Josh Schneider Earns Spot On U.S. National Team

Sept. 23, 2010

Schneider On The Morning Swim Show

CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati swimmer Josh Schneider was reinstated to the U.S. National Team this week after weeks of waiting following a controversial disqualification at the U.S. National Championships in August.

He originally earned his spot on the U.S. squad after tying for second in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Championships. Schneider was disqualified from the 50-freestyle, the event he won at the 2010 NCAA Championship, after failing to scratch from the 100 butterfly, an event he was not aware he was entered in. Not withdrawing was a violation of USA Swimming rules and resulted in a series of appeals, keeping Schneider off the Pan Pacific Championships team.

He swam 21.97 in the final of the 50 freestyle at that meet, tying for second with Cullen Jones, finishing behind Nathan Adrian who won the race in 21.70. Adrian's time was the second fastest in the world this year while Schneider and Jones are tied for the fifth-best effort in the world this year.

Schneider and Jones will compete in a swim-off at the 2011 Charlotte UltraSwim to see who will compete at the 2011 FINA World Championships.

Schneider, recently recovered from a broken hand, will compete against an elite group of swimmers at next month’s RPC Tiburon Sprint Classic. The meet, scheduled for Oct. 16 in the San Francisco Bay Area will feature Schneider, as well as Ryan Lochte, Cesar Cielo, Nathan Adrian, Garrett Weber-Gale, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Matt Grevers.

Schneider, the 2010 NCAA Champion in the 50-yard freestyle, is training for the 2012 Olympics in London. He closed out his career at UC as a five-time all-America selection, seven-time BIG EAST Conference Champion, two-time BIG EAST Swimmer of the Year, and the holder of five school records (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 fly, and 100 fly).

In his time at UC, Schneider set 22 school-record times and was undefeated in the 50 freestyle during the 2009-10 season. Since turning professional and transitioning to long-course swimming, Schneider has shown steady improvement in each event he has competed in.