Honoring the nation’s top swimmers for their performances at 2018’s highest domestic and international competitions, USA Swimming announced the 111 members of its 2018-19 National Team. Lakeside Swim Team’s Brooke Forde and Asia Seidt were among those named to the US National Team for the second year in a row. Forde will be a sophomore this year at Stanford University and Seidt will be a Junior this year at the University of Kentucky.
The 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team features the top six athletes in each individual Olympic event based off the combined results of the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, and 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Coach Mike DeBoor was also named to the US National Team Coaching Staff for his part in coaching both Forde and Seidt.
Brooke Forde posted the second fastest time in the country this year in the 400 IM. Her time of 4:35.09 was the sixth fastest time in the world last year. Forde represented Team USA in Tokyo, Japan at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships and qualified for the 2019 US World Championship Team that will compete in Gwangju, South Korea next summer.
Asia Seidt posted the sixth fastest time in the country this year in the 200 backstroke. Her time of 2:08.91 was the 19th fastest time in the world this year. At the US National Championships, she finished sixth with her time of 2:09.20 and is likely to be named to the 2019 US World University Games team later this year.
Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include travel to USA Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health insurance.