Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm will head to Hungary in July as assistant coach for USA Team.
Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm will head to Hungary in July as assistant coach for USA Team.
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DeSelm Added To Staff For Open Water World Championships
Release: 06/14/2017

Ten open water swimmers have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer, USA Swimming announced today.  Two represent the North Carolina Aquatic Club in Chapel Hill, N.C.

University of North Carolina head coach Rich DeSelm will serve as the assistant coach for the USA Team at thw World Championships.

The 2017 FINA World Championships at open water swimming events will be contested July 15-16 and July 18-21 at Lake Balaton outside Budapest, Hungary.

Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club), Becca Mann (Homer Glenn, Ill./Trojan Swim Club), Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C/North Carolina Aquatic Club) and David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./University of Tennessee) are returnees on the world championships' roster. A world champion in the 2005 10K, Peterson is on the worlds roster for the first time since 2010.

The roster also includes two-time Olympian Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica), who became the first American to qualify for the same Olympic Games in both an open water and pool event. 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation's Capital Swim Club) is also on the team.

The 2015 FINA World Championships showed success for Team USA on the podium, as Wilimovsky took home gold in the men's 10-kilometer event. Anderson won her second-straight women's 5K world title, and the United States finished atop the team standings.

Cathryn Salladin (Yorba Linda, Calif./FAST Swim Team), Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif./Unattached) and Simon Lamar (Sonora, Calif./FAST Swim Team) are newcomers to the world-class event.

The team was selected based on the results of last month's USA Swimming Open Water National Championships held at Castaic Lake, California.

Anderson and Twichell will compete alongside each other in both the women's 5K and 10K events, while Mann and Salladin will race the women's 25K. On the men's side, Gemmell and Heron are in the 5K, Wilimovsky and Casey are entered in the 10K, while Lamar and Peterson take on the 25K.

The team will be led by head coach Dave Kelsheimer of Team Santa Monica and assisted by Rich DeSelm of the North Carolina Aquatic Club.

2017 FINA World Championships Open Water Roster:

Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club): 5K, 10K

Becca Mann (Homer Glenn, Ill./Trojan Swim Club): 25K

Cathryn Salladin (Yorba Linda, Calif./FAST Swim Team): 25K

Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club): 5K, 10K

Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif./Unattached): 10K

David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./University of Tennessee): 5K

Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation's Capital Swim Club): 5K

Simon Lamar (Sonora, Calif./FAST Swim Team): 25K

Chip Peterson (Pine Knoll Shores, N.C./North Carolina Aquatic Club): 25K

Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica): 10K

Staff

Head Coach: Dave Kelsheimer (Team Santa Monica)

Assistant Coach: Rich DeSelm (North Carolina Aquatic Club)

Team Manager: Tim Hochradel

Team Physician: Dr. Andy Gerken

ATC: Andy Eberheart

Massage Therapist: Julie Gorman

Sport Psychologist: Lenny Wiersma


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