U.S. swim stars gather in San Antonio; TV, live stream schedule

Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian
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The best gathering of U.S. swim stars in one year takes place this week, three months before the Olympic Trials, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

A Tyr Pro Series stop in San Antonio features the most decorated active Americans. Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel swim in their first full meet since last March. Caeleb DresselRyan Murphy and Ryan Lochte are also entered.

“We’re kind of in crunch time now,” Ledecky said last week.

Finals air live on Olympic Channel, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. NBCSN airs replays Thursday (12 a.m.) and Friday (10 p.m.).

It’s an early preview of June’s trials, where the top two per individual event are in line to make the Tokyo Olympic team.

ON HER TURF: Simone Manuel reflects on how her own story is told

Some highlights:

Men’s 100m Freestyle (Thursday): Dressel swam the second-fastest time in history at the 2019 Worlds. Also entered: Nathan Adrian, the 2012 Olympic champion going for his fourth Olympic team and coming back from testicular cancer, ranks eighth in the nation since the start of 2019. He will likely need to be top six at Olympic Trials to qualify for Tokyo in the 4x100m free relay pool.

Women’s 200m Butterfly (Thursday): Regan Smith owns both backstroke world records, but this is her third event and likely on her Olympic Trials slate. Smith, a 19-year-old who deferred Stanford enrollment, ranks second in the nation since the start of 2019. The San Antonio field also includes the rest of the top four, led by world silver medalist Hali Flickinger. The women’s 200m fly is the only Olympic pool swimming event where the U.S. did not earn a medal in at least one of the last two Games. Its last medal was Misty Hyman‘s surprise gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Women’s 200m Freestyle (Friday): The usual meeting ground between Ledecky, the world’s best distance swimmer, and Manuel, the world’s best sprinter. Ledecky, in the shortest individual event she contests at major international meets, is the fastest American since the start of 2019 by 1.42 seconds and a comfortable favorite for one of the two Olympic spots. Manuel, in her longest individual event, swam a personal best leading off the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2019 World Championships, ranking her third in the nation since the start of 2019.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley (Saturday): This event is Lochte’s best chance to make it to Tokyo and become the oldest U.S. Olympic male swimmer in history at age 36. He ranks fifth in the nation since the start of 2019. The top two — Chase Kalisz and Michael Andrew — are also entered. Lochte called his last meet — the U.S. Open in November — probably the worst of his life.

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Summer McIntosh breaks 400m individual medley world record, extends historic week

Summer McIntosh

Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh broke her second world record this week, lowering the 400m individual medley mark on Saturday.

McIntosh, a 16-year-old who trains in Sarasota, Florida, clocked 4 minutes, 25.87 seconds at the Canadian Championships in Toronto.

She took down Hungarian Katinka Hosszu‘s world record of 4:26.36 from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Before Saturday, McIntosh had the fourth-fastest time in history of 4:28.61.

“It’s always nice to set world records,” McIntosh said.

On Tuesday, McIntosh broke the 400m freestyle world record, becoming the youngest swimmer to break a world record in an individual Olympic event since Katie Ledecky in 2013.

McIntosh also this week became the fourth-fastest woman in history in the 200m individual medley and the eighth-fastest woman in history in the 200m butterfly.

In each of her four races this week, she also broke the world junior record as the fastest woman in history under the age of 19.

She is entered to swim the 200m free on the meet’s final day on Sunday. She is already the eighth-fastest woman in history in that event.

McIntosh, whose mom swam the 1984 Olympic 200m fly and whose sister competed at last week’s world figure skating championships, placed fourth in the Tokyo Olympic 400m free at age 14.

Last summer, she won the 200m fly and 400m IM at the world championships, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

This summer, she could be at the center of a showdown in the 400m free at the world championships with reigning world champion Ledecky and reigning Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus of Australia. They are the three fastest women in history in the event.

Around age 7, McIntosh transcribed Ledecky quotes and put them on her wall.

MORE: McIntosh chose swimming and became Canada’s big splash

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Hilary Knight leads new-look U.S. women’s hockey roster for world championship

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight headlines a U.S. women’s hockey roster for this month’s world championship that lacks some of the biggest names from last year’s Olympic silver-medal team. Changes have been made as the U.S. looks to end losing streaks to Canada, both overall and in major finals.

The full roster is here. Worlds start Wednesday in Brampton, Ontario, and run through the gold-medal game on April 16.

It was already known that the team would be without stalwart forwards Kendall Coyne Schofield, who plans to return to the national team after having her first child this summer, and Brianna Decker, who announced her retirement last month.

Notable cuts include the No. 1 goalies from the last two Olympics: Alex Cavallini, who returned from Christmas childbirth for the tryout camp this past week, and Maddie Rooney, the breakout of the 2018 Olympic champion team.

Cavallini, 31, was bidding to become the first player to make an Olympic or world team after childbirth since Jenny Potter, who played at the Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010 as a mom, plus at several world championships, including less than three months after childbirth in 2007.

Forward Hannah Brandt, who played on the top line at last year’s Olympics with Knight and Coyne Schofield, also didn’t make the team.

In all, 13 of the 25 players on the team are Olympians, including three-time Olympic medalists forward Amanda Kessel and defender Lee Stecklein.

The next generation includes forward Taylor Heise, 23, who led the 2022 World Championship with seven goals and was the 2022 NCAA Player of the Year at Minnesota.

The team includes two teens — 19-year-old defender Haley Winn and 18-year-old forward Tessa Janecke — who were also the only teens at last week’s 46-player tryout camp. Janecke, a Penn State freshman, is set to become the youngest U.S. forward to play at an Olympics or worlds since Brandt in 2012.

Abbey Levy, a 6-foot-1 goalie from Boston College, made her first world team, joining veterans Nicole Hensley and Aerin Frankel.

Last summer, Canada repeated as world champion by beating the U.S. in the final, six months after beating the U.S. in the Olympic final. Canada is on its longest global title streak since winning all five Olympic or world titles between 1999 and 2004.

Also at last summer’s worlds, the 33-year-old Knight broke the career world championship record for points (now up to 89). She also has the most goals in world championship history (53). Knight, already the oldest U.S. Olympic women’s hockey player in history, will become the second-oldest American to play at a worlds after Cammi Granato, who was 34 at her last worlds in 2005.

The Canadians are on a four-game win streak versus the Americans, capping a comeback in their recent seven-game rivalry series from down three games to none. Their 5-0 win in the decider in February was their largest margin of victory over the U.S. since 2005.

Last May, former AHL coach John Wroblewski was named U.S. head coach to succeed Joel Johnson, the Olympic coach.

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