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Olympic medalists headline TYR Pro Swim Series in Knoxville

Swimming Winter National Championships

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 30: (L-R) Hali Flickinger, Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel prepare to compete in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final during the Swimming Winter National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on November 30, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

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The 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series gets underway this week in Knoxville, Tennessee. It marks the first of five stops of the season. A deep field of swimmers is competing in Knoxville, including five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, four-time Olympic medalist Simone Manuel, and three-time Olympic champion Ryan Murphy. At TYR Pro Swim Series meets, athletes earn prize money for top-three finishes ($1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third).

Ledecky is entered in most of her usually dominant events, including the 200m free, 400m free, and 1500m free, as well as an event she has competed in less frequently: the 400 IM.

Manuel could compete in as many as seven events, though her most anticipated race is the 100m free, where she is expected to face Canadian Penny Oleksiak. The two athletes tied for gold in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Here is the tune-in schedule for this week’s competition from Knoxville:

DayTimeTVStream
Thursday6:00pmOlympic Channel (Live)Olympic Channel
11:30pmNBCSN (Taped)NBCSN
Friday6:00pmOlympic Channel (Live)Olympic Channel
9:30pmNBCSN (Taped)NBCSN