Feb. 28, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado - Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) headline the list of those competing at the Columbus Grand Prix on March 9-11. The Columbus Grand Prix is the fourth stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series and will take place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Additional Olympians who will compete in Columbus include Jason Lezak (Irvine, Calif.), Mark Gangloff (Akron, Ohio), Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.), Christine Magnuson (Knoxville, Tenn.), Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich.), Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.), Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill.), Kim Vandenberg (Moraga, Calif.) and Elaine Breeden (Lexington, Ky.). Former Ohio State swimmers Tim Phillips (Vienna, W.Va.) and Elliott Keefer (Cincinnati, Ohio) will also return to Columbus, along with other National Team swimmers David Plummer (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, Calif.).
Single session, all day or all-session passes may be purchased at the door or through the Ohio State Swim Club website online. Preliminaries in Columbus will start at 9:00 a.m. ET Friday through Sunday, with finals beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET. USA Swimming will also provide a live webcast of the meet. Visit www.usaswimming.org for a complete schedule of events.
The meet is the fourth stop of the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series with the series concluding June 2, 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif. Swimmers are awarded five points for a gold medal, three points for a silver medal and one point for a bronze medal. The top scoring swimmer at the conclusion of the Series will be awarded $20,000. Michael Phelps currently sits atop the standings with reigning Grand Prix Series Champion Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) in second. Allison Schmitt rounds out the top-three podium spots. A leaderboard for the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series can be found online at www.usaswimming.org/grandprix.
The USA Swimming Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., as well as the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Other stops of the 2011-2012 Grand Prix Series include: Indianapolis, Ind.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Santa Clara, Calif.