Adrian, Neal Head Veteran-Heavy U.S. Team for 2019 Pan American Games

USA Swimming has announced a 35-person roster for the 2019 Pan American Games, headed by a number of notable Olympic veterans.

5-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian leads the way for the men’s roster. Though Adrian has swum in three Olympic Games, this will be his first-ever appearance at Pan Ams. Other Olympic medalists on the men’s side: Gunnar Bentz, Kevin Cordes, Cody Miller and Tom Shields.

For the women, two-time Olympian Lia Neal is one of the bigger names, along with 2012 Olympic open water silver medalist Haley Anderson2016 Olympian Molly Hannis is also on the roster.

The roster features 18 women and 17 women.

There are a couple of surprises from the rosters we’d projected at the end of the summer. Barring a miscalculation on our part, these changes could be the result of a swimmer declining their spot on the roster:

Event Projected On Roster
200 Back Carson Foster Nick Alexander
200 Free Conor Dwyer Drew Kibler
200 Fly Gianluca Urlando Sam Pomajevich
800 Free Logan Houck None

Selection procedures make clear that swimmers were selected based on finish order in finals at U.S. Nationals. In the 200 back, Foster finished 7th and Alexander 8th, though Alexander’s prelims time (1:57.18) was better than either swimmer’s finals time. In the 200 free, Dwyer was 3rd overall and Kibler 16th overall. In the 200 fly, Urlando was 3rd overall and Pomajevich 9th overall. We had also projected Houck to make the 800 free, but he is not on the roster. There is no other 800 free entrant on the roster in his place, leaving only True Sweetser (whom we had projected in the second 800 free spot).

There were no similar surprises on the women’s side.

Full U.S. 2019 Pan American Games roster

Women (18):

  • Haley Anderson
  • Phoebe Bacon
  • Mariah Denigan
  • Bethany Galat
  • Margo Geer
  • Sarah Gibson
  • Molly Hannis
  • Madison Kennedy
  • Annie Lazor
  • Hellen Moffitt
  • Lia Neal
  • Meaghan Raab
  • Claire Rasmus
  • Meghan Small
  • Isabelle Stadden
  • Kendyl Stewart
  • Allie Szekely
  • Alex Walsh

Men (17):

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What is Walsh swimming?


200 IM, I believe

Speed Racer

Are swimmers limited to just their qualifying events? Might be the reason for a few declines.


Why 18 men and ONLY 17 WOMEN!!!!


According to the article, the roster features 35 women.

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