Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin are expected to lead a parade of standouts next week at the Arena Grand at Santa Clara, USA Swimming said Friday.
Also entered in the four-day meet that begins Thursday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center are Cal Olympians Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Caitlin Leverenz. Stanford stars include Eugene Godsoe, Maya DiRado and BJ Johnson.
Phelps has returned after a 1½-year layoff since the London Games. He had planned to retire after London, but the 18-time gold medalist decided to try to qualify for his fifth Olympics.
Claudia Saunders placed second in the women's 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, earning the highest-ever finish by a Stanford woman in the event. Saunders ran 2 minutes, 2.92 seconds, and teammate Amy Weissenbach was sixth in 2:04.16. Oregon's Laura Roesler won in 2:01.22. Stanford's Luke Lefebure ran a 1:47.64 for sixth in the men's 800, and Joe Rosa was seventh in the men's 5,000 in 13:31.69.
San Jose Giants
The Giants had just two hits -- Elliott Blair's double and Chuckie Jones' single -- in a 3-1 loss to Stockton at Municipal Stadium. The Ports scored three times in the second inning -- sparked by Renato Nunez's leadoff double -- against San Jose starter Ryan Bradley. Trevor Brown had a sacrifice fly for the Giants.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship race set for Sonoma Raceway on Sept. 14 was moved to Beijing. A cancellation of a Sept. 17 shipping route from the Port of Oakland to Shanghai was the reason given. The next vessel, leaving Sept. 21, wouldn't arrive at Shanghai until Oct. 7, not allowing enough time for teams to prepare for the Oct. 12 race there. Fans who bought tickets for the event have the option to exchange them for a 2014 race of their choice or a complete refund. For information, call 800-8870-RACE.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.