Follow Team USA’s Journey To World Championships Training Camp In Croatia


Yesterday, USA Swimming’s squad for the 2022 FINA World Championships left for their pre-Worlds training camp in Rijeka, Croatia. They will stay there until June 14, which is when they will head over to Budapest, Hungary, where Worlds is taking place.

Here’s what the team’s travel schedule looks like:

Training Camp June 6-14, 2022 – Rijeka, Croatia
International Training June 14-17, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary
Competition June 18-25, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary
Return home – June 26, 2022

Follow along Team USA’s journey courtesy of Instagram stories from members of the USA World Championship team.


On the afternoon of June 6, 2022, Team USA left for Rijeka, Croatia. However, according to Leah Smith, the team had an “accidental” 12 hour layover at the Munich International Airport in Germany, and took a connection flight to Rijeka from there. A flight from New York City to Munich is approximately 8 hours, and from Munich to Rijeka is around an hour. During the morning of June 7, the team arrived in Rijeka.

Per tradition, swimming legend Ryan Lochte made breakfast for the swimmers training at the University of Florida before they went to Rijeka.

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Left: Lily King (via Annie Lazor) Middle: Nic Fink Right: Charlie Clark

Left: Leah Smith and Regan Smith  Middle: Lily King and Hali Flickinger Right: Annie Lazor

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Above: Phoebe Bacon, Regan Smith, And Leah Smith

The Hotel + Arriving At Training Camp

The team is staying at the Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach Resort and Spa, which is just alongside the shore of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel is ten minutes walking distance from the Kantrida Swimming Pool Complex, where they will be training prior to Worlds. Before this year, Team USA trained there prior to the 2017 FINA World Championships, which were also held in Budapest.

Courtesy of Michael Andrew, Ryan Murphy and Hunter Armstrong, we got a glimpse of their hotel room and the decks attached to them. The swimmers get an incredible view of the Učka Mountain Range from their rooms, as seen via Alex Walsh‘s instagram story.

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We were also able to see the indoor and outdoor pools that Team USA would have access to in their time in Rijeka.

Left: Claire Curzan Right: Hunter Armstrong

And of course, don’t forget about food.

Above: Natalie Hinds, Bobby Finke, Kieran Smith, and Trey Freeman (via Trey Freeman)

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Above: Ryan Murphy (via Chase Kalisz)

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Above: Michael Andrew

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