Oct. 4, 2012
U.S. short course world championships roster
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin swimmer Michael Weiss has been named to the U.S. team for the Short Course World Championships, USA Swimming announced on Wednesday.
"It's an honor to be named to the U.S. team and compete in one of the biggest meets in the world," Weiss said. "It will be a great experience and very humbling to swim alongside Olympic gold medalists while representing Team USA."
Weiss, who earned All-America accolades last season and was recently named to the U.S. National Team roster, is distinguished as one of the nation's top-43 swimmers who will represent the U.S. at the short course world championships in Istanbul, Turkey, from Dec. 12-15.
The U.S. swimmers selected to compete at the world championships were chosen based on their performances at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, 2012 Olympic Games and 2012 U.S. Open.
"This is a great honor for him and great recognition for our program," Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney L. Hite said. "It really puts him on the map as far as international competition is concerned -- anytime you get to wear the stars and stripes it's a great accomplishment."
Held every two years, the short course world championships will mark the first major international competition for many U.S. swimmers since their dominant performance at this summer's Olympic Games in London.
After being named to the U.S. National Team in early September, Weiss was also selected to take part in the 2013 World University Games, which are set to begin July 6, 2013, in Kazan, Russia.
"He's come a long way in a short period of time and he's only getting better," Hite added. "I'm proud of him -- it's awesome to have a representative of the United States from our university."
The U.S. roster is set to feature a total of 17 Olympians, including reigning FINA short course world champion and Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte.
The complete roster for the U.S. short course world championships team can be found here.