Twelve Georgia Swimmers Named To U.S. National Team
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Sept. 3, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. -- Twelve swimmers with connections to the Georgia program have been named to the 2014-15 National Team, according to an announcement Wednesday by USA Swimming.

The National Team is made up of the top six athletes from the combined results of the Phillips 66 National Championships and the Pan Pacific Games. Open water National Team members qualified with a top-six finish in the 10-kilometer race at the 2014 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.

Current Bulldogs Gunnar Bentz, Nicolas Fink, Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland made the squad, as did current Lady Bulldogs Hali Flickinger, Maddie LocusOlivia Smoliga, and Courtney Weaver. Former Bulldog Andrew Gemmell and former Lady Bulldogs Melanie Margalis, Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland also met the criteria.

"The USA Swimming National Team represents the pinnacle of competitive swimming in the United States," said Frank Busch, USA Swimming National Team Director. "This group of dedicated and talented athletes will positively represent our country and continue to build on our tremendous legacy of success in and out of the pool."

Georgia swimmers on the U.S. National Team
Gunnar Bentz: 400-meter individual medley
Nicolas Fink: 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke
Hali Flickinger: 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley
Andrew Gemmell: 1,500-meter freestyle, open water 10-kilometer
Chase Kalisz: 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter individual medley
Jay Litherland: 400-meter individual medley
Maddie Locus: 50-meter freestyle
Melanie Margalis: 200-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter individual medley
Allison Schmitt: 200-meter freestyle
Olivia Smoliga: 100-meter backstroke
Shannon Vreeland: 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle
Courtney Weaver: 200-meter butterfly
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