2016 Summer Junior Nationals
The psych sheets for the 2016 United States Summer Junior National Championships are out, and a star-studded field will bring a bigger meet than the U.S. Open that warms up the pool beginning today in Minneapolis.
Michael Andrew is scheduled to pull a double with the U.S. Open, opening his schedule up into his primary events. He’s seeded 6th in 8 events at the meet, including the 100 breaststroke that he placed 4th in at the Olympic Trials.
Among the stars on the girls’ side of the pool is 15-year old Zoe Bartel from the Fort Collins Area Swim Team. She enters the meet as the top seed in both the 100 breaststroke by a second-and-a-half (1:08.29) and in the 200 breaststroke by more than three seconds (2:28.17). She’s one of America’s best juniors in a stroke that is relatively veteran at the national level – there were no swimmers aged 18 or younger in the final of either breaststroke event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Other early highlights (with a full preview to come next week):
- 16-year old Daniel Roy is the top seed in the 200 breaststroke ahead of 14-year old Ethan Dang, who just last weekend broke the National Age Group Record in the event. Reece Whitley, whose record Dang broke, isn’t attending the meet.
- Three girls are seeded under 1:01 in the 100 backstroke: 16-year old Grace Ariola, 16-year old Lucie Nordmann, and 14-year old Regan Smith.