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Coughlin, Adrian and Vollmer to Compete at Santa Clara Grand Prix

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Olympic medalists Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas.) and Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) will headline the talented group of swimmers competing at the Santa Clara Grand Prix on May 31 – June 3. The meet is the seventh and final stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series and will take place at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

Additional National Team Members who will compete in Santa Clara include Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.), Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.), Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.), Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.), Kim Vandenberg (Moraga, Calif.), Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky.) and Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.). Other American swimmers set to compete in Santa Clara include Olympian Cullen Jones and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin.

Promising talent from other countries will also compete in Santa Clara. Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima will test his skill as he prepares for London this summer. Other competitors from Japan include Takuro Fujii and Takeshi Matsuda. Some of the most talented swimmers from Australia including Libby Trickett, Kenrick Monk, Kylie Palmer, Stephanie Rice and Sarah Katsoulis will also travel to Santa Clara. Other international competitors include South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane and Korea’s Taehwan Park.

Timed finals on Thursday will begin at 4 p.m. PT. Prelims in Santa Clara will start at 9 a.m. PT on Friday through Sunday, with finals beginning at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the Santa Clara Swim Club website online. USA Swimming will also provide a live webcast of the event.

The meet is the final stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. Swimmers are awarded five points for a gold medal, three points for a silver medal and one point for a bronze medal. The top scoring swimmer at the conclusion of the Series will be awarded $20,000. Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) currently sits atop the standings with Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.) currently in second. Reigning Grand Prix Series Champion Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) rounds out the top-three spots. A leaderboard for the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series can be found online at www.usaswimming.org/grandprix.

The USA Swimming Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. as well as the 2012 Olympic Games in London.