PHOENIX, Arizona, July 2. MIDNIGHT yesterday was the deadline for all countries to submit their final rosters of swimmers competing at the world championships, and USA Swimming made a quick but important change at the last minute. The organization announced today that Katie Ledecky will not swim the 200 freestyle at the world championships. With Ledecky moving out of the 200 free, Shannon Vreeland takes over her spot in the event, and Karlee Bispo steps in as an alternate in the 800 free relay. This does not necessarily mean that Ledecky is out of the 800 free relay. As USA Swimming rules state, every person on the team is eligible for consideration on all relays.
The final list of swimmers on the American roster includes 51 men and women, 27 of whom will be attending their first long course world championships.
Hungary also released its world championship roster, though many of the swimmers were already guaranteed spots based on their performances at the Olympics last summer. Daniel Gyurta was the lone gold medalist from Hungary last year, winning the 200 breast, while Laszlo Cseh snuck in for bronze in the 200 IM. On the women's side, Katinka Hosszu just missed out on a medal in the 400 IM in London, but made the most of the miss with a superb run through the World Cup last fall.
Yesterday Janet Hu made the call to Stanford women's head coach Greg Meehan to let him know that she'll be joining his team in the fall of 2014. Hu had a great nationals last week, making the final of the 50 butterfly and placing in the top 16 of the 100 free and 100 fly. Hu didn't want to take any of the recruiting trips she was allowed this fall, telling Swimming World she knew Stanford was the place for her after visiting the campus during the 2011 junior nationals.