By USA Swimming | Tuesday, July 2, 2019
There are a number of big meets on the horizon for the U.S. National Team this summer, which will mark the last of the major national and international-level competitions before next year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Here’s a run-down of all those meets. Follow the action from each on usaswimming.org.
World University Games
When: July 4-10
Where: Naples, Italy
Fifty-two swimmers will represent the United States at the 2019 World University Games (XXX Summer Universiade), which is a smaller-scale, Olympic-type competition for college and college-aged athletes. The swimmers will compete in a full slate of Olympic events. A number of the athletes you see here stand a good shot of making the Olympic Team next summer.
Swimmers to Watch: Eight swimmers competed for the U.S. at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, including Gabby DeLoof (University of Michigan), Ella Eastin (Stanford University), Hannah Moore (N.C. State), Zach Apple (Indiana University), Robert Finke (University of Florida), Sean Grieshop (University of California), Austin Katz (University of Texas) and Justin Ress (N.C. State). Apple, DeLoof and Jack Levant (Stanford) also will compete at the 2019 FINA World Championships as relay-only swimmers.
18th FINA World Championships (Open Water)
When: July 13-19
Where: Yeosu, South Korea
Right before the action heats up in the pool, the open water swimmers meet to compete in the 5k, 10k and 25k distances. This year the 10k has added stakes – the top 10 swimmers in the men’s and women’s race will qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in open water.
Swimmers to Watch: Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron, Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson will be the four Americans competing in the 10k race.
18th FINA World Championships (Pool)
When: July 21-28
Where: Gwangju, South Korea
This is the premier meet of the summer, featuring the top swimmers from around the world. Forty-six swimmers—including 18 Olympic gold medalists—will compete for the U.S. at this meet. It’s a good bet that many of these athletes will be heading to Tokyo next year.
Swimmers to Watch: World record-holders Kathleen Baker, Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, along with defending world champions Chase Kalisz, Lilly King and Ryan Murphy. There are also a whole host of others, many of whom are featured elsewhere in this issue. It’s a veritable list of who’s-who on the U.S. National Team.
XVIII Pan American Games
When: Aug. 6-10
Where: Lima, Peru
It’s like the Olympics, but for countries in North and South America.
Thirty-six American athletes are expected to compete, including seven past Olympic medalists. Just like the World University Games and FINA World Championships, there’s a good chance some of the swimmers competing here will be on next year’s Olympic Team – six members of the 2015 Pan American Games roster went on to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and eventually won medals in Rio.
Swimmers to Watch: Olympians Nathan Adrian, Gunnar Bentz, Kevin Cordes, Cody Miller, Tom Shields, Haley Anderson, Lia Neal and Molly Hannis. Madison Kennedy will also compete in her third straight Pan Am Games.