USA Swimming Announces Roster for the Inaugural LEN European U23 Championships

USA Swimming has announced the roster for this year’s LEN European U23 Championships, which are set to take place August 11-13 in Dublin, Ireland. 

This will be the inaugural edition of the meet which allows swimmers aged 19-23 years old (born 2000-2004). Traditionally, swimmers in this age-group have represented the US at the World University Games instead, but USA Swimming is not sponsoring a contingent for that competition this year. They have, however, made this a pseudo-university team by requiring that all members have NCAA eligibility remaining to participate (which is not a requirement for the World University Games).

Each country is also allowed to enter one swimmer aged 14-18 per event out of four allowed entries in each event.

The USA Swimming contingent for the Championships is composed of 7 males and 7 females, all of whom qualified to represent the US via their finishes at the 2023 National Championship last month.

The women’s team is headlined by NCAA Champions Paige McKenna and Emma Sticklen, Short Course Worlds medalist Isabelle Stadden, and 2022 US National Champion Kaitlyn Dobler. Other swimmers on the roster include Texas sprinter Grace Cooper, USC standout Justina Kozan, and Louisville’s Julia Dennis

The men’s team features 2022 National Champion Gabriel Jett, NAG record-holder Rex Maurer, NCAA runner-up Patrick Sammon, and SC World Championship swimmer Hunter Tapp. Age-group standout Aaron Shackell was also named to the team, joining his sister Alex in representing the US internationally this summer. His sister Alex just anchored the USA women’s 4×200 freestyle relay to a silver medal finish at the World Championships. N.C. State and LSU standouts Owen Lloyd and Mitch Mason will also be joining the US contingent. 

Entries for the meet have not been announced yet. While the meet is hosted by the European Federation, in its inaugural year, they are allowing one guest nation from each continent to participate. So far, only the US has been announced as part of that program.

A number of the swimmers above were initially slated to compete in the TYR Pro Championships, which are occurring this week, but were late scratches out of the competition, including Kozan, Dobler, McKenna, Tapp, and Sammon. 

US Roster, 2023 LEN U23 Championships 


Swimmer Hometown Team
Grace Cooper Oswego, Illinois
Delta Aquatics/Texas
Julia Dennis Oxford, Mississippi
Shockwave Aquatics/Louisville
Kaitlyn Dobler Portland, Oregon
Trojan Aquatics Swim Club/The Dolphins Portland
Justina Kozan Brea, California
Mission Viejo Nadadores/USC
Paige McKenna Easton, Pennsylvania
Nation’s Capital Swim Club/Wisconsin
Isabelle Stadden Blaine, Minnesota
California Aquatics
Emma Sticklen Katy, Texas
Katy Aquatics/Texas


Swimmer Hometown Team
Gabriel Jett Clovis, California
California Aquatics
Owen Lloyd Chapel Hill, North Carolina
North Carolina Aquatic Club/ NC State
Mitch Mason Houston, Texas Aquastar/LSU
Rex Maurer Pasadena, California
Rose Bowl Aquatics
Patrick Sammon El Dorado Hills, California
Aquasol Swim Club/Arizona St.
Aaron Shackell Carmel, Indiana
Carmel Swim Club
Hunter Tapp Louisville, Kentucky
Lakeside Swim Team/ NC State

The team will be led by coaches Arthur Albiero (Louisville), Lea Maurer (USC), and Yuri Suguiyama (Wisconsin). Lea Maurer is notably the mother of competing athlete Rex Maurer

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8 months ago

Keep the tater tots away from Owen Lloyd!! Dude is dangerous when he is around them.

8 months ago

So it looks like that Stadden/Tiltmann swim off did matter. Nice

Panic Breaststroke
8 months ago

I think “Most Notably” Lea Maurer coaches Dobler and Kozan. I think we want to steer clear of the implication she’s the only female coach on the squad just because her son made the team.

Last edited 8 months ago by Panic Breaststroke
8 months ago

LEN Euro U23,
Dublin hosts the swim flow,
USA’s young stars.

8 months ago

Why the hell is it called European championships then?

Reply to  H F
8 months ago

Team USA is just a bunch of lane fillers

Alison England
Reply to  H F
8 months ago

Exactly! Are USA swimmers eligible for medals? If so, this makes no sense.

Reply to  Alison England
8 months ago

Maybe they’ll give two of that colour medal when a non-American gets on the podium?

Reply to  Troyy
8 months ago

That was supposed to be non-European.

Reply to  H F
8 months ago

They are allowing visitors. Wish Australia had sent a team. Instead of TYR champs in Irvine.

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