Olympians Headline Team USA Roster For 2016 FINA SC World Championships

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Ten swimmers from the 2016 United States Olympic Team highlight Team USA’s 35-member roster for December’s FINA World Championships (25m) in Windsor, Canada, USA Swimming announced today.

The six-day meet will be held Dec. 6-11 at the WFCU Centre.

Among the 10 Olympians slated to compete are four individual medalists from the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games:

·         Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University) – Gold, 100m Breast

·         Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club) – Bronze, 100m Breast

·         Josh Prenot (Santa Maria, Calif./California Aquatics) – Silver, 200m Breast

·         Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming) – Bronze, 400m Free

Additional 2016 Olympians on the roster include Molly Hannis (Santa Rosa, Calif./Tennessee Aquatics), Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga./Swim Atlanta), Kelsi Worrell (Westhampton, N.J./University of Louisville), Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana University) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif./California Aquatics).

Pieroni, Shields, Weir and Worrell were relay medalists in Rio.

Leading an eight-member coaching staff for Team USA will be women’s head coach Arthur Albiero of Louisville and men’s head coach Yuri Suguiyama of California Aquatics.

King and Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming) are slated to swim a team-high four individual events, with King expected in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, as well as the 100m individual medley. Eastin will swim the 100m, 200m and 400m IM, as well as the 200m butterfly.

In total, 11 Americans are expected to swim three or more individual races in Windsor.

Men’s Roster:

  • Michael Andrew, Race Pace Club — 50 Breast, 100/200 IM
  • Michael Chadwick, University of Missouri/SwimMAC Carolina — 50/100 Free
  • Pace Clark, Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia — 200 Fly
  • Abrahm DeVine, Cascade Swim Club — 400 IM
  • Nic Fink, Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia — 100/200 Breast
  • Zane Grothe, Badger Swim Club/Indiana — 200/400 Free
  • Matt Josa, SwimMAC Carolina — 50/100 Fly, 100 IM
  • Reed Malone, Trojan Swim Club/USC — 200/400 Free
  • Cody Miller, Badger Swim Club/Indiana — 50/100 Breast
  • Jacob Pebley, Cal Aquatics/Corvallis Aquatic Team — 50/100/200 Back
  • Blake Pieroni, Indiana University — 100 Free
  • Paul Powers, University of Michigan — 50 Free
  • Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics — 200 Breast, 200/400 IM
  • PJ Ransford, University of Michigan — 1500 Free
  • Tom Shields, Cal Aquatics — 50/100/200 Fly
  • True Sweetser, Gator Swim Club –1500 Free
  • Michael Taylor, Dynamo Swim Club — 50.100.200 Back
  • Dillon Virva, King Aquatic Club — 200/400 Free Relay

Women’s Roster:

  • Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest Swimming — 200/400 Free Relay
  • Mallory Comerford, University of Louisville — 200 Free
  • Madisyn Cox, Lubbock Swim Club/Texas — 200/400 IM
  • Ali DeLoof, Club Wolverine/Pointe Aquatics — 50/100 Back
  • Katie Drabot, Stanford Swimming/Ozaukee Aquatics — 400/800 Free Relay
  • Ella Eastin, Stanford Swimming/SOCAL Aquatics — 200 Fly, 100/200/400 IM
  • Sarah Gibson, Texas A&M/Alamo Area — 50/100 Fly
  • Molly Hannis, Tennessee Aquatics/Neptune Swimming — 50/100/200 Breast
  • Madison Kennedy, SwimMAC Carolina — 50/100 Free
  • Lilly King, Indiana University/Newburgh Sea Creatures — 50/100/200 Breast, 100 IM
  • Katrina Konopka, Tucson Ford Dealers/Arizona — 200/400 Free Relay
  • Hellen Moffitt, North Carolina Aquatic Club/UNC — 100/200 back
  • Clara Smiddy, University of Michiga/AquaKids Sharks — 50/200 Back
  • Leah Smith, Cavalier Swimming/Virginia — 200/400/800 Free
  • Amanda Weir, SwimAtlanta — 50/100 Free
  • Kelsi Worrell, University of Louisville — 50/100/200 Fly

About USA Swimming

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Press release courtesy of USA Swimming.

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Bill v
5 years ago

Bizarre picks for coaching staff and many top American swimmers missing. Not alot of interest in this meet but looks like Durden, Looze, and Bottom passed on the staff and gave their asst coaches a shot.

Not sure why the US dosent put more emphasis on the meet.


Go Leah Smith!

5 years ago

I bet the Wolverines who are swimming will just drive over in the morning on the days they are swimming and drive home that night. Depending on the border crossing, it might be a shorter road trip than when they swim at Michigan State.