USA Swimming Names Official 2018 Pan Pacs Roster

USA Swimming has closed 2018 Nationals by announcing its official Pan Pacific Championships rosters, led by superstars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel

The roster is one of five that will ultimately be determined by this meet; you can see our running projections of the other four teams here. USA Swimming’s announced roster only had one major difference from ours – Gianluca Urlando was listed instead of Austin Katz, though our tallying shows Katz with a higher modified world rank. We’re asking about that discrepancy now.

Update – USA Swimming announced that Katz will be on the team instead of Urlando.  Here’s the note from USA Swimming:

There has been one change to the team roster following the initial announcement made at the pool: “Following a review of the selected athletes to the 2018 U.S. Pan Pacific Championships team, it was revealed that an error had been made during the athlete selection process.  One Pan Pacific Championships athlete was incorrectly selected to the team using the Junior Pan Pacific Championships Modified World Ranking.  After careful recalculations, USA Swimming will add Austin Katz to the roster, replacing Gianluca Urlando who will move to the U.S. Junior Pan Pacific Championships team.”

Any athlete who makes Pan Pacs can swim any event they want to there, regardless of which events they qualified in. In addition, open water swimmers can swim pool events and vice versa.

Here are the rosters as announced by USA Swimming:

Men’s Roster

Abrahm Devine
Andrew Seliskar
Andrew Wilson
Austin Katz
Blake Pieroni
Caeleb Dressel
Chase Kalisz
Conor Dwyer
David Heron
Grant Shoults
Jack Conger
Jacob Pebley
Jay Litherland
Jordan Wilimovsky
Josh Prenot
Justin Ress
Justin Wright
Matt Grevers
Michael Andrew
Michael Brinegar
Nathan Adrian
Robert Finke
Ryan Murphy
Sean Grieshop
Taylor Abbott
Townley Haas
Zach Apple
Zach Harting
Zane Grothe

Women’s Roster

Abbey Weitzeil
Allison Schmitt
Ally McHugh
Ashley Twichell
Bethany Galat
Brooke Forde
Chase Travis
Ella Eastin
Erica Sullivan
Gabby Deloof
Haley Anderson
Hali Flickinger
Hannah Moore
Kathleen Baker
Katie Drabot
Katie Ledecky
Katie McLaughlin
Katie Meili
Kelsi Dahlia
Leah Smith
Lilly King
Mallory Comerford
Margo Geer
Melanie Margalis
Micah Sumrall
Olivia Smoliga
Regan Smith
Simone Manuel

(photo: Mike Lewis)

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5 years ago

Curious if anyone can explain what criterion put Chase Travis on the women’s team. Looks like her best finish at US Nationals was 8th in the 1500.

5 years ago

I’m guessing Matt Grevers feels like an old fart in this pack, love that man

Bud Man
5 years ago

Someone from USA Swimming should be fired! They told two swimmers they made the team and then removed them. What incompetence!

Jim C
Reply to  Jared Anderson
5 years ago

Can’t someone write a computer program to do it?

Reply to  Bud Man
5 years ago

The paralympic swim team made the same mistake for Rio. The computation was even more complicated than this one. Then Russia got kicked out and USA got two extra roster spots to save the day. In USA swimmings defense they literally tried to announce the team immediately after the meet. Maybe 30 minutes afterward.

What they should have done is a double blind calculation by two separate people who do not even talk to each other until the final event is over and they compare their lists to make sure there is no discrepancy and then review their bubble calculations one more time before finalizing.

Reply to  Bud Man
5 years ago

It’s an unfortunate mistake that was corrected quickly and no doubt resulted in disappointment for the swimmers impacted, but there’s no reason to think that it was done with malice. I don’t see why anyone should be fired, good grief. You are talking about actual human beings with families and bills.

Reply to  est086
5 years ago

Yeah, demanding that someone lose their job over an honest mistake like this is insane. Imagine having to default on your mortgage because you accidentally disappointed a kid.

or like, “Sorry bud, no birthday party this year… Mommy made a mistake once. No one got hurt and nothing was damaged, but people on the internet were mad.”

And you can’t forget the not-insignificant chance that the calculations got delegated to some unpaid intern because the bigwigs couldn’t be bothered with such tedious work.

Reply to  Bud Man
5 years ago

U should follow a workshop on making mistakes in life – to learn a new less limited perspective on that aspect particularly . U would learn so much more and drop the tendency for such ridiculous comment .

too impressed
5 years ago

Is it possible for MA to do a 50 back “time trial” at pan pacs by going all out for the first 50 of the 100, then just keeping it legal for the rest of the race? I’ve had teammates get 50 cuts that way before, and it’s the top time between the meets that goes to worlds.

5 years ago

Nice to see our Lord and Savior give some other swimmers a chance to shine how kind of him to take this meet easy for them

E Gamble
5 years ago

Cause a pimp got it like that.🐊💪

5 years ago

Why is Troy the only one not with the team shirt on?

Reply to  Rye
5 years ago


Pacific Spirit
5 years ago

Some third place finishers have been chosen by ranking…okay…so why not Will Licon who missed the second place by .01 to Wilson? I am sure he ranks high up in the ranking.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Pacific Spirit
5 years ago

Urlando and then Licon would have been the next two chosen. Choices were done by modified world rank, the margin between 2nd and 3rd was irrelevant when making the choices.

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