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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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Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few Americans with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would trail one athlete from any country in any sport — Michael Phelps, the 23-time gold medalist who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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