2014 Phillips 66 National Championships

U.S. swimming roster for Pan Pacific Championships

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IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky headline the 60-swimmer U.S. roster for the Pan Pacific Championships.

The team was finalized at the U.S. Championships here this past week.

It will next head to Brisbane, Australia for a training camp and then Gold Coast for Pan Pacs, the year’s major international meet, from Aug. 21-25. NBC Universal will have coverage of the meet.

Swimmers who made the team can enter any individual event they want at Pan Pacs, but only two swimmers per nation can qualify for finals at Pan Pacs.

Pan Pacs pit U.S. swimmers against the world’s best swimmers outside of Europe.

Here’s the team:

Women
Cammile Adams
Haley Anderson
Kathleen Baker
Rachel Bootsma
Elizabeth Beisel
Lisa Bratton
Claire Donahue
Maya DiRado
Eva Fabian
Hali Flickinger
Missy Franklin — Five Olympic medals
Jessica Hardy
Christine Jennings
Breeja Larson
Micah Lawrence
Katie Ledecky — Olympic 800m free champion
Felicia Lee
Caitlin Leverenz
Madeline Locus
Becca Mann
Simone Manuel
Melanie Margalis
Ivy Martin
Katie McLaughlin
Elizabeth Pelton
Cierra Runge
Leah Smith
Kendyl Stewart
Shannon Vreeland
Abbey Weitzeil

Men
Nathan Adrian — Olympic 100m free champion
Tyler Clary — Olympic 200m back champion
Kevin Cordes
Conor Dwyer
Matt Ellis
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic 50m free champion
Jimmy Feigen
Nic Fink
Andrew Gemmell
Matt Grevers — Olympic 100m back champion
Connor Jaeger
Cullen Jones
Chase Kalisz
Ryan Lochte — 11 Olympic medals
Reed Malone
Cody Miller
Michael McBroom
Matt McLean
Alex Meyer
Ryan Murphy
Jacob Pebley
Michael Phelps — 22 Olympic medals
Tim Phillips
David Plummer
Josh Prenot
Sean Ryan
Tom Shields
Nick Thoman
Michael Weiss
Jordan Williamovsky

Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn Relays (video)

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Ida Keeling electrified the Penn Relays crowd with her 100-meter dash in 1 minute, 17.33 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

Keeling set a world record for fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. There is no data on USA Track and Field and masters athletics websites for a previous record holder.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

Keeling’s advice?

“Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she said. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

More on Keeling is here.

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U.S. sprinters past, present trade relay barbs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only loss for the Americans at the Penn Relays came in the men’s 4x100m, as the U.S. team bobbled its victory away on a bad baton handoff between Tyson Gay and Isiah Young for the final leg, which led to a disqualification.

Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin gave the Americans an early lead in the race, and things were moving along well during Gay’s third leg. But the muffed handoff for the final leg cost the Americans. Both the winning Jamaican squad and the second American team surpassed them.

Young finished third, but the team was disqualified because the handoff occurred outside the pass zone. The second U.S. team of Sean McLean, Wallace Spearman, Calesio Newman and Remontay McLain finished in 39.02.

The mistake led to some inflammatory comments from U.S. great Leroy Burrell about continued problems with handoffs by U.S. relay teams.

“Well, I think we’ve got to put our team together a little earlier, possibly,” Burrell said in a television interview. “I think, we’ve had the same coaches working with these guys for many years, and we’ve had failure after failure. So it’s possible that, you know, it might be time for a bit of a regime change with the leadership.

“I think the athletes have to be the catalysts that make that happen. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get the stick around. I saw thousands of relay teams yesterday — maybe not thousands, but hundreds of relay teams get it around. But the professionals can’t. That’s just not good for our sport.”

Rodgers didn’t take kindly to those remarks.

“People keep pointing their fingers and downing us, but nobody has ever tried to come out there and help us,” he said. “Nobody from the past. Not Carl [Lewis] or Leroy. They haven’t been out there. I can’t really respect their opinions because they’re supposed to be leaders in our sport and in the USA, and they’re not coming out there to drop some knowledge on us, so I don’t care what they have to say.”

Lewis criticized U.S. relays in March.

Gatlin was equally critical of Burrell.

“I’m tired of people who have been part of Team USA take shots at Team USA,” Gatlin said. “To put us in the same boat as high schoolers is insulting.”

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