USA Swimming Adds Four Teens to Doha Worlds Roster

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USA Swimming Adds Four Teens to Doha Worlds Roster

USA Swimming on Wednesday announced changes to its roster for the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, which start next week.

Four teens will make their senior international debuts, with Lilla Bognar, Kayla Han, Kate Hurst and Addison Sauickie added to the roster.

That quartet will replace veterans Katie Grimes and Claire Weinstein, announced originally in November. The U.S. delegation now numbers seven women and 12 men, the latter of which remain unchanged. The newcomers will join Claire Curzan and Kate Douglass, swimming six events each, plus 50/100 breaststroker Piper Enge.

Bognar, a Florida commit from Travelers Rest, South Carolina, will swim the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley.

Han will tackle the 800 free, 1,500 free and 400 IM. She’s a native of La Mirada, Calif., who swims for Carmel Swim Club. Han won the 800 free at the 2023 World Junior Championships.

Sauickie, who trains for her hometown Sarasota Sharks and is a Stanford commit, is entered in the 200 free and 400 free. She won the 200 and took bronze in the 400 at the last World Juniors.

Hurst, a native of Hillsdale, N.J., and a Texas commit, will swim the 1,500 free. She is the reigning World Junior champion in that event.

The full list of Team USA participants is here. (The original roster is here.)

Wednesday’s announcement also revealed the coaches for the team. Erik Posegay, the U.S. national junior team director, will serve as head coach. Abi Lui of Bellevue Swim Club and Scarlet Aquatics’ Ken O’Reilly will join Posegay. Lui, who coaches Enge, was part of the team for World Juniors in 2023. O’Reilly, who coaches Hurst for club, will be on his first U.S. international team trip.

“We’re excited to have these new additions to our roster and a strong coaching staff to lead our team in Doha,” USA Swimming President & CEO Tim Hinchey III said in a press release. “This roster features a mix of veteran talent and international competition rookies, and they’ll be able to learn and train under a detail-oriented coaching staff led by Erik Posegay.”

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