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Whitney Hite Selected to Lead Team USA

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Wisconsin’s Whitney Hite has been selected to serve as Team USA’s head coach for the 2017 World University Games.

Hite, in his sixth season as the Badgers’ head coach, was tabbed to lead the U.S. men’s team at the World University Games, which are set for Aug. 20-27 in Taipei City, Taiwan. Texas coach Carol Capitani will serve as head coach for the U.S. women’s squad.

USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch announced the selections Monday.

“Any time you get to represent the United States internationally, it’s a tremendous honor. I’m humbled,” Hite said. “It will be a fun meet to be a part of, helping talented people swim fast. I’m looking forward to doing the best job I can to represent the United States, USA Swimming and Wisconsin.”

Hite, who has led the Wisconsin men and women to a combined six top-15 NCAA championships finishes, is no stranger to international competition; he most recently served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team for the 2015 World Championships.

“This will be the first time I’m a head coach so it will be a little bit different,” Hite said. “I know I’ll have really great assistants and Frank (Busch) will mentor me as he’s done for a number of years and help me through the process.

“At these meets, you do everything you can to help the athletes have fantastic performances. There’s going to be so much talent that you just want to put them in position to have success.”

Hite’s national team will be selected based on performances at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, which will be held June 27 to July 1 in Indianapolis.

In their last appearance in the World University Games in 2015, the U.S. men and women combined to win a record 33 medals, including 15 golds. That broke the previous mark of 27 set by the U.S. in 2007 for the most swimming medals earned at a World University Games.

The World University Games are administered by the International University Sports Federation, which includes 170 member associations. The biennial event, which dates back to 1959, includes competition in 14 sports.

(UW Athletics contributed information to this article.)

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