Richmond Times-Dispatch

Swimming event to feature deep end of U.S. talent pool

SwimRVA hosting TYR Pro Swim Series for second time

- BY ZACH JOACHIM ZJoachim@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6555 Twitter: @ZachJoachi­m

SwimRVA, in collaborat­ion with USA Swimming, will be one of two locations to host the TYR Pro Swim Series, an annual event drawing as many as 600 of the nation’s best swimmers as they prepare for the Olympic trials in June.

The Collegiate School Aquatics Center — SwimRVA’s headquarte­rs in Chesterfie­ld — will co-host the event, which is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday. The primary site in San Antonio will feature an invite-only field made up of the top ranked U.S. Swimmers, while the Richmond site will host up to 100 female and 100 male athletes based on current U.S. Olympic Trials time standards.

This will be the second time SwimRVA has hosted the TYR Pro Swim Series. The first was in April 2019.

“The great thing about this event is that, and it kind of coincides with what SwimRVA is, it’s an opportunit­y for access for these swimmers, access to a safe, competitiv­e and fun environmen­t to prepare them for bigger events,” said Scott Bennett, SwimRVA’s director of communicat­ions.

“And right now, what a year for that it is, having the Olympics. It’s really neat, and we’re really excited to host it.”

No spectators will be allowed, but competitio­n will be livestream­ed on usaswimmin­g.org.

Thursday’s events will be limited to distance finals, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday will include preliminar­ies and finals for all events.

This will not be the first major event SwimRVA has hosted during the pandemic — it was home to the 2020 Toyota US Open Swimming Championsh­ips in November — so Bennett said they’ve had ample experience surroundin­g safety protocols.

Everyone involved gets tested for COVID-19 before the event. Competitor­s, coaches, officials and event staff remain socially distanced throughout, and facility flow is closely monitored to keep all present moving in regimented patterns in order to ensure safety.

Lindsay Mintenko, the managing director of USA Swimming, said in a press release that domestic competitio­n will proceed with both caution and optimism.

“The racing across these

TYR Pro Swim Series sites will set up some of the most explosive head-to-head competitio­n to kick off the Olympic year,” Mintenko said. “We’re treading lightly but remaining optimistic and excited to map out a strong domestic competitio­n schedule in 2021.”

The eventwas originally slated to also include Irvine, Calif., but regulation­s there led organizers to consolidat­e to just San Antonio and Richmond.

 ?? 2019, DANIEL SANGJIB MIN/ TIMES-DISPATCH ?? The TYR Pro Swim Serieswill make its second visit to the Collegiate School Aquatics Center this weekend. The SwimRVA headquarte­rs hosted the series in 2019, when three- time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Murphy spoke to SwimRVA swimmers and others in preparatio­n for the visit.
2019, DANIEL SANGJIB MIN/ TIMES-DISPATCH The TYR Pro Swim Serieswill make its second visit to the Collegiate School Aquatics Center this weekend. The SwimRVA headquarte­rs hosted the series in 2019, when three- time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Murphy spoke to SwimRVA swimmers and others in preparatio­n for the visit.

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