Dressel, Andrew, Baker, Smith Head US Short Course Worlds Roster

Caeleb Dressel, Michael Andrew, Kathleen Baker and Leah Smith are among the multi-event stars headlining Team USA’s roster for the 2018 Short Course World Championships.

New pros Dressel and Baker, no longer tethered to a college meet schedule, will take on four and five individual events, respectively. Andrew, the summer’s breakout star for the United States, leads all male swimmers with five individual entries, while Smith will enter four races in Hangzhou, China.

Short Course Worlds is typically a unique Team USA lineup, with many of the top names declining spots, either to continue racing a college dual meet schedule or for other reasons. The lineup features a number of top names, but some very notable ones are also absent: five-time Olympic champ Katie Ledecky will not attend, nor will 7-time world champ Simone Manuel, two-time world champ Chase Kalisz or double Olympic champ Lilly King.

Here’s the full list of names from the U.S. 2019 World Championships roster who are not on the short course Worlds roster: Nathan Adrian, Townley Haas, Andrew Seliskar, Conor Dwyer, Jordan Wilimovsky, Chase Kalisz, Grant Shoults, Abrahm DeVine, Jay Litherland, Zach Apple, Jack LeVant, Simone Manuel, Margo Geer, Abbey Weitzeil, Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Gabby DeLoof, Hali Flickinger, Lilly King, Micah Sumrall, Ally McHugh, Ashley Twichell, Regan Smith, Katie McLaughlin, Katie Drabot, Brooke Forde.

The lineup features 17 women and 18 men. USA Swimming selected its lineup from the overall 2018-2019 U.S. National Team, which was determined by the results of several long course meets over the summer. You can see full selection criteria here. Short Course Worlds will take place in Hangzhou, China from December 11-16.

You can see the full roster below, or by following this link.

Women (17):

  • Haley Anderson
  • Kathleen Baker
  • Lisa Bratton
  • Erika Brown
  • Veronica Burchill
  • Mallory Comerford
  • Kelsi Dahlia
  • Bethany Galat
  • Molly Hannis
  • Madison Kennedy
  • Annie Lazor
  • Melanie Margalis
  • Katie Meili
  • Lia Neal
  • Leah Smith
  • Olivia Smoliga
  • Kendyl Stewart

Men (18):

  • Michael Andrew
  • Gunnar Bentz
  • Michael Chadwick
  • Jack Conger
  • Kyle DeCoursey
  • Caeleb Dressel
  • Matt Grevers
  • Zane Grothe
  • Zach Harting
  • Ryan Held
  • Michael Jensen
  • Ryan Murphy
  • Jacob Pebley
  • Blake Pieroni
  • Josh Prenot
  • Kieran Smith
  • Andrew Wilson
  • Justin Wright

Head Coaches:

  • Women’s team: Brian Smith (Athens Bulldog)
  • Men’s team: Dave Salo (Trojan Swim Club)

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2 years ago

Yes dressel!!

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Though would have thought he could throw down a fast 100 IM. Schedule conflict?

Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

Conflicts with 50 free and the 4×200 relay (which I assume he will be on)

25 free champ
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Is MA doing the 50 free and 100 IM?

Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago


E Gamble
Reply to  Joe
2 years ago

This is SC …their are no schedule conflicts for Dressel in SCY or SCM. He’s gonna swim what he wants.

2 years ago

Seeing Dressel and Baker is going to be awesome! WR watch!

Reply to  NSwim
2 years ago

Murphy has also possibilities to be incredible dangerous there ….

Proudly Pierced Nipples
2 years ago

Absolutely, I’m looking forward to see him race Kolesnikov!

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Proudly Pierced Nipples
2 years ago

And Xu Jiayu! He’s racing at his home country. I won’t be surprised if Murphy, Kolesnikov and Xu all break the 100 back world record.

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Can’t count out the former world record holder Matt Grevers either.

25 free champ
Reply to  NSwim
2 years ago

Don’t forget MA. Probably the most exciting of all!

Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

more exciting than Dressel in SC? dont think so lol

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

You mean he could be the 25 free champ?😆

Siphiwe Baleka
Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Old MA trope and really un-creative at this point. SMH

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Siphiwe Baleka
2 years ago

I’m not trying to be creative, I just don’t see how he could be exciting considering his performances at World Cup stages.

2 years ago

200 Medley Record will be shattered if everyone is in form

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