Sept. 25, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-six of the country's top swimmers, including UT junior Michele King, will head to Belgrade, Serbia next summer to compete in the 2009 World University Games. The swimming competition will take place July 5-11, while the entire competition of the Games will run from July 1-12, 2009.
King, a native of York, Pa., earned a place on the team thanks to her performance in the 50M free at the USA Swimming U.S. Open Championships that took place July 29-August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. King's career-best time of 25.22 put her in a tie for first place with Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.).
The team also features 2007 World University Games gold medalist Chad LaTourette (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and bronze medalist Kelsey Ditto (Austin, Texas), 2007 Pan American Games gold medalists Ava Ohlgren (Northville, Mich.), Michelle McKeehan (Franklin, Ind.) and Matt Patton (Charlotte, N.C.).
In past years, The World University Games has been a breeding ground for some of the best swimming talent in the nation. Many Olympic swimmers have at one time been a member of a World University Games team and most recently, the 2007 U.S. World University Games Team saw three members all go on to compete in the 2008 Olympics. These three swimmers - Matt Grevers, Emily Silver and Elaine Breeden - all took home Olympic hardware in Beijing.
All athletes selected for the WUG team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on January 1, 2009. In addition, athletes selected must be a student competitor who will be officially enrolled in a full-time course of study at an approved institute of higher education prior to the entry deadline, or enrolled as a full-time university student through January 1, 2009. All members of the World University Games team roster are pending final approval by the USOC.
King had a breakout year during the 2007-08 season. She was a runner-up at last season's NCAA Championships in the 50y free and won a Southeastern Conference title as a member of the 200y relay team. In addition, she has earned 10 All-America certificates in her two years at Rocky Top and was named first-team ALL-SEC last year.
Additional members of the men's team include Bobby Bollier (Mission Hills, Kan.), Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del.), Clark Burckle (Louisville, Ky.), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.), William Copeland (Lexington, Va.), John Criste (Saugus, Calif.), Sean Mahoney (Rio Vista, Calif.), Eric McGinnis (Raleigh, N.C.), Scot Robison (Charlotte, N.C.), Kevin Swander (Carmel, Ind.), Rex Tullius (Port Orange, Fla.). On the women's side, Lyndsay DePaul (Orange, Calif.), Katy Freeman (Concord, Calif.) Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.), Madison Kennedy (Avon, Conn.), Michele King (York, Pa.) Chelsea Nauta (Tampa, Fla.), Emily Neal (Plano, Texas), Lauren Rogers (Concord, Calif.), Morgan Scroggy (Aurora, Ore.), and Amanda Sims (Santa Rosa, Calif.), will also represent the U.S. in Serbia.
For the complete team roster, please visit www.usaswimming.org/nationalteam.