With less than 100 days until the 2012 London Olympics, the best swimmers in the world converged Indianapolis for the Indy Grand Prix. The star-studded event took place at Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, marking the fifth stop on the USA’s Swimming Grand Prix Series.
Michael Phelps, and rival swimmer Ryan Lochte were among some of the biggest names in attendance. Phelps got the best of his old rival, finishing three seconds ahead of Lochte in one race and cruising to a win in the 100-meter fly.
After the race Phelps said, " I'm happy. I’m excited. I’m swimming well. I feel like the old me again. I think that's the biggest thing. I'm more relaxed than I ever have been throughout my whole entire career, and I think that's kind of showing, I think I'm able to feel like a kid a again."
Another standout in Indianapolis was Missy Franklin. At just 16, Franklin won the FINA Swimmer of the year award in 2011, and standing 6 ft and 1.5 inches, she has impressive size and arm span to compete with the best in the world. She won the 100 and 200-meter backstroke in Indianapolis.
Before the race Missy commented on her past luck in Indianapolis.
"It’s awesome. I absolutely love it. This is one of my favorite pools. I think I got my first national at this pool so it’s really exciting. It is kind of a lucky pool for me, and I’m really happy to be here."
The USA Grand Prix makes its sixth stop in Charlotte, North Carolina May 10-13.