USA Swimming Announces Roster for World Short Course Championships in Dubai

(Update: On the latest release of the USA-Swimming Roster, Nick Thoman has replaced Aaron Peirsol)

USA-Swimming has announced its roster of 19 men and 18 women who will be traveling to Dubai for the 2010 World Short Course Championships.

The notable name missing is Michael Phelps, which isn’t too much of a shock, but this is perhaps a more star-studded lineup than many expected. Ryan Lochte, the newly professional Tyler Clary, and Nathan Adrian are the stars on the men’s side. The women will be a stark contrast of youth and age, with veterans Natalie Coughlin and Mary Mohler at one end, and 15-year olds Missy Franklin and Madison White at the other. Joining them will be reigning breaststroke queen Rebecca Soni and the resurgent Jessica Hardy. Of note, FAST in Fullerton, California is making effective use of its status as a U.S. Olympic Committee Professional and Post Grad Training Center by sending 9 athletes to the meet. I’m perhaps most disappointed that Matt Grevers won’t be participating, as he’s one of my favorite swimmers to watch.

Strangely, the women’s team only has a single current collegiate swimmer (Micah Lawrence), whereas the men have 5 by my count (Adrian, Bollier, Klein, Phillips, Ryan). It will be interesting how these  swimmers juggle their NCAA training cycle with competing at the World Championships.  The men’s team shows the how where the balance of American superstar power in NCAA swimming has been for the past decade, with 5 swimmers who were Texas Longhorns, and 4 who were Michigan Wolverines. What I found most interesting about the men’s team is that only 2 out of their 19 swimmers (Adrian, Bollier) swim/swam for a college in the Western US, despite the heavy concentration of swimming powerhouses; perhaps throwing a tiny wrench into the perception that the West Coast is the place to go for the nation’s top prep stars. Only 2 other swimmers (Clary, Piersol) are originally from California.  In reality, there are much higher concentrations in the Midwest and along the Gulf Coast. Possibly an insignificant stat, but intriguing none-the-less.

The meet will take place from December 15-19 at a brand new aquatics complex. This is likely the largest and most significant swim meet to ever be hosted in the Middle East, perhaps jumpstarting their slowly developing swimming infrastructure.

Men’s Roster

Swimmer, Team, Coach
Nathan Adrian, California Aquatics, Dave Durden
Mike Alexandrov, Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, Frank Busch
Ricky Berens, Longhorn Aquatics, Eddie Reese
Bobby Bollier, FAST Swim Team, Skip Kenney/Jon Urbanchek
Tyler Clary, FAST Swim Team, Jon Urbanchek
Mark Gangloff, New York Athletic Club (Auburn), Brett Hawke
Charlie Houchin, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Adam Klein, Auburn University Swim Team, Brett Hawke
Ryan Lochte, Daytona Beach Swimming, Gregg Troy/Steve Lochte
Tyler McGill, Auburn University Swim Team, Brett Hawke
Tim Phillips, Ohio State University, Bill Wadley
David Plummer, Minnetonka Swim Club, Ben Bartell
Sean Ryan, Scenic City Aquatic Club, Stan Corcoran/Mike Bottom
Josh Schneider, SwimMAC Carolina, David Marsh
Eric Shanteau, Longhorn Aquatics, Eddie Reese
Nick Thoman, SwimMAC Carolina, David Marsh
Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine, Mike Bottom
David Walters, Longhorn Aquatics, Eddie Reese
Garrett Weber-Gale, Longhorn Aquatics, Eddie Reese

Head Men’s Coach: Eddie Reese

Women’s Roster

Swimmer, Team, Coach
Natalie Coughlin, California Aquatics, Teri McKeever
Missy Franklin, Colorado Stars, Todd Schmitz
Jessica Hardy, Trojan Swim Club, Dave Salo
Katie Hoff, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Kara Lynn Joyce, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Dagny Knutson, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Ariana Kukors, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Micah Lawrence, Auburn University Swim Team, Brett Hawke
Christine Magnuson, Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics, Frank Busch
Mary Mohler, FAST Swim Team, Sean Hutchison
Rebecca Soni, Trojan Swim Club, Dave Salo
Chloe Sutton, Mission Viejo Nadadores, Bill Rose
Jasmine Tosky, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, Tony Batis
Kim Vandenberg, New York Athletic Club
Dana Vollmer, California Aquatics Teri McKeever
Amanda Weir, SwimAtlanta, Chris Davis
Madison White, Crow Canyon Sharks, Dan Cottam/Ethan Hall
Kate Ziegler, FAST Swim Team, Jon Urbanchek

Head Women’s Coach: Teri McKeever

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Micha Lawrence is a junior at Auburn


Hmmm, no Phelps, Beisel, Pelton, Schmitt etc. NBAC not too keen on Short Course?


I wish Lezak were going. Beisel is in college now and if they are taking 4 for the free relays,Dwyer should have gone before before Walters who is 6th in the 200 ,so for most college swimmers it’s a tough meet.

Im looking forward to seeing what Schnider will do in the 100. That event seems a little liight this year

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