U.S. Roster At World University Games Grows With Addition of Loyola’s Joe Hayburn

Joe Hayburn is the newest member of Team USA for the 2023 World University Games this summer in Chengdu, as the incoming freshman at Loyola University Maryland was named to the team on Wednesday.

Hayburn, 19, is the fourth swimmer yet to begin their college career to be selected to the roster, joining USC’s Macky HodgesDiggory Dillingham and Cal’s Keaton Jones.

Hayburn’s addition brings the U.S. roster tally up to 34, with 32 swimmers having been named in early May and NC State’s Kyle Ponsler being added one week later.



  • 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

Hayburn gives the U.S. team a strong addition in the 100 backstroke, where he owns a personal best time of 55.34, set earlier this year at the Speedo Sectionals in Buffalo.

That time ranks him fourth among swimmers currently on the U.S. roster, trailing Jones (54.90), Tommy Janton (54.90) and Jack Dahlgren (55.09).

Hayburn owns a PB of 2:02.64 in the 200 back, trailing the likes of Jones, Dahlgren and Ponsler on the team depth chart, and he also holds respective bests of 23.94 and 52.32 in the 50 and 100 free events.

Hayburn will join future Loyola teammate Lily Mead on the American team, along with Greyhound head coach Brian Loeffler, who is among the assistants on the U.S. coaching staff.

Incoming collegiate athletes are eligible to compete at the Games, as are competitors who have graduated within the last year. That period has been extended due to this edition of the World University Games having been postponed twice—it was initially scheduled for 2021—which has made college graduates from 2020, 2021 and 2022 also eligible to compete.

The World University Games in Chengdu will run from July 28 – August 8, 2023 in Chengdu, China after initially being slated for August 2021.

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3 months ago

How are the athletes picked for WUGs this year?

Reply to  aquadog
3 months ago

Uhhhh I think they’re just shotgunning eligible swimmers and seeing who agrees to pay the fee.

3 months ago

It bears continual repetition: USA Swimming is utterly derelict in not funding this international meet, but still sanctioning it! if an athlete represents the USA and is supported by the appropriate sports organization, FUNDING should be provided. This idiotic system of self-funding debases TEAM USA and makes us collectively look like fools. Shame on USA Swimming!

3 months ago

Jusst genuinely trying to understand, but if they can only have 2 people in each event, what was he recruited for? Will any of those other backstrokers swim something else?

Reply to  Swammer
3 months ago

Dahlgren can do about 6 different events not including relays so he’s probably doing something else

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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