USA Swimming Announces 2021 SC Worlds Roster; Dressel Among Notable Absences

USA Swimming announced a roster of 28 swimmers that will compete at the 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships on Tuesday, with the meet scheduled for December 16-21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The roster features 15 swimmers that were on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, including individual gold medalist Lydia Jacoby and relay gold medal winners Zach Apple, Michael Andrew and Hunter Armstrong. The team also includes seven swimmers aged 19 and under—all on the women’s side.

There is an even split of 14 women and 14 men on the roster. In 2018, there were 17 women and 18 men on the American roster.

2021 U.S. SHORT COURSE WORLDS ROSTER

Women’s Team

Swimmer Event(s)
Katharine Berkoff 100 BK
Claire Curzan 50 FR; 50/100 FLY
Kate Douglass 200 IM
Emily Escobedo 100/200 BR
Katie Grimes 800 FR
Charlotte Hook 200 FLY
Torri Huske 100/200 FR; 50/100 FLY
Lydia Jacoby 50/100 BR
Paige Madden 200/400 FR
Melanie Margalis 100/200/400 IM; 200 BR
Isabelle Stadden 200 BK
Abbey Weitzeil 50/100 FR ; 100 IM
Emma Weyant 400IM; 400/800 FR
Rhyan White 50/100/200 BK

Men’s Team

Swimmer Event (s)
Michael Andrew 50 FR; 50/100 BR; 50/100 FLY; 100 IM
Zach Apple 100 FR
Hunter Armstrong 100 BK
Michael Brinegar 1500 FR
Shaine Casas 50/100/200 BK
Nic Fink 50/100/200 BR; 100 IM
Carson Foster 200/400 IM
Zach Harting 200 FLY
Ryan Held 50/100 FR
Trenton Julian 200 FLY
Will Licon 200 BR
Tom Shields 50/100 FLY
Kieran Smith 200/400 FR; 200/400 IM
Hunter Tapp 200 BK

Relays will be chosen by the coaching staff

The team notably does not include any relay-only swimmers. Michael Andrew leads the way with six individual entries, followed by Kieran SmithNic Fink, Melanie Margalis and Torri Huske who all have four.

Smith and Huske represent two of the 12 swimmers on the roster currently competing in the NCAA, while there are four junior swimmers on the women’s side that are still in high school.

Margalis, who is tied with Tom Shields as the oldest member of the team at 30, is coming off a disappointing U.S. Olympic Trials in the summer and isn’t competing in the International Swimming League this season, so her presence here feels significant in signifying she’s back into full training.

There are numerous glaring absences from the U.S. roster, none bigger than Caeleb Dressel, the SCM world record holder in three events and reigning SC world champion in the men’s 100 freestyle.

Other big names missing from the team include fellow SCM world record holder Coleman Stewart (men’s 100 back) and SCM American Record holders such as Lilly KingRyan Murphy and Olivia Smoliga.

Stewart had an explosive performance at the beginning of the International Swimming League (ISL) regular season in late August, breaking the world record in the men’s 100 backstroke in a time of 48.33.

Smoliga exploded for a record eight-gold medal performance at the 2018 SC Worlds in Hangzhou, China, including individual wins in the women’s 50 back and 100 back, while both King and Murphy have been among the top performers in the ISL over the past few years, largely dominating the women’s breaststroke and men’s backstroke events.

USA Swimming also announced eight swimmers that will be competing at the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series, also taking place in Abu Dhabi on December 15-16, directly before the beginning of the pool competition.

Below are the U.S. athletes competing in the open water event:

  •  Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores/Indiana University)
  •  David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo Nadadores)
  •  Brennan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./University of Florida)
  •  Dylan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada)
  •  Joshua Brown (Winter Park, Fla./Highlander Aquatic Club)
  •  Katie Grimes (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada)
  •  Brooke Travis (Newark, Del./NC State University)
  •  Mariah Denigan (Walton, Ky./Indiana University)

The meet was initially scheduled to run in December 2020 but was postponed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wow
1 month ago

WHY IS WEITZEIL IN THE 100 IM INSTEAD OF DOUGLASS?

snarky
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Because Weitzel has a 100 IM qualifying time and Douglas does not. Weitzel is probably the only US female swimmer with a FINA A cut in the 100 IM. FINA has a qualifying period and rules for non-Olympic events. The fact that the US is still stuck in the dark ages of swimming yards and 50’s LCM every once in awhile our swimmers lose out in SCM championships. For instance, Berkoff had the FINA LCM A cut in the 50 back but hasn’t swum it since 2018. Since it was not within the FINA qualifying period she’s limited to the 100. Rhyan is the top swimmer in the 100 so so she gets an auto invite into the 50. Crazy… Read more »

swimswamsers
Reply to  snarky
1 month ago

lol fina is in the dark ages

Snarky
Reply to  swimswamsers
1 month ago

Yeah but they’re in charge. So there’s that.

Corn Pop
Reply to  swimswamsers
1 month ago

Yes they are likely backed by medieval gold . ISL is based on some sort of proto Uke currency in crypto transit until they become Masters of The Universe.

D from mich
Reply to  snarky
1 month ago

Marsalis and Nelson #8and#9 on FINA qualifying list. Or did you mean the only us swimmer on the team with an 100IM A cut?

Swammer
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

I could not agree with you more. Kate is a phenomenal talent – all around talent – she will crush the 2IM. But in my humble opinion there is no race that defines her skill and all around stroke prowess more than the absolute crazy insanity and beauty that is the 100IM. Kate has absolutely beautiful strokes and sprint power and she learned how to manage her back leg with Desorbo. She would crush the 1IM.

Tea rex
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

There’s gotta be a chance for Douglass to borrow a Weitzeil cap. Leave the mask on until the last minute, the refs might not notice

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Why is Torri Huske swimming the 200

Wow
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Good question 💀

Wow
1 month ago

No relay swimmers? How does that even make sense.

K_ok
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

No relay ONLY swimmers. The swimmers mentioned above will swim the relays.

Bub
1 month ago

Can’t wait to watch Kieran and Shaine do scm

torchbearer
1 month ago

Wouldn’t it be nice if one year we got a full strength World SC Championships- Ledecky v Titmus, Dressel v Chalmers, etc etc…..never seems to happen. Sigh.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  torchbearer
1 month ago

There’s a greater chance that you’ll see it rain cats and dogs than the chances of you seeing Ledecky take short course seriously

oxyswim
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

Doing new things can be fun though, especially for someone who’s been reaching internationally for 9 years now.

It’s not like she would have to train 3 months of SCM to be successful. Just show up and race. I’m sure you’re right, but one can dream.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

I think she’ll be at US Open earlier that month instead

swimgeek
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

I mean, she took short course YARDS pretty darn seriously until 2 yrs ago …

Stephen
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 month ago

And I agree with her……SC hmmmmm

matt
1 month ago

the real question here is will michael andrew get an invidual medal??? lol

Melanie
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

Obviously not a gold medal for helping society I get rid of covid lol

NM Coach
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

I thought you were going to say “the real question is he vaccinated?”

Dudeman
Reply to  NM Coach
1 month ago

Why ask a question we already know the answer to?

Anonymous
Reply to  NM Coach
1 month ago

I’ve been a fan and a follower of MA’s since he went pro. I can’t tolerate his social media anymore, being out in public, around crowds of people and not wearing a mask when he comments he’s not vaccinated. I have no use for non-vaccinated people that don’t wear masks.

Ghost
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

He won an individual medal at scm worlds at the last one! Quit bullying

Taa
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

I recall he got a gold in the 100IM

Lil Swimmy
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

unfortunately

NC Fan
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

Hmm, USAS required vaccinations for the Junior team that went to Berlin/Budapest and I thought they required them for National Select Camp (not sure about that). So, are they changing their protocols just for mandrew? Or is it only teenagers who need the vaccine to represent their country?

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
Reply to  NC Fan
1 month ago

Isn’t the U.S. requiring vaccinations for all returning international travelers starting November? Surely that will mean him too…

Coach mary
Reply to  matt
1 month ago

Amazing to me all the criticism MA gets. I know him personally and he is a wonderful person. There were a lot of our swimmers who did not swim best times at Olympics but certainly did not get the garbage leveled at them the way MA did!

swimgeek
1 month ago

Missing Coleman Stewart is a huge loss. I assume it had to be his choice. But he’s an absolute animal in SCM. This meet was made for him. He’s clearly training and in great form. Why skip this>

W50 free — Surprising to see Curazan get the nod over Douglass in a *short course* 50 free. And no Douglass 100IM – wait, what?

Breezeway
Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

I’d be shocked if it was his choice. He told Brett Hawke he hasn’t heard from USA Swimming

Dylan
Reply to  Breezeway
1 month ago

We have a better shot at gold though with our underwater ace Armstrong

Breezeway
Reply to  Dylan
1 month ago

Over the current world record holder with better with better underwaters?

oxyswim
Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

Stewart said he would love to go, but they selected based off LC times not SC. Absolute joke to leave the WR holder home when he wants to race.

Tyson
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

USA need to start taking short course more seriously no one else in the world cares about yards it’s time they start to phase it out and slowly phase in scm and catch up with the rest of the world

PVSFree
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

The challenge is how to replace the literally thousands of yards pools across the U.S

swimgeek
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Wait what? You don’t have to replace any of them. The training is basically the same. Train in yards pools all you wants. HS would still swim mostly yards. But elite level college meets — Conf/NCAA meets, maybe the Nov mid-season meets could be swum SCM.

Jojob
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

While doing that is an insurmountable obstacle, maybe there are some half measures that could reduce the consequences from our use of the clumsy English system of measurement. Maybe, the NCAA could hold its championship meet in an SCM pool.That would give a lot of quality swimmers some SCM times. Maybe, TYR Pro and the ISL could step up having SCM meets as World’s was approaching. It could be worse. At least we don’t race in cubits!

tea rex
Reply to  Jojob
1 month ago

In 2000 and 2004, NCAAs were held in scm, and I think it was roundly hated. The idea in Olympic years was to do something more… international? But they didn’t go full LCM, so it was really just a format that most colleges didn’t swim all year, and also couldn’t be used for Olympic/Trials qualifying. For a lot of swimmers, it was their one and only scm meet ever.

Breezeway
1 month ago

Straight garbage! Makes no sense

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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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