A Look At Team USA’s Roster For FINA World Swimming Championships

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GOLD COAST, Australia, August 24. THE United States will be the first country to select its swimmers for next year’s FINA long course world championships, with the top times from the recent U.S. nationals and this week’s Pan Pacific championships serving as the criteria for selection.

We brought you a list of the unofficial world championship team after the conclusion of nationals, and here we present a more official list now that the Pan Pacs are complete in Australia.

A brief primer on the selection process for the world championship team, from USA Swimming:

Times will only be considered from the Finals (A finals only at Nationals, A and B finals at the Pan Pacific Championships), and times from other races, including without limitation the preliminary heats, relay lead-offs, intermediate splits, time trials, Swim Offs, and B finals at the Nationals will NOT be considered for selection, but may be considered in making other determinations as described herein; except that, in the women’s 800m and 1,500m Freestyle and the men’s 800m and 1,500m Freestyle, all finishing times will be considered from the Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Performances in the Individual Olympic Events and Individual Non-Olympic Events at the Qualifying Competitions (if held) will be prioritized for each gender as follows to fill the Team, up to a maximum of twenty-six (26) men and twenty-six (26) women.

The Team for each gender shall be selected based on the following priorities:

Priority #1. The first priority shall include both (i) the four fastest times in the Finals at the Qualifying Competitions among those who are Available Swimmers in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events, (the first and second fastest times in each the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events will swim the individual Event at the Championships), and (ii) the first fastest time in the Finals at the Qualifying Competitions among Available Swimmers in each of the Individual Olympic Events other than the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events.

Priority #2. The second priority shall include the second fastest time in the Finals at the Qualifying Competitions among Available Swimmers in each of the Individual Olympic Events other than the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events.

Priority #3. The third priority shall include the fastest time in the Finals at the Nationals among Available Swimmers in the Individual Non-Olympic Events.

Priority #4. The fourth priority shall include the fifth fastest time from Finals at the Qualifying Competitions among Available Swimmers in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events.

Priority #5. The fifth priority shall include the sixth fastest time from the Finals at the Qualifying Competitions among Available Swimmers in each of the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events.

According to USA Swimming, the wording of Priority 3 means that the times from the men’s 800 freestyle and the women’s 1500 freestyle at Pan Pacs will not count for selection to the world championships team. The second swimmer in those events for the world championships will be the person with the highest FINA ranking in the event, and is already on the roster in another event. Therefore, it appears that Katie Ledecky (women’s 1500) and Connor Jaeger (men’s 800) will be those athletes.

The roster for the open water world championship team will be picked at a competition to be determined.

2015 FINA World Championships Team:
Men (22 athletes):

50 freestyle: Anthony Ervin (21.55, nationals), Nathan Adrian (21.69, nationals)
100 freestyle: Nathan Adrian (48.30, Pan Pacs), Michael Phelps (48.51, Pan Pacs)
200 freestyle: Conor Dwyer (1:46.45, Pan Pacs), Ryan Lochte (1:46.75, Pan Pacs)
400 freestyle: Connor Jaeger (3:45.31, Pan Pacs), Michael McBroom (3:47.19, nationals)
800 freestyle: Michael McBroom (7:49.66, nationals)
1500 freestyle: Connor Jaeger (14:51.06, nationals), Michael McBroom (14:56.17, nationals)
50 backstroke: David Plummer (24.82, nationals)
100 backstroke: Matt Grevers (52.75, nationals), David Plummer (53.17, Pan Pacs)
200 backstroke: Tyler Clary (1:54.73, nationals), Ryan Murphy (1:55.99, nationals)
50 breaststroke: Brendan McHugh (27.24, nationals)
100 breaststroke: Cody Miller (59.91, nationals), Nic Fink (1:00.24, Pan Pacs)
200 breaststroke: Nic Fink (2:08.94, Pan Pacs), Kevin Cordes (2:09.48, nationals)
50 butterfly: Matt Grevers (23.50, nationals)
100 butterfly: Tom Shields (51.29, nationals), Michael Phelps (51.29, Pan Pacs)
200 butterfly: Tom Shields (1:55.09, nationals), Tyler Clary (1:55.42, Pan Pacs)
200 individual medley: Ryan Lochte (1:56.02, Pan Pacs), Michael Phelps (1:56.04, Pan Pacs)
400 individual medley: Tyler Clary (4:09.03, Pan Pacs), Chase Kalisz (4:09.62 Pan Pacs)
400 free relay: Ryan Lochte (48.96, nationals), Jimmy Feigen (48.98, nationals), Conor Dwyer (49.06, nationals) (alternate), Anthony Ervin (49.08, nationals) (alternate)
800 free relay: Matt McLean (1:46.93, nationals), Reed Malone (1:47.41, nationals), Michael Weiss (alternate) (1:47.87, nationals), Clay Youngquist (alternate) (1:48.08, nationals)

Women (25 athletes):
50 freestyle: Simone Manuel (24.56, nationals), Ivy Martin (24.72, nationals)
100 freestyle: Missy Franklin (53.43, nationals), Simone Manuel (53.66, nationals)
200 freestyle: Katie Ledecky (1:55.16, nationals), Missy Franklin (1:56.04, Pan Pacs)
400 freestyle: Katie Ledecky (3:58.37, Pan Pacs), Cierra Runge (4:04.55, Pan Pacs)
800 freestyle: Katie Ledecky (8:11.35, Pan Pacs), Becca Mann (8:22.45, Pan Pacs)
1500 freestyle: Katy Campbell (16:17.59)
50 backstroke: Rachel Bootsma (28.35, nationals)
100 backstroke: Missy Franklin (59.38, nationals), Kathleen Baker (1:00.35, Pan Pacs)
200 backstroke: Elizabeth Beisel (2:08.33, Pan Pacs), Missy Franklin (2:08.38, nationals)
50 breaststroke: Jessica Hardy (30.12, nationals)
100 breaststroke: Jessica Hardy (1:06.51, nationals), Micah Lawrence (1:06.51, nationals)
200 breaststroke: Micah Lawrence (2:23.05, nationals), Breeja Larson (2:24.16, nationals)
50 butterfly: Kendyl Stewart (25.99)
100 butterfly: Kendyl Stewart (57.82, Pan Pacs), Claire Donahue (58.03, nationals)
200 butterfly: Cammile Adams (2:06.61, Pan Pacs), Katie McLaughlin (2:07.08, Pan Pacs)
200 individual medley: Maya DiRado (2:09.93, Pan Pacs), Melanie Margalis (2:10.20, nationals)
400 individual medley: Elizabeth Beisel (4:31.99, Pan Pacs), Maya DiRado (4:35.75, Pan Pacs)
400 free relay: Shannon Vreeland (54.14, nationals), Abbey Weitzeil (54.38, nationals), Lia Neal (54.47, nationals) (alternate), Margo Geer (54.51, nationals) (alternate)
800 free relay: Shannon Vreeland (1:57.38, Pan Pacs), Leah Smith (1:57.57, nationals), Chelsea Chenault (alternate) (1:58.60, nationals), Cierra Runge (alternate) (1:58.70, nationals)

6 Comments

6 comments

  1. Peter

    Check W 1Bk: 2nd slot should be Kathleen Baker.

    • Jeff Commings

      Thanks for the catch, Peter. Kathleen had a great swim to win the B final at Pan Pacs and secure a spot on the worlds team.

  2. Lili

    Why is Katie Ledecky not in 1500 freestyle?

    • Jeff Commings

      As mentioned, only the first-place finishers in the non-Olympic events at U.S. nationals get on the team. The second berth in those events goes to someone already on the team who chooses to swim the event. Ledecky is likely to swim it, but USA Swimming does not officially name a second person to the non-Olympic events.

  3. Colleen

    I think USA swimming is short changing itself. Alot of the names on this list are the same, for multiple events. How are they going to do their best, if they’re swimming one event after another. Especially some of the older guys, it’s not as easy for them to recover. Total respect for them but lets not just talk about developing the younger up & coming talent but actually put some of them on these teams for international experience. Ex…Kevin Corder gave up swimming the 200 Breast @ Pan Pacs, to do Well in the 400 Medley relay. This selfless act paid off. With some that have had their time in the Sun, maybe it’s time to step aside. If one swimmer gets on the National team for 4 events, thats knocking someone else that may specialize in that event off of the Top 6 list, having less overall National members on the team. Other wise this may hurt USA swimming in the long run.

  4. Hey, Colleen:

    Bite your tongue!

    Didn’t “The Iron Lady” and her Spanish counterpart (Mme. Belmonte Garcia not only WIN multiple events @ the European Championships but set innumerable wrs too?

    Piece of cake. Nothing to it but to do it. They stuttered onto the deck in Berlin and the rest of Europe rolled over and played dead.

    Same thing’ll happen with our super swimmers in Kazan next summer.

    Hey, we’re the USofA, the red, white and blue, We’re No. 1 We’re the queens and kings of the pool.

    And if you don’t believe that’ just ask the folks in Colorado Springs, they’ll set you straight.

Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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