Top U.S. swimmers entered in last Pro Series meet before Olympic Trials

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Olympic and world champions Lilly KingRegan Smith, Nathan AdrianAllison Schmitt and Matt Grevers headline next week’s Tyr Pro Swim Series stop in Indianapolis, the last top-level meet before next month’s Olympic Trials.

The entry list is here.

NBC Sports and USASwimming.org air live coverage of finals sessions from May 12-15.

King, the Olympic and world champion and world-record holder in the 100m breast, leads Olympic Trials preview fields in both breaststrokes.

Training partner Annie Lazor, ranked second in the nation in the 100m breast and first in the 200m breast (just ahead of King), is also entered in essentially a home meet an hour north of their Bloomington base.

The Nos. 3 and 4 women in the 200m breast — Bethany Galat and Emily Escobedo — are also entered. King, Galat and Escobedo are separated by .61 of a second in best times since the start of 2019. After them is a clear divider in the race for two Olympic spots. The fifth-ranked 200m breaststroker is another 1.84 seconds behind.

Smith, who at age 17 broke the 100m and 200m backstroke world records in 2019, faces tests in that stroke, plus her complementary stroke, butterfly.

Smith takes on rising 18-year-old Phoebe Bacon in the 100m back. Bacon, from the same high school as Katie Ledecky, is ranked third in the U.S. in the 100m back since the start of 2019. The second-ranked 100m backstroker, former world-record holder Kathleen Baker, is entered in strictly the 200m individual medley in Indianapolis.

Smith is also a contender to make the Olympic team in both the 100m and 200m butterflies, should she enter them at Trials. In Indy, she’s entered along with 2019 World bronze medalist Kelsi Dahlia, who was the fastest American in the event in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, but in the last year teens Claire Curzan and Torri Huske have been the fastest. Curzan and Huske are not entered in Indy.

The 200m fly pits the top two American women — world silver medalist Hali Flickinger and Smith, who in 2020 clocked a personal-best time that would have won the 2019 World title.

The eye-catching men’s events are the 50m and 100m freestyles and the 100m breaststroke.

The 50m free features the Nos. 2-5 American men — Michael AndrewRyan HeldZach Apple, plus Adrian, the five-time Olympic champion bidding to come back from testicular cancer to make a fourth Games.

But Adrian’s best chance at making it to Tokyo is in the 100m free, given it’s likely the top six at Trials qualify for the relay pool. Adrian is ranked eighth in the U.S. since the start of 2019. The Indy field includes four of the men ahead of him — Held, Apple, Blake Pieroni and Dean Farris.

The 100m breast pits the nation’s second- and third-ranked men, Michael Andrew and Cody Miller, who are separated by one tenth since the start of 2019.

Joseph Schooling, the 2016 Olympic 100m fly champion from Singapore, is also entered. Schooling failed to make it out of the heats at 2019 Worlds and ranks outside the world top 30 since the start of 2019.

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U.S. women win record 27th consecutive FIBA World Cup game

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SYDNEY — There’s been a long legacy of success for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the World Cup.

The names change over time, but the results don’t seem to.

Kelsey Plum scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and the United States routed Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to break the team record for consecutive wins at the World Cup.

The victory was the 27th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals against Russia. The U.S. won 26 in a row from 1994-2006 leading up to that game. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-86.

“It’s kind of amazing,” said Breanna Stewart, who has been part of the last three World Cup teams. “Obviously, been here for some of it, but you understand the legends before that who really kind of started the streak. It goes to show that no matter who is playing on USA Basketball, we’re always trying to chase excellence.

“This streak doesn’t mean much right now because we’re going into the quarterfinals and focusing on winning a gold medal, but it’s something to kind of hang your hat on later.”

What started with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles has now been passed on to Stewart and A’ja Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t appear it will end anytime soon.

“The players change and, you know, there was a lot of concern about who’s next,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It was a concern when Dawn Staley and Lisa Leslie were playing and who was going to be next. Then it was Sue and (Taurasi) and then other great players, too. Now with this group they are saying, hey, we’re pretty good, too.”

MORE: FIBA World Cup Schedule, Results

The U.S. last lost a group play game in 1975, according to Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

“We know the responsibility when you put on this jersey. There’s a lot more than yourself,” Plum said. “Everyone puts pride to the side. We have a common goal. We have some amazing players on this team.”

The Americans (5-0) won their pool games by an average of 46.2 points and never trailed in any of them. Now they play Serbia in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. was coming off a record rout of South Korea in which the team broke the World Cup record for points with 145. While the Americans didn’t match that number, they put the game out of reach in the first 10 minutes, going up 33-15.

The lead ballooned to 63-31 at halftime. Bosnia and Herzegovina put together a small run to start the third quarter, but the U.S. scored the final 19 points of the period.

Once again they used a dominant inside performance, outscoring Bosnia and Herzegovina 84-28 in the paint led by Wilson, Stewart and Brionna Jones.

“It’s a huge part of our identity,” Reeve said. “Ninety-whatever we had yesterday and 84 today, we just know what we’re good at and we have players that are really understanding their opportunities for that.”

The U.S. was missing Jewell Loyd, whom the team said was resting. Kahleah Copper started in her place and finished with 11 points.

Nikolina Elez scored 19 points to lead the Bosniaks (0-5), who were playing in their first World Cup.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium 85, Bosnia and Herzegovina 55 Group A
11:30 p.m. Serbia 81, Mali 68 Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA 145, South Korea 69 Group A
2 a.m. France 67, Japan 53 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 95, Puerto Rico 60 Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia 75, Canada 72 Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 92, South Korea 73 Group A
11:30 p.m. China 81, Belgium 55 Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA 121, Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 Group A
2 a.m. Canada 88, Mali 65 Group B
3:30 a.m. Serbia 68, France 62 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 71, Japan 54 Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. USA vs. Serbia
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Canada vs. Puerto Rico
4 a.m. China vs. France
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Belgium
Fri., Sept. 30 3 a.m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final