TEN MANTA RAY SWIMMERS SWIMMING AGAINST 350 OF
THE BEST SWIMMERS IN THE WORLD THIS THURSDAY-SATURDAY: RAYS'
FOSTER BROTHERS HIGHLIGHTED IN ARTICLE
field for the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville is stacked.
Like, really stacked. The first stop of the 2019 TYR Pro Swim
Series will feature some of the biggest names in the United States,
with the top national team swimmers and the top junior team
swimmers in attendance.
The TYR Pro Series winners of 2018, Katie Ledecky and Chase Kalisz will
be in attendance, with both swimmers notably stepping out of their
best events. Ledecky is not in the 800 free and Kalisz is not in
the 400 IM. Those are interesting decisions but Kalisz swam the 400
IM at every TYR Pro Series stop last year, so he is most likely
needing a break from the event.
Top USA junior team swimmers Alex Walsh and
City of Mason's Carson Foster, Jake
Foster & Adam Chaney will be in
attendance. The Manta Ray national
Junior team members will be with their strong team of high school
athletes including Ansel Froass, Cora Dupre, Jacob McDonald,
Tyler Babinec, Nicola Lane, Noah Young, & Brynna
4:09.31 (2016 Olympian)
Prenot, 4:14.74 (2016 Olympian)
There is no Chase Kalisz, so the men’s 400 IM will be wide
open. This race features about five swimmers that will be
challenging for that second spot behind Kalisz in 2020. Of course
there are no guarantees for the Olympic Team, but Kalisz is moving
in to Phelps/Lochte territory with his dominance over this race in
the United States.
So assuming Kalisz gets the spot in the 400 IM, it’s going to
be a tight race behind him to get the second spot, and we will get
a glimpse of that race in Knoxville.
Jay Litherland has been the number two guy for three years in a
row, but is getting some pressure from young guns including the
Foster brothers and Gianluca Urlando.
Urlando was disqualified this summer at the Junior Pan Pacs in the
400 IM, so he did not get a chance to swim in finals, leaving the
Foster brothers to put up a 4:14 (Carson) and 4:15 (Jake) in the
final. Urlando is no slouch in this event but we don’t know
how good he is yet.
All three of those guys are still
in high school as Jake Foster is currently in his senior year,
while Carson and Urlando are juniors. Moving forward to 2020,
those three could definitely challenge Jay Litherland for that
second spot in the 400 IM in Tokyo.