The USA team for the 2015 Pan American Games, being held July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada, is beginning to come together.
USA Swimming is selecting a team of up to 18 men and 18 women based on their performances at the 2014 National Championships this past August 6-10 in Irvine. Athletes selected to the 2015 World Championships and 2015 World University Games are not eligible for Pan Am Games. Once the WC and WUG athletes are excluded, priority will go to the top two men and women in the 100 and 200 free, and then the fastest men and women in each of the other individual Olympic events.
The athletes are being contacted by USA Swimming this week. So far, those who have accepted the invitation to represent Team USA at 2015 Pan American Games include:
|Bobby Bollier||Kelsi Worrell|
Bobby Bollier: Bollier qualified for PanAms with a sixth-place finish in the 200 fly (1:57.95) at Nationals. A veteran National Team member, he trains in the post-grad group at Stanford Swimming. Bollier represented the USA at both 2009 and 2011 World University Games.
Brad Craig: Craig took fourth in the 100 breast (1:00.82) at Nationals, representing Tennessee Aquatics. A former National Junior Team member, this is his first international selection for Team USA.
Darian Townsend: Only two months after being sworn in as an American citizen, Townsend has made his first USA Swimming international team. Townsend represented his native South Africa in London in 2012 but has been stateside ever since. His 49.53 100 free placed him tenth at Nationals; he was 16th in the 200 free. Townsend represents New York Athletic Club.
Max Williamson: Williamson, a sophomore at Stanford, took seventh in the 400 IM (4:18.17) at Nationals. He was a member of the 2012-13 National Junior Team (200 breast and 200/400 IM). This is his first selection representing the USA on an international team.
Kelsi Worrell: Worrell finished sixth in the 100 fly (59.34) at Nationals, and was third in the 50. The University of Louisville junior makes her first appearance representing Team USA on the international stage.