By Emily Sampl//Contributor | Tuesday, April 16, 2019
With three meets already in the books, the 2018-2019 TYR Pro Swim Series will move to its second-to-last destination in Bloomington, Ind., one month from today. With plenty of fast swims already being posted during the first three meets in Knoxville, Des Moines and Richmond, Bloomington should feature another fast field.
Here are four reasons to buy tickets and head to Bloomington next month:
- World record watch
There haven’t been any world records set yet in the first three stops of the TYR Pro Swim Series – could Bloomington feature the first? Each meet has gotten progressively faster and more competitive as we have gotten further into long course season, so a world record could definitely be a possibility.
- Another opportunity for Trials cuts
The 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials are only 14 months away, and that means every long course meet is a valuable opportunity to qualify for the biggest meet on U.S. soil that only comes around every four years. Whether you’re trying for your first Trials cut, are trying to add another event, or you’re a seasoned Trials veteran, getting those cuts out of the way early can certainly be a sigh of relief and allow you to focus on making bigger improvements as Trials approach next summer.
- The most National Teamers you’ll find in one place besides the roster on USA Swimming’s website
Some of the finals heat sheets at the recent Pro Swim Series meet in Richmond read more like an all-star team roster. With Olympic gold medalists, world record holders and world championship medalists littering the heat sheets – names like Katie Ledecky, Leah Smith, Simone Manuel, Amanda Weir, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy, Chase Kalisz – there’s no better place to see the top names in the sport all in one place. Many of these swimmers aren’t just battling for fast times, but cash as well, which always adds a bit of extra incentive.
- Who will emerge as a name to watch?
The next Olympic Games are just over a year away. For those aiming to qualify for their first, second or even fifth Olympic team, this summer has the potential to really solidify who the contenders are to make the team. Which up-and-coming swimmers will emerge from the Pro Swim Series meets as a legitimate contender? There are two meets left in the series to see who the challengers will be heading into the rest of this summer and next.