Fifteen Team USA Olympians will be in action later this month when members of the USA Swimming National Team face collegiate swimming stars from the Pac-12 Conference in the second edition of the USA College Challenge.
The short-course yards dual meet is slated for Oct. 21-22 at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The Saturday, Oct. 21 session will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific, followed by the Sunday, Oct. 22 session at 11 a.m. Tickets are on sale now at usaswimming.org.
Headlining the National Team roster will be last two Olympic champions in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) and Ryan Murphy(Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics). Eleven U.S. Olympians will compete for the National Team, including fellow 2016 individual medalists Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club) and Josh Prenot (Santa Monica, Calif./California Aquatics).
On the Pac-12 side, the Stanford duo of Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) and Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) lead the roster along with 2016 Olympic teammates Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./California Aquatics) and Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif./California Aquatics).
Full rosters for both teams can be found at usaswimming.org.
Pac-12 Networks will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the event. Specific channel and broadcaster information for the Saturday, Oct. 21 session will be announced at a later date, while the Sunday, Oct. 22 session will air live nationally on Pac-12 Network as well as on Pac-12 Arizona and Pac-12 Los Angeles. Both sessions will also be available to stream live for authenticated Pac-12 Networks subscribers via the Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com.
Each athlete may be entered in up to six races during the meet, including individual events and relays.
A running score will be kept throughout the dual meet competition combining the points earned by both women and men. With 613 points available in 33 total events, the first team to 306.5 points will be the winner.
For individual events, each team will be permitted to enter up to four athletes. The top five athletes in each individual event will be permitted to score points for their team – 9 points for first place, 4 points for second, 3 points for third, 2 points for fourth and 1 point for fifth. Relay scoring is 11 points for a first-place finish, 4 points for second and 2 points for third.
Courtesy of USA Swimming