Friday, February 12, 2010 | 6:51 p.m. CST;
updated 3:56 p.m. CST, Monday, February 15, 2010
COLUMBIA — Though Olympic
gold medalist Michael Phelps was forced to pull out due to East Coast snow storms, the Missouri Grand Prix goes on.
The four-day event opens Friday and continues through Monday, Feb. 15. Columbia is the third stop of the eight-meet U.S. Grand Prix series. The overall winner receives a $20,000 grand prize.
A total of 13 U.S. National Team swimmers are entered in the meet held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Tickets range from $10-$15, or $60 for an all-session pass, and can be purchased at the door.
Ous Mellouli, swimming for the Trojan Swim Club of the University of South California, competes in the men's 400m individual medley on Friday during the Missouri Grand Prix. Mellouli, gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, finished in 4:28.73, placing first in his heat and the preliminary rounds.
Swimmers dive at the start of the fifth heat of the women's 100m breaststroke on Friday during the Missouri Grand Prix. Haylee Johnson, top far left, a national qualifier swimming for the University of British Columbia Dolphins, finished in 1:11.47, taking first in the heat and third in the preliminary.
Tristin Baxter, 17, swimming for the Clovis Swim Club, competes in the women's 400 individual medley Friday at the Missouri Grand Prix. Baxter finished in 5:01.14, placing first in her heat.
Pineda Gary of Guatemala competes during heat 7 of the men's 200m freestyle at the Missouri Grand Prix Friday inside the Missouri Aquatic Center.
Swimmers plunge into the depths during heat 3 of the men's 100m breaststroke at the Missouri Grand Prix Friday inside the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Swimmers compete in the women's 200m freestyle during the Missouri Grand Prix Friday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics club member, Masayuki Kishida, swims the 100-meter butterfly finals round on Friday, during the fourth annual Missouri Grand Prix at the Student Recreation Area. Kishida completed in 53.46 seconds and won the event.
Parkland Aquatic Club member, Madison Burns, cheers on her teammates in the 800-meter freestyle relay on Friday, during the fourth annual Missouri Grand Prix at the Student Recreation Center. Parkland Aquatic placed third in that event.