Four Vols earns a spot on U.S. National Team roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Four current and former swimmers from Tennessee have secured berths on the 2021-22 United States National Team roster ahead of a busy competitive season, USA Swimming has reported. UT is represented by Erika Brown, David Heron, Meghan Small and Joey tepper.

Two-time Olympic medalist and former Lady Volley All-American, Brown will compete in the 100 freestyle on her third stint with the national team. The two-time SEC Swimmer of the Year became the sixth Vol or Lady Vol swimmer to win two medals in a single Olympic Games, winning silver in the 400 medley relay and bronze in the 400 freestyle relay in Tokyo 2020. Marron is currently competing in the International Swimming League for the top spot of the Cali Condors.

A seasoned US National Team veteran, Heron has been a member of the team eight times with three US Open Water titles. The upcoming World Open Water Championships will mark the third consecutive time he has competed in the event. Tepper is the only active flight for the national team, ahead of his second campaign. He will also participate in the 10 km during the championships.

On his fifth stint with the national team, Small will swim the 200 IM. As the program record holder, she won three gold medals in this event at the SEC championships. She earned 18 All-America certificates and was part of Lady Vol’s 200 IM relay team that won the 2019 NCAA Championship title.

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