Olympic stars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel headline USA team for world championships



GREENSBORO, NC – Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel starring a 41-member U.S. swim team who will be competing at this summer’s world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The team was selected at a meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, which ended Saturday night.

Ledecky had victories in four freestyle events ranging from 200 to 1,500 meters. She will be looking to add to the 15 gold medals and three silver medals she has won at the last four world championships.

After winning five gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, Dressel prepared for another packed schedule by winning the 50 and 100m freestyle and the 50 and 100m butterfly.

Three years ago in Gwangju, South Korea, Dressel became the first swimmer to win eight medals, including six gold, at a single world championship. Michael Phelps is the only other swimmer to accomplish this feat in major international competition, winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Dressel won seven gold medals at the 2017 world championships at Duna Arena, the same Budapest venue that will host the swimming competition from June 18-25.

Among those joining Ledecky on the women’s team are Olympic gold medalist Lilly King, who swept all three breaststroke races at Greensboro; Claire Curzan in the 100 free, 50 and 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke; Torri Huske in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly; and Regan Smith in the 100 backstroke and 200 butterfly.

On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalists Ryan Murphy (100 and 200 backstroke), Bobby Finke (800 and 1,500 freestyle) and Chase Kalisz (200 and individual medley) are among those who earned berths in multiple individual events .

Hunter Armstrong, who set a world record in the 50 backstroke in Greensboro, will also compete in the 100 backstroke.

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