USA Swimming has announced several changes to the schedule for the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships (25m) to be held in Melbourne, Australia next month.
One of those changes was the result of the season-ending shoulder injury sustained by Luca Urlando in the FINA World Cup Series. He was replaced in the 200 fly by Trenton Julian.
Julian, whose activities are currently restricted by the US Center for SafeSport, finished 4th in the 200 Free, 3rd in the 100 Fly and 2nd in the 200 behind Urlando at the US International Team Trials in April Fly. Julian competed at the World Championships over the summer, where he won two relay medals, and Duel in the Pool.
USA Swimming also added a new name to its roster: the current University of Georgia junior Jake Magahey. He will contest the 400 free singles at the meet, replacing another SEC swimmer Trey Freeman.
USA Swimming says Freeman initially accepted his invitation but later declined.
Magahey did not swim at the US National Team Trials in April, but did win the 400 Free and placed 3rd in the 200 Free at the US National Championships in July. His time in the 200 Free would have made the team qualify for the World Championship if he had swum it at the World Championship Trials.
This meeting will be Magahey’s senior-level international debut.
Its addition brings USA to 15 men and 16 women, which is one less than the limit set by USA Swimming’s internal selection processes.
There were a handful of other event changes for the Americans, with swimmers already on the list adding or changing events.
- Shaine Casas and Michael Andrew will represent the USA in the 100 IM
- Shaine Casas will stop swimming the 50 fly to accommodate his 100 IM addition to his schedule
- Hali Flickinger will add the 200 free to their schedule in addition to the 200 flies and 400 IM.
- Leah Smith will no longer swim the 200m for free and add the 400m to her plan. She is also listed in the 400 Free and 800 Free. Smith is a two-time short course world champion, having won the 400 Free and 800 Free in 2016.
- Kate Douglas will add the 200 IM to their schedule. She is also entered in the 200 chest. Douglass won two medals, both with relays, as well as an individual bronze in the 200-meter dash at last year’s meeting.
- Jillian Cox will add the 1500 to her schedule for free. She is also freely listed in the 800.
The US women have no entries in the 100 IM yet. Only three American women have achieved FINA ‘A’ standard at this event this season: Beata Nelson, Kelly Pash and Leah Hayes. None of the three are in the US roster for the World Cup. Kate Douglas, the second fastest 100-yard IMer in history, has never contested the event on short courses and is therefore not eligible for selection under FINA rules. The 100 IM is the only event on the Short Course Worlds schedule for which a long course time does not qualify.
The 2022 World Short Course Championships will be held December 13-18 in Melbourne, Australia. The USA topped the medal tally at the 2021 World Short Course Championships, winning 9 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze medals. Their 30 total medals were almost double any other nation, despite sending several athletes home early over fears of the rising wave of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Updated Men’s Roster, 2022 World Short Course Championships
|Michael Andrew||50/100 BR; 50 FR; 50/100 FL; 100IM||Encinitas, California.||MA Swimming Academy|
|Hunter Armstrong||50/100 BK; 100 FR||Dover, Ohio||California Aquatics|
|Shaine Casas||100 FL; 100/200IM; 200 BK||McAllen, Texas||Longhorn Aquatics|
|Charlie Clark||800/1500 FR||Sandusky, Ohio||Ohio State University/Vacationland Swim Club|
|David Curtis||50 FR||Yardley, PA. .||NC State/Hamilton Y Aquatic Club|
|Nick Fink||50/100/200 BR||Morristown, NJ.||Metro Atlantic Aquatic Club|
|Carson Foster||200 FL; 200/400IM||Cincinnati, Ohio||University of Texas/Mason Manta Ray|
|Jake Foster||400IM||Cincinnati, Ohio||University of Texas/Mason Manta Ray|
|David Johnston||800/1500 FR||Dallas, Texas||University of Texas|
|Trenton Julian||200 fl||Glendale, California||Rose Bowl aquaristics|
|Drew Kibler||100/200 FR||Carmel, Ind.||University of Texas|
|Jake Magahey||400 FR||Dacula, Ga||University of Georgia/Swim Atlanta|
|Ryan Murphy||50/100/200BK||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.||California Aquatics|
|Kieran Smith||200/400 FR||Ridgefield, Conn.||Ridgefield Aquatic Club/University of Florida|
|Charlie Swanson||200 BR||Richmond, Va. .||NOVA by Virginia/Longhorn Aquatics|
Updated roster for women, 2022 World Short Course Championships
|Erica Brown||50 FR||Modesto, California||Tennessee Aquatics|
|Jillian Cox||800/1500 FR||Cedar Park, Texas||University of Texas|
|Claire Curzan||50 FR; 50/100 FL; 50/100 BK||Cary, N.C||Stanford University/TAC Titans|
|Kate Douglas||200BR; 200IM||Pelham, N.Y||University of Virginia|
|Erin Gemell||200/400 FR||Potomac, MD||Swimming club of the state capital|
|Hali Flickinger||200 FR; 200 FL; 400IM||York, PA. .||sun devil swim|
|Natalie Hinds||100 FR||Midland, Texas||Gator Swim Club|
|Torri Huske||50/100 FL; 100 FR||Arlington, Va||University at Stanford|
|Lili King||50/100/200 BR||Evansville, Ind||Indiana Swim Club|
|Annie Lasor||50/100 BR||Beverly Hills, Mich. .||Indiana Swim Club/Mission Viejo Nadadores|
|Dakota Luther||200 fl||Austin, Texas||Longhorn Aquatics|
|Kensey McMahon||1500 FR||Jacksonville, Fla.||University of Alabama|
|Leah Smith||400/800FR; 400IM||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.||Longhorn Aquatics|
|Isabel Staden||200 BK||Blaine, Min.||California Aquatics|
|Alex Walsch||200IM||Nashville, Tennessee.||University of Virginia/Nashville Aquatic Club|
|Rhyan White||50/100/200BK||Herrman, Utah||University of Alabama/WFFM|