Final Rosters: King Into Worlds in 200 Breast, Bumps Galat To Pan Ams


Lilly King has added the 200 breaststroke to her 2019 World Championships lineup, bumping 2017 Worlds silver medalist Bethany Galat down to the Pan American Games team and Emily Escobedo off that Pan Ams team entirely.

That was the big roster shakeup in what was a better day for the Americans overall: 9 of the eventual Worlds qualifiers in day 4’s events bettered their Nationals Times, a much higher rate than we’ve seen the past three days.

The other big roster move was Katie Ledecky officially adding the 1500 free. That was widely-expected after she broke the world record earlier this year, but still required her to beat the top 2 times with her Pan Pacs swim. Leah Smith briefly displaced Ally McHugh for the 2nd spot in the early heats, but that was all rendered moot by finals, when Ledecky bumped both out of the mix.

The 2019 rosters should now be pretty well finalized, though there’s still the chance we missed someone in our tally, or that a swimmer will decline his or her spots. We’ve also done the modified world rankings math to break any ties for the final spots, though this roster is, of course, unofficial.

Worlds Qualifiers – Day 4 Pan Pacs Events

The following are the top 2 (or top 6 in relay events) based on combined results of Nationals Finals (denoted “Nats”) and Pan Pacs A and B Finals (denoted “Pan Pacs”). Athletes bumped from the team at Pan Pacs are crossed out.

The top 2 in every event earn individual swims at 2019 Worlds. 3rd and 4th in the relay events earn relay swims. 5th and 6th earn prelims relay swims, if roster space allows.


200 back

  1. Kathleen Baker, 2:06.14 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Regan Smith, 2:06.43 (Nats)

50 free

  1. Simone Manuel, 24.10 (Nats)
  2. Abbey Weitzeil, 24.58 (Pan Pacs)

200 breast

  1. Micah Sumrall, 2:21.88 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Lilly King, 2:22.12 (Pan Pacs)
  3. Bethany Galat, 2:23.32 (Nats)

1500 free

  1. Katie Ledecky, 15:38.97 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Ashley Twichell, 15:55.68 (Nats)
  3. Leah Smith, 16:00.82 (Pan Pacs)
  4. Ally McHugh, 16:02.56 (Nats)


200 back

  1. Ryan Murphy, 1:53.57 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Jacob Pebley, 1:55.68 (Nats)

50 free

  1. Michael Andrew, 21.46 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, 21.67 (Nats)

200 breast

  1. Josh Prenot, 2:07.28 (Nats)
  2. Andrew Wilson, 2:08.71 (Nats)

800 free

  1. Zane Grothe, 7:43.74 (Pan Pacs)
  2. Jordan Wilimovsky, 7:45.19 (Pan Pacs)

Full projected 2019 Rosters

As we did during Nationals, we’ll continue tracking projected rosters. Be aware that we’re updating these rosters as the meet progresses, so nothing here is official or finalized until the end of the meet. The italicized names are in line for spots based on Nationals results. As athletes lock in their roster spots, we’ll remove the italics from their names and events. Events in (parentheses) remain unofficial, pending Pan Pacs results.

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2 years ago

Thanks for the update. 2 things on your tally that I think you’ll need to revisit – there isn’t a 1500 free at the Pan Am games for women. Page 1 of the Pan Am event info (which is attached to the bottom of the US selection procedures) lists the events for the meet. So, the swimmers for the 1500 free need to be removed from that roster. Also, you have Meitz making WUGs, but I believe she has graduated from college now, right? She should be in the #2 spot for Pan Ams…?

Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

Hi Jared! Thanks for clarifying. So, if they are going to add the new distance events are they going to add roster spots, too? 18 spots per gender/team is very lean! Why not 26 spots like the other meets???

2 years ago

can Caeleb do the 50 fly too?

Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago


josh prenot is coming back: 2:05.99
Reply to  Zanna
2 years ago

no only best person could swim it

Coach Luke
2 years ago

Enough about Lily King. What about Micah Sumrall?

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Coach Luke
2 years ago

What do you want the headline to be? “Micah Sumrall Still On Worlds Roster”? That’s informative.

Reply to  Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
2 years ago

I could get behind that.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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