World Short Course Champs on the Horizon

SHANGHAI, China, March 30. THE next major international competition is one week away. Scheduled for Shanghai, China, the World Short Course Championships will run from April 5-9 at the Qizhong Stadium. The United States men will be coached by Eric Hansen (University of Wisconsin) while the U.S. women will be guided by Mike DeBoor (Lakeside Aquatics).

Coming off an NCAA Championships that featured American-record swims in the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 individual medley for the University of Florida, Ryan Lochte headlines the male contingent. He’ll be supported by Northwestern’s Matt Grevers, who repeated as NCAA champ in the 100 backstroke, and North Carolina State’s Cullen Jones, the NCAA titlist in the 50 free.

For the women, Kate Ziegler and Kaitlin Sandeno are the leaders of the United States squad. Ziegler is the reigning long-course world champ in the 800 and 1,500 freestyles while Sandeno is the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the 400 individual medley. At the Athens Olympics and World Champs in Montreal, Sandeno also helped the U.S. to gold in the 800 freestyle relay. Other prime-time performers for the U.S. are breaststrokers Tara Kirk and Jessica Hardy and Mary DeScenza, who just won her fourth straight NCAA crown in the 200 butterfly while representing Georgia.

Here are the complete rosters for the United States:

WOMEN

Alicia Aemisegger (Oreland, Penn. / Germantown Academy)
Elaine Breeden (Lexington, Ky. / Wildcat)
Maritza Correia (Valrico, Fla. / Athens Bulldog)
Mary Descenza (Naperville, Ill. / Athens Bulldog)
Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif. / Irvine Novaquatics)
Margaret Hoelzer (Huntsville, Ala. / Auburn Aquatics)
Tara Kirk (Bremerton, Wash. / Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics)
Rachel Komisarz (Louisville, Ky. / Lakeside)
Carly Piper (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Wisconsin Aquatics)
Kaitlin Sandeno (Los Angeles, Calif. / Trojan)
Rebecca Soni (Plainsboro, N.J. / Scarlet)
Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga. / Swim Atlanta)
Kate Ziegler (Great Falls, Va. / The FISH)

MEN

Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, Calif. / Stanford Swimming)
Nicholas Brunelli (Mansfield, Mass. / Sun Devil Aquatics)
Jayme Cramer (Westfield, Ind. / Southeastern SC / Stanford)
Matthew Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill. / Scout Aquatics / Northwestern)
Larsen Jensen (Bakersfield, Calif. / Trojan)
Cullen Jones (New Brunswick, N.J. / NC State Aquatics)
Jason Lezak (Irvine, Calif. / Irvine Novaquatics)
Tim Liebhold (Chapel Hill, N.C. / Wisconsin Aquatics)
Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla. / Daytona Beach / Florida)
Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg, Fla. / Georgia)
Giordan Pogioli (Peoria, Ill. / Purdue)
Chris Thompson (Roseburg, Ore. / Club Wolverine)
Scott Usher (Grand Island, Neb. / Wyoming)

Head Women’s Coach: Mike DeBoor (Lakeside)
Head Men’s Coach: Eric Hansen (Wisconsin)
Assistant Women’s Coach: Chris Davis (Swim Atlanta)
Assistant Women’s Coach: Mark Schubert (USC)
Assistant Men’s Coach: Mike Bottom (Cal Aquatics)
Assistant Men’s Coach: Pete Morgan (Curl-Burke)
Head Manager: Joe Hendee (Tennessee)
Assistant Manager: Steve Eckelkamp (Florida Atlantic)

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