Team USA Will Head to Croatia for Training Camp on June 4

At the conclusion of the US International Team Trials on Saturday, USA Swimming named 41 athletes and 7 coaches to the country’s pool swimming roster for the World Aquatics Championships.

The pool swimming events will run from June 18-25 at the Danube Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The six week gap from the end of Trials to the start of the World Championships is a little longer than we usually see at this point in the cycle. In 2017, for example, it was just 13 days from the end of Trials to the beginning of the World Championships (though it was 22 days until swimming began in the back-half of the meet).

This year, even with swimming in the front-half of the Worlds schedule, athletes will have 49 days before the World Championships. Remember that Trials were originally scheduled around a May World Championship meet in Fukuoka, Japan, and USA Swimming opted not to move that meet.

For those athletes coming out of the collegiate season, who might have had three big rest meets in three months, that extra gap gives them some flexibility in how they try to approach holding on to their speed.

So what’s next for Team USA? Here’s what the team’s travel schedule looks like:

  • Training Camp June 6-14, 2022 ◙ Rijeka, Croatia
  • International Training June 14-17, 2022 ◙ Budapest, Hungary
  • Competition June 18-25, 2022 ◙ Budapest, Hungary
  • Return home June 26, 2022

Athletes and coaches will head to Croatia to train at the Kantrida Swimming Pool Complex in Rijeka on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. In the northwestern part of the country, Kantrida is about 5 hours from Budapest by bus, 8 hours by train, or 3 hours by airplane.

The complex is the same one that hosted Team USA before the 2017 World Championships, so this will be familiar territory for those athletes who are returning. By our count, there were 11 swimmers who competed at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest who are back for 2022.

Shortly before athletes leave for the training camp, USA Swimming will stage its next and final stop of the truncated 2022 Pro Swim Series. That meet is scheduled for June 1-4 in Mission Viejo, California. Given the 5+ hour travel time from the East Coast, which would need to be repeated to travel back to Croatia, not many national teamers are expected to participate. It is plausible that we might see a few local athletes swim a race or two before heading out, but there are historically-few swimmers on this team who are based out of Southern California, so even that won’t make sense for many athletes.

 

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DCSwim
4 months ago

Surprised they won’t Split their time in Croatia 🥁

DCSwim
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

Sorry, not sorry

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DCSwim
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

Just realized you also punned here. It was Pazin over my head!

swimmer
4 months ago

oh feel bad for torri and regan as they have finals the second week on june.

JimSwim22
4 months ago

Feels like a normal turnover in a post Olympic year to me. Maybe SwimSwam can run some stats for comparison?

Coach A
4 months ago

Aitken should take the distance crew to altitude for 3 weeks. May 10-31. Perfect timing

50free
Reply to  Coach A
4 months ago

School?

Coach A
Reply to  50free
4 months ago

Good point. Some have it. Some are done. Some can do zoom or remote. Some in person. Guess it all depends on your situation. But a great opportunity to experiment with camps 2 years out from Paris and this summer being what it is with schedule of meets etc..

coachymccoachface
Reply to  50free
4 months ago

Most if not all? of the Sandpiper swimmers in his group are homeschooled

Justhereforfun
4 months ago

Totally not related to the swimming camp whatsoever, but how is a 5 hour bus ride equivalent to a 3 hour plane ride?

Walter
Reply to  Justhereforfun
4 months ago

You have to drive to the airport?

thezwimmer
Reply to  Justhereforfun
4 months ago

I was confused as well, so I looked up the trip on Google Maps. From my understanding, it’s a 3-hour plane ride because there aren’t direct flights.

Noah
4 months ago

Who are those 11 swimmers? Kalisz, Finke, Ledecky, who else?

Caeleb Remel Cultist
Reply to  Noah
4 months ago

12 swimmers not 11: Dressel, Murphy, Finke, Ledecky, Comerford, Kalisz, Ress, Nic Fink, Flickinger, King, Regan Smith, Leah Smith.

BAILEY KITTY
Reply to  Noah
4 months ago

L.Smith, King, Dressell, Murphy, Ress, Comerford, Flickinger, Kalisz, Ledecky, Fink

Smith-King-Huske-Curzan
Reply to  Noah
4 months ago

On the women’s side:

Comerford, Mallory
Flickinger, Hali
King, Lilly
Ledecky, Katie
Smith, Leah
Smith, Regan

Quite a turnover in five years.

Tony
Reply to  Noah
4 months ago

How could you have forgotten Dressel and his 7 golds at the 2017 WC?

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