Serbia will be represented at the World Championship with 7 swimmers, including Andrea Basaraba, a rising senior at USC, and a member of Pac-12 Academic Team.
Basaraba, who is a 4 time Serbian National Record Holder, will be swimming 800 free. Basaraba was born in Belgrade, Serbia, though she attended high school in the United States.
As the program moves on following the retirement of longtime Michael-Phelps-rival Milorad Cavic, the star of the new-look Serbian team is Velimir Stjepanovic, who will compete in 200 fly, 200 and 400 free. Stjepanovic, who was born, raised, and trains in the UAE, finished 6th in the 200 fly at the Olympics last year and is just 19 years old. He also won 3 Mediterranean Championships this year.
The other members of the team include Miroslava Najdanovski, who swam the 50 and 100 freestyles at the Olympics; Ivan Lenđer, who was 18th in the 100 fly in London, Silađi Čaba , Bogdan Knežević and Boris Stojanović.
Aside from the absence of Cavic, this roster is also now without Nada Higl, the 2009 World Champion in the 200 breaststroke (and former European Record holder). She will be swimming her first meet since the Olympics this weekend at Serbian Nationals. With her absence Basaraba will be the only female member of this year’s team, and tallies yet another World Championship qualifier for Dave Salo’s group in Los Angeles.