CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 7. THE USA Swimming Grand Prix series will make its second stop of the summer this week at the Charlotte UltraSwim, which runs from Thursday through Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. Fourteen U.S. Olympians are scheduled to compete, including individual Olympic medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla. / Florida), Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif. / Club Wolverine) and Erik Vendt (North Easton, Mass. / Club Wolverine).
Phelps and Vendt recently competed at the Eric Namesnik Memorial Grand Prix, the first stop on the tour. The UltraSwim is the latest tuneup for this summer’s United States Nationals in Irvine, California. That meet will serve as the selection competition for the Pan Pacific Championships and will also influence the selection of the U.S. squad for the 2007 World Champs in Melbourne.