Nationals and Pan Pacs Recap

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Anthony had a busy couple of weeks, competing in the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California, and the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. The busy schedule had little effect on Anthony, as he earned gold at Nationals and silver at the Pan Pacs in the 50-meter freestyle.

Anthony did not take a breath as he sped to the 3rd fastest time in the world, clocking in at 21.55 for the gold. It was his first national title since 2001.

After travelling to the other side of the world, Anthony earned silver in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.73. His silver place finish qualified him to represent the U.S. at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Russia, as well as compete on the 400 Freestyle relay at Worlds.

He also participated in the 400 freestyle relay with Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps at Pan Pacs. The team took the silver, behind the Australians, but Anthony believes in the future the team “express[es] a desire to train more, get ready, and have a better result.”

Here is a youtube clip of an interview done by Swimming World with Anthony after the Pan Pacs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tphKSoDa4g

Anthony Ervin headed to Europe for the 2014 Mare Nostrum Series

Anthony Ervin has a big week ahead of him on the other side of the pond. AE will be competing in the 2014 Mare Nostrum Series, 3 meets over the next 2 weeks.

First stop: MONACO! (June 7-8)
Start lists are posted:
50 Free
100 Free
Keep your eyes out for live results at http://montecarlo-swimming.org/Resultats2014.html

Then on to CANET IN ROUSSILLON (June 11-12)

And finally to BARCELONA (June 14-15)

Mare Nostrum Official Site: http://www.marenostrumswimming.com/

NBC Sports - Olympic champions tie in 100m freestyle on final day of Charlotte Grand Prix




Photo Credit: Getty Images via NBC Sports


Olympic champions tie in 100m freestyle on final day of Charlotte Grand Prix
Nick Zaccardi 5/18/2014

Anthony Ervin and Yannick Agnel are separated by 11 years in age and 12 years in Olympic gold medals, but they were identical in the 100m freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ervin, the 2000 Olympic 50m free champion, and Agnel, the 2012 Olympic 200m free champion, both clocked 49.51 seconds to share victory on the final day of the meet at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

“I felt great that first 50,” said the tattooed Ervin, 32, who led at the turn. “Wheels started coming off about halfway [on the second 50 meters].”

Agnel, 21, and a training partner of Michael Phelps, made his first big splash of the meet after being disqualified following the 200m free preliminaries for a false start Friday.

“I put everything in that last 50, and I’m glad that went well,” Agnel said.

Katinka Hosszu closed the meet with two more wins, giving the Hungarian six total over three days.

Hosszu, the reigning world champion in both individual medleys, crushed the 200m IM field by 2.37 seconds in 2:10.80. She came back 15 minutes later and prevailed by a body length in the 200m backstroke over American Megan Romano in 2:10.12.

“I can barely stand here, but it feels so good that I was able to double here tonight,” Hosszu said on the pool deck shortly after the 200m back.

Five-time 2012 Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt won the women’s 100m free in 54.65, her second freestyle victory in as many days.

Olympic champion Tyler Clary was beaten in the 200m back by three-time Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin. Vyatchanin, who is looking for a new country to represent, possibly the U.S., clocked 1:55.33, making him No. 5 in the world this year.

Denmark’s Lotte Friis, the closest thing Katie Ledecky has to a rival in the distance freestyles, held off 16-year-old American Becca Mann to win the 800m free in 8:26.16. Mann came in at 8:26.43 without Ledecky in the field.

Brazilian Thiago Pereira captured the men’s 200m IM in 1:58.44. Pereira, who won bronze in both IMs at the 2013 World Championships, topped Americans Conor Dwyer (2:00.06) and Chase Kalisz (2:00.80).

Connor Jaeger won the grueling 1500m free by 11 seconds in 15:11.46.

The USA Swimming Grand Prix series wraps up with the Santa Clara Grand Prix in California from June 19-22 with Phelps expected as a headliner. The U.S. Championships and the year’s biggest international meet, the Pan Pacific Championships, are in August.

USA Swimming Foundation to host two Fantasy Camps in 2014

Anthony will join David Marsh, Todd Schmitz, Nathan Adrian, Rowdy Gaines, and Mel Stewart at this year's USA Swimming Foundation's Fantasy Camp on Oct 9-12.  Read more about it via SwimSwam.

2014 Fantasy Camp – Adult
Date: October 17-19, 2014
Open to adults ages 18+
Cost: $2,500
All ability levels are welcome to register. Fanta­sy Camp is for adults 18 years of age and older.

2014 Fantasy Camp – Youth
Date: October 9-12, 2014
Open to youth ages 12 – 17
Cost: $1,750 by April 30th | $2,000 after May 1st
All ability levels are welcome to register.

[Team AE]

Photo courtesy of USA Swimming Foundation.

Battle of the Bands - Hard Rock Cafe - San Francisco

Join Anthony at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francisco tonight at 8pm! He'll be judging a Battle of the Bands hosted there, the winner of which will have the chance to play in Rome in front of 40,000 people.

Hard Rock San Fran is located at 39 Pier #256 - San Francisco, CA 94133. At the entrance of Pier 39, Beach and Embarcadero Streets. Free entry and all ages.

[Team AE]

Duel in the Pool 2013

Congrats to Team USA for winning the 2013 Duel in The Pool vs. the European All-Stars! Co-captain Anthony was a part of the 1-2-3 U.S. sweep in the Men's 50m Free as well as on the winning Men's 400 Freestyle relay to tie up the meet and go into overtime; which the Americans won. [Team AE]

Photo via USA Swimming