Prize money doubled for Arena Grand Prix series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The top three finishers in individual Olympic-distance swimming events at the Arena Grand Prix Series will be getting more money.

USA Swimming said Monday that title sponsor Arena is doubling the prize money to $300,000 for the six-meet series.

In each event, winners will receive $1,000, second-place finishers will earn $600 and third-place will be worth $200. Swimmers with remaining NCAA eligibility won't be able to accept prize money.

The male and female overall points leaders at the end of the series will each receive a $10,000 bonus.

The series begins Nov. 20 in Minneapolis, followed by meets in Austin, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Mesa, Arizona; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Santa Clara, California.

For the second straight year, a one-year lease of a luxury car will be given to the highest-scoring male and female U.S. swimmers.

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