Feb. 8, 2011
USA Swimming Official Release
TUCSON, Ariz. - Five University of Arizona swimmers were named to the 2011 World University Games roster in Shenzhen, China today as Alyssa Anderson, Annie Chandler, Cory Chitwood, Clark Burckle and Adam Small were selected by USA Swimming for competition.
Known internationally as the Summer Universiade, the multi-sport event takes place every two years and is considered the second largest international competition behind the Olympic Games. It boasts competitors from around the world and is open to student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are less than one year removed from college or its equivalent.
Anderson, a junior at UA and current women's team captain, will embark on her second international team trip as she competed for Team USA in 2009 at the World Championships in Rome. A six-time All-American at Arizona, Anderson looks to be a top point-scorer for the Wildcats later this season at the NCAA Championships.
Chandler was an 18-time All-American during her four seasons swimming at Arizona, helping the team to its first-ever national championship as a sophomore in 2008. A six-time NCAA event champion, Chandler owns the NCAA record in the 100 yard breaststroke set in her senior season a year ago in West Lafayette, Ind. Internationally, Chandler competed for Team USA last summer at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif.
Chitwood, a seven-time collegiate All-American and current men's team captain, won an individual national championship in the 200 backstroke last year at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Earlier this year, Chitwood, from Union, Ky., garnered Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honors for December after recording three wins at the Texas Invitational.
Burckle, a UA transfer last season from Florida who completed his college career in March by winning the 200 breaststroke for the Wildcats at the 2010 NCAA Championships, is a 2010-11 U.S. National Team member currently finishing up his degree in Tucson while also competing on USA Swimming Grand Prix circuit. Last week at the Austin Grand Prix, Burckle finished second in the 200 breast event. Burckle also swam for the U.S. in the '09 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia.
Small, a junior freestyle sprinter and three-time All-American from Tempe, Ariz., leads the Arizona sprint contingent in 2010-11. Working with associate head coach Rick DeMont, Small has transformed into one of the fastest sprinters in college swimming, specializing in relay events.
In past years, the World University Games has been a breeding ground for some of the best swimming talent in the nation. Many Olympic swimmers have at one time been a member of a World University Games team. The 2007 U.S. World University Games Team saw three members all go on to compete in the 2008 Olympics.