PHOENIX, Arizona, January 8. SWIMMINGWORLD.TV is heading to Piscataway, N.J., this weekend for the 22nd-annual Berkeley Aquatic Club's Winter Long Course Meet, more widely known by its title sponsorship — the CeraVe Invitational. The meet will take place Jan. 11-13 at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University.
The three-day long course meter competition features three sessions: prelim and final sessions of open competition, and an age group timed final session in the middle of the day. Senior prelims start at 8:20 a.m. ET, while age group timed finals begin at 1:35 p.m. Senior finals then commence at 6:05 p.m. each evening.
As we do every year, Swimming World will provide event-by-event video coverage, finals recaps, personality features and video interviews of the meet. Everything can be found on the 2013 CeraVe Invitational event landing page.
Swimming World will live stream all three sessions each day at the event landing page. Additionally, Swimming World will go live during finals on both our SwimmingWorld.com and SwimmingWorld.TV home pages.
As an added bonus, this year Swimming World will also be streaming live to viewers on their smartphones and tablets. Go to www.ustream.tv/SwimmingWorldTV to follow us and receive a notification when the stream is live. Also, you can download the Ustream App and search for Swimming World to watch live from your smartphones or tablets.
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal are scheduled to compete in the meet. World-record holder Rebecca Soni will also make an appearance and sign autographs the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 11.
Ledecky will be representing DC-based Nation's Capital Swim Club at the invitational. She rose to stardom at the London Olympics when she won a gold medal in the 800 freestyle as a 15-year-old, with the second fastest time in history in the event.
Neal, now finishing her senior year of high school, is swimming the meet representing NYC-based AGUA. Neal qualified for the London Olympics in the 100 freestyle, and earned a bronze medal at the Games in the 400 freestyle relay.
The meet will also include a pair of Paralympic medalists in NBAC's Ian Silverman (gold) and Becca Myers (bronze).
In addition to hosting an appearance by Soni, Berkeley Aquatic Club will also be taking donations during the course of the meet to benefit the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation (FCEF).
According to the Foundation's Website, the goal of the organization is to:
“…empower and protect individuals as they elevate themselves in pursuit of their lifelong dreams. As a central voice for athlete safety, we focus on enhancing the culture of respect for athletes' protection. We actively advocate for safe competitive environments, with a focus on open water swimming events. Fran Crippen's boundless enthusiasm taught us much about enjoying life, embracing opportunities, and having dreams. In that spirit, we provide resources to aid athletes who embody Fran's passionate, inspiring character and promote egalitarian goodwill programs that encourage sportsmanship across the world.”
A number of USA Swimming club teams are sending swimmers to this year's CeraVe Invitational, including: Bluefish, AGUA, Berkeley, Badger, Delaware, Eastern Express, FAST (based out of Calif.), Germantown, Hydro, Long Island Aquatics, NBAC, Nation's Capital Swim Club, Peddie, Scarlet, Xcel, and the 92nd st Y Flying Dolphins