USA Swimming Names 2013-14 National Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Headlined by 2013 world champions Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), USA Swimming today announced the 112-member roster of the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team.
Additionally, USA Swimming named over 100 of the nation’s top 18-and-under swimmers to its 2013-14 National Junior Team roster. Gunnar Bentz (Atlanta, Ga.) and Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill.) qualified for the squad in five events apiece.
Fresh off winning four medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships, Lochte qualified for the National Team in a team-best five events – 100m free, 200m free, 200m back, 100m fly and 200m IM. Franklin, who became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single FINA World Championships, made the National Team in four events – 100m free, 200m free, 100m back and 200m back.
Ledecky, who won four gold medals and set two world records at 2013 Worlds, earned a National Team roster spot in the 200m, 400m and 800m free events. The reigning world and Olympic champion in the 100m back, Grevers made the squad in the 100m back and 100m free.
Other swimmers to qualify for the National Team in at least three events include: Elizabeth Beisel (Sanderstown, R.I.; 200m back, 200m IM, 400m IM), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.; 200m back, 200m fly, 400m IM), Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif.; 200m free, 200m fly, 400m IM), Sarah Henry (Garner, N.C.; 400m free, 800m free, 200m IM, 400m IM) and Megan Romano (St. Petersburg, Fla.; 50m free, 100m free, 100m back).
Swimmers were selected for the USA Swimming National Team based on their times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2013 FINA World Championships, the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships, the 2013 U.S. Open and the 2013 World University Games. Swimmers with the top six times in each event made the National Team, however, relay lead-offs and time trials were not included. The complete roster for the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team can be found online here.
Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include reimbursement for travel to USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health Insurance. A full list of opportunities available to members of the National Team is available online at usaswimming.org.
The 2013-14 National Junior Team is comprised of athletes with the six fastest times, in Olympic events only, from the combined results of all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 2, 2013. Also, all members of the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships team are included on the roster. The complete roster for the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Junior Team can be found online here.