Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Many of the top male and female swimmers in the country will once again hit the pool in Charlotte this week for the 2013 SwimMAC Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix, taking place May 9-12 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Uptown. Several USA Olympic swimmers are competing, including superstar Ryan Lochte (holder of 11 Olympic medals and new reality TV star), Rebecca Soni (six-time Olympic medalist and world record holder), Chloe Sutton (five-time U.S. national champion), and Charlotte's Cullen Jones (winner of a combined two gold and two silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics). The swim meets will also feature rising stars like Illinois high school senior Olivia Smoliga.

Chloe Sutton is pretty, fast. Credit: Tumblr 

Find the full list of swimmers scheduled to compete in each event on the Charlotte UltraSwim psych sheet.

Ryan Lochte is scheduled to swim in seven events here.

The Charlotte UltraSwim is the fifth of six stops in the 2012-13 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The video below highlights what the Charlotte event has meant to this city and the sport over the years, and it features a Q&A throughout with Charlotte-native and two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Ricky Berens.

Online ticket sales for the Charlotte UltraSwim have ended but a limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the will call booth at the event. Visit for complete details.


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