The 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships begin on Monday in Irvine, California, backing up against the U.S. Open that is running this weekend.
This meet will feature arguably one of the best junior fields that we’ve seen at a Junior Nationals over the last few years for two reason: one is the carryover from the Open the week before, and the other is because this is a last opportunity to qualify for the Junior World Championships.
Among the major names on the women’s side are World Championship open water qualifier Becca Mann, National Age Group Record holders Ali Szekely and Cassidy Bayer, SwimMAC’s Kathleen Baker, Stanford commits Lindsey Engel and Heidi Poppe, and U.S. World Championship Trials finalist Quinn Carrozza.
On the men’s side, it will include Bolles teammates Caeleb Dressel and Santo Condorelli, butterflier extraordinaire Justin Lynch, Michael Domagala, Kyle Gornay, Michael Andrew, Aaron Whitaker, Andrew Seliskar, Jimmy Yoder, and a slew of other guys on a collision-course with future national and international teams.
For a change, the relays at this meet will be a huge focus. That’s because several of the teams who we’ve seen breaking National Age Group Records in the same relays over the last month will be trying to better them at this meet. That includes teams from the Aquajets, Tualatin Hills, King Aquatic Club, Scottsdale Aquatic Club, and SwimMAC Carolina. Finally seeing all of those swimmers, especially on the women’s side, who have been trading records back in forth all in the same spot could be explosive.