Interactive Maps: 2014 Junior Nationals scoring by state – California clubs roll in home-state Juniors

With both Junior and Senior U.S. Nationals now behind us, and Pan Pacs still a week away, now seems like the perfect time to take a look back at the two weeks that were from a slightly different lens.

Let’s start with Junior Nationals: one of the unique aspects of Juniors is that it brings together elite swimmers and clubs from across the country, combining states that are often separated by LSC divisions during the year. But which states tend to be best represented at Juniors? We compiled data from all point-scorers (top 16 finishers) at Junior Nationals to come up with the interactive maps and graphs below.

It’s not terribly surprising that California ran away with state scoring. After all, the state hosted Juniors, meaning very few California clubs decided to forgo the meet because of travel expenses. It’s also one of the biggest and most populous states in the U.S. But even taking those factors into consideration, Californians were impressive at Juniors. In total combined scoring, California didn’t just lead, it dominated, putting up more than double the points of the next-best state.

Some of that was overall team champ Palo Alto Stanford, but not nearly all of it. PASA put up just over 300 combined points, about a quarter of Cali’s total. California saw 22 boys teams and 18 girls teams put up points over the weeklong meet.

Indiana finished second, and its total was much more a one-team show. The girls of Carmel Swim Club led all female scoring with 290, and that accounted for over half of the state’s 523 total points. Interestingly enough, Indiana did quite well at this meet despite the state hosting YMCA Nationals the same week and NCSA Junior Nationals the following week. Those meets could have provided lower-cost options for Indiana’s junior swimmers, but the elite talent of the state still seemed to flock to Irvine for Juniors.

Other high-placing overall states: Florida, Texas and North Carolina rounded out the top five spots, showing some real geographic diversity among the meet’s top scorers. 35 of the 50 U.S. states scored points at the meet.

A disclaimer: in breaking down point totals by state, we counted every swimmer as a member of the state where his or her club is based. There are certainly some occasions where a swimmer will cross state lines to join a club, but for the sake of simplicity, we’re considering things at a club level.

Of course, there are some multi-site mega-clubs that span multiple states. Nation’s Capital Swim Club would be a well-known example. In those cases, we considered the club a member of the state where it’s main headquarters are located – in NCAP’s case, that is Virginia.

See below for point totals by comparison to state’s population.

Rank State Total points Boys Girls
1 CA 1268 751.5 516.5
2 IN 523 159 364
3 FL 453.5 184.5 269
4 TX 351 191 160
5 NC 347 109 238
6 GA 328 211 117
7 PA 314 207 107
8 VA 265 192 73
9 SC 208.5 0 208.5
10 OH 194 183 11
11 WA 182 62 120
12 MD 176 18 158
13 TN 174 138 36
14 AZ 147 99 48
15 NJ 122 78 44
16 OR 110.5 84 26.5
17 NY 99.5 79.5 20
18 KY 94 34 60
19 AL 86 16 70
20 MI 81 14 67
21 CO 80 29 51
22 CT 76 54.5 21.5
23 KS 70 70 0
24 IL 58 0 58
25 IA 46 16 30
26 MN 39 7 32
27 WI 37 0 37
28 NE 33 27 6
29 MA 30 23 7
30 NV 20 0 20
31 NH 18 17 1
32 AR 15 15 0
33 SD 14 0 14
34 VT 6 0 6
35 MS 4 4 0

Below is a set of interactive graphs and maps. You can shuffle through them by clicking the tabs at the top.

Some quick explanations: in the first tab, you see a map showing point distribution. The darker red the state, the more points scored. It’s a very visual representation of just how dominating California clubs were at this meet. Hover over a state with your mouse or click on it to view more stats.Below is a set of interactive graphs and maps. You can shuffle through them by clicking the tabs along the top.

Click and hold to scroll around on the maps.

The second tab is another map, this one showing each state’s rank. The darker blue the state, the higher it ranked. Once again, you can see more numbers by clicking on a state or just hovering over it with your pointer. States without labels or numbers were those that didn’t score any points at Junior Nationals.

The rest of the tabs show various points breakdowns, including boys and girls separately, plus how many individual clubs scored points for each state.

Mobile users may wish to follow this link to view the interactive maps and graphs on the web.

By Population

So, you say, of course California is going to score more points than Vermont. California has 38 million citizens, and Vermont has just over 600,000.

Below, we’ve controlled for that variable. While we don’t have data available to us regarding the number of registered  swimmers in each state, this is about as close as we’re going to get.

The clear winners here are the state of Indiana. They have a population roughly 20% the size of California’s, but had the second-most points of any state. The Californians didn’t do poorly, however: they still came in 4th even when their huge population is accounted for.

State Total points Boys Girls Pop. in Millions Points per MM of population
IN 523 159 364 6.57 79.6
SC 208.5 0 208.5 4.77 43.71
NC 347 109 238 9.85 35.23
CA 1268 751.5 516.5 38.33 33.08
GA 328 211 117 9.99 32.83
VA 265 192 73 8.26 32.08
MD 176 18 158 5.93 29.68
OR 110.5 84 26.5 3.93 28.12
TN 174 138 36 6.5 26.77
WA 182 62 120 6.97 26.11
PA 314 207 107 12.77 24.59
KS 70 70 0 2.9 24.14
FL 453.5 184.5 269 19.55 23.2
AZ 147 99 48 6.63 22.17
KY 94 34 60 4.4 21.36
CT 76 54.5 21.5 3.6 21.11
AL 86 16 70 4.83 17.81
NE 33 27 6 1.87 17.65
OH 194 183 11 11.57 16.77
SD 14 0 14 0.84 16.67
CO 80 29 51 5.27 15.18
IA 46 16 30 3.09 14.89
NJ 122 78 44 8.9 13.71
NH 18 17 1 1.32 13.64
TX 351 191 160 26.45 13.27
VT 6 0 6 0.63 9.52
MI 81 14 67 9.9 8.18
MN 39 7 32 5.42 7.2
NV 20 0 20 2.79 7.17
WI 37 0 37 5.74 6.45
AR 15 15 0 2.96 5.07
NY 99.5 79.5 20 19.65 5.06
IL 58 0 58 12.88 4.5
MA 30 23 7 6.69 4.48
MS 4 4 0 2.99 1.34

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Pat DiBiase

It would be interesting to how the results played out if you factored in the population of each state.

Pat – it would be even MORE interesting if we had the registration numbers in each state, but USA Swimming doesn’t share that kind of data. In the meantime, I’ll add in population to the chart for you, no problem!

Hey Ben – unfortunately, that is broken down by LSC, not state, but it’s still interesting data.

Yeah, I was just guessing that DiBiase was wondering about points per athlete in the area. Midwestern…more specifically Nebraska…scored more than California (based off the strictly CA LSCs) per registered athlete.

MW = .0127 points per
CA + CC + SI = .0108 points per

Braden I am not sure if my observation is correct but it seemed that while California did very well overall it seemed a bit lacking in the distance events. Is there any way to look at that data. If that is correct any speculation as to why. Thanks

swimdad – that’s actually a really interesting observation. I think the biggest difference appears to be that fewer of the top junior California-based distance swimmers were willing to race the week before Nationals than in the sprintier events. That doesn’t explain it all, but by eyeballing things, that accounts for a big chunk of the difference.

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