Karlee Bispo
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 2. KATIE Ledecky will not swim the 200 freestyle at the world championships, USA Swimming confirmed today, prompting a last-minute addition to the team roster.

The announcement not only moves Shannon Vreeland into the individual 200 freestyle event with Missy Franklin, but it also adds Karlee Bispo to the world championship roster. Vreeland was third in the 200 free at the world championship trials, while Bispo was seventh.

Seventh place in the 200 free usually was the unluckiest place to get in an international team selection meet, but lately it has become the best place to be. Michael Klueh was added to the team last week after Connor Jaeger withdrew from relay duty. Today's announcement mirrors Michael Phelps' decision to drop the 200 freestyle from his Olympic schedule last year, thereby bumping Trials third-place finisher Ricky Berens up into the individual 200 free and seventh-place finisher Davis Tarwater into relay duty.


Ledecky's schedule was already full for the world championships, with the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles on her agenda, as well as the 800 free relay. Unlike the USA Swimming nationals, she will have to compete in heats and finals of the 800 and 1500 freestyles in Barcelona. Taking the 200 freestyle out of her program gives her two full rest days in the eight-day competition. Had she stuck with the 200 free, she would have been potentially competing every day.

Vreeland now adds another event to her lineup, having been placed on the team in the individual 100 free and the 800 free relay before today. She was a part of the 800 free relay that won gold in London, a swim that marked her breakthrough on the international scene.

This marks Bispo's first world championship appearance, having previously won a gold in the 800 free relay and bronze in the 200 free at the 2011 World University Games.

No more changes will be made to the world championship roster. FINA's deadline to submit official rosters was midnight Monday.