After Saturday’s conclusion of Hungary Nationals, the Hungarian Swimming Federation has announced their roster for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia. The team consists of 17 swimmers and 6 open water athletes.
Iron lady Katinka Hosszu is one of the toughest and most versatile swimmers in the world. Earlier this year, she broke the U.S. Open record in the 400 I.M., posting a 4:31.07 at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara, and before that broke the U.S. Open Record in the 200 I.M. as well. She’s the defending world champion in both medleys.
The Hungarian Swimming Federation has not yet announced Hosszu’s event schedule for worlds. They’re holding their cards in order to not give away her schedule. She currently sits in the world top-10 in the 200 free, 400 free, 100 back, 200 back, 200 I.M., and 400 I.M, and has the versatility to medal in all three events. While Hosszu has shown the ability to take on herculean schedules at in-season meets with much success, it’s unlikely that against the full tapers of the world’s best competition, she’ll be able to take on all 6 of the above individual events and defend her bronze medal in the 200 fly.
Hungarian Olympian Zsuzsanna Jakabos will compete in the 50m freestyle, 200m medley, and 400m medley. She was a finalist at 2013 worlds in the 200 I.M.
Veteran László Cseh will return to worlds for the Hungarian men, swimming the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, and 200m medley. He’s currently ranked 3rd in the 200 fly and 7th in the 200 I.M. Cseh has a long history of battling American Ryan Lochte in the individual medley, and will look to challenge him again in Kazan.
Breaststroker Daniel Gyurta will race in the 100 and 200 in Kazan. He’ll look to come out on top of a stacked field of breaststroke specialists, having already posted a 2:08.58 this year.
Full Hungarian Worlds Team Roster
Katalin Burian (200m back)
Katinka Hosszú (TBA)
Zsuzsanna Jakabos (50m freestyle, 200m medley, 400m medley)
Boglárka Kapás (400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 1500m fast)
Lilána Szilágyi (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly)
Anna Sztankovics (50m breast, 100m breast, 200m breast)
Evelyn Verrasztó (200m freestyle, 100m butterfly)
Gabor Balog (50m back, 100m back, 200m back)
Péter Bernek (200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 200m back)
László Cseh (50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m medley)
Benjamin Gratz (400m medley)
Daniel Gyurta (100m breast, 200m breast)
Gergely Gyurta (800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle)
David Horvath (50m breast)
Tamás Kenderesi (200m butterfly)
Krisztian Takacs (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle)
Dávid Verrasztó (400m medley)
Nikoletta Kiss (25km)
Anna Olasz (5km, 10km, 25km)
Eva Risztov (5km, 10km)
Gergely Gyurta (10km)
Mark Papp (5km, 10km)