Lochte and Franklin Headline the Minneapolis Grand Prix, November 9-11


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) and Claire Donahue (Lenoir City, Tenn.) will compete at the Minneapolis Grand Prix, November 9-11. The event is the first event in the six-meet 2012-2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series and will take place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The competitive field will also include Olympians and National Team members Jimmy Feigen (San Antonio, Texas), Garrett Weber-Gale (Milwaukee, Wis.), Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Scott Weltz (San Jose, Calif.) and Dagny Knutson (Minot, N.D.). Minnesota native and National Teamer David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will also swim in the three-day meet which will be contested in short course yards.

The Minneapolis Grand Prix will mark the first stop of the 2012-2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The Series will conclude June 2, 2013 in Santa Clara, Calif., and will also feature stops in Austin, Texas, Orlando Fla., Mesa, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C.

Preliminary heats in Minneapolis will start at 9 a.m. CT, Friday through Sunday, with finals beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Visit www.usaswimming.org for a complete schedule of events. Tickets may be purchased at the door. USA Swimming will also provide a live webcast of the event online.

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 FINA Short Course FINA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey as well as the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

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