This week’s meet in Charlotte, North Carolina (15th to 18th May) should prove to be an interesting one with no shortage of top international names plus a six-strong British contingent.
The psych (start) sheet is out here, showing some fine clashes including the crowd-pleasing Phelps v Lochte duel in the 100m Butterfly (Lochte just edged it in the previous race which saw Phelps’ big return) and again in the 200m Freestyle.
Among the other stars expected to compete in the penultimate Grand Prix event of the year are Allison Schmitt plus Hungarian double world medley champion Katinka Hosszu and French Olympic 200m free champion Yannick Agnel.
However, arguably more interesting for us over this side of the pond is the inclusion of a team of six British swimmers, rewarded for their performance in the recent National Champs and because of British Swimming’s new maxim to ‘race more’.
Although two of those six, Lewis Coleman and Jessica Lloyd, will make the trip to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games later in the summer, the others will consider themselves unlucky not to be going to the Games, missing the cut only because of the 36 swimmer upper limit.
Rebecca Guy, Chris Steeples and Charlie Boldison all finished in the top three at trials, and in Charlotte get the chance to pit themselves against the best in the world.
Steeples enters the breaststroke events with the highest seeding of any of the team, Guy takes on a full sprint freestyle programme while Boldison does the same in backstroke (50m, 100m and 200m back).
The line up also includes Bath’s Jonathan Carlisle, who joins Boldison in the backstroke events.