Along with watching top notch swimming, fans at the Skyline Aquatic Center in Mesa, Arizona can enjoy another activity. Counting medals.
The 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series features a number of Olympic medalists. Highlighting the field in Mesa are Nathan Adrian, Katie Ledecky, Anthony Ervin, and Simone Manuel.
Adrian has garnered five gold medals in his career, his first coming at the Beijing Games in 2008 as part of the U.S. 4X100 meter men’s freestyle relay team. More medals awaited him at the 2012 London Olympics, where he took home individual gold in the 100 meter freestyle and team gold in the 4X100 meter medley relay. He also earned silver in the 4X100 freestyle relay. 2016 proved even more successful for Adrian with gold medals in the 4X100 meter freestyle and 4X100 medley relays, and bronze medals in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyles.
Katie Ledecky is the world record holder in the women’s 400, 800, and 1,500 meter freestyle long course, as well as a five-time gold medalist. Four of those golds came at the 2016 Rio Games in the 200, 400, and 800 meter freestyles, as well as the 4X200 meter freestyle relay. The Stanford product won her first gold at the 2012 London Games in the 800 meter freestyle. Your text to link…
Ervin won a gold and a silver medal in the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Sixteen years later, the 35-year-old Ervin competed in the Rio Olympics, and became the oldest swimmer to win an individual gold medal, claiming it in the 50 meter freestyle. He also won gold in the 4X100 meter relay.
Manuel has only competed in one Olympics in 2016. But she made the most of it with gold medal performances in the 100 meter freestyle and the 4X100 meter medley relay. Manuel also took home two bronze medals.
The Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa is set for April 13th through the 15th.