Schmitt, Lochte Headline 2012 US SC World Championships Team

  17 Braden Keith | October 03rd, 2012 | Featured, National, News, Short Course World Championships

USA Swimming has dropped the lineup for the 2012 World Short Course Championship Team, and it will include many of the United States’ best and brightest Olympic heroes.

The headliners on the roster are Allison Schmitt, who will take time off in the middle of her Georgia NCAA season, and Ryan Lochte, who dominated the last version of the meet with 6 gold medals.

The meet will be held from December 12th-15th in Istanbul, Turkey.

Lochte seems to be holding firm to his desire to shift his event focus; he’s not swimming the 400 IM or the 100 backstroke, and instead will contest the 50 and 100 butterflies, the latter of which he placed 3rd in at the Olympic Trials. Assuming he swims all three relays, he would take a shot at 9 medals: an obscene number.

With many other Olympians declining invites, there are lots of opportunities for younger swimmers to step into the spotlight. For example, it appears none of the women from Cal, nor Missy Franklin, are on the roster. That means that swimmers like Olivia Smoliga and Bonnie Brandon will get a shot. Texas’ Laura Sogar will also get her first big opportunity on a senior U.S. roster.

For the men, Kevin Cordes will receive the same. He’s the best young breaststroker the Americans have had in a long time, having crushed the 17-18 National Age Group Records over-and-over again in the last 6 months, and now he will head to Turkey to swim the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. Ryan Murphy will be there as well.

Other Olympians who are competing include Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers, Matt McLean, Clark Burckle, Kathleen Hersey, Jessica Hardy, Kara Lynn Joyce, Chloe Sutton, and Claire Donahue.

The full lineup is below:

* – denotes 2012 US Olympian

Original roster updated October 15th, 2012
(Update 10/29: Kara Lynn Joyce is out, Christine Magnuson is in. Read more here.)

Ellyn Baumgardner50/100 breastCurl Burke Swim Club/Arizona
Bonnie Brandon200 backMission Aurora Colorado Swimming
Chelsea Chenault4×200 free relayTerrapins Swim Team
Maya Dirado100/200/400 IMStanford Swimming
Claire Donahue*50/100 flyWestern Kentucky University
Jessica Hardy*50/100 free, 50/100 breastTrojan Swim Club
Kathleen Hersey*50/100/200 flyLonghorn Aquatics
Kara Lynn Joyce*50 freeSwimMAC Carolina
Andrea Kropp200 breastRattler Swim Club/USC
Becca Mann400 IM, 800 freeClearwater Aquatic Team
Melanie Margalis100/200 IMSt. Petersburg Aquatics
Lia Neal*4×100 free relayAsphalt Green Unified Aquatics
Megan Romano100/200 free, 50/100/200 backAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Allison Schmitt*200/400 free, 4×100 free relayNorth Baltimore Aquatic Club
Olivia Smoliga50/100 backGlenview Titan Aquatic Club
Laura Sogar200 breastBluefish Swim Club/Texas
Chloe Sutton*400/800 freeMission Viejo Nadadores
Jasmine Tosky200 flyPalo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Shannon Vreeland*4×200 free relayAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Mike Alexandrov50/100 breastTrojan Swim Club
Bobby Bollier200 flyStanford Swimming
Clark Burckle*200 breastTucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Kevin Cordes50/100 breastUniversity of Arizona
Conor Dwyer*100/200 IM, 200/400 freeLake Forest Swim Club/Gator
Mark Dylla200 flyAthens Bulldog Swim Club
Anthony Ervin*50 freeCalifornia Aquatics
Ryan Feeley1500 freeUniversity of Michigan
Jimmy Feigen*4×100 free relayLonghorn Aquatics
Matt Grevers*100 free, 50/100 backTucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Ben Hesen50/100 backPacesetter Aquatics/Gator
Charlie Houchin* 4×200 free relay Unattached/ Bolles School Sharks
Michael Klueh400 free, 4×200 free relay (added after Houchin dropped)FAST Swim Team
Ryan Lochte*200 free, 200 back, 50/100 fly, 100/200 IMDaytona Beach Swimming/Gator
Michael McBroom1500 freeThe Woodlands Swim Team/Texas
Matt McLean*4×200 free relayFAST Swim Team
Ryan Murphy200 backBolles School Sharks
Tyler Reed4×100 free relaySouthern Kentucky Swim Club
Tom Shields50/100 flyCalifornia Aquatics
Josh Schneider50 freeSwimMAC Carolina
Steven Schmuhl400 IMIndiana University
Garrett Weber-Gale4×100 free relayLonghorn Aquatics
Scott Weltz*200 breastMarin Pirates
Michael Weiss400 IMWisconsin Aquatics

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17 Comments on "Schmitt, Lochte Headline 2012 US SC World Championships Team"

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3 years 11 months ago

When do they name coaches?

3 years 11 months ago

Pretty sure Lia’s name deserves an * 😉

3 years 11 months ago


3 years 11 months ago

Did Megan Romano go to London?

3 years 11 months ago

No, she placed 7th in 200 free final.

3 years 11 months ago

No, she placed 7th in 200 free final in Olympic trials.

3 years 11 months ago

she has a * by her name but she’s not an Olympian (she is a star though!)

3 years 11 months ago

no Cal girls going and lots of UGA girls going?!?! wonder what that means come March? hard to do an Invitational, Finals, Worlds, Christmas and still have a lot left in the bank. Time will tell.

3 years 11 months ago

they sure had to go pretty far down the list to get a second mens 400 im’er

3 years 11 months ago

wonder why Chase Kalisz isn’t swimming the 400 IM…granted his fast times were LCM…not sure what his short course times are

3 years 11 months ago

Probably because our National Team director didn’t bother to use Jr Pan Pacs as a qualifying meet.

3 years 11 months ago

He went 4:15 at trials still ahead of the other 2 4imers??

3 years 11 months ago

Chase’s time from Trials would have qualified for the team. He probably declined the trip.

3 years 11 months ago

Overall, a pretty good roster for the meet. Seems like more swimmers are taking SCM seriously than in years past.

bobo gigi
3 years 11 months ago

Yes, 9 medals for Ryan Lochte! He’s a fantastic swimmer and much better in short course but we must stay quiet. Many ignorant people talked about 10 gold medals for him in London for 2 years. And we have seen. Sometimes the Lochte mania seems crazy.

bobo gigi
3 years 11 months ago

Of course this team misses Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, the best american swimmers on the women’s side now with Allison Schmitt but I like this roster with many young swimmers like Becca Mann or Ryan Murphy. And it’s time for Megan Romano (I hope she will forget backstroke to focus on freestyle in the future) and Kevin Cordes (he has the keys of american breaststroke for the future) to show their massive potential in a very big international meet.

3 years 11 months ago

There were four World SC Champs held in 1990;s… the first in 1993. Only one male from the USA won a gold medal in an individual event during that time period (1990’s). That would be Tripp Schwenk in the 100 and 200 backstroke in 1993. Also, only one gold was won by USA men in the relay events during the first four champs – 1993 4 x 100 medley relay.(Schwenk, Wunderlich, Henderson, Olsen,)


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