COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, January 20. IN the last major international competition before the 2012 Olympic Games, USA Swimming will send 42 athletes to the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 24-31. Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) and Rebecca Soni (Plainsboro, N.J.) will headline Team USA.
The U.S. roster is comprised of the nation's top swimmers, including a total of 25 Olympians. The U.S. men will be led by the 2008 Olympic men's team head coach and University of Texas men's head coach Eddie Reese, while the women will be coached by University of Arizona head coach Frank Busch. Busch was also a member of the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic coaching staff.
"We are extremely excited about the depth of talent on the 2011 World Championships roster," said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. "As the best possible indicator of our performance at the 2012 Olympic Games, we are anxious to see fast swimming and strong performances from both the veteran leadership and young talent on the team."
The U.S. swimmers were selected to compete at the FINA World Championships qualified based upon their performance at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships, which were held August 3-7, 2010 and the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, which took place August 18-21, 2010.
The team will also feature three-time Olympians Amanda Beard (Irvine, Calif.) and Jason Lezak (Irvine, Calif.) 2009 World Championship medalists Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), Eric Shanteau (Lilburn, Ga.) and Ariana Kukors (Auburn, Wash.).
Pool competition will take place July 24-31 while the open water competition will be held July 19-23. The U.S. Open Water World Championship team will be selected from the 2011 10K Open Water National Championships and Team Trials in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on June 10.
The 2011 World Championships is the last major international meet prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will undoubtedly serve as an indicator of the performance we can expect from the U.S. team in London.
USA Swimming 2011 FINA World Championship Team
Women Team Event(s)
Amanda Beard Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics 100, 200 Breast
Elizabeth Beisel Bluefish Swim Club 200 Back, 400 IM
Natalie Coughlin California Aquatics 100 Free, 100 Back
Teresa Crippen Germantown Academy/ Florida 200 Fly
Melissa Franklin Colorado Stars 200 Back, 4X100 Free Relay
Jessica Hardy Trojan Swim Club 50 Free, 4X100 Free Relay
Kathleen Hersey SwimAtlanta 200 Fly
Katie Hoff FAST Swim Team 400 Free, 4X200 Free Relay
Kara Lynn Joyce FAST Swim Team 4X100 Free Relay
Dagny Knutson A. S. K. Swim 4X200 Free Relay
Ariana Kukors FAST Swim Team 200 IM
Caitlin Leverenz California Aquatics 200, 400 IM
Christine Magnuson Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics 100 Fly
Elizabeth Pelton North Baltimore Aquatic Club 100 Back
Allison Schmitt North Baltimore Aquatic Club 200 Free
Morgan Scroggy Athens Bulldog Swim Club 4X200 Free Relay
Rebecca Soni Trojan Swim Club 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Chloe Sutton Mission Viejo Nadadores 400 Free, 800 Free
Jasmine Tosky Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 4X200 Free Relay
Dana Vollmer California Aquatics 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Fly
Amanda Weir SwimAtlanta 50 Free, 4X100 Free Relay
Kate Ziegler FAST Swim Team 800 Free
Men* Team Event(s)
Nathan Adrian California Aquatics 50, 100 Free
Mike Alexandrov Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics 100 Breast
Ricky Berens Longhorn Aquatics 4X200 Free Relay
Tyler Clary FAST Swim Team 200 Back, 200 Fly, 400 IM
Conor Dwyer Lake Forest Swim Club/Florida 4X200 Free Relay
Mark Gangloff New York Athletic Club 100 Breast
Charlie Houchin FAST Swim Team 400 Free
Chad LaTourette Mission Viejo Nadadores/ Stanford 1500 Free
Jason Lezak Rose Bowl Aquatics 100 Free
Ryan Lochte Gator Swim Club/Daytona Beach 200 Free, 200 Back, 200/400IM, 4X100 Fr
Tyler McGill Auburn University Swim Team 100 Fly
Michael Phelps North Baltimore Aquatic Club 200 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM
David Plummer Minnetonka Swim Club 100 Back
Scot Robison New South Swimming/ UVA 4X100 Free Relay
Eric Shanteau Longhorn Aquatics 200 Breast
Scott Spann North Baltimore Aquatic Club 200 Breast
Nick Thoman SwimMAC Carolina 100 Back
Peter Vanderkaay Club Wolverine 400 Free, 1500 Free, 4X200 Free Relay
David Walters Longhorn Aquatics 4X100 Free Relay and 4X200 Free Relay
Garrett Weber- Gale Longhorn Aquatics 4X100 Free Relay
*pending 50 free results
Head Men's Coach: Eddie Reese
Head Women's Coach: Frank Busch
Assistant Men's Coaches: Gregg Troy, Bob Bowman, Jon Urbanchek
Assistant Women's Coaches: Teri McKeever, Sean Hutchison, Jack Bauerle
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