Forty-Three Named to US Olympic Team

BY Phillip Whitten

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 14. FORTY-THREE swimmers – 21 men and 22 women — were named to the 2004 US Olympic Swimming Team last night at the conclusion of the US Olympic Trials in Long Beach.

The American squad is led by 19 year-old Michael Phelps, who will attempt to equal or surpass Mark Spitz's unparalleled seven Olympic gold medals from the 1972 Games in Munich. Phelps will swim the 200-meter freestyle, both butterfly and both medleys. He is also likely to swim on at least two of the three US relays.

Seven members of the team are current world record-holders: Ian Crocker (100-m butterfly), Brendan Hansen (100- and 200-m breaststroke), Lenny Krayzelburg (100-m backstroke), Aaron Peirsol (200-m backstroke) and Michael Phelps (200-m butterfly, and 200- and 400-m medley) for the men; Amanda Beard (200-m breaststroke) and Natalie Coughlin (100-m backstroke) for the women.,

Interestingly, the US team has two sets of siblings: Klete and Kalyn Keller, and Tara and Dana Kirk. The Kirks are the first set of sisters to make a US Olympic swim team, while the Kellers are the third brother-sister combination in US Olympic history.

Teri McKeever, coach of Natalie Coughlin, was named to the coaching staff yesterday and becomes the first woman ever to serve as a US Olympic swimming coach.

Four-time Olympian Jenny Thompson is the team's oldest woman while Gary Hall, Jr., at 29, is not only the oldest man on the team, but the oldest man to represent the US in Olympic swimming since Duke Kahanamoku, who was 33 in 1924.

Larsen Jensen, at 18, is the youngest man on the team. Fifteen year-old Katie Hoff is the team's youngest woman. Overall, the men's team averages 23 years of age, the women's 21.

The following is a list of the members of the US Olympic swimming team and the events they are swimming:

Name Age Hometown/Team(s) Event(s)

MEN

Ian Crocker 21 Portland, Maine/Longhorn 100 Free, 100 Fly, 4×100 FR

Nate Dusing 25 Villa Hills, Ky./Longhorn 4×100 FR

Mark Gangloff 22 Akron, Ohio/Auburn 100 Breast

Scott Goldblatt 25 Scotch Plains, NJ/Berkeley Aq. 4×200 FR

Gary Hall 29 Phoenix, Ariz./Cal Aquatics 50 Free, 4×100 FR

Brendan Hansen 22 Havertown, Penn./Longhorn 100 Breast, 200 Breast

Bryce Hunt 22 Newburgh, Ind./Auburn 200 Back

Larsen Jensen 18 Bakersfield, Cal/Mission Viejo 400 Free, 1500 Free

Klete Keller 21 Phoenix, Ariz./Club Wolv. 200 Free, 400 Free, 4×200 FR

Dan Ketchum 22 Cincinnati, Ohio/U. Michigan 4×200 FR

Lenny Krayzelburg 28 Studio City, Cal./Novaquatics 100 Back

Jason Lezak 28 Irvine, Calif./Novaquatics 50 Free, 100 Free, 4×100 FR

Ryan Lochte 19 Daytona Beach, Fl./Daytona 200 IM, 4×200 FR

Tom Malchow 27 St. Paul, Minn./Club Wolv. 200 Fly

Aaron Peirsol 20 Irvine, Calif./Novaquatics 100 Back, 200 Back

Michael Phelps 19 Towson, Md./No. Baltimore 200 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly,
200 IM, 400 IM, 4×200 FR

Scott Usher 21 Grand Island, Neb./Wyoming 200 Breast

Peter Vanderkaay 20 Rochester, Mich./Michigan 4×200 FR

Erik Vendt 23 North Easton, Mass./Trojan 1500 Free, 400 IM

Neil Walker 28 Verona, Wis./Longhorn 4×100 FR

Gabe Woodward 25 Bakersfield, Calif./Unatt. 4×100 FR

Head Coach: Eddie Reese, Texas
Assistant Coaches: Bob Bowman, North Baltimore; Dave Salo, Irvine Novaquatics; Jon Urbanchek, Club Wolverine

WOMEN

Amanda Beard 22 Irvine, Calif./Tucson Ford 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM

Lindsay Benko 27 Elkhart, Ind./Trojan 200 Free, 4×200 FR

Caroline Bruce 18 Wichita, Kansas/Wichita 200 Breast

Kristen Caverly 19 San Clemente, Cal./Aquazot & Stanford 200 Back

Natalie Coughlin 21 Concord, Calif./Cal Aquatics 100 Free, 100 Back, 4×100 FR

Haley Cope 25 Chico, Calif./Chico Aquajets 100 Back

Maritza Correia 22 Valrico, Fla./Broward and GA 4×100 FR

Margaret Hoelzer 21 Huntsville, Ala./Auburn 200 Back

Katie Hoff 15 Abingdon, Md./North Baltimore 200 IM, 400 IM

Rhi Jeffrey 17 Delray Beach, Fla./Aquacrest 4×200 FR

Kara Lynn Joyce 18 Ann Arbor, Mich./Club Wolv. & GA 50 Free, 100 Free, 4×100 FR

Kalyn Keller 19 Phoenix, Ariz./Trojan 400 Free, 800 Free

Dana Kirk 20 Bremerton, Wash./Stanford 200 Fly

Tara Kirk 22 Bremerton, Wash./Stanford 100 Breast

Rachel Komisarz 27 Louisville Ky./Lakeside 100 Fly, 4×200 FR

Colleen Lanne 24 Tucson, Ariz./Novaquatics & TX 4×100 FR

Diana Munz 22 Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Lake Erie 800 Free

Carly Piper 20 Grosse Point, Mich./Wisc. Aquatics 4×200 FR

Kaitlin Sandeno 21 Lake Forest, Calif./USC 400 Free, 200 Fly, 400 IM, 4×200 FR

Jenny Thompson 31 Dover, N.H./Badger 50 Free, 100 Fly, 4×100 FR

Dana Vollmer 16 Ft. Worth, Texas/Ft. Worth Area 200 Free, 4×200 FR

Amanda Weir 18 Lawrenceville, Ga./Swim Atlanta 4×100 FR

Head Coach: Mark Schubert, USC
Assistant Coaches: Frank Busch, Arizona; Teri McKeever, Cal; Richard Quick, Stanford

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