USA Swimming has announced it’s 35-member roster for the upcoming 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships. Team selection was made at the discretion of the U.S. coaches among the qualified swimmers. The meet is set to tak place in Windsor Canada from Tuesday, December 6th to Friday, December 11th.
On the women’s side, Olympic 100 breast champ King and American Record holder Ella Eastin are tied with the most individual event entries: both swimmers are slated to swim 4 individual races. On the men’s side, the highest number of individual entries is 3. Taking on 3 individual swims each are Olympians Pebley, Prenot, and Shields, as well as Michael Andrew, Matt Josa, and Michael Taylor.
Team USA will bring 10 swimmers from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team on the trip, including several Rio Olympic medalists. The American breaststroke crew will be the deepest, relatively speaking, with 4 of the 6 2016 Olympians included on the roster for Windsor. The only two holdouts from the summer crew are pro swimmers Kevin Cordes and Katie Meili.
- 4 individual Olympic medalists: Cody Miller, Lilly King, Josh Prenot, and Leah Smith.
- 4 Olympic relay medalists: Blake Pieroni, Tom Shields, Kelsi Worrell, and Amanda Weir will also be making the trip.
- 2 Additional Olympians on the squad: Molly Hannis and Jacob Pebley.
USA Swimming has also named its coaching staff for the meet, with 4 women’s team coaches and 4 men’s team coaches making the list. The head women’s coach will be Louisville’s Arthur Albiero, while the head men’s coach will be Cal’s Yuri Suguiyama. Read more about the full coaching staff for short course worlds here.