USA Swimming has a large and growing number of world-class competitive open water swimmers as it puts more resources into the sport.
The American team scored the most points at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships.
The 12 members of the USA Swimming 2016-2017 Open Water National Team is headlined by two pre-race Olympic medal favorites.
In addition to 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim finalists Haley Anderson, Sean Ryan and Jordan Wilimovsky, the team includes 2009 FINA World Championship medalists Andrew Gemmell and Ashley Twichell as well as former FINA 25 km world champion Alex Meyer, and two young men Brendan Casey and David Heron.
FINA World Cup veterans Emily Brunemann and Eva Fabian also join the team as they have long done so in the past, together with up-and-coming newcomers Stephanie Peacock and Taylor Pike.
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