The U.S. artistic swimming team will make its return to the Olympics this summer after a decade of absence. The team could feature a man for the first time in its history. The Americans earned one of the last five spots available at the world championships in Doha this week, with the three-part competition ending on Friday.
One of the most notable members of the team is 45-year-old Bill May, a longtime artistic swimmer who competed in individual and duet events. May joined the U.S. team event roster after international officials approved men for top-level team competition over a year ago. When the rules were changed, U.S. artistic swimming head coach Andrea Fuentes expressed her excitement about having men in her athlete pool for the team event.
“I want inclusion,” she said in late 2022. “If I have the opportunity to do it, I will for sure use it.” May, who had not competed since 2019, ended his “halfway” retirement and made the national team.
At worlds, May competed in the eight-person acrobatic routine and was not used for either technical or free routines. At Pan Ams, he was not used in any routine either. At worlds, eight artistic swimmers from a total roster of 12 were used for each of three routines, with different swimmers subbed in and out for each routine