US Team Sets Off for Short Course Worlds Friday; Universal Sports to Air Taped Delay

Final bags are being packed and final tests are being taken as today the Americans set off on their Short Course Worlds quest on Friday. The team plans to arrive in Istanbul early, ahead of the December 12th start, and hopefully will sneak in some time to explore the phenomenally historic city of Istanbul.

The meet will be televised daily on Universal Sports in the United States, though details are fuzzy still about any online live streaming. The taped-delay broadcast will be aired at 8PM Eastern each day of the 5 day meet (December 12th-16th) on Universal Sports, and then again at 1:30 in the morning for the night owls.

The official meet website is launched, and today is the official test event in the temporary pool at the 16,000 seat Sinan Erdem Arena on the more modern, European side of the city. Everything seems ready (though of course no psych sheets yet) for a fast competition.

The American roster has shifted several times, but the final squad is all settled in under the guidance of head coaches Eric Hansen (men’s) and Chuck Batchelor (women’s) and their staffs. This is actually Hansen’s third time The Americans are one of the deepest squads at this meet; that is the norm for them, but in this year’s case, as national federations around the world try to regroup after the Olympics, many international countries have severely cut back their rosters.

The Brazilians are without most of their stars; as are the French, who focused on the European Championships that were hosted within their borders.

The Brits will have a decent squad included Fran Halsall and Michael Jamieson, but that whole federation is a bit of a mess right now with coaches and organizers and swimmers jetsetting to every corner of the world. The Australian federation is in a similar position, though if Kenneth To’s World-Cup title is an indicator, they’re faring ok emotionally. They send a small roster of just 19.

The South Africans are headed down that same dysfunctional path; they invited 25 to Short Course Worlds, but trouble is brewing over who would have to pay for their travels, their two biggest stars Cameron van der Burgh and Roland Schoeman have backed out.

The biggest threat to the Americans, on the men’s side, is the Russians. They’re always very good in short course, and though there are a lot of NCAA Champions on the United States roster, the Russians have international experience and are more accustomed to that extra stroke needed in a 25 meter pool. There could be a medley relay upset brewing, though the Russian free relays won’t be as good as they were in 2010.

Check out Garrett’s interview with World’s Short Course swimmer Laura Sogar this morning as she talks about Istanbul.

Name Event Club
Ellyn Baumgardner 50/100 breast Curl Burke Swim Club/Arizona
Bonnie Brandon 200 back Mission Aurora Colorado Swimming
Chelsea Chenault 4×200 free relay Terrapins Swim Team
Maya Dirado 100/200/400 IM Stanford Swimming
Claire Donahue* 50/100 fly Western Kentucky University
Jessica Hardy* 50/100 free, 50/100 breast Trojan Swim Club
Kathleen Hersey* 50/100/200 fly Longhorn Aquatics
Andrea Kropp 200 breast Rattler Swim Club/USC
Becca Mann 400 IM, 800 free Clearwater Aquatic Team
Christine Magnuson 50 free Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Melanie Margalis 100/200 IM St. Petersburg Aquatics
Lia Neal* 4×100 free relay Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics
Megan Romano 100/200 free, 50/100/200 back Athens Bulldog Swim Club
Allison Schmitt* 200/400 free, 4×100 free relay North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Olivia Smoliga 50/100 back Glenview Titan Aquatic Club
Laura Sogar 200 breast Bluefish Swim Club/Texas
Chloe Sutton* 400/800 free Mission Viejo Nadadores
Jasmine Tosky 200 fly Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Shannon Vreeland* 4×200 free relay Athens Bulldog Swim Club
Mike Alexandrov 50/100 breast Trojan Swim Club
Bobby Bollier 200 fly Stanford Swimming
Clark Burckle* 200 breast Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Kevin Cordes 50/100 breast University of Arizona
Conor Dwyer* 100/200 IM, 200/400 free Lake Forest Swim Club/Gator
Mark Dylla 200 fly Athens Bulldog Swim Club
Anthony Ervin* 50 free California Aquatics
Ryan Feeley 1500 free University of Michigan
Jimmy Feigen* 100 Free, 4×100 free relay Longhorn Aquatics
Matt Grevers* 100 free, 50/100 back Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics
Ben Hesen 50/100 back Pacesetter Aquatics/Gator
Michael Klueh 400 free, 4×200 free relay (added after Houchin dropped) FAST Swim Team
Ryan Lochte* 200 free, 200 back, 50/100 fly, 100/200 IM Daytona Beach Swimming/Gator
Michael McBroom 1500 free The Woodlands Swim Team/Texas
Matt McLean* 4×200 free relay FAST Swim Team
Ryan Murphy 200 back Bolles School Sharks
Tyler Reed 4×100 free relay Southern Kentucky Swim Club
Tom Shields 50/100 fly California Aquatics
Josh Schneider 50 free SwimMAC Carolina
Steven Schmuhl 400 IM Indiana University
Garrett Weber-Gale 4×100 free relay Longhorn Aquatics
Scott Weltz* 200 breast Marin Pirates
Michael Weiss 400 IM Wisconsin Aquatics

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Pretty goood roster for the Us , even without Missy Franklin , Nathan Adrian or a few others . Great huge test for the young in the team ! Will be very curious to see how Cordes swims on top level , as well as Jimmy Feigen and Tom Shields . The medley relay will be epic .

Usa for gold !


Need to update the list. Kyle Whittaker, a late replacement, is missing.

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