115 Swimmers Selected to USA Swimming’s 2019-2020 National Team

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 71

September 04th, 2019 National, News

USA Swimming has finalized the roster for its 2019-2020 National Team, with all pool swimmer selections matching our projections from the end of the qualifying period last week.

Here’s a look at how the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team was selected:

  • Top 6 athletes in each individual Olympic event
    • as determined by USASwimming.org’s world rankings from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019
    • Rankings will be pulled from the FINA site on September 3 (giving swimmers a chance to make sure their time is included in the database)
  • Prelims, semifinals and finals (A, B, C and D) from all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets were eligible
  • Relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits were not eligible
  • The 2019-2020 USA Swimming Open Water National Team is comprised of the athletes selected to compete at the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championship, which took place in July in Yeosu, South Korea. Remaining positions were filled based on results from the 2019 USA Swimming 10K National Championships.

Six swimmers qualified for the team in a roster-leading four events: Katie Ledecky (200, 400, 800, 1500 free), Ally McHugh (400, 800, 1500 free; 400 IM), Ashley Twichell (400, 800, 1500 free; 10k), Michael Andrew (50 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 IM), Bobby Finke (400, 800, 1500 free; 400 IM), and Zane Grothe (400, 800, 1500 free; 10k).

Twenty-six states are represented on the team and California leads the way with 16 athletes; 12 of those athletes represent Cal, which has the most athletes on the team of any club. More than 60 USA Swimming Clubs are represented in all. 24 swimmers made their first US National team; 12 of those are junior swimmers who moved up from the 2018-2019 U.S. National Junior Team.

The full roster is listed below. Click here to view the official women’s roster with affiliated coaches and clubs; click here for men.


Simone Manuel 24.05
Abbey Weitzeil 24.47
Gretchen Walsh 24.71
Erika Brown 24.71
Maxine Parker 24.75
Margo Geer 24.78
100 FREE
Simone Manuel 52.04
Mallory Comerford 53.10
Abbey Weitzeil 53.18
Gretchen Walsh 53.74
Margo Geer 54.09
Erika Brown 54.13
200 FREE
Katie Ledecky 1:55.78
Katie McLaughlin 1:56.48
Allison Schmitt 1:56.97
Simone Manuel 1:57.24
Leah Smith 1:57.40
Gabby DeLoof 1:57.62
400 FREE
Katie Ledecky 3:59.28
Leah Smith 4:01.29
Kaersten Meitz 4:05.80
Melanie Margalis 4:06.35
Ally McHugh 4:07.08
Haley Anderson 4:07.77
Ashley Twichell 4:07.77
800 FREE
Katie Ledecky 8:10.70
Leah Smith 8:16.33
Ally McHugh 8:26.04
Erica Sullivan 8:26.13
Sierra Schmidt 8:27.13
Ashley Twichell 8:27.36
1500 FREE
Katie Ledecky 15:45.59
Ashley Twichell 15:54.19
Erica Sullivan 15:55.25
Ally McHugh 16:05.98
Kensey McMahon 16:09.80
Sierra Schmidt 16:10.12
100 BACK
Regan Smith 58.45
Olivia Smoliga 58.73
Kathleen Baker 59.03
Katharine Berkoff 59.29
Phoebe Bacon 59.47
Elise Haan 59.62
200 BACK
Regan Smith 2:03.35
Lisa Bratton 2:07.91
Kathleen Baker 2:08.08
Alex Walsh 2:08.30
Hali Flickinger 2:08.36
Isabelle Stadden 2:08.39
Lilly King 1:04.93
Annie Lazor 1:06.03
Breeja Larson 1:06.78
Kaitlyn Dobler 1:06.97
Bethany Galat 1:07.13
Melanie Margalis 1:07.20
Annie Lazor 2:20.77
Lilly King 2:21.39
Bethany Galat 2:21.84
Emily Escobedo 2:22.87
Madisyn Cox 2:23.84
Micah Sumrall 2:23.88
100 FLY
Kelsi Dahlia 57.06
Katie McLaughlin 57.23
Kendyl Stewart 57.51
Amanda Kendall 57.51
Aly Tetzloff 57.70
Torri Huske 57.71
200 FLY
Hali Flickinger 2:05.96
Katie Drabot 2:06.59
Regan Smith 2:07.26
Lillie Nordmann 2:07.43
Dakota Luther 2:07.76
Charlotte Hook 2:07.87
200 IM
Melanie Margalis 2:08.91
Madisyn Cox 2:10.00
Kathleen Baker 2:10.65
Ella Eastin 2:10.72
Alex Walsh 2:11.24
Meghan Small 2:11.36
400 IM
Emma Weyant 4:35.47
Brooke Forde 4:36.06
Ella Eastin 4:37.18
Madisyn Cox 4:37.23
Makayla Sargent 4:37.95
Ally McHugh 4:38.32
Open Water
Ashley Twichell 10K
Haley Anderson 10K
Erica Sullivan 10K
Katy Campbell 10K
Hannah Moore 10K
Rebecca Mann 10K


Caeleb Dressel 21.04
Michael Andrew 21.62
Ryan Held 21.87
Nathan Adrian 21.87
Michael Chadwick 21.95
David Curtiss 21.95

100 FREE
Caeleb Dressel 46.96
Ryan Held 47.39
Maxime Rooney 47.61
Blake Pieroni 47.87
Tate Jackson 47.88
Zach Apple 48.01
200 FREE
Kieran Smith 1:46.21
Townley Haas 1:46.37
Dean Farris 1:46.45
Luca Urlando 1:46.51
Blake Pieroni 1:46.62
Andrew Seliksar 1:46.74
400 FREE
Zane Grothe 3:45.78
Jake Mitchell 3:47.95
Bobby Finke 3:48.17
Eric Knowles 3:48.34
Mitch D’Arrigo 3:48.39
Andrew Abruzzo 3:48.41
800 FREE
Bobby Finke 7:47.58
Zane Grothe 7:50.14
Jordan Wilimovsky 7:53.11
Michael Brinegar 7:54.56
Andrew Abruzzo 7:54.70
Jake Mitchell 7:54.70
1500 FREE
Bobby Finke 14:51.15
Zane Grothe 14:56.10
Jordan Wilimovsky 14:59.94
Michael Brinegar 15:00.82
Arik Katz 15:05.93
Nick Norman 15:09.29
100 BACK
Ryan Murphy 52.44
Shaine Casas 52.72
Matt Grevers 52.82
Michael Andrew 53.40
Jacob Pebley 53.40
Justin Ress 53.47
200 BACK
Ryan Murphy 1:54.12
Austin Katz 1:55.57
Shaine Casas 1:55.79
Jacob Pebley 1:56.35
Clark Beach 1:57.14
Bryce Mefford 1:57.39
Andrew Wilson 58.93
Cody Miller 59.24
Ian Finnerty 59.49
Michael Andrew 59.52
Devon Nowicki 59.69
Brandon Fischer 59.86
Will Licon 2:07.62
Andrew Wilson 2:07.77
Nic Fink 2:08.16
Josh Prenot 2:08.77
Cody Miller 2:08.98
Josh Matheny 2:09.40
100 FLY
Caeleb Dressel 49.50
Maxime Rooney 50.68
Jack Conger 51.21
Andrew Seliskar 51.34
Jack Saunderson 51.36
Tom Shields 51.59
200 FLY
Luca Urlando 1:53.84
Zach Harting 1:55.26
Miles Smachlo 1:55.94
Nicolas Albiero 1:56.05
Trenton Julian 1:56.09
Tom Shields 1:56.12
200 IM
Chase Kalisz 1:56.78
Michael Andrew 1:57.49
Abrahm DeVine 1:57.66
Ryan Lochte 1:57.76
Carson Foster 1:58.46
Shaine Casas 1:58.83
400 IM
Jay Litherland 4:09.22
Charlie Swanson 4:11.46
Bobby Finke 4:13.15
Carson Foster 4:13.39
Chase Kalisz 4:13.45
Sean Grieshop 4:13.90
Open Water
Jordan Wilimovsky 10K
David Heron 10K
Michael Brinegar 10K
Brennan Gravely 10K
Zane Grothe 10K
Brendan Casey 10K

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1 year ago

Wow no Whitley or Roy. Matheny on the hunt…

Reply to  Entgegen
1 year ago

whitley cheated anyway so good riddance to him

The Man Himself
Reply to  jesi
1 year ago

You can’t say something like that and not back it up

Reply to  The Man Himself
1 year ago

Under water video from Nationals: dolphin kick right before the 200 breast A final finish maybe helped him out-touch Roy by 0.31 seconds.

1 year ago

Here is the USA Swimming video. Downward dolphin kick at about 6:24.


Inside Smoke
1 year ago

Username checks out

Reply to  The Man Himself
1 year ago

Lol at the man himself. You were saying?

1 year ago

Miller, Adrian, and Lochte holding on… the last of the old men in the young kid’s sport. Forgot to mention Shields, too.

Reply to  connor
1 year ago

Brandon Fischer: isn’t this is his first time on the National Team?

The Man Himself
Reply to  connor
1 year ago


Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Zane in the 10K. That will be interesting. When did he qualify? details please…

Hoosier Eli
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

It is interesting since he got out of the water in the 10K at Nationals about halfway through the competition and didn’t finish.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Good point … he quit 1/2 way through the race (got out), then came back “fresh” to win the 5K. Apparently, since he was “offered” a spot on the World OW team, but didn’t take it since it was a week before he would swim the 1500, 400 and 800 in pool events at Worlds, USA Swimming went ahead and named him to the National Team. They did the same with Hannah Moore (although a questionable DQ is different than getting out mid-way of a 10K) since she swam the 5K at Worlds.

Say What
Reply to  owcoach
1 year ago

The selection criteria is in black and white: The top six (6) American male finishers and the top six (6) American female finishers from the 2019 USA Swimming 10K Open Water Championships will be named to the 2019-20 USA Swimming Open Water National Team.

Reply to  Say What
1 year ago

Not true. The OW National Team selection criteria says “Athletes selected to the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championship Team will qualify for the 2019-2020 Open Water National Team.” Both Grothe and Moore made the OW World’s Team in the 5k. So, the event next to their name in the USAS Nat Team press release should actually be the 5k since they were selected based on that race. Neither of them placed in the 10k to make this team.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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