USA Swimming has confirmed a few more spots for the 2013 USA Swimming World Championships that will take place in Barcelona at the end of July.
They affirmed the selection of Karlee Bispo to swim as a part of the 800 free relay and Katie Ledecky’s scratch from the same event. They also confirmed that Shannon Vreeland from Georgia, who was 3rd in the 200 free behind Ledecky, would take that individual spot.
Other new announcements include adding Matt Grevers and Kevin Cordes officially to the second spots in the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke, respectively. Both swimmers finished 2nd in those events, but it was on the basis of their 100 meter finishes (Grevers was 2nd in the 100 back, Cordes won the 100 breast) that they earned these swims. Neither was a great surprise.
Nor were the additions of Michael McBroom to the men’s 800 or Chloe Sutton to the women’s 1500. They were runners-up in those races, and were the logical choice to swim them.
A bit more uncertain was who would swim the second spot in the men’s 50 fly, and that will go to Grevers as well after finishing 2nd in the 50 fly, giving him 5 events in total. Ryan Lochte, who was runner-up in the 100 fly, would’ve had the first shot at the 50 fly, but it would seem he declined it.
Missy Franklin, despite media reports to the contrary, is entered in the 50 backstroke. That gives her 5 individual events, and a triple on the meet’s 5th day (Thursday) with the 100 free semifinal, the 50 back final and the 800 free relay final.
Breeja Larson was confirmed as the second 50 breaststroker, Dana Vollmer will be the 2nd 50 butterflier on the basis of her win in the 100 fly (which makes her scratch in the 50 at Trials look genius).
The full roster can be seen here. No additional athletes can be entered in the meet, though events could theoretically change before the final FINA deadline.
So, the new additions in summary:
- Katie Ledecky scratches individual 200 free
- Karlee Bispo added to roster in 800 free relay
- Shannon Vreeland takes Ledecky’s spot in individual 200
- Matt Grevers adds 50 back and 50 fly
- Kevin Cordes adds 50 breast
- Missy Franklin adds 50 back
- Dana Vollmer adds 50 fly
- Breeja Larson adds 50 breast
- Chloe Sutton adds 1500 free
- Michael McBroom adds 800 free