The U.S. National Team roster that was posted publicly by USA Swimming earlier this week contained an error that has now been corrected.
The result is that Mark Weber is no longer a member of the 2014-2015 U.S. National Team, with Matt Grevers taking the 6th spot in the men’s 50 freestyle. As Grevers was already on the team, the net result is one fewer male U.S. National Team swimmer – this was Weber’s only entry on the original National Team list.
See the updated 2014-2015 U.S. National Team here.
The confusion seems to have come from a misapplication of the rules. Weber was listed on the National Team roster with a 22.16 – which correctly would have placed him as the 6th-fastest swimmer from the relevant selection meets. However, that swim was done in a swim-off at Nationals that he won, not in a prelim or a final, and USA Swimming’s own rules don’t allow for consideration of times from swim-offs (or split times, or relay lead-offs) when naming the National Team.
Prelim times from Pan Pacs and Nationals, however, both count. That makes the updated list of U.S. National Team swimmers in the 50 free read as follows:
- Anthony Ervin, 21.55 – Nationals
- Nathan Adrian, 21.69 – Nationals
- Cullen Jones, 21.83 – Nationals
- Josh Schneider – 21.88, Nationals
- Seth Stubblefield, 22.15 – Nationals prelims
- Matt Grevers, 22.25 – Nationals
Grevers was 5th in finals in a 22.25, making him the 6th ranked swimmer behind Stubblefield’s swim from prelims. Excluding the swim-offs, Jimmy Feigen’s 22.29 from finals was also faster than Weber.
The result is an unfortunate one for Weber, though it’s out of his control. Weber is still eligible to apply for an “Elite Athlete Grant” from USA Swimming, which can get him up to $15,000 in support.
SwimSwam’s Jared Anderson is preparing a summary of the Elite Athlete Grant program and the U.S. National Team benefits that will give a better indication of what this means, financially, for Weber.
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