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USA Swimming roster for world championships

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The USA Swimming roster for the world championships in Budapest from July 15-30 is headlined by four-time Rio Olympic champion Katie Ledecky, looking to lead the Americans to the top of the medal standings for a 12th straight worlds.

The Olympic Channel, which launches July 15, will air daily coverage of worlds.

Absent are recent U.S. superstars Michael Phelps (retired), Ryan Lochte (suspended) and Missy Franklin (recovering from shoulder surgeries).

Instead, the U.S. team includes Rio Olympians who broke out at the USA Swimming Nationals.

Caeleb Dressel has nine events to choose from in Budapest when including mixed-gender relays. Leah Smith could swim 7,000 meters total, more than any swimmer at one worlds in history.

Then there are individual Rio Olympic champions Lilly KingSimone Manuel and Ryan Murphy, all looking for their first individual world championships medals.

The full roster (all athletes qualified in the 100m and 200m frees are also qualified in those respective relays):

Men

  • Nathan Adrian, 50 free, 100 free
  • Zach Apple, 4×100 free relay
  • Brendan Casey, 10K
  • Michael Chadwick, 4×100 free relay
  • Pace Clark, 200 fly
  • Jack Conger, 200 fly
  • Kevin Cordes, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast
  • Abrahm DeVine, 200 IM
  • Caeleb Dressel, 50 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Conor Dwyer, 4×200 free relay
  • Nic Fink, 200 breast
  • Robert Finke, 1500 free
  • Andrew Gemmell, 5K
  • Matt Grevers, 50 back, 100 back
  • Zane Grothe, 400 free, 800 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Townley Haas, 200 free, 4×100 Free Relay
  • David Heron, 5K
  • Chase Kalisz, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Simon Lamar, 25K
  • Jay Litherland, 400 IM
  • Cody Miller, 50 breast, 100 breast
  • Ryan Murphy, 100 back, 200 back
  • Jacob Pebley, 200 back
  • Chip Peterson, 25K
  • Tim Phillips, 100 fly
  • Blake Pieroni, 200 free, 4×100 free relay
  • Justin Ress, 50 back
  • Clark Smith, 400 free, 800 free, 4×200 free relay
  • True Sweetser, 1500 free
  • Jordan Wilimovsky, 10K

Women

  • Haley Anderson, 5K, 10K
  • Kathleen Baker, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back
  • Elizabeth Beisel, 400 IM
  • Mallory Comerford, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Madisyn Cox, 200 IM
  • Hali Flickinger, 200 fly
  • Bethany Galat, 200 breast
  • Sarah Gibson, 100 fly
  • Lilly King, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast
  • Katie Ledecky, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 4×100 free relay
  • Dakota Luther, 200 fly
  • Becca Mann, 25K
  • Simone Manuel, 50 free, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Melanie Margalis, 4×200 free relay
  • Katie Meili, 50 breast, 100 breast
  • Lia Neal, 4×100 free relay
  • Cathryn Salladin, 25K
  • Leah Smith, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 400 IM
  • Regan Smith, 200 back
  • Olivia Smoliga, 100 back, 4×100 free relay
  • Hannah Stevens, 50 back
  • Ashley Twichell, 5K, 10K
  • Kelsi Worrell, 50 fly, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay
  • Abbey Weitzeil, 50 free

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Two-time Olympian becomes first woman to lead U.S. national swim team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko has been picked to lead the U.S. national swimming team. She is the first woman to hold the title.

USA Swimming made the announcement Wednesday.

Mintenko replaces Frank Busch, who retired Oct. 1 as managing director. She has been a member of the national team staff since 2006.

During her swimming career, Mintenko won gold medals as a U.S. team captain at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics 800m freestyle relay and added a silver in 2004 on the 400m freestyle relay.

USA Swimming also announced an organizational restructuring that will place all technical divisions, including the national team, under the oversight of chief operating officer Mike Unger.

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Grand Prix figure skating: 10 female skaters to watch

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Ten women to watch this fall as the Grand Prix figure skating season starts this week …

Yevgenia Medvedeva
Russia
Two-time world champion
Grand Prix Starts: Russia, Japan

Undefeated in nearly two years and arguably on the most dominant run since Katarina Witt in the 1980s. Medvedeva rarely misses jumps and has feather-light elegance on the ice. Off of it, she enjoys Japanese anime and K-pop. She quickly surpassed older skaters after turning senior in 2015, but now younger teens are giving chase.

Kaetlyn Osmond
Canada
2017 World silver medalist
Grand Prix Starts: Canada, France

Osmond won a Grand Prix at age 16 in 2012, but injuries dogged her the next few years. Most of all, a broken leg suffered in September 2014. She came back and was the breakout woman last season, making her first Grand Prix Final and then grabbing second at worlds behind Medvedeva.

Gabrielle Daleman
Canada
2017 World bronze medalist
Grand Prix Starts: China, U.S.

Like Osmond, would not have been picked for a world medal at the start of last season. Daleman was 17th at the Sochi Olympics, with a foot injury and one month after turning 16. She was 13th, 21st and ninth in three worlds appearances before last year. She was fourth at each of her Grand Prix starts in 2016, failing to make the six-skater Grand Prix Final, but picked up her first top-level senior international medals at Four Continents in February and worlds in March.

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Satoko Miyahara
Japan
2015 World silver medalist
Grand Prix Starts: Japan, U.S.

Miyahara’s hip injury last winter could not have come at a worse time for the Japanese federation. She missed worlds, and Japan ended up qualifying two rather than three spots for PyeongChang. Before that, Miyahara took second behind Medvedeva at the Grand Prix Final and was ranked No. 2 in the world. Now the Japanese Olympic picture is crowded with fellow teens Marin HondaMai Mihara and Wakaba Higuchi.

Karen Chen
U.S.
Fourth at 2017 Worlds
Grand Prix Starts: Canada, U.S.

Went from eighth at the 2016 U.S. Championships to winning the 2017 U.S. title and placing fourth at worlds. Chen’s clutch effort ensured the U.S. earned three women’s spots at the Olympics. The 18-year-old from the Bay Area has largely struggled in other international competitions. A best of fifth in four Grand Prix starts. Twelfth at a pair of Four Continents Championships. Already this season at two international events, she finished behind Mirai Nagasu, who was fourth at nationals.

Ashley Wagner
U.S.
2016 World silver medalist
Grand Prix Starts: Canada, U.S.

Wagner just missed the 2010 Olympic team, then made Sochi despite placing fourth at nationals. She has undoubtedly been the most consistent U.S. woman in this Olympic cycle. The 26-year-old ended a decade-long U.S. medal drought with the skate of her life at worlds in 2016. Her follow-up last season was not so memorable — her least successful campaign in six years. Still a favorite to become the oldest U.S. Olympic women’s singles skater since 1928.

Alina Zagitova
Russia
2017 World junior champion
Grand Prix Starts: China, France

Medvedeva’s training partner, in her first senior season, might be the skater with the best chance of dethroning her. Zagitova, born three months after the 2002 Olympics, has the highest free skate score in the world this season (.45 better than Medvedeva). Their duel(s) in December at Russian Nationals and possibly the Grand Prix Final should be appointment viewing.

Marin Honda
Japan
2016 World junior champion
Grand Prix Starts: Canada, China

Honda is the other first-year senior turning heads. She beat a field at the U.S. Classic last month that included three of the top four from last season’s U.S. Championships. Figure skating is the Winter Olympics’ marquee sport. The women’s event is its headliner. And nowhere is skating more popular than Japan. With Mao Asada‘s retirement, the spotlight will be on Honda, who already has 236,000 Instagram followers.

Carolina Kostner
Italy
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
Grand Prix Starts: Russia, Japan

The second-oldest Olympic women’s singles medalist since 1928 is the only one from the top six in Sochi who is competing this Grand Prix season. Kostner, now 30, took a break after the 2014 season, then served a backdated 21-month suspension for helping ex-boyfriend and Olympic race-walking champion Alex Schwazer evade drug testers in 2012. She finally returned in December and was sixth at worlds.

Mirai Nagasu
U.S.
Fourth at 2010 Olympics
Grand Prix Starts: Russia, Japan

Nagasu, left off the Olympic team in favor of Wagner in 2014, is arguably the best U.S. skater at the moment after topping Chen at both of her early season outings. She added the triple Axel this season, which could prime her to win her second national title, a full decade after her first at age 14. It could be an incredible comeback story, returning to the Olympics after finishing fourth in Vancouver in 2010.

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