On the eve of the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships that begin on Monday in Dubai, the American team has elected their four captains: Matthew Josa, Gunnar Bentz, Courtney Weaver, and Kylie Stewart.
The four are natural fits, and of note, Bentz and Stewart both swim for the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta for coach Jason Turcotte, who is the head coach of the women’s team.
Josa will swim the 50 and 100 fly individually, which he’ll likely couple with at least three relays. Bentz has a huge schedule, that includes the 50, 100 and 200 breaststrokes, the 200 and 400 IM’s, and the 800 free relay in one of the biggest schedules among team USA swimmers.
Weaver will swim the 50 and 100 fly individually, and probably will have at least a prelims swim in the girls’ 400 medley relay, and Stewart will focus on the 200 backstroke.
Bentz, Weaver, and Stewart are all going into their senior years of high school, while Josa is about to begin his freshman year at Queens University.
The full team USA roster, updated with 50 meter and 1500 meter races (in bold), can be seen below.
|Olivia Anderson||50m/100m BR||Aquajets Swim Team|
|Kathleen Baker||200m IM, 50/100/200m BK||SwimMAC Carolina|
|Quinn Carrozza||200/400m FR||Longhorn Aquatics|
|Katherine Drabot||4x200m FR||Ozaukee Aquatics|
|Ella Eastin||200/400m IM||SOCAL Aquatics Association|
|Bethany Leap||200m BR||Sarasota YMCA Sharks|
|Becca Mann||400/800m/1500m FR, 200m FL, 400m IM||Clearwater Aquatic Team|
|Kathryn McLaughlin||50/200m FR, 50/100/200m FL, 4x100m FR||Mission Viejo Nadadores|
|Alexandra Meyers||4x100m FR||Schroeder YMCA Swim Team|
|Isabella Rongione||800m/1500m FR||The Fish|
|Maija Roses||50m/100m BR||SwimMAC Carolina|
|Cierra Runge||100m FR, 4x200m FR||North Baltimore Aquatic Club|
|Mary (Mimi) Schneider||100m FR||Academy Bullets Swim Club|
|Riley Scott||200m BR||Marin Pirates|
|Clara Smiddy||50/100m BK||AK Sharks|
|Kylie Stewart||200m BK||Dynamo Swim Club|
|Courtney Weaver||50/100m FL||Flint ‘Y’ Falcons|
|Abbigail Weitzeil||50m FR||Canyons Aquatic Club|
|Gunnar Bentz||50/100/200m BR, 200/400m IM, 4x200m FR||Dynamo Swim Club|
|Aidan Burns||400m FR||Santa Clara Swim Club|
|Caeleb Dressel||50/100/200m FR||Bolles School Sharks|
|Connor Green||50/100/200m BK||Bluefish Swim Club|
|Kyle Gornay||4x100m FR||Redlands Swim Team|
|Ryan Harty||50/100m BK||Greenwood Memorial Swim Club|
|David Heron||800m/1500m FR||Mission Viejo Nadadores|
|Matthew Josa||50/100m FL||SwimMAC Carolina|
|Alexander Katz||200m BK,4x200m FR||Sarasota YMCA Sharks|
|Jay Litherland||400m IM||Dynamo Swim Club|
|Justin Lynch||50/100/200m FL||Terrapins Swim Team|
|Blake Pieroni||200m FR||Duneland Swim Club|
|Paul Powers||50/100m FR||Splash Aquatic Club|
|Brett Ringgold||4x100m FR||North Texas Nadadores|
|Jonathan Roberts||400/800m/1500m FR||North Texas Nadadores|
|Andrew Schuehler||200m BR||Jersey Wahoos|
|Andrew Seliskar||200m FL, 200m IM||Nation’s Capital Swim Club|
|Carsten Vissering||50/100m BR||Nation’s Capital Swim Club|