Rebecca Soni is taking the year off. Allison Schmitt didn't qualify.
Still, with teenagers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky leading the way, the U.S. women's swim team has lofty goals at the world championships, where the traditional pool events start Sunday.
"Yes, we don't have Rebecca or Allison, but Missy and Ledecky are here, and Breeja Larson is starting to come into her own. And then we've got veterans like Dana Vollmer and Natalie Coughlin. So it's a pretty good mix of young swimmers and veterans," U.S. women's coach Dave Salo said Tuesday.
"I think we're still real solid and we're going to do some damage on the podium," Salo added.
Expect Franklin to do a big chunk of that damage. She's planning to swim a Michael Phelps-like load of eight events inside the Palau Sant Jordi, the arena where Phelps first swam an extensive program a decade ago at the last worlds in Barcelona.
That's one more event than Franklin swam at last year's London Games, when she won four golds and ...