Julie Kole of Baltimore has been added to the U.S. team that will compete in the World Swimming Championships Jan. 7 to 13 in Perth, Australia.
Kole, 17, who will swim in the 800-meter freestyle and be an alternate on the 800 freestyle relay, was named to the squad when Erika Hansen had to step down because of a persistent virus.
Kole finished third in the 800 freestyle in the U.S. Swimming Long Course Nationals last summer. In Australia, she and world record-holder Janet Evans will be the American entrants in the 800.