By Jim Rusnak//Director of Editorial | Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines starts today and runs through Saturday at the MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA.
In all, 61 members of the U.S. National Team, including 32 Olympians, have entered the meet. Twenty-eight of them have won a total of 73 Olympic medals, including 48 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze.
Some of the top names competing in Des Moines include 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte; eight-time Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian and Allison Schmitt; six-time Olympic medalists Katie Ledecky and Matt Grevers; four-time Olympic medalist Simone Manuel; and three-time Olympic medalist Ryan Murphy.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel – the top male swimmer at the 2017 and 2019 FINA World Championships – has entered eight events, including his signature 50 and 100-meter freestyle, and 100m butterfly. Dressel holds the world record in the 100m butterfly and the American records in the 50m and 100m free. In addition, he is also entered in the 100m breast, 200m fly, 200m free, 100m back and 200m IM.
Dressel is just one the six active American world record-holders competing in Des Moines.
Like Dressel, Regan Smith – the world record-holder in the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke – has a heavy schedule planned for the meet, entering the 100 and 200 back, the 100 and 200 fly, the 200 IM and the 100 free.
And while Ledecky isn’t entered in as many events, neither Smith nor Dressel will come close to swimming the same distance this week, with Ledecky slated for the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free. She holds the world record in the latter three events.
Veteran Ryan Lochte still holds the world record he set in 2011 in the 200m IM. He has entered that event this week, along with the 100 free, 400 free, 200 free, 400 IM and 100 back.
Ryan Murphy, the world record-holder in the men’s 100m backstroke, has entered the 100 and 200 back, the 100 free and the 100 fly. Lilly King holds the world record in the 100m breast and will compete in that event and in the 200-meter distance.
The meet kicks off Wednesday with timed finals of the men’s and women’s 1500m free, then continues through Saturday with prelims beginning at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, and finals beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Catch all the action here at usaswimming.org.