Five For Friday: Swimming

By Paul D. Bowker | May 05, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Katie Ledecky competes in the women's 400-meter freestyle final at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Skyline Aquatic Center on April 13, 2017 in Mesa, Ariz.


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Katie Ledecky, a six-time Olympic medalist, is seeded No. 1 in three events and Nathan Adrian, an eight-time Olympic medalist, is the top seed in two events in this week’s Arena Pro Swim Series stop in Atlanta.

The four-day event is being held at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center for the first time. The meet goes through Sunday.

Ledecky is the top seed in the women’s 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle races, which are the same individual events she won in Olympic Games Rio 2016. She is also the fourth seed in the 100 free and the third seed in the 400 individual medley.

Adrian, a three-time Olympian who won four medals in Rio, including gold in two relay events, is the top seed in the men’s 50 and 100 free. He won bronze medals in those events in Rio.

Other men’s Olympians with top seeds include 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields, who is the No. 1 seed in the 100 butterfly and the third seed in the 200 fly; 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kevin Cordes is the top seed in the 200 breaststroke and the third seed in the 100 breaststroke; and two-time Olympic individual gold medalist Ryan Murphy is No. 1 in the 100 and 200 backstroke.

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Conor Dwyer, a three-time Olympic medalist, is seeded No. 1 in the 200 free and 200 IM.

While Ledecky has ruled the longer freestyle distances, Simone Manuel has done the same in the women’s sprint distances. Manuel, a four-time medalist in Rio, is the top seed in the women’s 50 and 100 free, and the sixth seed in the 200 free.

Other seeded Olympic medalists in the women’s competition include Rio gold medalist Kelsi Worrell, who is second in the 100 fly, and four-time medalist Amanda Weir, who is third in the 100 free behind co-Olympic champions Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network

Webcast: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, NBC Sports App; 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday,

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.