PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, January 8. RYAN Feeley, Gillian Ryan and Connor Green are just three members of USA Swimming’s national team that will race this weekend on the campus of Rutgers University at Berkeley Aquatic Club’s annual CeraVe Invitational.
Swimming World will be on deck during the three-day long course meters meet, bringing you live and on-demand video coverage of the competition. All prelims sessions of the senior division and all timed finals races for the age group afternoon session will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after each session ends. The finals session for the senior division each night will be brought to you live on swimmingworld.com and swimmingworld.tv beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Feeley, who is in his first year as a postgrad swimmer at the University of Michigan, will be the highlight in the men’s distance events. Feeley was a top-eight point scorer in the 1650 freestyles at last March’s NCAA championships, and is a member of the USA Swimming open water national team. Feeley is scheduled to race the 50, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles along with the 100 and 200 fly and 200 back. Feeley will represent Badger Swim Club, the team he swam for as a high school athlete.
Gillian Ryan, who recently competed for Team USA at the Duel in the Pool, will be a busy swimmer as well for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. She’s entered in every freestyle event except the 50 free, as well as the 400 IM and 200 fly.
A few members of the USA Swimming national junior team and last summer’s junior world championship squad will race this weekend in New Jersey as well. Connor Green and Brooke Zeiger will the stars for Bluefish Swim Club. The two recently traveled to Asia as members of the junior national squad in the last two legs of the FINA World Cup. Green won a bronze medal in the 200 backstroke at the junior world championships, posting a lifetime best 1:58.42.
Also competing in this meet from that junior worlds squad is Cierra Runge, who won three relay medals in Dubai. The North Baltimore freestyler will swim all the freestyle events except the mile, as well as the 200 IM. Her younger sister, Maddie, will also race in the same freestyle events and will add the mile to her schedule.
The CeraVe Invitational has been a breeding ground of top East Coast talent. Elizabeth Beisel raced in this meet during her high school years representing Bluefish, and Lia Neal raced in the meet with Asphalt Green last year after making the 2012 Olympic team. Current collegiate standouts Annie Zhu, Connor Signorin and Arthur Frayler count themselves as alumni of the meet.
Prelims begins at 8:20 a.m. each day, followed by the age-group timed finals session at 1:35 p.m. Be sure to come to swimmingworld.com each day at 6 p.m. for the live stream of finals from New Jersey, featuring race-by-race commentary by “Morning Swim Show” host Jeff Commings.
A team of high school journalism and photography students will serve as interns throughout the meet, and will bring you recaps, feature stories and photos from the meet. This is the sixth year that Swimming World is providing this opportunity for local students to learn about the sport and work as a member of the media. One of the people we worked with over several years at the meet, Christopher Rattray, now majors in film and video production at Drexel University and is spending six months in our Phoenix office as a full-time intern! Rattray will serve as the producer of this week’s video presentation of the meet.
Click here to view CeraVe psych sheet (as a PDF)