USA Swimming Announces Full Olympic Roster

  34 Braden Keith | July 02nd, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, National, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

The United States will send a total of 49 swimmers, including open water, to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. That includes 24 men and 25 women, and of those 28 are first-time Olympians.

This will also be one of the biggest roster that the United States has ever sent to the Olympics since we became limited to two spots per event. It’s significantly larger than the 43 swimmers that the United States sent to Beijing, and that speaks to increased parity with fewer athletes dominating large-numbers of events like we’ve seen in the past.

We’ll do a lot more breaking down of this roster in the coming weeks, including looking at ages, professionalism, and experience, so stay tuned for much more

(* – first time Olympians)

*Alex Meyer – 10K Open Water
Ryan Lochte – 200 Back, 200 IM, 400m IM, 200 Free, 800 Free Relay
Peter Vanderkaay – 400 Free
Brendan Hansen – 100 Breast
Michael Phelps – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay
Ricky Berens – 200 free, 800 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
*Conor Dwyer – 400m Free, 800 Free Relay
Matt Grevers – 100 Backstroke, 400 Free Relay
*Scott Weltz – 200 Breast
*Clark Burckle – 200 Breast
Nathan Adrian – 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Cullen Jones – 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Eric Shanteau – 100 Breast
*Nick Thoman – 100 Back
*Tyler Clary – 200 Fly, 200 Back
*Tyler McGill – 100 Fly
Anthony Ervin – 50 Free
*Andrew Gemmell – 1500 Free
*Connor Jaeger – 1500 Free
Jason Lezak – 400 Free Relay
*Jimmy Feigen – 400 Free Relay
*Matt McLean – 800 Free Relay
*Charlie Houchin – 800 Free Relay
*Davis Tarwater – 800 Free Relay

*Haley Anderson – 10K Open Water
Elizabeth Beisel – 200 Backstroke, 400 IM
Dana Vollmer – 100 Fly, 800 Free Relay
Allison Schmitt – 400 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay
*Missy Franklin – 100 Free, 200m Free, 100m Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, 200 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay
*Breeja Larson – 100 Breaststroke
*Lauren Perdue – 800 Free Relay
*Caitlin Leverenz – 400 IM , 200m IM
*Cammile Adams – 200 Fly
Kathleen Hersey – 200 Fly
*Claire Donahue – 100 Fly
Chloe Sutton – 400 Free
*Rachel Bootsma – 100 Back
Rebecca Soni – 100 Breast, 200 Breast
*Ariana Kukors – 200 IM
*Micah Lawrence – 200 Breast
*Jessica Hardy – 50 free, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay
Kara Lynn Joyce – 50 free
*Lia Neal – 400 Free Relay
*Katie Ledecky – 800 Free
Kate Ziegler – 800 Free
Amanda Weir – 400 Free Relay
Natalie Coughlin – 400 Free Relay
*Shannon Vreeland – 800 Free Relay
*Alyssa Anderson – 800 Free Relay

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34 Comments on "USA Swimming Announces Full Olympic Roster"

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Konner Scott
4 years 3 months ago

I’m assuming the stars mean first time olympians?

4 years 3 months ago

You forgot to mention Davis Tarwater.

4 years 3 months ago

No Stanford swimmers? When was the last time that happened?

4 years 3 months ago

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is a reflection of the coaches in charge. One blames anyone but herself(see the assistant coaches she has run through recently and ask their stories). The other accuses everyone of using drugs.

They look anywhere but the source of the problem to find answers and potentially make solutions.

Craig H
4 years 3 months ago

Stanford just announced that Lea Maurer has resigned the Stanford coaching position. This means a full coaching changeover (well kind of, I suppose Ted remains as part of it) at Stanford after these Olympic trials.

4 years 3 months ago

This is the first time there’s no women swimming the 400-800 double.

4 years 3 months ago

Berens swimming the 200 individually since Phelps scratched?

4 years 3 months ago

who are the coaches/staff aside from gregg and terry?

Chuck Allen
4 years 3 months ago

How many SwimMac affiliated swimmers on the Olympic team? 5?

4 years 3 months ago

USA is screwed for that 400 free relay………………

4 years 3 months ago

What hapoened to Natalie coughlin? Hard luck for her !!

4 years 3 months ago

Who’s the blond chick on the right
Is she open water?

4 years 3 months ago

Is not Chloe Sutton?

4 years 3 months ago

That’s Cloe Sutton.

4 years 3 months ago

Lezak and Hansen for co-captains? And Phelps? Ever had a team with three captains before?

4 years 3 months ago

If I recall correctly, there were 3 co-captains on the women’s team of 2008 — Amanda Beard, Natalie Coughlin, and Dara Torres.

4 years 3 months ago

Although she is new to the Olympics, I could see Missy as a team captain on the women’s side. Not sure Nathalie will be considered for this role as she doesn’t have an individuel event though that would leave her with a lot of time to fullfil this role.

4 years 3 months ago

no way would missy be captain!

4 years 3 months ago

Not now, but Missy can be captain in Rio.

Craig H
4 years 3 months ago

I don’t think being a captain has to do with how many events or how much prestige you bring to the team. It has to do with experience and maturity. I don’t see how Nathalie could not be considered for captain. All everyone talked about as she was trying to get on a relay was how much the team needed her experience.

4 years 3 months ago

Why is not phelps swimming 200 free?

4 years 3 months ago

War Eagle!

4 years 3 months ago

I think these Trials just prove again that no coach/program have the answers to all swimmers:
1. PVK was a 2 time olympian and barely made the team this year. Great guy and works real hard but….
2. Kukors leaves FAST after going going under 2:10 a couple times including a bronze and worlds last summer and barely makes the team. In fact the only time she has gone under 2:10 without a suit was last summer.
3. Eddie’s kids were average for them and continued their so so NCAA performances. Great coach but not this year
4. Ziegler leaves FAsT and gets her act together and Hoff doesn’t!
5. Swim Mac was outstanding for most but not all
Bottom line, there is no secret formula! The environment, the desire or passion, and talent is what it is all about!!

4 years 3 months ago

According to FINA’s official website, Scott Robison is on the US team as a relay only swimmer for the 4×100.

Currently, USA Swimming’s site does not reflect this. Anybody have the inside scoop?

4 years 3 months ago

FINA “released” their entry before the US trials… but they can fix that at the next list.

4 years 3 months ago

What goes on after trails? Some coaches retiring, some swimmers retiring.What happens in a the post Olympic year?

4 years 3 months ago

just watched sergio video on SW and talking about kukors and houchin…..i think thousands of coaches could get someone to go slower by 2.3 seconds the year before…..not very hard to do. don’t get the big deal…she is the world record holder, a world champion and even without a suit, she was 3rd in the world….i think she was damn lucky pelton wasn’t swimming very well last week. i do think sergio did a good job with houchin but not with kukors. i will be impressed with kukors if she goes 2:08 at olympics but that is the only way…..sorry.

4 years 3 months ago

Did you even listen to that interview? Kukors was with him such a short time, Sergio talked about when you have a limited period of time, it is pretty much up to the swimmer to know what they need. You don’t make drastic changes in the time frame they were working with.

You make an allowance for Pelton not swimming well that day but not Kukors?


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