While National Team swimmers Caitlin Leverenz and Matt Grevers may have missed the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, they will receive a consolation prize of a trip to Hawaii this summer as the National Team representatives to the Jr. Pan Pacs team.
In what has become a standard of American swimming, USA Swimming sends senior National Team representatives and veterans along with most international junior teams to mentor and help guide those squads.
Leverenz is a 2012 Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 IM. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, after dropping her other events and putting all of her efforts into the IMs, Leverenz placed 3rd in the 200 IM final and 5th in the 400 IM final. In the former event, she was a mere .05 seconds behind the runner-up Melanie Margalis to just miss out on the 2nd spot at the Olympic Games.
Grevers is a two-time Olympian who has 4 gold medals among 6 career medals, including the 2012 title in the 100 backstroke. Like Leverenz, he just-missed the Olympic Team, placing 3rd in his best event the 100 backstroke.
The 2016 Jr. Pan Pac Championships will run from August 24th-27th in Maui, Hawaii. Swimmers born in the years 1998-2003. See the full U.S. roster for the 2016 Jr. Pan Pac Championships here.