USA Swimming Finalizes 46-Strong Roster For 2019 World Championships

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With 18 Olympic gold medalists leading the way, 46 swimmers are slated to represent the United States against the world’s best at the 2019 FINA World Championships, set for July 12-28, 2019, in Gwangju, South Korea.

In the final major international swimming competition ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a trio of Olympic champions qualified to represent Team USA in four individual events each: world record-holders Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite/California Aquatics) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming/NCAP) on the women’s side, and Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove, Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida) for the U.S. men.

Also among the 26 Olympians who qualified for the team are defending Olympic or world champions Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia), Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University), Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming/First Colony) and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics).

On his first long-course FINA World Championships roster, Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) joins Baker, Dressel and Ledecky by qualifying for four individual events.

“Next year’s FINA World Championships roster features a mix of established veterans and rising stars, and we’re excited to see how they stack up against the world’s best competition following a full season of focused preparation,” USA Swimming National Team Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko said. “In addition to success in Gwangju, our goal will be laying the groundwork for the following summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

A complete roster for the July 21-28, 2019, pool competition is available below.

Team members qualified to represent the United States based on the combined results of the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships and the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Full selection procedures can be found here.

Next summer will be key for USA Swimming as it prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games. More than 100 swimmers will represent the United States across the FINA World Championships, World University Games and Pan American Games. The additional international rosters will be announced later this fall.


  • Youngest swimmers: Regan Smith (17), Jack LeVant (19)
  • Oldest swimmers: Matt Grevers (34), Ashley Twichell (30)
  • Average age: 23.55 (women), 24.12 (men)

Women’s Roster

  • Kathleen Baker, 50/100/200 back
  • Mallory Comerford, 100 free
  • Kelsi Dahlia, 50/100 fly
  • Gabby DeLoof, 4×200 free
  • Katie Drabot, 200 fly
  • Ella Eastin, 200 IM
  • Hali Flickinger, 200 fly
  • Brooke Forde, 400 IM
  • Margo Geer, 4×100 free
  • Lilly King, 50/100/200 breast
  • Katie Ledecky, 200/400/800/1500
  • Simone Manuel, 50/100 free, 4×200 free
  • Melanie Margalis, 200 IM, 4×200 free
  • Ally McHugh, 400 IM
  • Katie McLaughlin, 100 fly
  • Lia Neal, 4×100 free
  • Allison Schmitt, 200 free, 4×200 free
  • Leah Smith, 400/800 free, 4×200 free
  • Regan Smith, 200 back
  • Olivia Smoliga, 50/100 back
  • Micah Sumrall, 100/200 breast
  • Ashley Twichell, 1500 free
  • Abbey Weitzeil, 50 free, 4×100 free

Men’s Roster

  • Nathan Adrian, 4×100 free
  • Michael Andrew, 50 free; 50/100 breast; 50 fly
  • Zach Apple, 4×100; 4×200 free relay
  • Michael Chadwick, 4×100 free relay
  • Jack Conger, 100 fly, 4×200 free relay
  • Abrahm DeVine, 200 IM
  • Caeleb Dressel, 50/100 free; 50/100 fly
  • Matt Grevers, 100 back
  • Zane Grothe, 400/800/1500
  • Townley Haas, 200 free; 4×200 free relay
  • Zach Harting, 200 fly
  • Chase Kalisz, 200/400 IM
  • Jack LeVant, 4×200 free relay
  • Jay Litherland, 400 IM
  • Ryan Murphy, 50/100/200 back
  • Jacob Pebley, 200 back
  • Blake Pieroni, 100 free; 4×200 free
  • Josh Prenot, 200 breast
  • Andrew Seliskar, 200 free
  • Grant Shoults, 400 free
  • Jordan Wilimovsky, 800/1500
  • Andrew Wilson, 100/200 breast
  • Justin Wright, 200 fly

First-Time World Championship Team Members:

  1. Michael Andrew
  2. Gabby DeLoof
  3. Katie Drabot
  4. Brooke Forde
  5. Zach Harting
  6. Jack LeVant
  7. Ally McHugh
  8. Josh Prenot
  9. Andrew Seliskar
  10. Grant Shoults
  11. Andrew Wilson
  12. Justin Wright

Second-Time World Championship Team Members:

  1. Zach Apple
  2. Michael Chadwick
  3. Mallory Comerford
  4. Jack Conger
  5. Kelsi Dahlia
  6. Abrahm DeVine
  7. Caeleb Dressel
  8. Hali Flickinger
  9. Margo Geer
  10. Zane Grothe
  11. Townley Haas
  12. Lilly King
  13. Jay Litherland
  14. Katie McLaughlin
  15. Jacob Pebley
  16. Blake Pieroni
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Olivia Smoliga

Third-Time World Championship Team Members

  1. Kathleen Baker
  2. Melanie Margalis
  3. Ryan Murphy
  4. Lia Neal
  5. Allison Schmitt
  6. Leah Smith
  7. Micah Sumrall
  8. Abbey Weitzeil
  9. Jordan Wilimovsky

Fourth-Time World Championship Team Members

  1. Chase Kalisz
  2. Katie Ledecky
  3. Simone Manuel
  4. Ashley Twichell

Fifth-Time World Championship Team Members

  1. Matt Grevers

Sixth-Time World Championship Team Members

  1. Nathan Adrian

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Pat Kennedy
5 years ago

Congratulations to all of the TEAM USA Members that have earned a roster spot for the 2019 World Championships next summer in South Korea.

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