McLean, Robison Named to 2011-12 U.S. National Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Swimmers Matt McLean and Scot Robison, members of the Cavalier men’s program from 2007-11, have both been named to the 2011-12 United States National Team, USA Swimming has announced.
The roster features a total of 109 swimmers, including 2011 World Championships gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps. Swimmers were selected for the USA Swimming National Team based on their times in the Olympic events from the combined results of the 2011 FINA World Championships, the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2011 World University Games.
“What a great honor for our university and for our swimming and diving program to have two Cavaliers named to the U.S. National Team,” head coach Mark Bernardino said. “Leading into an Olympic year, that is one of the highest honors a swimmer can receive. There is no question both these gentlemen have earned the right to be members of this team. They have an opportunity, if all goes well, to do something special at Olympic Trials and perhaps earn a spot on the greatest team dynasty in the history of sports, the United States Olympic Swimming Team.”
McLean, who capped his Virginia career with a NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle, was named to the U.S. National Team in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle events. He claimed the 400-meter crown at the 2011 ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships in August (3:47.33) before winning the 200-meter freestyle event at the World University Games (1:47.44) later that month.
Robison, most recently coming off a stint as a member of Team USA at the 2011 FINA World Championships, earned a spot on the roster in the 100-meter freestyle event. He clocked a time of 49.01 during the World Championships in Shanghai, China, in July. He will next compete for the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 15-21.