FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 26, 2009 Contact: Karen Linhart (719-866-3558 / klinhart@usaswimming.org)
 
 
USA Swimming Grand Prix Series to Feature Eight Meets for the 2009-2010 Season The $20,000 Series will kick off in Minneapolis on November 13
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series will kick off in Minneapolis on November 13 and will feature a total of eight stops throughout the U.S., an increase of two swim meets from last year’s Series. The top swimmers in the country will be back in the pool competing for a $20,000 purse that will be awarded to the swimmer with the most points at the conclusion of the Series.
 
The 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series will feature stops in Minneapolis, Minn; Long Beach, Calif.; Columbia, Mo.; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C and Santa Clara, Calif. Two new meets have been added to this year’s schedule and will take place in Columbus, Ohio and Los Angeles. The $20,000 prize will be awarded at the final stop of the series in Los Angeles on July 11, 2010.
 
This is the third year in a row that prize money has been awarded to the overall point leader of the Grand Prix Series. In its inaugural year, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps took home the prize, while last year’s purse went to National Team swimmer Mary DeScenza.
 
The scoring system awards swimmers points based on gold, silver and bronze-medal performances at each of the eight meets. A gold medal earns a swimmer five points, a silver medal is worth three points and a bronze medal is one point. The standings integrate male and female participants, recognizing the swimmer with the highest cumulative point total. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the swimmer who earned the highest single-race FINA power point ranking. Leaders will be tracked online at www.usaswimming.org and in Splash magazine, the official magazine of USA Swimming.
 
Online coverage of all 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix events will be provided by www.Swimnetwork.com, including live webcasts from select events. Check www.swimnetwork.com for details.
 
The USA Swimming Grand Prix Series allows fans across the country the opportunity to see their favorite swimmers in action. The full schedule for the upcoming USA Swimming Grand Prix Series is below.
 
Date Event Location Nov. 13-15, 2009 Minnesota Grand Prix Minneapolis, Minn. Jan. 15-18, 2010 Southern California Grand Prix Long Beach, Calif. Feb. 12-15, 2010 Missouri Grand Prix Columbia, Mo. March 4-6, 2010 Austin Grand Prix Austin, Texas April, 1-3, 2010 The Ohio State University Grand Prix Columbus, Ohio May 13-16, 2010 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Charlotte, N.C. June 17-20, 2010 Swimnetwork.com Santa Clara International Grand Prix Santa Clara, Calif. July 8-11, 2010 Janet Evans Invitational Grand Prix Los Angeles
 
About USA Swimming As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.