Virginia’s Williamson Added to World University Games Roster

University of Virginia sophomore Ellen Williamson has been added to the American World University Games roster in the 200 backstroke.

Williamson finished 6th in the 200 backstroke at this summer’s U.S. Open in Indianapolis, the selection meet for the World University Games, but only two of those in front of her were Americans – Megan Romano from Georgia and Kendyl Stewart from USC. Romano has dropped the 200 backstroke from her schedule, preferring to focus on her specialties the freestyles (50, 100, and 200) and shorter backstroke race (100 backstroke) for which she has also qualified. Romano will likely be on three relays as well, so this will bring her schedule to a more manageable 7 events in 7 days.

That is, of course, if Romano doesn’t make the World Championships squad instead. There is a very good chance that she’ll head to Barcelona at least as a member of the 800 free relay, if not both the 400 and 800 free relays, after just missing the Olympic squad this summer.

The updated roster is below:

Rachael Acker 400 Free Relay Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics/Cal
Catherine Breed 100/400 Free, 800 free relay Pleasanton Seahawks/Cal
Chelsea Chenault 200 Free Terrapins Swim Team
Kelsey Floyd 100/200 fly Tennessee
Meghan Hawthorne 400 IM Rattler Swim Club/USC
Sarah Henry 200/400 IM, 800 Free Relay Aggie Swim Club/Texas A&M
Liv Jensen 50 Free, 400 Free Relay California Aquatics/Cal
Andrea Kropp 200 Breast Rattler Swim Club/USC
Melanie Margalis 200 IM Saint Petersburg Aquatics/Georgia
Emily McClellan 100 Breast J-Hawk Aquatic Club/UW-Milwaukee
Stephanie Peacock 400/800 Free Swim Florida/North Carolina
Megan Romano 50/100/200 free, 100 back Athens Bulldog Swim Club/Georgia
Laura Sogar 100/200 Breast Bluefish Swimming/Texas
Ashley Steenvoorden 800 Free Minnesota
Kendyl Stewart 200 Back North Coast Aquatic Club/USC
Jasmine Tosky 100/200 Fly Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics/USC
Cindy Tran 100 Back Golden West Swim Club/Cal
Ellen Williamson 200 Back University of Virginia
Michael Alexandrov 100 Breast Trojan Swim Club/Northwestern
Matt Barber 200 Free Arizona
James Barbiere 800 Free Relay Indiana
Jack Conger 100 Fly Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club
Kevin Cordes 100/200 Breast Arizona
Michael Flach 200 Fly South Carolina
Adam Hinshaw 200/400 IM, 800 Free Relay Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics/Cal
Bernard Johnson 200 Breast Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics/Stanford
Tom Luchsinger 200 Fly Three Village Swim Club/North Carolina
Michael McBroom 400/1500 Free The Woodlands Swim Team/Texas
Kyle Owens 100 Free, 100 Back Auburn
Jacob Pebley 100/200 Back Corvallis Aquatics/Cal
Tyler Reed 100 Free Southern Kentucky Swim Club/Kentucky
Jacob Ritter 400 Free Relay Texas
Sean Ryan 1500 Free Michigan
Adam Small 50 Free Arizona
Austin Surhoff 800 Free Relay NBAC/Texas
Derek Toomey 50 Free, 400 Free Relay Minnesota
Kyler Van Swol 100 Fly Minnesota
Michael Weiss 400 IM Wisconsin
Michael Wynalda 200 Free, 400 Free Relay Michigan
Kyle Whitaker 200 IM Michigan

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