By USA Swimming | Thursday, August 17, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With 44 swimmers set to represent Team USA across eight days of pool and open water competition, the World University Games swimming action opens Sunday in Taipei City.
The pool events run Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 26 with daily prelims, semifinals and finals at the National Taiwan Sport University Arena. Semifinals and finals will begin daily at 7 a.m. Eastern. Complete event information can be found at www.2017.taipei.
Among the USA Swimming National Team members slated to compete is 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held (Springfield, Ill./NC State) in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. A complete roster can be found online at usaswimming.org.
Fellow National Team members Sean Grieshop (Austin, Texas/Nitro Swimming), Will Licon (El Paso, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics), Robert Owen (Bridgewater, Mass./Virginia Tech), PJ Ransford (Pittsford, N.Y./University of Michigan) and Andrew Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Longhorn Aquatics) join Held on the men’s roster.
Women’s National Teamers slated to swim include Andrea Cottrell (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Cardinal Aquatics), Ali DeLoof (Grosse Point, Mich./Club Wolverine), Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif./Stanford Swimming), Katrina Konopka (Greenville, S.C./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics), Hellen Moffitt (Alexandria, Va./North Carolina), Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./NC State) and Hannah Stevens (Lexington, Ohio/University of Missouri).
Men’s and women’s 10-kilometer open water events are slated for Sunday, Aug. 27 at the New Taipei City Breeze Canal with Katy Campbell (Federal Way, Wash./Team Santa Monica) and Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill./Trojan Swim Club) in the women’s race, and Taylor Abbott (Cedar Park, Texas/University of Tennessee) and David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./University of Tennessee) in the men’s field. Mann and Heron are fresh off the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Featuring swimmers ages 17-23 who are current college students or recent graduates, the World University Games has been a springboard to international success for numerous swimmers, including Olympic gold medalists Tyler Clary, Matt Grevers, Cullen Jones, Lilly King, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer.