mary Descenza, Ariana Kukors, Dagny Knutson, Caitlin Leverenz, Dagny Knutson, Meagan Nay, Caroline Burckle, Chad LaTourette, and more!
Men's 100 Free: Michael Phelps, Brent Hayden, Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Simon Burnett, Ryan Lochte, George Bovell, Dave Walters, Ricky Berens
Men's 100 Back: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers, Ashley Delaney, Hayden Stoeckel
Men's 100 Breast: Brenton Rickard, Damir Dugonic, Scott Spann, Mike Alexandrov
More analysis as the meet gets closer.
Click here to view pysch sheet.
Also, click here to see the order of events for Nationals (subject to change).
*Maybe more to be added later?