Katharine Berkoff Named to US Women's National Team

Following a 2019 summer highlighted by four international events and 152 medals, USA Swimming today announced the names of 115 swimmers who will be named to the 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team.

Missoula Aquatic Club's Katharine Berkoff was named to the US Women's National Team after her outstanding performance in the 100 m backstroke at the World University Games in Italy thsi summer. She set a new meet record with a 59.29. Katharine is a freshman at North Carolina State. Congratulations Katharine!!

The full USA Swimming National Team roster, which is made up of the nation’s top six swimmers in each individual Olympic event, can be found at:

“In the final summer of preparation before the Olympic Games, the U.S. saw great performances across four very competitive international events as well as the Phillips 66 National Championships,” USA Swimming National Team Managing Director Lindsay Mintenko said. “The depth of our talent across this country, marked by our biggest ever class of first-time National team members, is inspiring and promising as we head into the final and most challenging year of the Olympic Quad.”

The 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team by the numbers:

  • 115 National Team members (60 men; 55 women)
  • 26 states represented; California leads the way with 16 athletes
  • 60-plus USA Swimming clubs represented; California Aquatics highest-represented club with 12 swimmers
  • 32 medalists from the 2019 FINA World Championships
  • 24 first-time National Team members
  • 12 members of the 2018-19 National Junior Team move up to senior team

The 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team features the top six athletes with the highest World Rankings in individual Olympic Events. Qualifying times come from USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019. For full selection criteria, visit:

The 2019-2020 USA Swimming Open Water National Team is comprised of the athletes selected to compete at the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championship, which took place in July in Yeosu, South Korea. Remaining positions were filled based on results from the 2019 USA Swimming 10K National Championships. The open water selection procedure can be found at:

Six athletes make the National Team roster in four different events, including distance specialists Ally McHugh and Katie Ledecky. Following her recent 800-meter freestyle world title, Ledecky will represent the stars and stripes in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyle.

Michael Andrew also qualified for four events following his 2019 FINA World Championships debut. Andrew is slated for the 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

Gretchen Walsh and Carson Foster headline a surge of young talent on the National Team roster. The talented duo thrived at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships this past August, as Walsh earned six gold medals to Foster’s three. Both swimmers qualify for this year’s National Team roster in two events –– Walsh in the 50 and 100m freestyle and Foster in the 200 and 400m individual medley.

Three of the 12-open water national team members have already earned their berths on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team. Haley AndersonAshley Twichell and Jordan Wilimovsky all stamped their tickets to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with their top-10 finishes at the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championships 10k, in Yeosu, South Korea. This will be the third Olympic appearance for Anderson (2012 and 2016), second for Wilimovsky (2016) and first for Twichell.

Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include travel to USA Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health insurance. A full list of opportunities available to members of the National Team is available online at

2019-2020 Women's National Team Roster  PDF

2019-202 Men's National Team Roster    PDF

From: USA Swimming relase 9-4-19