Andrew, Ariola, Homovich, Sullivan, Whitley Will Captain Team USA at FINA World Juniors

The athletes of the United States have elected Michael Andrew, Grace Ariola, Madison Homovich, Erica Sullivan, and Reece Whitley as their captains for the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships that will kick off on Wednesday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. Approximately 630 athletes from 93 National Federations will be taking part in this six-day event; Team USA is comprised of 24 girls and 18 boys. The full USA roster can be found here.

Andrew is the top seed in the 50 free, 50 fly, and 200 IM, and the number two seed in the in the 50 back, 50 breast, and 100 breast. He represented Team USA at the 2015 World Juniors, where he set the Championship record in the 50 backstroke.

I'm honored and excited to serve with these fine team mates! "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". Ralph Waldo Emerson. #TeamUSA #READYTOLEAVEATRAIL

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Ariola is seeded second in the 50 free, third in the 50 back, fifth in the 100 back, and sixth in the 100 free. Like Andrew, she represented the United States at 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore.

Homovich is entered in the 200 fly (sixth seed) and 400 IM (13th). She has been representing her country since the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

This is the first national team selection for Sullivan, who is seeded first in the 1500 free and third in the 800 free.

Whitley is seeded third seed in the 100 breast, fifth in the 200 breast, seventh in the 50 breast.

2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will be the sixth edition of the prestigious competition which was first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro.



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expert coach

Excited to see what these swimmers do. Will make USA proud I’m sure. Regan Smith should be the captain for the girls though as she is swimming the most events and the best female for USA at the meet.


She is 15 usually they pick the older swimmer even though 17 isn’t that old there are few who swam jr worlds previously


Ok yea but she just went to the actual world championships so that argument is invalid.

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But she just swam at the world championships…. doesn’t that make her more qualified than people who have been to Jr worlds before…

Swim Mom

A captain is about who provides leadership.
Not about who is the “best”.
The “best” swimmers are not always the best leaders (and this is no slam on Regan, I have no knowledge of her ability to lead – just a statement that the elected swimmers have traits their teammates found worthy of being a captain).


Regan is definitely the best swimmer on the women’s side. But at 15 being a leader/captain could be a chore instead of an honor. Especially when some of these swimmers have been to junior worlds before.

Tom from Chicago

How tall is MA now?

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Justin Thompson

Tall enough for sure but hasn’t grown since he was 14 or 15. He does look like he’s hitting the weight room now.

expert coach

realistically he could win 6 gold medals in just his individual events! tha’ts insane. 50 fr, 200im, 50/100 br, 50 ba, 50 fl. Am i missing any?


Yea, some real events. He should start to branch out of those 50s.


The fact Reece Whitley is younger than me just makes me feel so inadequate lol…dude’s a tank


He is just huge !!!

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