Darian Townsend, Cammille Adams and Madison Kennedy Debut As USA Swimming Captains in Australia

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

PERTH – USA Swimming selected its four captains for this week’s BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, which opens Friday at Perth’s HBF Stadium.

The 27-member roster voted Cammile Adams (Cypress, Texas) and Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.) the women’s captains and Cullen Jones (Irvington, N.J.) and Darian Townsend (Phoenix, Ariz.) as the men’s captains.

Featuring teams from the U.S., Australia, China and Japan, the pool competition for the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is slated for Friday and Saturday, followed by Sunday’s Swim the Swan open water 10-kilometer race.

In the pool, Team USA will be led by Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.) and Jones on the men’s side, with Adams and fellow 2012 Olympians Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas) and Shannon Vreeland (Overland Park, Kansas) pacing the women.

Reigning Pan Pacific Championships 10K gold medalists Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del.) will lead the U.S. in the open water event. Click here for a complete Team USA roster.

Both women’s captains, along with Townsend, are first-time captains for Team USA on the international stage.

“I’ve never been voted a captain before, so this is extremely exciting and humbling,” said Adams. “To be able to come here and represent the United States is an honor.”

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

“It’s incredibly cool to be recognized by your teammates,” Kennedy added. “I’ve always looked up to past captains so to be named one is pretty surreal.”

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Townsend, who became a U.S. citizen in 2014, competed at the 2014 FINA Short Course World Championships for Team USA.

“It was totally unexpected to be named a team captain in just my second international event representing the U.S.,” said Townsend. “It’s a huge honor to even be named on the team roster, let alone be voted a captain.”

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Jones, who was a team captain at the 2013 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, enjoys the veteran role he plays on Team USA.

“It’s cool to have people look up to me and see me as a veteran on the team,” said Jones. “Being able to spread some of the wisdom that was bestowed upon me by people like Jason Lezak, Brendan Hansen and Aaron Peirsol, I kind of feel like I’m passing the torch on.”

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

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    Rachel jordan

    Congratulations on becoming captains for USA, great article .

Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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