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5 Golden Bears made the Team USA that will race at Budapest, Hungary next week

2017 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials - Day 2
2016 Rio Calympian Kathleen Baker is one of 5 Cal Bears to make Team USA for the 2017 FINA World Championships in August.
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

On a non-Olympic years, the main swimming competition is the FINA World Aquatics championships which takes place every other years. From the USA Nationals few weeks ago, a total of 5 Cal Bears will represent Team USA in Budapest, Hungary. The main swimming competitions will take place next week (Sunday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 30th).


Cal Bear victories at the Phillips 66 National Championships

Men’s 100 Free - Nathan Adrian

Women’s 200 Back - Kathleen Baker

Men’s 200 Back - Ryan Murphy

Women’s 100 Back - Kathleen Baker

Cal Bear on Team USA

In addition to the event winners, 2nd place finishers (and certain 3rd to 6th place finishers) also makes Team USA.

Jacob Pebley - Men’s 200 Back 2nd place

Abbey Weitzeil - Women’s 50 Free 2nd place

Adrian also qualified for W 50 Free with a 2nd place finish. Murphy qualified for M 100 Back and M 50 Back with 2nd place finishes. Baker finished 2nd in W 50 Back.

Congrats to all 5 Golden Bears who will be racing next week from Budapest, Hungary.


Swimming Schedule (all times are in local time, 9 hours ahead of PST)

DAY 1 – JULY 23RD – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 100m Butterfly
  • Men’s 400m Freestyle
  • Women’s 200m IM
  • Men’s 50m Butterfly
  • Women’s 400m Freestyle
  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke
  • Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

DAY 1 – JULY 23RD – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Men’s 400m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 100m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 50m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 400m Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200m IM Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final
  • Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final

DAY 2 – JULY 24TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 100m Backstroke
  • Men’s 100m Backstroke
  • Women’s 100m Breaststroke
  • Men’s 200m Freestyle
  • Women’s 1500m Freestyle

DAY 2 – JULY 24TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final
  • Women’s 100m Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 100m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 50m Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 100m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200 IM Final

DAY 3 – JULY 25TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke
  • Women’s 200m Freestyle
  • Men’s 200m Butterfly
  • Men’s 800m Freestyle

DAY 3 – JULY 25TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Men’s 200m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 1500m Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 100m Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 100m Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 200m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final

DAY 4 – JULY 26TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 50m Backstroke
  • Men’s 100m Freestyle
  • Women’s 200m Butterfly
  • Men’s 200m IM
  • Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

DAY 4 – JULY 26TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Women’s 200m Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 50m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200m Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke Final
  • Women’s 200m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200 IM Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 800m Freestyle Final
  • Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

DAY 5 – JULY 27TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 100m Freestyle
  • Men’s 200m Backstroke
  • Women’s 200m Breaststroke
  • Men’s 200m Breaststroke
  • Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

DAY 5 – JULY 27TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Men’s 200 IM Final
  • Women’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 100m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 50m Backstroke Final
  • Men’s 200m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200m Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 200m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

DAY 6 – JULY 28TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Men’s 50m Freestyle
  • Women’s 50m Butterfly
  • Men’s 100m Butterfly
  • Women’s 200m Backstroke
  • Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Women’s 800m Freestyle

DAY 6 – JULY 28TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Women’s 100m Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 200m Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 200m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 100m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 50m Butterfly Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

DAY 7 – JULY 29TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 50m Freestyle
  • Men’s 50m Backstroke
  • Women’s 50m Breaststroke
  • Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Men’s 1500m Freestyle

DAY 7 – JULY 29TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Women’s 50m Butterfly Final
  • Men’s 50m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 200m Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 50m Breaststroke Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 100m Butterfly Final
  • Women’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 50m Backstroke Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 800m Freestyle Final
  • Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final

DAY 8 – JULY 30TH – 9:30 AM – PRELIMS

  • Women’s 400m IM
  • Men’s 400m IM
  • Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay
  • Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

DAY 8 – JULY 30TH – 5:30 PM – FINALS

  • Women’s 50m Breaststroke Final
  • Men’s 400m IM Final
  • Women’s 50m Freestyle Final
  • Men’s 50m Backstroke Final
  • Women’s 400 IM Final
  • Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final
  • Women’s 4x100m Medley Final
  • Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final

This is the TV schedule:


Agony of defeat

Two 2016 Rio Calympians in their prime that just missed out on making Team USA are Tom Shields and Josh Prenot. Shields finished 4th in 100 Fly. Prenot came even closer in 200 Breast (an event that he won Silver last summer) and 200 IM by placing 3rd in both. In 200 IM, he was upset by a Stanford swimmer, Abraham DeVine. Both Cal swimmers will be back in the international scenes soon.

Also missing out on making Team USA is the ageless Anthony Ervin. It is hard to see the man who has the record for being the oldest Gold Medalist in men’s swimming staying around until 2020 Tokyo, but if anyone can defy age, it will be Ervin.


Full list of Cal finalists and their finishes

Men’s 100 Free - Nathan Adrian (1st), Ryan Murphy (8th)

Women’s 200 Fly - Katie McLaughlin (7th)

Men’s 200 Breast - Josh Prenot (3rd)

Women’s 200 Back - Kathleen Baker (1st)

Men’s 200 Back - Ryan Murphy (1st), Jacob Pebley (2nd)

Women’s 50 Fly - Maddie Murphy (8th)

Men’s 50 Fly - Justin Lynch (7th)

Men’s 50 Back - Ryan Murphy (2nd)

Men’s 400 IM - Sean Grieshop (5th) [Grieshop is an incoming Cal Bear, if that name is not familiar to you]

Women’s 100 Fly - Katie McLaughlin (6th)

Men’s 100 Fly - Tom Shields (4th), Justin Lynch (5th), Mathew Josa (8th)

Men’s 50 Breast - Connor Hoppe (4th)

Women’s 50 Back - Kathleen Baker (2nd), Amy Bilquist (5th)

Men’s 100 Breast - Josh Prenot (7th)

Women’s 100 Back - Kathleen Baker (1st)

Men’s 100 Back - Ryan Murphy (2nd), Jacob Pebley (4th)

Men’s 200 IM - Josh Prenot (3rd)

Women’s 50 Free - Abbey Weitzeil (2nd), Madison Kennedy (7th)

Men’s 50 Free - Nathan Adrian (2nd), Anthony Ervin (6th)


World University Games and Junior Worlds

Some of the younger swimmers who did not make the FINA World Championships will be racing in the World University Games from Taiwan in August.

Incoming freshman Sean Greishop (400 IM) will join Justin Lynch (50 Fly, 100 Fly, 4x100 Medley Relay) and Katie McLaughlin (50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 Fly) on the World University Games Team USA roster.

For the even younger future Golden Bears, 2018 Cal commit Reese Whitley will race in both 100 Breast and 200 Breast at the Junior Worlds championships, which will take place from Indianapolis, IN in August.

GO BEARS!