Dec. 12, 2007
Berkeley - Twenty-six of the nations top swimmers, including five Olympians will travel to Manchester, England to represent Team USA at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships, April 9-13. World record-holder Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) leads the mens team which also includes his 2004 Olympic teammates Larsen Jensen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Mark Gangloff (Akron, Ohio). On the womens side, 2004 Olympians Margaret Hoelzer (Huntsville, Ala.) and Rachel Komisarz(Louisville, Ky.) headline the field.
The U.S. swimmers selected to compete at the Short Course World Championships were chosen based upon their performance at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Lochte won four events at the meet, and set two American records. The Short Course World Championships mark the final international competition for U.S. pool swimmers prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The team will also feature several members of USA Swimmings 2007 international teams. From the 2007 World Championship Team, gold medalist Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) joins teammate Mary DeScenza (Naperville, Ill.). From the 2007 Pan American Games Team, gold medalists Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, Calif.) and Jessica Rodriquez (Aurora, Colo.) will again compete for the USA.
The official website of the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships can be found at www.fina.org