Saturday, June 12, 2010

Meets This Weekend

A lot of top-level athletes are in action this weekend at four meets across the world: the Mare Nostrum meet in Canet, the Southwest Classic, the TYR Meet of Champions, and the North Baltimore Long Course Championships.

One of two days is in the books in Canet. Americans Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer both claimed wins on day one, with Soni claiming the 100 breast over Russia's Yuliya Efimova and Vollmer leading a U.S. 1-2-3 with Kim Vandenberg and Natalie Coughlin in the 100 fly. A full recap is available at Tomorrow's finals start around 12 noon Eastern time (9am Pacific). Results for all races can be found here, and you can follow races live during finals.

The Southwest Classic in Tucson features most of the professionals who train at the University of Arizona, along with a squad from Australia, which includes 50 fly world champion Marieke Guehrer, 14 year old rising star Yolane Kukla, and mid-distance swimmers Kenrick Monk, Patrick Murphy, Robert Hurley, and Thomas Fraser-Holmes. On day one, Olympic 100 back silver medalist Matt Grevers faced off against his teammate Cory Chitwood, who won the 200 back NCAA championship in March. In a rare occurrence, Grevers and Chitwood tied for the win at 2:03.69. Full results from day one are available, as is a full recap of the meet's action. Results from the finals this evening and tomorrow evening will be available at the conclusion of action at FordAquatics.Net.

The annual TYR Meet of Champions has the best coverage of any meet this weekend. In addition to live results, Swimming World is showing live and on-demand video of finals races and interviews of winners, as well as on-demand videos of every preliminary heat. Garrett McCaffrey and Jeff Commings are in Mission Viejo at the meet providing commentary on the videos and interviews. Check out SwimmingWorld.TV for all of this coverage starting at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern) both tonight and tomorrow.

The weekend's final notable meet is taking place at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Baltimore. Members of the elite training squad at North Baltimore are all competing, including Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, Liz Pelton, Felicia Lee, and Scott Spann. Full finals sessions take place tonight through Monday night, and full results will be available at North Baltimore's website following each session. In the first full session of prelims, Phelps qualified first in both the 100 fly and 100 breast, more than a second ahead of Spann in the latter. The 14-time Olympic champ will swim both the 200 breast and 200 fly on Sunday, before he goes for the 100 free and 200 back on Monday. Schmitt, meanwhile, finished first in the 200 free prelims, while both Lee and Pelton swam in off events this morning. Top swims from North Baltimore's elite will be posted on each night.

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