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Phelps to Compete Every Day of the FINA World Swimming Championships in Indy’s Conseco Fieldhouse -- September 22, 2004 FINA World Championships 2004 Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. swimming sensation Michael Phelps will have the opportunity to duplicate his six-gold-medal effort at the recent Athens Olympics in the upcoming FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Phelps, 19, from Towson, Md., is entered in six events, and fans will have the opportunity to see him in action in every session of the five-day event (Oct. 7-11) provided that he qualifies for the finals of each event he has entered.

Phelps, who won two bronze medals in addition to the six golds at Athens, is scheduled to swim in the 200-meter freestyle; the 200-meter butterfly; the 100-, 200- and 400-meter individual medleys and the 4x200-meter relay.

The 200m free takes place Thursday, Oct. 7. The 400m IM and 2x400m free relay are Friday, Oct. 8. Saturday, Oct. 9 is the 200m IM. Sunday, Oct. 10 is the 100m IM. The 200m fly will take place on Monday, Oct. 11 - the final day of the competition.

Phelps leads a star-studded U.S. team that includes 28 members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. Also entered are Olympic gold medal winners Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) in the three backstroke events (50 meters, 100 meters and 200 meters); Amanda Beard (Irvine, Calif.) in the three breaststroke events as well as the 100m and 200m IMs; and Natalie Coughlin (Concord, Calif.) in the 100m free, 50m back, 100m back and 4x100m free relay.

Peirsol brought home three gold medals from the Athens Games in the 100m and 200m backs, and the 4x100m medley relay. Coughlin took gold in the 100m back and as a member of the 2x400m relay team, bronze in the 100m free, and two silvers as a member of the 4x100m free and 4x100m medley relay teams. Beard won gold in the 200m breast and silvers in the 200m IM and 4x100m medley relay team.

Also on the U.S. team is the legendary four-time Olympian Jenny Thompson (Dover, N.H.), who became the most decorated U.S. Olympian ever (12 medals) at the Athens Olympic Games. The 31-year-old Thompson, in what is expected to be the last meet of her career, is entered in the 50m and 100m flys, and the 50m free.

It also may be the final meet for Elkhart, Indiana’s Lindsay Benko. Benko is entered in the 200m free and the 4x200m free relay. Another Hoosier, Bryce Hunt of Newburgh, will swim the 200m back.

Ian Crocker (Portland, Maine), who won silver in the 100m fly in Athens, will go for gold in the same event in Indianapolis. A member of the gold medal winning 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relay teams at the 2004 Olympics, Crocker will also compete in the 100m free, 50m fly and 4x100m free relay.

Breastroke specialist Brendan Hansen of Havertown, Penn., will swim in the 50m, 100m and 200m breastrokes at the Fieldhouse. He earned a silver in 100m breast and a bronze in the 200m breast in Athens.

Daytona Beach, Fla., native Ryan Lochte, who won silver in the 200m IM at the Olympics, will swim in that event as well as the 200m free, 100m IM and 4x200m free relay.

Kaitlin Sandeno of Lake Forest, Calif., will swim in the 400m free, 200m fly, 400m IM and 4x200m free relay. Sandeno won three medals in Athens, including a gold medal as a member of the 2x400m free relay team.

The 7th FINA World Championships will take place in 25-meter pool being constructed on the floor of Conseco Fieldhouse. A warm-up pool is also being constructed on the floor of the Fieldhouse. Construction on those pools begins at midnight, Sept. 22.

Stanford’s Skip Kenney will coach the U.S. men’s team while Pete Malone of the KC Blazers Swim Club will coach the women. The complete U.S. roster can be found below. For a schedule of events, visit Worldswim2004.com.

Ticket Information
Tickets are available for the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) at (317) 239-5151 or www.worldswim2004.com. Single-Session Tickets are $48-$10. Single-Day Tickets are on sale for $60-$25. All-Session Tickets are $300-$250. Group packages are available by contacting Indiana Sports Corporation at (800) HI-FIVES, (317) 237-5000 or tickets@world2004.com.

U.S. Roster

MEN

Name – Age - Hometown/Team(s) - Event(s)
Nick Brunelli – 22 - Mansfield, Mass./Sun Devil Aquatics - 50 Free
Chad Carvin - 30 - Laguna Hills, Calif./Mission Viejo - 400 Free
Ian Crocker – 22 - Portland, Maine/Longhorn - 100 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 4x100 FR
Nate Dusing - 25 - Villa Hills, Ky./Longhorn - 4x100 FR
Mark Gangloff - 22 - Akron, Ohio/Auburn and Firestone - 50 Breast, 100 Breast
Scott Goldblatt - 25 - Scotch Plains, N.J./Berkeley Aquatics - 4x200 FR
Brendan Hansen - 23 - Havertown, Penn./Longhorn - 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Bryce Hunt - 22 - Newburgh, Ind./Auburn - 200 Back
Dan Ketchum - 22# - Cincinnati, Ohio/University of Michigan - 4x200 FR
Jason Lezak - 28 - Irvine, Calif./Novaquatics - 50 Free, 100 Free, 4x100 FR
Ryan Lochte - 20 - Daytona Beach, Fla./Daytona Beach - 200 Free, 100 IM, 200 IM, 4x200 FR
Peter Marshall - 22 - Atlanta, Ga./Stanford - 50 Back, 100 Back
Ben Michaelson - 22 - Seymour, Conn./SONOCO - 50 Fly, 100 Fly
Justin Mortimer - 22 - Milton, Mass./Mission Viejo and Minnesota - 400 Free, 1500 Free
Aaron Peirsol - 21 - Irvine, Calif./Novaquatics - 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 Back
Michael Phelps - 19 - Towson, Md./North Baltimore - 200 Free, 200 Fly, 100 IM, 200 IM, 400 IM, 4x200 FR
Michael Raab - 21 - Rockville, Md./Rockville Montgomery and Virginia - 200 Fly
Eric Shanteau - 21 - Lilburn, Ga./Auburn 400 IM
Chris Thompson - 25 - Roseburg, Ore./Club Wolverine - 1500 Free
Scott Usher - 21 - Grand Island, Neb./Wyoming - 200 Breast
Neil Walker - 28 - Verona, Wis./Longhorn - 4x100 FR

Head Coach: Skip Kenney, Stanford
Assistant Coaches: Jimmy Roberts, Crawfish Aquatics; John Collins, Badger

WOMEN
Amanda Beard - 22 - Irvine, Calif./Tucson Ford - 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 100 IM, 200 IM
Lindsay Benko - 27 - Elkhart, Ind./Trojan - 200 Free, 4x200 FR
Brooke Bennett - 24 - Plant City, Fla./Broward - 800 Free
Haley Cope - 25 - Chico, Calif./Chico Aquajets - 50 Back, 100 Back
Maritza Correia - 22 - Valrico, Fla./Broward and Georgia - 4x100 FR
Natalie Coughlin - 22 - Concord, Calif./Cal Aquatics - 100 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back, 4x100 FR
Mary DeScenza - 20 - Naperville, Ill./Academy Bullets and Georgia - 200 Fly
Margaret Hoelzer - 21 - Huntsville, Ala./Auburn 200 Back
Katie Hoff - 15 - Abingdon, Md./North Baltimore - 100 IM, 200 IM, 400 IM
Kara Lynn Joyce - 18 - Ann Arbor, Mich./Club Wolverine and Georgia - 50 Free, 100 Free, 4x100 FR
Tara Kirk - 22 - Bremerton, Wash./Stanford - 50 Breast, 100 Breast
Rachel Komisarz - 27 - Louisville Ky./Lakeside - 50 Fly, 100 Fly
Kristy Kowal - 25# - Reading, Pa./Athens Bulldogs - 200 Breast
Hayley McGregory - 18 - Houston, Tex./Longhorn - 200 Back
Sara McLarty - 21 - Deland, Fla./Florida - 400 Free
Carly Piper - 21 - Grosse Point, Mich./Wisconsin Aquatics - 4x200 FR
Kaitlin Sandeno - 21 - Lake Forest, Calif./USC - 400 Free, 200 Fly, 400 IM, 4x200 FR
Jenny Thompson - 31 - Dover, N.H./Badger - 50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly
Dana Vollmer – 16 - Ft. Worth, Texas/Ft. Worth Area - 200 Free, 4x200 FR
Amanda Weir - 18 - Lawrenceville, Ga./Swim Atlanta and Georgia - 4x100 FR
Kate Ziegler – 16 - Great Falls, Va./The Fish - 800 Free

Head Coach: Pete Malone, KC Blazers
Assistant Coaches: John Mattos, Colorado State; Gregg Troy, Florida

Head Manager: Susan Petersen-Lubow
Assistant Managers: Rich DeSelm, Jennifer Gibson

Avg. Age of Team: 21.85
Avg. Age of Men's Team: 22.2
Avg. Age of Women's Team: 21.52
#Athletes with birthdays before the end of the swimming competition