Watch Out, World: A New Wave Of Talent Emerges At USA Swimming’s National Championships
Swimmers who qualified for the world championship team are announced at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials at Indiana University Natatorium on July 1, 2017 in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — Zane Grothe. Mallory Comerford. Regan Smith. Justin Ress.These are just some of the names that might make swimming headlines leading up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.And it all started at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast.They are just a few who were named to the 2017 world championship team — a “nice blend of veterans who are continuing to make the team and youngsters like Regan Smith and Hannah Stevens,” said Stanford’s Greg Meehan, who will coach the women at worlds. Smith and Stevens were breakout performers in the backstroke at nationals this year.Men’s coach David Durden, from Cal-Berkeley, is equally excited about the 2017 team headed to the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, next month.“You use some of that youthful energy to keep some of those veterans engaged, alive, energized, and the veterans help out the young guys with the experience: how to move, how to walk, how to move through eight days of a world championship-type meet,” Durden said. Read more….