Nov. 8, 2012
The 2012-13 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series kicks off with the Minneapolis Grand Prix this weekend, November 9-11, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Events will run Friday-Sunday with prelims beginning at 9:00am. Finals will take place at 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday and at 5:00pm on Sunday. Admission prices are as followed.
Single-session admission including a Heat Sheet: $15.00
Children under eight: $5.00
Additional Heat Sheets: $5.00
Psych Sheets: $10.00
All-Session Pass, including a Psych Sheet and Heat Sheets: $65.00
“Any time you get to host a meet like this where you’re bringing in some of the best swimmers in the world with people like Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte being here, having the chance to watch them compete against all the athletes is obviously an exciting thing,” head swimming and diving coach Kelly Kremer said. “I think it’s exciting for the swimming and diving community of Minneapolis and St. Paul to have the opportunity to come to our facility and watch that level of swimming.”
Along with Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte, Claire Donahue, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens, as well as a number of other Olympians, are said to be competing in the Grand Prix series this weekend.
As for the Gophers, the entire team will get a chance to match up and compete against the nation’s top swimmers.
“I think you’re going to see a number of our student athletes shine,” Kremer said. “You’ll see a number of our athletes in the championship finals throughout the meet. Even those who don’t make a championship final, we’ll see a lot of people, and even most of our team, do season-best performances and have an opportunity to really swim fast.”
Friday, Nov. 9
Events: 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 400 IM, 400 free relay
Saturday, Nov. 10
Events: 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 500 free, 200 breast, 800 free relay
Sunday: Nov. 11
Events: W 1650 free, W 1000 free, 200 IM, 200 back, 100 free, M 1650 free, M 1000 free, 400 medley relay
More information can be found at USASwimming.org under the Events tab.
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