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The USA Swimming World Championship team was announced Saturday night after the five day Phillips 66 USA Swimming National meet. 21 women and 24 men will be representing the US in Budapest in the pool along with six coaches.

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Simone Manuel said she was surprised by her blazing 50 freestyle last evening, which felt relaxed and easy to her. She credited her stellar swim in 24.27–the third-fastest time in the world this year–to her calm mindset behind the blocks.

Manuel also asserted that she feels good at this point in her practice cycle, although she hopes to continue working on her technique and mental game in the final phase of training for Budapest. Despite feeling pressure at times, Manuel says the key to her success is her ability to remain serene while facing outside pressures and her own high personal standards..

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By David Rieder.

On the sixth night of Olympic Trials last summer, Abbey Weitzeil had achieved her ultimate goal, the one she had put her life on hold for a year to pursue. She had made the Olympic team.

She had won the 100 free in 53.28, making her the second-fastest American of all time. Just 19 years old, she—not Simone Manuel—was the clear leader of an American sprint core seeking youth and explosiveness as it sought to overcome a recent stretch of Australian dominance.

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The 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals concluded today with fast swims and the final members of Team USA qualifying for the World Championships team.

2016 Olympians Caeleb Dressel and Leah Smith delivered dominating performances throughout the five day meet, earning themselves High Point Awards.

Dressel concluded the meet with a top showing in the men’s splash and dash, ending with a fourth individual event. The rising senior at Florida is slated to swim the 50 and 100 free, 50 and 100 fly, as well as the 4×100 and 4×200 free relays.

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Chase Kalisz completed the IM sweep Saturday night at U.S. Nationals, adding the 200 IM to his schedule for the upcoming World Championships in Budapest. He had already posted the world’s fastest time in the 400 IM in Indy.

Kalisz discussed what he thinks he did not go as fast as he could in the 200 IM and why he thinks the three-round format at World Championships (including semi-finals) will work to his advantage. Kalisz also discussed what he has done to improve his speed and strength for a 200-meter race in recent years.


Roughly one year after Sergio Lopez announced he would be leaving the Singapore National Team for a position at Auburn, the Singapore Swimming Association has called in Stephan Widmer of Swimming Australia to fill the void.

Before heading to Auburn as Associate Head Coach, Lopez not only helped Joseph Schooling earn his incredible first Olympic gold medal against Michael Phelps, but also led a strong group of Bolles School swimmers including Ryan Murphy and Caleb Dressel.

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NEW COMMITS: The University of California at Los Angeles has received verbal commitments for the Class of 2022 from two Northern Californians- Emma Smethurst and Abriana Howard.

Emma Smethurst

The Walnut Creek Aquabear is primarily a breaststroker. Her best SCY times are:

  • 50 Breast 31.54
  • 100 Breast 1:03.93
  • 200 Breast 2:19.43

She’ll be a senior at Northgate High School this fall. Smethurst represented the school at the CIF State championships in the 100 breaststroke this year.

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On July 1st, the day often regarded in the swimming world as the kick off to the college recruiting season, Emily Weiss has given her verbal commitment to swim for Indiana University. However, Weiss is not a rising senior, but rather a rising junior at Yorktown High School. The in-state breaststroker will not head to Bloomington until the fall of 2019.

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22-year-old Sarah Gibson snagged a spot to swim the 50 fly at the World Championships in three weeks in a time trial over Abbey Weitzeil. Gibson went 26.40 to get under the 26.49 FINA A standard. Weitzeil was second in the time trial at 26.76.

Kelsi Worrell originally won the 50 fly earlier in the week and automatically qualified for Budapest in the event. The qualification rules state that the winner of the 50 strokes automatically qualify for World Championships. The second swimmer will be determined by the highest finishing swimmer who was already on the team in another event.

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Florida senior-to-be Caeleb Dressel won the 50 free on Saturday night at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals to clinch his fourth individual event for Budapest. Dressel will be one of the busiest swimmers in Budapest at the World Championships as he added the 50 free on Saturday night in Indianapolis with a 21.53. He sits behind Great Britain’s Ben Proud (21.32) and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (21.44) in the world rankings.


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