United States Names Squad for World Short Course Champs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 25. USA Swimming has released the names of the individuals who will represent the United States at next year’s World Short Course Championships in Shanghai, China. Leading the way on the women’s side are two of the nation’s top youngsters, Kate Ziegler (The Fish) and Jessica Hardy (Irvine Novaquatics).

Last summer, Ziegler walked away from the World Championships in Montreal with gold-medal hauls in the 800 and 1,500 freestyles. As for Hardy, now a freshman at California, she established a world record in the 100 breaststroke, clocking 1:06.20 in the semifinals, and secured a silver medal in the final. Hardy also took silver in the 50 breast.

For the men, Ryan Lochte is the headlining name. A University of Florida standout, Lochte was a double-medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and won bronze medals at last summer’s World Champs in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke. He will be joined on the men’s squad by Larsen Jensen, the American-record holder in the 800 and 1,500 freestyles.

The World Short Course Championships are scheduled for April 5-9 and members of the United States squad will also take a trip to Beijing, site of the 2008 Olympics. Here are the individuals who will represent the Stars and Stripes in China.

Aemisegger, Alicia Germantown Academy Dick Shoulberg
Breeden, Elaine Wildcat Aquatics John Brucato
Correia, Maritza Athens Bulldog Jack Bauerle
Descenza, Mary Athens Bulldog Jack Bauerle
Hardy, Jessica Irvine Novaquatics Dave Salo
Hoelzer, Margaret Auburn Aquatics David Marsh
Kirk, Tara Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Lea Maurer
Komisarz, Rachel Lakeside Swim Team Mike DeBoor
Piper, Carly Wisconsin Aquatics Eric Hansen
Sandeno, Kaitlin Trojan Swim Club Mark Schubert
Soni, Rebecca Scarlet Aquatic Club Tom Speedling
Weir, Amanda Swim Atlanta Chris Davis
Ziegler, Kate The Fish Ray Benecki

Bal, Randall Stanford Swimming Skip Kenney
Brunelli, Nicholas Sun Devil Aquatics Mike Chasson
Cramer, Jayme Southeastern SC/Stanford Skip Kenney
Grevers, Matthew Scout Aquatics/Northwestern Lea Maurer/Bob Groseth
Jensen, Larsen Trojan Swim Club Mark Schubert
Jones, Cullen NC State Aquatics Team Chad Onken
Lezak, Jason Irvine Novaquatics Dave Salo
Lochte, Ryan Daytona Beach/Florida Steve Lochte/Gregg Troy
Margalis, Robert Georgia Jack Bauerle
Pogioli, Giordan Purdue Dan Ross
Thompson, Chris Club Wolverine Bob Bowman
Usher, Scott Wyoming TJ Johnson

Coaching Staff
DeBoor, Mike Lakeside Swim Team Head Women's Coach
Hansen, Eric University of Wisconsin Head Men's Coach
Davis, Chris Swim Atlanta Assistant Women's Coach
Schubert, Mark University of Souther Calif. Assistant Women's Coach
Bottom, Mike California Aquatics Assistant Men's Coach
Morgan, Pete Curl-Burke Swim Club Assistant Men's Coach