Current and future Olympians underwent a pivotal final tuneup in Austin, Texas over the weekend. Many of the nation's elite male and female competitive swimmers converged on the college town for the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite, held June 1-3 at the University of Texas.
Michael Phelps joined a portion of the anticipated Team USA roster at the Jamail Texas Swim Center. Missy Franklin, a 17-year-old sensation surrounded by high expectations, was also in attendance.
It was a big weekend for Olympic swimmers, as the events in Austin and the Santa Clara Grand Prix in California, represented the final time that most of them will race competitively until the U.S. Olympic Team Trials take place later this month. The final roster for the 2012 Games in London will be settled during those trials, held June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska
As these world-class athletes prepare to taper off their training regiments in preparation for the final hurdle before Olympic competition, the Austin Elite presented an opportunity for swimmers to make a statement about their current physical condition. It also gives us a chance to analyze a few key performances and project who's in prime position to make a legitimate impact at the 2012 Games.
From Phelps' continued excellence to a few surprises, the weekend gave us a glimpse of what may lie ahead in London. Let's dive right into it, shall we?