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Nathan Adrian, Six Other Olympic Medalists Highlight U.S. Swimming Roster For Pan Am Games

By Chrös McDougall | Dec. 18, 2018, 1:41 p.m. (ET)

Nathan Adrian reacts after winning the men's 50m freestyle final at Swimming Winter National Championships on Nov. 29, 2018 in Greensboro, N.C.


When it comes to winning international medals, Nathan Adrian shows no signs of getting bored.

The 30-year-old swimmer, who won his seventh Olympic medal in Rio and 10th world title the following year, highlights the 35-person U.S. swim team that will compete at the 2019 Pan American Games, USA Swimming announced Tuesday.

In taking on the Pan Am Games, Adrian likely will go directly from the FINA World Championships, which run through July 28 in Gwangju, South Korea, to Lima, Peru, where the Pan Am Games swimming competition takes place Aug. 6-10.

The multi-sport competition, featuring athletes from 41 countries in the Americas, run July 26-Aug. 11.

Adrian will be joined in Lima by six other Olympic medalists on the U.S. swim team.

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Gunnar Bentz, Kevin Cordes, Cody Miller and Tom Shields, all of whom have Olympic gold medals to their name, are also on the U.S. men’s team. Olympic medalists Haley Anderson and Lia Neal are on the women’s team, as is 2016 Olympian Molly Hannis.

The full roster includes 18 women and 17 men.

The Pan Am Games, which take place every four years, and one year before the Olympic year, feature competition in Olympic sports as well as some non-Olympic sports such as bowling, squash and water skiing.

With a roster including Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Allison Schmitt, Team USA led all countries with 32 swimming medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Adrian, a three-time Olympian sprinter, is one of the most decorated U.S. swimmers with a combined 33 medals from Olympics, world championships (short and long course) and Pan Pacific Championships.

Of those medals, 21 are gold, including for the 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley relays in Rio. He also owns an individual Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle from the 2012 Olympics in London.

Despite all of his international success, the Bremerton, Washington, native has never competed at the Pan Am Games.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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