Full Rosters Announced For USA College Challenge (And They’re Stacked)

Full rosters have now been announced for the USA College Challenge, the highly anticipated duel featuring members of the USA Swimming National Team and stars from the Big Ten Conference. With the stacked fields now slated to compete, there will be no lack of talent for the event, scheduled for November 12-13th at the famed Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

We already knew that Lilly King, Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni, Cierra Runge, Tom Shields, Leah Smith, Amanda Weir and Kelsi Worrell were set to compete at the event, but now the full spectrum of athletes is revealed. Red-hot Louisville stand-out Mallory Comerford will be joining former teammate, Worrell, as will breaststroker Andee Cottrell on the women’s ‘national team’ roster. SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy, newly-announced University of Michigan commit Sierra Schmidt, and Olympic medalist Leah Smith will also add to the excitement for the national women.

On the men’s side of the national team, fans will see NAG record maestro and 2015 World Junior Champion Michael Andrew, along with 2016 Olympian Jacob Pebley and the already-announced Tom Shields and Cody Miller.

The Big Ten rosters are also heavy on the speed, with the likes of Lindsey Clary, Gabby DeLoof, Zhesi Li and Beata Nelson. Kierra Smith, Brooklyn Snodgrass and Siobhan Haughey are also in the women’s line-up to be coached by Mike Bottom and Kelly Kramer.

Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle, Indiana’s Ali Ahalafalla, Minnesota’s Jakub Maly, Michigan’s Paul Powers and Penn State’s Shane Ryan are just a few of the notable studs present on the Big Ten roster, sure to throw down some swift performances. Ray Looze (Indiana) and Bill Wadley (Ohio State) will be at the helm for the men.

The two-day, short-course yards meet consists of two sessions – Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. All-session tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Single-day tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Big Ten Network will televise both sessions of the meet on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Nov. 12 session will air on delay at 10 a.m., followed by a live broadcast of the Nov. 13 session from noon-2 p.m. Both sessions also will stream live online and via the BTN2GO app.

Bernie Guenther (play-by-play) and Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines (analyst) will call the action from Indianapolis for the Big Ten Network.



Complete rosters for both the National Team and the Big Ten Team can be seen via links below.

National Team Roster

Big Ten Roster


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4 years ago

This is gonna be awesome. SMASH

4 years ago

I think that the first sentence should be changed from “… 2016 U.S. Olympic Team members…” to “… 2016 U.S. National Team members…”.

Happy Camper
Reply to  DLswim
4 years ago

Actually the roster includes a few National Jr team kids as well. Seems they were trying to fill in several spots.

Reply to  Happy Camper
4 years ago

Yes, this is not the’national team roster’ and is confusing. Many Jr nat’l teamers and very few Olympians.

How was this team picked (what criteria?). Are these ‘natl team’ athletes on the roster also going to SC Worlds?

I don’t think this meet will generate much interest as most of the best US swimmers are missing, and having the best college swimmers from one conference is, well, not as interesting as if it was open to multiple conferences.

4 years ago

It looks like the National team will be much busier than the Big Ten team. Half as many swimmers for National teamers.

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