COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, August 31. ELEVEN reigning or former NCAA champions will compete in Kazan, Russia, next summer at the 2013 World University Games, USA Swimming announced in its release of the official roster today.
On the women's side, four of those on the roster won individual races at the 2012 NCAA Division I championships: Liv Jensen (50 free), Megan Romano (200 free), Stephanie Peacock (1650 free) and Cindy Tran (100 back). Melanie Margalis previously helped Georgia win the 400 free relay in 2011.
On the men's side, Kevin Cordes and Cory Chitwood, both representing Arizona, are the only reigning individual collegiate champions on the WUG roster. Cordes won the 100 breast in March and also set the American record in the prelims of the event with a 51.32. Chitwood won his third-straight title in the 200 backstroke in 2012. Adam Small, also swimming for the Wildcats, anchored the American record-setting 200 medley relay in March.
Michael McBroom was the NCAA champion in the 1650 freestyle in 2011, and his Texas teammate Austin Surhoff won the 200 IM at the 2010 NCAAs. Mike Alexandrov, the former American record holder in the 100-yard breast, won that event in 2007.
Only four other current collegiate swimmers on the squad have not earned All-America status. Andrea Kropp, who has transferred to the University of Southern California after one season at Princeton. She has not yet qualified for an NCAA championships but shows promise in her first season with the Trojans after swimming in the finals of the Olympic Trials in the 200 breast. Emily McClellan placed as high as 18th at the NCAAs for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the school's highest placing at the championships. BJ Johnson, who is having a career resurgence after ending his collegiate career at Stanford in 2009, competed in the NCAAs but never got a second swim. And in his freshman year at Texas, Jake Ritter finished 20th in the 1650 freestyle, just shy of All-America status.
The remaining athletes on the team will be attending universities as incoming freshman this year or in the fall of 2013: Rachel Acker, Chelsea Chenault, Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Jack Conger and Jacob Pebley.
The World University Games team was chosen from swims in the finals of the U.S. Open in Indianapolis.
Rachael Acker 4X100 Free Relay Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Catherine Breed 100 Free, 400 free 4X200 free relay Pleasanton Seahawks/CAL
Chelsea Chenault 200 Free Terrapins Swim Team
Kelsey Floyd 100, 200 fly University of Tennessee
Meghan Hawthorne 400 IM Rattler Swim Club/ USC
Sarah Henry 200, 400 IM, 4X200 free relay Aggie Swim Club
Liv Jensen 50 Free, 4X100 free relay California Aquatics
Andrea Kropp 200 Breast Rattler Swim Club/ USC
Melanie Margalis 200 IM Saint Petersburg Aquatics/Georgia
Emily McClellan 100 Breast J-Hawk Aquatic Club/Milwaukee
Stephanie Peacock 400, 800 Free Swim Florida/North Carolina
Megan Romano 50, 100, 200 free, 100, 200 back Athens Bulldog Swim Club
Laura Sogar 100, 200 breast Bluefish Swimming/Texas
Ashley Steenvoorden 800 Free University of Minnesota
Kendyl Stewart 200 back North Coast Aquatic Club
Jasmine Tosky 100, 200 fly Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Cindy Tran 100 back Golden West Swim Club/CAL
Michael Alexandrov 100 Breast Trojan Swim Club
Matt Barber 200 Free University of Arizona
James Barbiere 4X200 free relay Indiana University
Cory Chitwood 200 IM Northern KY Clippers Swimming/AZ
John Conger 200 back, 100 fly Rockville Montgomery Swim Club
Kevin Cordes 100, 200 breast University of Arizona
Michael Flach 200 fly South Carolina
Adam Hinshaw 200, 400 IM Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics/CAL
Bernard Johnson 200 Breast Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Tom Luchsinger 200 fly Three Village Swim Club/UNC
Michael McBroom 400, 1500 free The Woodlands Swim Team/ Texas
Kyle Owens 100 Free, 100 Back Auburn University
Jacob Pebley 100, 200 back Corvallis Aquatics
Tyler Reed 100 free Southern Kentucky Swim Club/KY
Jacob Ritter 400 free Unattached/Texas
Sean Ryan 1500 free McCallie -GPS Aquatics/ Michigan
Adam Small 50 free University of Arizona
Austin Surhoff 4X200 free relay North Baltimore Aquatic Club/Texas
Derek Toomey 50 free, 4X100 free relay University of Minnesota
Kyler Van Swol 100 fly University of Minnesota
Michael Weiss 400 IM Wisconsin Aquatics
Michael Wynalda 200 free, 4X100 free relay University of Michigan