Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte talks to the media
WHAT: 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Charlotte
WHEN: Thursday through Sunday. Thursday timed finals to begin at 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. each day and the daily finals will be at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Newly renovated Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center at 800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in uptown Charlotte.
WHO: Hundreds of nationally ranked swimmers, including headliner Ryan Lochte (Charlotte resident, 11-time Olympic medalist) and other U.S. Olympians. Although 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps generally swims in this event, he will not be in Charlotte this year. His fiancée recently gave birth to a boy.
TICKETS: No longer available online. They will be available at the door subject to availability. Tickets for Thursday's finals and all preliminary events Friday through Sunday start at $20 per person per day. Tickets for the 6 p.m. finals Friday, Saturday and Sunday start at $25 per person per day.
HISTORY: SwimMAC Carolina has hosted this world-class meet (under various names) since 1985 in Charlotte.
GOAL: Most of the swimmers are using this meet as part of their final few weeks of training for the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., which will begin June 26. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in August in Brazil. The U.S. swim team will be picked entirely based on results from the trials in Omaha.