Team USA will travel to Croatia for training camp on June 4
At the end of the USA Team International Trials on Saturday, USA Swimming named 41 athletes and 7 coaches to the national pool swimming roster for the World Aquatic Championships.
The pool swimming events will take place June 18-25 at the Danube Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The six-week gap between the end of testing and the start of the world championships is a bit longer than what we usually see at this stage of the cycle. In 2017, for example, there were only 13 days between the end of the trials and the start of the world championships (although it was 22 days before the start of swimming in the back half of the competition).
This year, even with swimming in the first half of the world championship schedule, athletes will have 49 days until the world championships. Remember that the trials were originally scheduled around a World Championship meet in May in Fukuoka, Japan, and USA Swimming chose not to move that meet.
For athletes coming out of the college season, who could have had three major competitions off in three months, that extra gap gives them some flexibility in how they try to approach maintaining their speed.
So what’s next for Team USA? Here’s what the team’s travel schedule looks like:
- Training camp June 6-14, 2022 ◙ Rijeka, Croatia
- International Training June 14-17, 2022 ◙ Budapest, Hungary
- Competition June 18-25, 2022 ◙ Budapest, Hungary
- Back home June 26, 2022
Athletes and coaches will travel to Croatia to train at the Kantrida swimming pool complex in Rijeka, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. In the northwestern part of the country, Kantrida is about 5 hours from Budapest by bus, 8 hours by train or 3 hours by plane.
The complex is the same one that hosted Team USA before the 2017 world championships, so it will be familiar territory for returning athletes. According to our calculations, 11 swimmers who participated in the 2017 World Championships in Budapest are back for 2022.
Shortly before the athletes depart for training camp, USA Swimming will host its next and final leg of the truncated 2022 Pro Swim Series. This meeting is scheduled for June 1-4 in Mission Viejo, California. Considering the over 5 hour travel time from the east coast, which would have to be repeated to return to Croatia, few national teams are expected to participate. It’s plausible that we might see a few local athletes swim a race or two before leaving, but there are historically few swimmers on this team who are based in Southern California, so even that won’t make sense for many athletes.