Georgia Well Represented On U.S. National Teams
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Sep 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- Eleven athletes with ties to the Georgia swimming program have been named to the 2013-14 National Teams, according to an announcement by USA Swimming.

Additionally, USA Swimming named the top 18-and-under swimmers to the 2013-14 National Junior Teams, and two Georgia swimmers made those squads.

Former Lady Bulldog Megan Romano, seniors Shannon Vreeland and Melanie Margalis, juniors Lauren Harrington, Jordan Mattern and Amber McDermott, sophomore Annie Zhu and freshman Olivia Smoliga were chosen for the Women's National Team. Senior Andrew Gemmell, junior Nicolas Fink and sophomore Chase Kalisz were selected for the Men's National Team.

Romano is featured in three events: the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Olympic gold medalist Vreeland (100 and 200 freestyle), Fink (100 and 200 breaststroke) and Kalisz (200 and 400 individual medley) were selected in two events. Mattern was chosen in the 200 freestyle, McDermott made it in the 400 freestyle, Smoliga qualified in the 100 backstroke, Zhu was picked for the 200 breaststroke, Harrington made it in the 200 butterfly and Margalis qualified in the 200 individual medley. As previously announced, Gemmell was selected in the open water 10-kilometer.

The National Teams were selected based on the athletes with the top six fastest times from the combined results of the Phillips 66/USA Swimming Nationals and World Championship Trials, the World University Games, the World Championships and the US. Open. The open water team was based on the USA Swimming 10K National Championships.

Freshmen Rachel Zilinskas and Taylor Dale have been named to the National Junior Teams. Zilinskas is a member of the women's open water 10K squad, while Dale made the men's team in the 100 backstroke.The National Junior Teams are determined by results from all USA Swimming or FINA-sanctioned meets from Jan. 1 through Sept. 2. 

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