By USA Swimming | Tuesday, December 18, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming today announced a 36-member roster, highlighted by seven Olympic medalists, set to represent the United States in the pool competition at the 2019 Pan American Games on Aug. 6-10, 2019, in Lima, Peru.
Three-time Olympian and eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics) will lead the way for Team USA and will compete in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events in his Pan American Games debut.
Fellow Olympic gold medalists joining Adrian on the men’s roster include Gunnar Bentz (Atlanta, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club), Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif./California Aquatics).
The women’s roster is highlighted by Olympic medalists Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and Lia Neal (Brooklyn, N.Y./Team Elite), as well as Olympian Molly Hannis (Santa Rosa, Calif./Tennessee Aquatics).
Veteran Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn./SwimMAC Carolina) is slated to compete in her third straight Pan American Games and is a two-time medalist at the event.
A complete roster is linked below.
Six members of the 2015 Pan American Games roster went on to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and eventually won medals in Rio de Janeiro – Bentz, Kelsi Dahlia, Katie Meili, Allison Schmitt, Olivia Smoliga and Amanda Weir.
The Pan American Games are the world’s third-largest international multisport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
All Pan American Games roster nominations are pending approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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