COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, November 7. BY dangling the carrot of a one-year lease of a BMW, USA Swimming has likely gotten plenty of its postgrad stars interested in the Grand Prix series. Competition for the right to hold the keys to an ActiveHybrid 3 Series starts one week from today in Minneapolis, the first stop in the Arena Grand Prix Series.
Some of the top names that USA Swimming announced today as scheduled to compete in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota will be using the meet as preparation for the Duel in the Pool, which will be five weeks later in Scotland. Conor Dwyer, Matt McLean, Claire Donahue and Jessica Hardy will be a few of those getting some racing tuneup for the short course meters meet against the European All-Stars.
Allison Schmitt was also on the list of National Team members set to race in Minnesota. This will mark Schmitt’s return to competition after failing to make the world championship roster last summer. Schmitt is finishing up her studies at the University of Georgia while training for a run to repeat as 200 free Olympic champion.
David Plummer might get a large amount of cheers when he races. He competed for Minnesota and trains just a few miles away in Minnetonka.
While the BMW will provide incentive for postgrads to show up and swim fast, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will use the short course yards format as prime racing experience — with the added advantage of having the meet in their home pool. The University of Michigan has attended this meet in the past, but has their own invitational the following week to host.
Psych sheets are expected to be released in the coming days.