PHOENIX, Arizona, April 24. CESAR Cielo woke up a sleepy Maria Lenk Trophy meet in Brazil this morning with a 21.58 in prelims, the second-fastest time in the world this year behind reigning Olympic champion Florent Manaudou's 21.55. Bruno Fratus, who has become one of the world's best sprinters, also got under 22 seconds today with a 21.98. Marcelo Chierighini, who was second at the NCAA championships in the 50 free behind Vlad Morozov, got into the final with a 22.33.
Thiago Pereira is bound to put on a show later today in the men's 400 IM final. Pereira won the bronze medal in the event at the Olympics, and will be one of the medal favorites this summer in Barcelona, especially if Ryan Lochte keeps his promise to sit out the event this year. If Pereira wants to get to the top of the world rankings in the 400 IM this year, he'll have to put up a lifetime best to best Kosuke Hagino's 4:07 from the Japan nationals.
USA Swimming will broadcast the announcement of the city that will host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials live on the Internet Saturday at 4 p.m. Mountain time. Omaha, St. Louis and San Antonio are the three cities in the running, and we'll see if Omaha gets the nod for the third time, or if St. Louis or San Antonio will get to host for the first time. Six cities were initially in the running as of February of this year, but USA Swimming began whittling down their choices in the past few weeks.