Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin headline Orlando meet
Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin are expected to continue their lead-up to the Rio Olympics at a meet in Orlando next week.
The 2012 Olympic champions all competed at the previous Pro Swim Series meet in Austin, Texas, in early January. In Austin, Ledecky broke another world record and Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in a 200m individual medley final for the first time since the London Olympics.
In Orlando, they’re slated to be joined by NCAA phenom Caeleb Dressel, a University of Florida sophomore who broke Olympic 100m freestyle champion Nathan Adrian‘s American records in the short-course 50- and 100-yard freestyles last week.
Adrian is also in the field, which could make for an intriguing 100m freestyle, if Phelps contests the event. Lochte was not listed among the Orlando headliners by USA Swimming on Tuesday.
The meet runs from March 3-5. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream the March 4-5 finals live at 6 p.m. ET. USASwimming.org will have a live webcast of the entire meet.
In 2015, Adrian and Dressel ranked Nos. 1 and 3 in the U.S. in the 100m freestyle. Phelps ranked 20th, but he did not race it at his peak meet of the season, the U.S. Championships in August.
In 2014, Adrian and Phelps were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the U.S. in the event.
The 100m freestyle rankings are an indicator of who could make up the U.S. 4x100m relay at the Rio Olympics, providing they make the team at the Olympic trials. That relay has been the most exciting swimming event over the past four Games.
The U.S. will be looking to make up for a disastrous 4x100m free relay performance at the World Championships last August, when they tied for 11th in prelims, missing the eight-nation final.
Neither Phelps nor Dressel competed at Worlds.