Fresh Swimming Talents to be Revealed at World Junior Championships

The fifth edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships will be held in Singapore (SIN) from August 25-30, 2015 with almost 700 young athletes from 87 National Federations taking part in the event. Swimmers aged between 14-18 (girls between 14-17, boys between 15-18) are set to compete in the the state-of-the-art OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports Hub, which opened its door in 2014.

Brandonn Almeida (BRA), Michael Andrew (USA), Kyle Chalmers (AUS), Anton Chupkov (RUS) and Luke Greenbank (GBR) are some names to keep an eye for. Among the women, Arina Openysheva (RUS), Sierra Schmidt (USA) and Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR) are also athletes to watch, but many other talents capable of shining in the future will be present in the six-day competition, the most important swimming gathering in this age group.

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This major event will also close a busy summer, which included the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) and the two first legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup (Moscow and Paris-Chartres). In this first event, no less than 12 World Records have been established.

The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were launched in 2006, with the first edition in Rio de Janeiro (BRA). Monterrey, in Mexico, staged the second edition in 2008, while the Peruvian capital Lima was the host of the 2011 rendezvous, and Dubai (UAE) welcomed the best junior swimmers in 2013.

The competition programme in Singapore comprises 42 events, unfold as follows:

August 25 – 4 finals
August 26 – 9 finals
August 27 – 5 finals
August 28 – 8 finals
August 29 – 5 finals
August 30 – 11 finals

Heats will take place everyday at 10:00 and finals at 18:00 (local time). Daily Highlights will be available everyday on FINATV from 17:00-17:15 GMT and then on VoD.

Swimming news courtesy of FINA.

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A quick look of day 2 of Andrew.. What does everybody thinks about his absurd schedule? Day 2 possibily: 5 RACES on the same session. On day 1 he would already have the 100 back/100 breast and the 4×100 relay Between the back and breast only the girls 400 IM would be, then he would have the girls 100 back to rest and the water again to swim the free relay. So it would tire him a little. Day 2 morning he would have the 200 im and 100 fly. On the afternoon the “impossible” would begin. First race of the day: 100 back finals Then he would have some rest time, Girls 200 fly, boys 200 free and girls… Read more »


I dont know what he is trying to prove. My opinion is that this is where a national team coach should just step in and not allow him to try and do this. He should only do the 2 finals and one other swim on the day 2 evening session. so pick 2 of 3 finals and either skip the relay or the 100fly semi.


Michael Andrew – if you read this I (no, we – 100’s of us in this sport want) want to encourage you! This will be a walk in the park for you because it is not about you. Who said doing something that is tough is not fun. Continue to set your own standards. You are a pioneer and you are incredible! Your attitude is amazing. We know you have nothing to prove to anyone so do not take on any unwarranted pressures. You are fearless and you serve a loving, caring and gracious God. Have fun and do not for one minute consider any negative comments of a very small minority of readers who consistently seek to discourage or… Read more »


I agree with #Go4ItMichael that he should swim to have fun, set his own standards, break barriers, etc and I wish him and his team USA the best regardless of whether he swims and wins gold in all the events or has to drop some if he and/or the coaches feel like it’s too much for him.

But thanks for the heads up– who knew that Rafael and TA were putting a curse on him by simply expressing his opinion that the sheer number of total swims might be too many? And who knew that that this was a Holy War, and not just a kid’s swim competition?? Glad you’re on top of that.

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Yes, we get it. He’ll be tired if he swims this program but to each his own. If he wants to go for it then why not?

If your goal is to be a future Olympian then this meet is nothing more than a stepping stone on your evolution to that goal. Take this opportunity to continue to develop and figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are and if that includes swimming a huge program to find out how you fare then do it.

Realistically I believe he’ll drop some events, but that’s just my gut feeling.


If he qualified for the meet swimming this exact schedule then I’d say its other swimmers fault for not beating him out for the slots but the reality is he didn’t do 5 swims in the evening session of day 2 at senior nationals. Secondly he is not swimming for himself and his dad’s swim team, he is representing team usa so he shouldn’t just be allowed to do whatever he wants and yes I understand that swimming isn’t really a team sport. But I think it is a selfish thing to do and even more so if he scratches an event at the last second and the team cant enter a different swimmer to fill the spot. I just… Read more »


At least FINA has the good sense not to swim semi-finals of 200m races here… Thank goodness.


Go Michael! My family cheers for you and prays for you always! Bring God the glory!

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