They could still see changes, but the organizers of the 2013 Junior World Championships that run from August 26th-31st in Dubai, AUE have released the initial start lists for the meet.
See the full start lists here. (Updated, but note there are STILL some errors to be worked out – at least one birth year is wrong, and nobody is really seeded at 3:52 in the women’s 400 IM).
Among the revelations is that World Record holder Ruta Meilutyte will swim both of the events in which she’s the fastest ever: the 50 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke. She’s the top seed in both events, but Ukraine 15-year old (30.73/1:06.73) is the 2nd seed in both race and close enough to make things a little interesting.
Meilutyte will also swim the 100 free, where she’ll be wedged between Russia’s Maria Baklakova and Australia’s Shayna Jack as the 2nd seed; the 50 fly where she’s the 26th seed (28.30 – she should destroy that time and has a chance at finaling), the 200 IM (2:13.69 – 4th seed), and the 50 free (25.26 – 4th seed).
The best of those races could be the 200 IM, where Meilutyte is joined in the top 5 seeds by Japan’s Emu Higachi (2:12.00), the two Americans Kathleen Baker and Ella Eastin, and the other Japanese entrant Hiroko Makino, who at only 14 years old is the 5th seed in 2:14.62.
Aside from Meilutyte, the men’s sprints should be the highlight. The best-known names are Evgeny Sedov, Luke Percy, and Caeleb Dressel, but even without Brazil’s Matheus Santana, there’s 8 swimmers seeded at 22.71 or better in the 50 free, and five seeded under 50 seconds in the boys’ 100 free.
Remember that this meet is for boys born in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998, and girls born in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Relay lineups still haven’t been posted, but could be very interesting in the mixed 400 medley and free relays.