Five for Friday: Swimming

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 12, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Nathan Adrian celebrates winning gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle at the 2017 FINA World Championships on July 23, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

 

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Nearly 20 Olympians are expected to compete in the season-opening TYR Pro Swim Series stop in Austin, Texas.

Among them are Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers, Ryan Murphy and Dana Vollmer.

The meet, which began Thursday, goes through Sunday in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas. The competition will include a 400-meter mixed medley relay event.

Murphy, a three-time gold medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, is seeded first in the men’s 100- and 200-meter backstroke. Those are the events in which he won individual gold medals in Rio. He is also seeded third in the 100-meter freestyle.

Adrian, a three-time Olympian and eight-time medalist, is the top seed in the men’s 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

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Grevers, a six-time Olympic medalist, is the top seed in the men’s 50-meter backstroke and is the second seed in the 100 backstroke.

The women’s competition includes Vollmer, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, and Leah Smith, who made her Olympic debut in Rio and won two medals. Smith is the top seed in the women’s 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle. She is also the fourth seed in the 1,500 freestyle.

The field also includes 2017 world championship gold medalists Chase Kalisz and Mallory Comerford, and also Austin-based Jack Conger, a 2016 Olympic relay team gold medalist who is the top seed in the men’s 200 freestyle.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, 12 a.m. Sunday NBC Sports Network; 7 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

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