September 5, 2014
Congratulations to SPY Alumni,
University of Arizona/Tuscon Ford Swimmer,
She has again been selected to the USA's National Team.
Margo is a three time NCAA D-1 National Swimming Champion for Unversity of Arizona. This past spring she volunteered her time with our SPY Kids to work on freestyle technique.
Here is the cool fact. If you click on the National Team Roster and scroll down to Margo's name, you will discover that her current team representation are Tucson Ford Team and our Springfield Y Team. Yep, our Springfeild Y is listed on that National Roster. Margo's qualifying time in the 100m Free was achieved at the Phillip's 66/National Championship in August. Before Margo entered the National Championship, she did ask her current coach for University of Arizona/Tucson Ford Aquatics Team that Springfield Family Y be listed as her other team. This is known as having Dual representation to recognize contributing teams to the athlete.
Pretty cool gesture!
From USA Swimming Announcement of the 2014-15 National Team:
USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES 2014-15 NATIONAL TEAM
Headlined by world record-holders Missy Franklin
(Centennial, Colo.), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.), Ryan Lochte
(Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.), USA
Swimming today announced the 2014-15 USA Swimming National Team
The complete National Team roster, which is comprised of the top six swimmers in each Olympic event, can be found online here.
“The USA Swimming National Team represents the pinnacle of competitive swimming in the United States,” said Frank Busch, USA Swimming National Team Director. “This group of dedicated and talented athletes will positively represent our country and continue to build on our tremendous legacy of success in and out of the pool.”
Fresh off winning three medals at last month’s 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, Lochte qualified for the National Team in a team-best five events – 100-meter free, 200m free, 200m back, 100m fly and 200m IM.
Phelps, who led the U.S. men with five medals at Pan Pacs, returns to the National Team after a one-year hiatus in four events – 100m free, 100m back, 100m fly and 200m IM. Franklin also earned National Team status in four events – 100m free, 200m free, 100m back and 200m back.
Ledecky, who won five gold medals and set two world records at 2014 Pan Pacs, earned a National Team roster spot with top performances in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events.
Elizabeth Beisel (Saunderstown, R.I.; 400m free, 200m back, 200m IM, 400m IM), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif.; 200m back, 200m fly, 200m IM, 400m IM) and Becca Mann (Homer Glenn, Ill.; 400m free, 800m free, 400m IM, 10K open water) also claimed National Team status in four events.
Swimmers were selected for the USA Swimming National Team based on their times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The top six athletes in each event made the National Team, however, relay lead-offs and time trials were not included.
Open water National Team members qualified with a top-six finish in the 10-kilomter race at the 2014 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.
Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include reimbursement for travel to USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix 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 usaswimming.org.