Top Swimmers To Watch: 2018 TYR ISCA Summer Senior Championships

The ISCA Summer Senior Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers a great end-of-season championship for many of the countries best up-and-coming swimmers. Hosted outdoors at the North Shore Aquatic Complex, nearly 600 swimmers will compete from Tuesday to Saturday. 

The five-day competition is open to swimmers who meet the qualifying time standards and are also on a member team in the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA). Teams from all across the country, including California and Connecticut, are attending the meet. Even swimmers from the Cayman Islands will be competing next week.

Join PRO to watch the 2018 ISCA Summer Senior Championships LIVE on FloSwimming.

Two age groups will be scored: one of 16-and-under swimmers and the other open to anyone. The preliminary session won’t be separated and swimmers under 16 had the option to swim in the open division when entering.

For 16-year-old Olivia Bray, the age group won’t matter. She is the top overall seed in four events. Bray, from the Virginia Gators, adds the 50-yard backstroke top seed to owning the butterfly events entering the meet. Teammate and NC State signee Emma Muzzy leads the way in two events, the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Olivia Bray, Virginia Gators | 2017 ISCA Summer Sr. Champs

On the men’s side, Khalil Fonder, also of the Virginia Gators, enters with the top spot in five events. The Arizona State signee leads the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 50 and 100 backstroke, and the 100 freestyle. He also sits fourth entering the 200 freestyle.

Another Virginia Gator and Virginia Tech signee, Keith Myburgh, will be in contention in many races. The 18-year-old enters the meet with the top spot in the 200 and 400 IM. He’s seeded within striking distance in six additional races, making him a strong candidate to win high point for the men.

Tennessee signee Danika Katzer, from the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins, leads in three events. She sits in the top four in two additional races. Katzer is an overwhelming favorite in the 200 IM but will likely have a race on her hands with Muzzy in the 400 IM. She also leads the 50 breaststroke.

Many other swimmers enter the meet as the top seeds in multiple events.

Katherine Douglass, of Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club, enters first in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Saint Petersburg Aquatics’ (SPA) Peyton Palsha is the top seed in the 1500 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

Khalil Fonder Is Ready To Join Arizona State

For the men, Will Smith, also from SPA, leads both long-distance freestyle events. Palo Alto’s Michael Lincoln leads the 200 and 400 freestyles. Michael Burris, from Snow Swimming, is the top seed in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes.

The top-seeded swimmers are ranked highly in most other events they are swimming.
All five relay events will be competed with the addition of a mixed medley relay, similar to how the Olympics will be adding that in the future. 

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics and the Virginia Gators are set to dominate the relay events, creating an exciting competition between the two. The Virginia Gators are seeded to win nine relay events, while Palo Alto enters at the top in eight. When one isn’t first, they are often seeded second.

Awards will be given at the championships' conclusion to the overall team winner as well as gender-specific team awards. There will also be awards for the top male and female performances. 

Coverage of the ISCA Summer Senior Championships can be seen on Join PRO today!

Help Change A Coach's Life: Vote Now For The 2018 Hometown Hero Award!

Hometown Heroes -- an award to recognize the finest coaches in the country who make an impact in the community by changing high school-age athletes' lives for the better. You have from now until Friday, November 16th to vote for the 2018 Hometown Heroes Award. The winner to take home $25,000!

Preview | Buckeyes Host In-State Foes Akron and Denison

After opening the season with five major-Division 1 foes, Ohio State is slated to match up with mid-major Akron and DIII Denison on Friday. As far as in-state competition goes, this meet brings a wide range of swimmers together.

USA Swimming Board of Directors Elects Its Officers

New 15-member board names Chair, Vice Chair and Vice Chair Fiscal Oversight

Three Top-20 Teams Take to the Pool in Columbus

Early season, inter-conference matchups are in full swing. After facing Alabama to open the season, Ohio State hosts another major season kick-off meet. Texas A&M and Louisville travel to Columbus for a meet that will simulate the competitive atmosphere of a championship meet. 

Preview | Alabama and Ohio State Meet in Early Season Dual

Preseason collegiate swimming rankings aren’t even posted yet. That doesn’t mean two top-25 programs can’t take to the pool to kick off the year. The Alabama Crimson Tide travel north to Columbus, Ohio to take on Big Ten opponent Ohio State.

Virtual Championships | Where They Rank

With the Asian Games swimming wrapping up at the end of last month, it’s time to combine the entire summer swim season. Lacking an international meet that included every nation, determining this year’s winners is completely based on the rankings. Although everyone can agree, racing head to head is much more exciting, a virtual podium is the only option for this summer.

2018 NCAA Preview

The academic year has returned. College swimmers are returning from summer training and competition to pick up the books once again. It won’t be long until they are pulling on their school's cap as the collegiate season begins.

Why Adam Peaty's World Record Proves the Future is Bright

So far, this century has produced a multitude of record-breaking and multi-time medal-winning swimmers. Obviously, the great Michael Phelps comes to mind quickly. While undoubtedly the most successful Olympian of all, Phelps didn’t achieve a feat recently met by a younger swimmer.

2018 European Championships: Sarah Sjoestroem Highlights Top 5 To Watch

In the absence of the Olympics or World Championships, the off summer is traditionally dubbed as the least exciting in swimming. Yet, the world is still taking to international competitions, albeit not all against each other.