Caeleb Dressel leads the US National Team in 2017-2018

USA Swimming announced which athletes were dominant enough to make the National Team.

To be selected, a swimmer must rank as one of the top six Americans in an individual Olympic event, with a time recorded at either the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, 2017 FINA World Championships, 2017 World University Games, or the 2017 U.S. Open.

The team consists of 59 men and 56 women, hailing from 29 states and 60 USA Swimming teams. Eighteen of the 115 total swimmers qualified for the team in three or more events, with Katie Ledecky and Leah Smith as the only swimmers to qualify in five. Mallory Comerford and Caeleb Dressel were next with four events apiece.

The team includes 12 open water swimmers, headlined by Worlds 5K gold medalist Ashley Twichell.

Being named to the National Team gets members much more than bragging rights — a portion of the top athletes will receive monthly monetary stipends that vary based on professional status, as well as travel reimbursement, Olympic Training Center access, and even health insurance in some cases.

You can find the list of the team members here.


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