The NCAA stars will feature prominently for the American team at this year’s World Short Course Championships.
USA Swimming announced its 31 swimmer roster for Wednesday’s upcoming championship meeting, with 16 Olympians and 15 current NCAA swimmers on the team.
Specifically, the roster consists of three swimmers who compete in at least one event as the reigning short course world champions: Nick Fink (Men 50 and 200 chest), Shaine Casas (men 100 back) and Rhyan White (women 200 back). However, Casas will not defend his title in the 100 backstroke, instead competing in the men’s 200 backstroke, 200 IM, and 50 and 100 fly.
Other notable names on the men’s list are current professionals Michael Andrew, Ryan Murphy, Hunter Armstrong and Kieran Smithwhile the NCAA contingent includes Carson Foster and Luca Urando.
On the women’s side Lili King and Hali Flickinger Highlight the postgraduate swimmers while the collegiate lineup is led by the Stanford duo Claire Curzan and Torri Huske and the Virginia duo of Kate Douglas and Alex Walsch.
The roster totals 16 women and 15 men, one below the maximum (16 of each gender).
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women’s team (16)
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In terms of entries, Curzan and Andrew lead with five individual events each, while Casas follows with four.
In all, 10 of the 31 members on the list are returnees from last year.
At SC Worlds 2021 in Abu Dhabi, the USA topped the medal table with nine gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals for a total of 30 podiums.
The USA Swimming roster listed does not include relays – coaches have the ability to select anyone on the team to compete in these races – nor are there any swimmers entered for the 100 IM.
The squad advises that event lineups are subject to change and the selection criteria state that everyone on the team is eligible to swim the 100 IM provided they have FINA A average (59.65 for women, 52.98 for males) between July 24 November 2021 and November 5, 2022.
According to the FINA database Nick Fink is at this time the only eligible male or female swimmer to compete in the 100 IM after clocking 52.55 in the 2021 ISL season.
That means swimmers competing in the upcoming FINA World Championships will have the opportunity to race the 100 IM and potentially add it to their schedule.
USA Swimming’s selection process for the team was based on the 2022-23 USA national team roster released last month based on long-distance performances from January 1 to August 31, 2022.
The US coaching staff was also announced, including NC State’s Braden Holloway as head coach and Bruce Gemell (swimming club of the state capital), Whitney hit (University of Florida), Ashley Jahn (University of Tennessee) and Eddie Reese (University of Texas) to him as an assistant.
The team is expected to leave the United States on December 6 and will have a pre-meet training camp ahead of the December 8-12 competition in Melbourne.
The 2022 World Short Course Championships will be held December 13-18 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center in Melbourne, Australia.