Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Previewing the Charlotte Ultra Swim
(This is a 50-swim-off-free-zone. You can read more about that here, and then show off your flashy predictive skills in the vote above.)
Psych Sheet – HERE
Results – HERE
Live Video - HERE
Return of Spoff (and fellow Brits)
This meet marks the first time Gemma Spofforth will be racing competitively since British Nationals. Despite securing her spot on the 100m Back, Spofforth clearly wasn’t at her best. It subsequently came to light that she was enduring yet more family tragedy as the competition took place.
It’s good to see Spofforth racing again after she complained in Manchester of a lack of race practice. That shouldn’t be an issue in Charlotte as she faces the sub-60 second likes of Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma.
Regarding this competition, in Spofforth’s own salami and fennel infused words ‘…this weekend’s meet in Charlotte, the annual meet that we dread year after year, but for some reason I feel like we are getting slightly ready to swim faster this year than all previous.’
When it comes to in-season racing, swimming doesn’t get tougher than this.
Other Brits in action in Charlotte: fellow Floridians Steph Proud & Marco Loughran, Arizona’s Simon Burnett, Robert Holderness and Ian Hulme, now swimming for Club Wolverine in Michigan.
• What shape is Amanda Beard in?
• What sort of form will Conor Dwyer be in after falling ill at what could have been a historic NCAAs?
• Just how good can Ireland’s Barry Murphy be in the 100m Breast?
• Checking in on the progress of Watchlist members Ryan Murphy, Sean Ryan, Lia Neal, Camryne Morris and Gillian Ryan.
• Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Chloe Sutton, Peter Vanderkaay, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Jessica Hardy, Matt Grevers... you get the idea, this event is stacked with some of the best US swimming has to offer.