USA Swimming has announced their full roster of 47 swimmers to compete in the pool at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships from August 2nd-9th in Kazan, Russia.
Among the headliners, with Michael Phelps’ withdrawal, will be Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, and Ryan Lochte. In total, there will be 7 individual Olympic gold medalists on this roster: Nathan Adrian, Tyler Clary, Anthony Ervin, and Matt Grevers will compete.
Aside from the replacements for Phelps (Tim Phillips in the 100 fly, Tyler Clary in the 200 IM), the biggest mysteries were who would be the entries in the non-Olympic events. In fact, in two of the events, the American have opted not to enter anybody, leaving two big holes in the American entries. A summary below:
- 1500 free – Katy Campbell (National Champion)/Katie Ledecky
- 50 fly – Claire Donahue/Kendyl Stewart (National Champion)
- 50 back – Rachel Bootsma (National Champion)
- 50 breast – Micah Lawrence/Jessica Hardy (National Champion)
- 800 free – Michael McBroom (National Champion)/Connor Jaeger
- 50 fly – Matt Grevers (National Champion)
- 50 back – Matt Grevers/David Plummer (National Champion)
- 50 breast – Kevin Cordes /Brendan McHugh (National Champion)
The most interesting selections include that of Kevin Cordes in the 50 breaststroke, as he didn’t qualify in the 100 (he was on the team already in the 200). On the women’s side, Micah Lawrence, who was only 3rd in the 50 breaststroke, was entitled to the spot over Breeja Larson, who was 2nd in the 50 breaststroke, based on the results of the 100, though it also shows just how far Lawrence has come in her long course sprinting since making the Olympic team in just the 200 in 2012.
Aside from that, there were no major surprises that we noticed on the roster. Superstar Katie Ledecky has held onto her entry in the individual 200 free, despite hinting pre-meet that she might hold off on challenging that event until Rio.
See the full Team USA lineup here.
Note: not all relay positions are accounted for on the official roster, they’re there primarily when a swimmer was not an individual qualifier, but was a relay qualifier, in a certain stroke/distance.