4 stories to look out for during the Pan Pacific Championships

The Pan Pacific Championships are going on for the next four days in Australia.

The Pan Pacific Championships are going on for the next four days in Australia.

In the swimming world, there are a handful of competitions that determine the ranking for professional athletes. On August 21, the Pan Pacific Championships will begin. This year, the event boasts big name swimmers like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, who qualified to compete earlier this month at the U.S. National Championships.

The competition is being held in Australia, and has brought together some of the world's top swimmers from across the world including the United States, Australia, Japan, Canada and South Africa. The competition being held in Australia means that because of the time difference, there are already results from some of the first races. Because there are so many major players in this tournament, there are number of different stories about some of the American swimmers that you should follow as races progress.

Here are a few that you may want to keep your ear out for:

Katie Ledecky – One of the youngest competitors at the Pan Pacs, Ledecky will be racing in a number of meets over the four day span, including the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500m freestyles. This year, she has already broken three world records, most recently the 400 at the U.S. National Championships.

Michael Phelps – This event marks the return to international competition for Phelps. He is currently ranked first in the world in the 100 meter butterfly, which will be a defining meet at the Pan Pacifics. Phelps, who retired after the London Olympics in in 2012, has returned to compete in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Missy Franklin - Franklin, who also competed in the 2012 London Olympics, has traveled to Australia in hopes of competing to qualify for the 2016 games. The issue with Franklin's run is that she has been showing signs of injury in her back after a semester in college of focusing on freestyle. The transition from freestyle to backstroke for competitions has been taxing on her. Following a workout earlier in the week, Franklin tweeted to fans that she had "had some back spasms after workout today," but that she was feeling much better.

Nathan Adrian – Will compete with the U.S. team in the freestyle relay, which should be a challenge given the current state of the Australian relay team, who are slated to put up a good fight. According to Swim Swam, "The relay is very important on the international scene as it shows the true depth of swimming in that country."

As the next few days progress, we will be updating you on any breakthroughs that come from the meet, so be sure to follow along with this blog. If you yourself are a competitive swimmer and are interested in updating some of your gear, make sure that you invest in quality products that will last. For all of your swimwear needs and the best racing swimsuit, visit Swimmer's Choice online for design and model information.