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FINA world championships event and broadcast schedule

By Bryan Flaherty

On Sunday, Team USA jumps in the pool for the pool portion of the 2013 FINA world championships in Barcelona. A year ago, the United States dominated the swimming events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This year, the American bring one of their youngest squads in decades with new faces replacing the likes of Michael Phelps and Rebecca Soni. Leading the U.S. in the eight-day competition will be Missy Franklin and Bethesda-native Katie Ledecky who could combine for 12 gold medals between them.

Katie Ledecky swimming to gold in the

Ledecky, the 2012-2013 All Met Swimmer of Year from Stone Ridge School, struck gold as a 15-year-old in London with a stunning victory in the 800-meter freestyle. A year later, Ledecky is back for more. The 16-year-old rising high school junior will swim one of the most exhausting seven-day schedules possible with a potential eight swims at the 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter distances, including the 4×200 free relay. She is the heavy favorite in the 800 and 1,500 free events and will likely challenge the world record in each. Her events have been highlighted in orange below.

Franklin won four gold medals in London, including two in individual races, at age 17. She’s hoping for more this summer with eight events on her schedule — 100 and 200 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, and all three relays. Franklin’s events highlighted in skyblue.

Matt McLean freestyle swimming

Matt McLean takes a breath during the men's 400 free at U.S. Nationals. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sterling-native Matt McLean swims a lighter schedule than his Maryland-based teammate, but has the same aspirations for the top of the podium in the 400 freestyle. McLean missed making the U.S. Team in the his signature event — the 400 freestyle — a year ago at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but managed to make the team as a member of the 4×200 free relay. The moment was bittersweet for the former University of Virginia star as he made won Olympic gold as a prelim swimmer on the U.S. relay. This year he looks to add to his relay gold with an individual victory. His events have been highlighted in blue below.

Also competing for the U.S. men is three-time Olympian Ryan Lochte. Lochte has qualified in the 100 fly, 200 free, 200 back, 200 IM, 4×100 free relay, and 4×200 free relay. He hopes to swim in the medley relay as well, but it will depend on how he finishes in the individual 100 butterfly event. Lochte’s events highlighted in gray.

Day 1
Sun. 28 July
Day 2
Mon. 29 July
Day 3
Tue. 30 July
Day 4
Wed. 31 July
Heats
4:00-7:45am
Heats
4:00-6:45am
Heats
4:00
-6:45am
Heats
4:00
-6:10am
100m Butterfly W 100m Back W 50m Breast M 50m Back W
400m Free M 100m Back M 200m Free W 100m Free M
200m IM W 100m Breast W 200m Butterfly M 200m Butterfly W
50m Butterfly M 200m Free M 800m Free M 200m IM M
400m Free W 1500m Free W    
100m Breast M      
4x100m Free W      
4x100m Free M      
       
Finals
12:00-2:05pm
Finals
12:00
-1:50pm
Finals
12:00
-2:10pm
Finals
12:00
-2:00pm
100m Butterfly W SF 100m Breast M  200m Free M 100m Free M SF
400m Free M 100m Butterfly W 100m Back W 50m Back W SF
200m IM W SF 100m Back M SF 50m Breast M SF 200m Butterfly M
50m Butterfly M SF 100m Breast W SF 1500m Free W 200m Free W
400m Free W 50m Butterfly M 100m Back M 50m Breast M
100m Breast M SF 100m Back W SF 200m Free W SF 200m Butterfly W SF
4x100m Free W 200m Free M SF 200m Butterfly M SF 200m IM M SF
4x100m Free M 200m IM W 100m Breast W 800m Free M
       
Day 5
Thu. 1 August
Day 6
Fri. 2 August
Day 7
Sat. 3 August
Day 8
Sun. 4 August
Heats
4:00-6:45am
Heats
4:00-6:45am
Heats
4:00-7:00am
Heats
4:00-6:30am
100m Free W 50m Free M 50m Free W 400m IM M
200m Back M 50m Butterfly W 50m Back M 400m IM W
200m Breast W 100m Butterfly M 50m Breast W 4x100m Medley M
200m Breast M 200m Back W 1500m Free M 4x100m Medley W
4x200m Free W 4x200m Free M    
  800m Free W    
       
Finals
12:00-
2:10pm
Finals
12:00-
2:30pm

Finals
12:00-
2:10pm

Finals
12:00-
2:25pm
100m Free W SF 100m Free W 50m Butterfly W 50m Back M
200m IM M 200m Back M 50m Free M 50m Breast W
200m Breast W SF 200m Back W SF 200m Back W 400m IM M
100m Free M 50m Free M SF 50m Breast W SF 50m Free W
200m Butterfly W 200m Breast W 100m Butterfly M 1500m Free M
200m Breast M SF 100m Butterfly M SF 50m Free W SF 400m IM W
50m Back W 50m Butterfly W SF 50m Back M SF 4x100m Medley M
200m Back M SF 200m Breast M 800m Free W 4x100m Medley W
4x200m Free W 4x200m Free M    

Event finals will be broadcast each day on NBC and Universal Sports. Check your local listings for specific channels. All times listed are EST.

Date Time Event Channel
Sun., July 28  2:30-4:30 p.m. Swimming NBC
Sun., July 28 9-11 p.m. Swimming (Re-air) Universal Sports
Mon., July 29     12-2 p.m. LIVE Swimming Finals Universal Sports
Tue., July 30 12-2:30 p.m. LIVE Swimming Finals Universal Sports 
Wed., July 31 12-2 p.m. LIVE Swimming Finals Universal Sports 
Thurs., Aug. 1 12-2:30 p.m. LIVE Swimming Finals Universal Sports 
Fri., Aug. 2 12-2:30 p.m. LIVE Swimming Finals Universal Sports 
Sat., Aug. 3 1-3 p.m.   Swimming NBC 
Sat., Aug. 3 9-11 p.m. Swimming (Re-air)  Universal Sports 
Sun., Aug. 4 4-6 p.m. Swimming NBC 
Sun., Aug. 4 9-11 p.m. Swimming (Re-air) Universal Sports 

For live results follow @reachforthewall on Twitter or use Omega Timing’s live timing application. Download available here. Click for the complete Team USA roster and event list.

Related Links:

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2. Thomas Lurz adds another gold, leading Germany to open-water team win

3. Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto wins gold in 10K at worlds

4. Spyridon Gianniotis grabs gold for Greece in gritty 10K at worlds

5. Haley Anderson wins United States first gold at worlds

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