USA Swimming Announces World Junior Championships Roster Headlined By Urlando, Foster, Gretchen Walsh

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Luca Urlando will be one of 45 swimmers to represent the United States at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

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USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, has announced the names of 45 young swimmers and six assistant coaches to represent Team USA at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The five-day event will take place from August 20-25 and will feature the world’s best under-18 swimmers competing at the state-of-the-art Danube Arena.

The 45 talented swimmers hail from 39 clubs across 19 different states. Emerging talents such as U.S. National Team members Luca Urlando (Sacramento, Calif./DART Swimming) and Chase Travis (Warren, N.J./Somerset Valley YMCA) will look to showcase their talents on the world stage. Urlando and National Junior Team teammate Carson Foster (Montgomery, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays) will have the fullest slate of events in Budapest, competing in five races each.

“As we look at the teams we put together, we see swimmers that are already close to or breaking world junior records,” Team USA men’s head coach Billy Doughty said. “The youth coming up through United States swimming is pretty exciting.”

Added Team USA women’s head coach Crystal Keelan: “There’s a lot of fast kids out there, but some of the swims [by junior athletes] have been a little bit shocking and pretty exciting. We’re looking forward to seeing what they can do in international competition against the world’s best.”

In total, 16 members (seven females, nine males) of the U.S. National Junior Team will travel to Hungary to represent Team USA. Swimmers such as Adam Chaney (Mason, Ohio/Mason Manta Rays), Jake Magahey (Dacula, Ga./Swim Atlanta), Claire Tuggle (Fresno, Calif./Clovis Swim Club) and Gretchen Walsh (Nashville, Tenn./Nashville Aquatic Club) will don American flag caps again after their gold-medal performances at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

“At the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships, this roster saw opportunity and took it,” USA Swimming National Junior Team Director Mitch Dalton said. “They certainly made a statement on their journey to representing the U.S. Now it’s on to Budapest to represent our country in the best possible way, in-and-out of the pool. The team is in great hands under the leadership of Crystal and Billy and we’re looking forward to some incredible swimming.”

Nearly 20 members of Team USA’s 2016 Olympic Team competed at past FINA World Junior Championships, including medalists Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy, Simone Manuel, Chase Kalisz, Josh Prenot and Kathleen Baker. World-record holder Regan Smith appeared at the 2017 World Junior Championships, as well as current U.S. National Team members Trey Freeman, Jack LeVant, Michael Andrew, Emily Weiss and Alex Walsh.

Along with the athlete roster comes the announcement of Team USA’s coaching staff for the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships. Joining Keelan on the women’s coaching staff will be Bruce Gemmell (Nation’s Capital) Ginny Nussbaum (Long Island Aquatic Club) and Bruce Marchionda (TAC Titans). Rounding out Team USA’s men’s coaching staff will be Ken Heis (Mason Manta Ray), Ian Murray (Dynamo), Dave Schraven (Team Pittsburgh).

Swimmers were invited based on the results of the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships, which took place in Palo Alto, Calif., July 31-August 4.

Women’s Roster:

  • Ellie Andrews, Dublin Community Swim Team, OH
  • Abby Arens, Marlins of Raleigh, NC
  • Grace Cooper, Delta Aquatics, IL
  • Annabel Crush, Lakeside Swim Team, KY
  • Claire Curzan, TAC Titans, NC
  • Kaitlyn Dobler, The Dolphins Portland Swimming, OR
  • Erin Gemmell, Nation’s Capital, VA
  • Isabel Gormley, Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics, NY
  • Charlotte Hook, TAC Titans, NC
  • Torri Huske, Arlington Aquatic Club, VA
  • Anna Keating, Machine Aquatics, VA
  • Justina Kozan, BREA Aquatics, CA
  • Natalie Mannion, Commonwealth Current, MA
  • Paige McKenna, Nation’s Capital, PA
  • Olivia McMurray, Swim Florida, FL
  • Lillie Nordmann, Magnolia Aquatic Club, TX
  • Maxine Parker, Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club, CT
  • Grace Sheble, NOVA of Virginia, VA
  • Rachel Stege, Fox Valley Swim Team, IL
  • Ashley Strouse, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, AZ
  • Amy Tang, Unattached, WA
  • Chase Travis, Nation’s Capital, DE
  • Claire Tuggle, Clovis Swim Club, CA
  • Rye Ulett, Dynamo Swim Club, GA
  • Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club, TN

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Men’s Roster:

  • Jack Alexy, Somerset Hills YMCA, NJ
  • Jack Armstrong, Houston Bridge Bats, TX
  • Matt Brownstead, State College Area Y Aqualions, PA
  • Brendan Burns, Upper Main Line YMCA, PA
  • Adam Chaney, Mason Manta Rays, OH
  • David Curtiss, Hamilton Y Aquatic Club, PA
  • Wyatt Davis, Carmel Swim Club, IN
  • Sean Faikish, North Penn Aquatic Club, PA
  • Matt Fallon, Somerset Valley YMCA, NJ
  • Carson Foster, Mason Manta Rays, OH
  • Will Grant, Heart of Texas Aquatic Team, TX
  • Kevin Houseman, Bainbridge Island Swim Club, WA
  • Arik Katz, Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team, FL
  • Jason Louser, Long Island Aquatic Club, NY
  • Jake Magahey, Swim Atlanta, GA
  • Blake Manoff, Nation’s Capital, VA
  • Josh Matheny, Team Pittsburgh Elite, PA
  • Jake Mitchell, Carmel Swim Club, IN
  • Dare Rose, Scarlet Aquatics, NJ
  • Luca Urlando, DART Swimming, CA

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States Represented:

  1. Pennsylvania, 6
  2. Virginia, 5
  3. California, 3
  4. New Jersey, 3
  5. North Carolina, 3
  6. Ohio, 3
  7. Texas, 3
  8. Florida, 2
  9. Georgia, 2
  10. Illinois, 2
  11. Indiana, 2
  12. New York, 2
  13. Washington, 2
  14. Arizona, 1
  15. Connecticut, 1
  16. Delaware, 1
  17. Kentucky, 1
  18. Massachussets, 1
  19. Oregon, 1
  20. Tennessee, 1

Coaching Staff:

Women:

  • Head Coach: Crystal Keelan, Penn Charter
  • Assistant Coach: Bruce Gemmell, Nation’s Capital
  • Assistant Coach: Ginny Nussbaum, Long Island
  • Assistant Coach: Bruce Marchionda, TAC Titans

Men:

  • Head Coach: Billy Doughty, DART Swimming
  • Assistant Coach: Ken Heis, Mason Manta Rays
  • Assistant Coach: Ian Murray, Dynamo
  • Assistant Coach: Dave Schraven, Team Pittsburgh

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5 comments

  1. avatar
    OldSwimmer

    So many errors in this. Please check your facts. Chase Travis represents Nations Capital Swimming and is from Newark, DE, not NJ. Erin Gemmell is from Potomac, MD. You don’t even list Maryland as having an athlete.

    • avatar
      Andy Ross

      Hello. It is written above that Chase Travis swims for NCAP and is from Delaware. The information given to us was that Erin Gemmell was from Herndon, Virginia.

  2. avatar
    Chris

    Too bad the women’s team isn’t being coached by all women! After all, the men’s team is being coached by all men. There are amazing female coaches all over this country so I am fairly certain more could have been appointed here!

    • avatar
      Anonymous

      They have to qualify an athlete

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