Following a sold-out U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming, USA Swimming today announced a 47-member roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, headlined by five-time Olympian Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club).
A complete roster is available online at usaswimming.org and attached. Notable facts about the 2016 roster include:
• Phelps qualified for his fifth U.S. Olympic Team (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) to join Dara Torres as the only five-time Olympic swimmers in American history.
• Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly and 200m individual medley titles in Omaha to become the first swimmer to win an event at four straight U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He also added his third straight Trials win in the 100m fly.
• Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla./SwimMAC Carolina) joins Phelps and Jason Lezak as the only American male swimmers to make four Olympic Games appearances. He qualified in the 200m IM and as part of the 800m free relay.
• Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), Elizabeth Beisel (Saunderstown, R.I./Bluefish Swim Club), Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif./SwimMAC Carolina/California Aquatics), Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich./North Baltimore Aquatic Club), Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas/California Aquatics) and Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga./SwimAtlanta) all qualified for their third career Olympic Games rosters.
• Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa, Calif./Stanford Swimming) joined Phelps as triple winners in Omaha. Ledecky swept the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles, while DiRado won the 200m and 400m IM, as well as the 200m back.
• Other multiple-event winners included Adrian in the men’s 50m and 100m free, Lilly King (Evansville, Ind./Indiana University) in the women’s 100m and 200m breast, Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) in the men’s 100m and 200m back and Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif./Canyons Aquatic Club) in the women’s 50m and 100m free.
• By finishing second in the 1500m free in Omaha, Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica) is the first American to qualify for the Olympic Games in both the pool and open water competition in the same year. He won the 2015 10-kilometer FINA World Championships title last August.
• There are 30 first-time Olympians on this year’s pool roster, compared to 28 first-timers in 2012 and 26 in 2008.
In addition, the Olympic Games coaching staff has been finalized for men’s head coach Bob Bowman (Arizona State University) and women’s head coach David Marsh (SwimMAC Carolina), USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch announced Sunday.
Rounding out the men’s staff are assistant coaches Jack Bauerle (University of Georgia), Mike Bottom (University of Michigan) and Dave Durden (University of California, Berkeley). The women’s assistant coaches will be Bruce Gemmell (Nation’s Capital Swim Club), Ray Looze (Indiana University) and Greg Meehan (Stanford University).
The entire U.S. Olympic Swim Team opens training camp July 12 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Northside Swim Center. Saturday, July 16 the team will host a media day, consisting of an open training session, press conferences and interview opportunities. Media interested in attending must apply for a credential online at usaswimming.org/media.
The Olympic Games pool competition will take place Aug. 6-13 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, followed by the Aug. 15-16 open water events at Fort Copacabana.