2014 Phillips 66 National Championships

U.S. swimming roster for Pan Pacific Championships

Leave a comment

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

Russian Olympic champion positive in Beijing doping retest

Anna Chicherova
Getty Images
Leave a comment

London Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova is one of many Russians among 31 athletes overall who tested positive in recent retests of Beijing Olympic samples, according to Russian news agency TASS.

TASS named nine 2008 Olympic medalists among 14 Russian athletes, citing a Russian TV report, including eight medalists in track and field, with Chicherova being the superstar of the group.

“Perhaps it’s just a mistake,” Chicherova said, according to an Associated Press translation of a Russian TV report. “I can’t explain how my doping test gave a positive result. I’ve competed a lot since then and given hundreds of samples.”

Last week, the International Olympic Committee said 31 unnamed athletes from 12 nations across six sports failed drug tests in retesting of 454 samples from 2008 using the latest drug-testing methods.

Chicherova, 33, took high jump gold at the London Games and bronze in Beijing. She is one of two track and field athletes to earn an individual-event medal at the last five World Championships and last two Olympics. The other is Usain Bolt.

Chicherova, who has had no previously widespread reported doping history, would be one of Russia’s top Olympic track and field medal hopes in Rio, should the ban on Russian track and field athletes competing be lifted before the Games.

Russia is expected to learn if it will be allowed to send a track and field team to Rio on June 17.

“The Ministry of Sport is extremely disappointed to hear the speculation that Russian athletes are among those found to have violated anti-doping rules at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after re-testing their samples,” the Russian Ministry of Sport said in a statement through Burson-Marsteller public relations firm. “Any athletes found cheating should face corresponding sanctions.

“We have taken numerous steps to eradicate the issue of doping, and understand that the roots of the problem, particularly in athletics, go back to the past.”

MORE: Russia track and field boss: ’50-60 percent’ chance of Olympics

U.S. Olympic tennis player refuses to answer meldonium questions

Varvara Lepchenko
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Varvara Lepchenko, a 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis player, reportedly refused comment eight times Tuesday on a report that she tested positive for meldonium earlier this year.

“At the moment I have no comment on any of this,” Lepchenko said after losing her first-round match at the French Open, according to multiple reports. “I’m here just to answer tennis questions. If you have any questions about my match, I would gladly answer them, but otherwise, I just have no comments.”

Lepchenko, a 30-year-old who lived in Uzbekistan until 2001, was found to have meldonium at about the same time as Russian Maria Sharapova, a physiotherapist who worked with Sharapova said, according to Russia’s Sports-Express last week.

Sharapova announced on March 7 that she tested positive for meldonium in January.

Lepchenko didn’t play on the WTA Tour from late February until early May, withdrawing before the BNP Paribas Open in March with a left knee injury and the Sony Open two weeks later with a right knee injury, according to the WTA.

The World Anti-Doping Agency relaxed meldonium punishments in April, allowing bans to be lifted. Sharapova’s ban has not been lifted.

Lepchenko, who lost in the second round at London 2012, is ranked No. 64 in the world and will not qualify for the Rio Olympics.

MORE: Djokovic calls for rankings points at ‘arguably the fifth Grand Slam’