The link at the bottom of this page will take you to the Southern California Grand Prix meet held over last weekend. It certainly appears the entire competitive swimming community has gotten a huge "bounce" off of the Beijing Olympics.
Our team swam locally this last weekend and we can tell you that a very healthy percentage of our swimmers (and many of those at the meet from other teams as well) were on fire. We are in the midst of heavy training for our winter block and we still recorded several lifetime bests. Additionally many swimmers were within tenths of a second of their previous lifetime bests, all of which occurred in the "shave and taper" mode.
2009 indeed is shaping up to be a banner year in our sport. This is a very special time to be involved in swimming whether you are a competitor, enthusiast or supporter - or even a weekend warrior going to Masters' meets.
Southern California GrandPrix 2009