Thirty-two swimmers have been selected to represent the United States this summer at the World University Games in Chengdu, China.
With USA Swimming opting not to field a team to the event, the opportunity for current collegiate swimmers to compete for their country opened up, with the coaching staff put together by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) having recruited athletes over the last few months.
As of now, 20 university programs are represented.
The team was announced by Ian Quinn, the current assistant coach at UNC Asheville who has taken over as team director for the Games.
The initial men’s roster features 14 swimmers, headlined by the Notre Dame trio of Chris Guiliano, Jack Hoagland and Tommy Janton, all coming off standout NCAA campaigns where they combined for 52 individual points.
Hoagland was fifth in the 1650 free, 10th in the 500 free and 12th in the 400 IM at the 2023 Men’s NCAA Championships, while Guiliano took ninth in the 200 free and 10th in the 100 free. Janton really came into his own in his freshman year, making a pair of consolation finals in the 200 back (10th) and 100 back (14th).
Dahlgren was notably fifth in the 200 free and seventh in the 200 back at the 2023 NCAA Championships.
Jack Armstrong, the 2023 NCAA Division II runner-up in the 50 free, is another notable name on the roster.
U.S. MEN’S ROSTER
- Jack Armstrong, Henderson State
- Christian Bart, Oakland
- William Christenson, Minnesota
- Jared Daigle, Michigan
- Jack Dahlgren, Missouri
- Diggory Dillingham, USC
- Zhier Fan, Stanford
- Chris Guiliano, Notre Dame
- Bryce Halterman, Michigan
- Jack Hoagland, Notre Dame
- Tommy Janton, Notre Dame
- Keaton Jones, Cal
- Connor LaMastra, Northwestern
- Chris Nagy, Minnesota
Van Berkom was sixth in the 400 IM at the 2023 Women’s NCAA Championships and should be a medal factor at WUGS given her long course best times of 2:10.22 in the 200 fly, 2:13.94 in the 200 IM and 4:42.69 in the 400 IM.
Dickinson, recently named the SEC Student-Athlete of the Year, placed 16th in the 200 fly at Women’s NCAAs and owns a very competitive PB of 2:10.35 in the long course event, done last year when she placed sixth at U.S. Summer Nationals.
Kalandadze was 10th in the 1650 at the 2023 Women’s NCAAs, while MacEachern was 15th in the 400 IM and Hodges bring a versatile skillset that includes long course best times of 4:14.0/8:51.0/16:42.0 in the distance free events.
U.S. WOMEN’S ROSTER
- Eliza Brown, Princeton
- Eva Carlson, UCLA
- Delaney Carlton, UNC Asheville
- Abby Daniel, Akron
- Callie Dickinson, Georgia
- Noelle Harvey, Washington State
- Macky Hodges, USC
- Sabrina Johnston, Princeton
- Anna Kalandadze, UPenn
- Susan LaGrand, Oakland
- Emily Lundgren, Washington State
- Paige MacEachern, UCLA
- Lily Mead, Loyola (MD)
- Madyson Morse, Illinois State
- Anya Mostek, Harvard
- Heidi Smithwick, Princeton
- Caroline Theil, Texas A&M
- Megan Van Berkom, Minnesota
Dyer and Richardson also announced that Texas A&M assistant Caroline Maxvill Stanek will serve as the head women’s assistant coach, and Carl Weigley of UC Davis will be the head men’s assistant.
“I am grateful and excited to be able to represent our country in Chengdu with this team,” said Maxvill Stanek. “This staff and the athletes’ enthusiasm is contagious and all are already hard at work to continue the tradition of elite performances on the international stage.”
Weigley added: “It’s an honor to represent the US with such a diverse group of coaches and athletes. “I can’t wait to see what this incredible group accomplishes together in Chengdu this summer.”
Richardson, coming off his first year as associate head coach at USC, spoke about the unique opportunity that’s been presented under these circumstances.
“To end your summer representing your country in front of 300 million viewers worldwide is an unbelievable opportunity,” he said. “In less than a month, this staff has put together two incredible teams, and we can’t wait to see them compete.”
FULL COACHING STAFF
- Head Men’s Coach: Peter Richardson, USC
- Head Men’s Assistant: Carl Weigley, UC Davis
- Head Women’s Coach: Jacy Dyer, Fairfield
- Head Women’s Assistant: Caroline Maxvill Stanek, Texas A&M
- Director of Swimming: Ian Quinn, UNC Asheville
- Assistant Coach: Eileen Bringman, Cornell
- Assistant Coach: Guy Buls, Henderson State
- Assistant Coach: Karissa Kruszewski, UCLA
- Assistant Coach: Brian Loeffler, Loyola (MD)
- Assistant Coach: Sean Sullivan, Illinois State
The World University Games in Chengdu were initially scheduled to run in August 2021, but have been postponed multiple times due to the pandemic and will now run from July 28 – August 8, 2023.