The 2000 Mission Viejo Nadadores Swim Meet of Champions kicks off today with over two dozen of the United States National "A", "B", and Junior Team Members competing primarily against the Japan Olympic Team as well as Olympians from nearly a dozen other nations. The Japanese Swim Federation selected their Olympic Team just a month ago and sent them to train at altitude in Flagstaff, AZ, and then on to the Swim Meet of Champions in Southern California's Legendary Mission Viejo for their first competition as a Team.
Major club Teams from throughout the United States including swimmers from the Nadadores, Trojan, Cal Berkley, Phoenix, Lakeside, Carmel, Scottsdale, Irvine, Dynamo, Swim Atlanta, Buenaventura, Lakeside, and Industry Hills just to name a few will be attending. World ranked swimmers litter the Psyche sheet that can be found on the Southern California Swimming Website: Socalswim.org
Thursday's women's 800 Free will give a great start to the meet with Kaitlin Sandeno (Gators) taking on Sachiko Yamada (Japan) with nearly identical entered times of 8:34.65 and 8:34.44 respectively. The men's 800 will similarly be a great race with Mission Viejos' Chad Carvin, Ocean States' Erik Vendt, Trojan Mark Warkentin, and Japans' Masato Hirano and Yota Arase fighting it out for the win.
Check out the results daily on Swimnews.com as well as Southern California's Web results page.