Jason Turcotte to Lead 8 Juniors to FINA World Cup with Hardy, Ervin, Shields

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 21

September 27th, 2012 National, News

Jason Turcotte of the Dynamo Swim Club in Atlanta will lead a team of 8 junior swimmers and three National Team swimmers to the FINA World Cup Series this fall.

The team will be accompanied by three National Team swimmers who will serve in a mentoring role for the athletes; this is something that USA Swimming has started doing a lot more of, with the unique aspect of these World Cup meets being that the mentors can actually swim as well.

The team will again hit the European leg of the tour, making stops in Moscow, Russia and Berlin, Germany. Though he won’t be an official mentor, the team is expected to be joined in Moscow at least by superstar Ryan Lochte.

Turcotte will have two members of his own team on the trip with him (Kylie Stewart and Gunnar Bentz), and is the coach of the 2010 and 2011 Speedo Long Course Junior National Champions. He follows in the footsteps of the Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps led squad that hit Europe last year. That included swimmers like Chase Kalisz and Missy Franklin, the latter of whom broke a World Record in Berlin.

This year’s team is much further from their next attempt at the Olympics than was last year’s, but still carries huge accolades. IM’er Celina Li, already committed to Cal for the fall, will make the trip. Her star in the national conversation has been rising in the last few weeks.Becca Mann, a 14-year old incredibly tough swimmer who made multiple Olympic Trials finals, will also join them.

Other swimmers on the roster include:

  • Breaststroker Allie Szekely, who almost broke a historic 13-14 Amanda Beard National Age Group Record
  • Kaitlyn Jones from the Delaware Swim Team who made her breakout at the Tom Dolan Invite last year and also was on the Jr. Pan Pacs roster
  • Leah Smith from the jewis Community Center in Pittsburgh, who’s another part of the women’s distance resurgance in the U.S. right now
  • Michelle Cefalout of Tualatin Hills in Portland, Oregon, who this summer swept the Junior National butterfly titles, including a 59.31 in the 100 to break the minute for the first time

They will be joined by Jessica Hardy, Anthony Ervin, and Tom Shields: three Cal Bears working alongside the former Stanford assistant Turcotte.

Shields has dominated American college swimming with his incredible underwaters that translate well to short course, but is still developing in long course. This will be a great opportunity to step into the international spotlight for him. Ervin is coming off of a comeback, and so reviatlized was he by his Olympic final that he’s decided to continue on with his career.

Hardy is the most experienced of the three in this series: in 2009, where about every other race at the World Cup resulted in a World Record, a full schedule from Hardy in her first action back from a doping suspension led her to the series victory and a $100,000 check. She swept the 50 breaststrokes at all 5 meets, including breaking the World Record in Berlin: which still stands as the global standard.

Name Team Coach
Kaitlyn Jones Delaware Swim Team Bruce Gemmell
Celina Li Pleasanton Seahawks Steve Morsilli
Becca Mann Clearwater Aquatic Team Randy Reese
Leah Smith Jewish Community Center Al Rose
Kylie Stewart Dynamo Swim Club Jason Turcotte
Michelle Cefal Tualatin Hills Linck Bergen
Allie Szekely Central Bucks YMCA Stu Kukla
Gunnar Bentz Dynamo Swim Club Jason Turcotte

National Teamers:
Jessica Hardy
Anthony Ervin
Tom Shields

Selection Criteria

Full selection criteria is available here, but to summarize, up to 10 boys and 10 girls could be taken. They were chosen based on the swimmers that ranked highest in the World Rankings, with a limit that they must have been in the top 50.

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Looks like there are 4 athletes on the team that were Finalist at Olympic Trials.

Kaitlyn Jones – 8th 200 back
Celina Li – 6th 200 IM
Becca Mann – 5th 400 IM, 6th 400 free, 5th 800 free
Kylie Stewart – 7th 100 back, 5th 200 back


Out of curiosity, why are most of the junior members female? (they clearly deserve it… Shows the depth and youth of the women’s team… I was just curious. Guess it could be simply logistics since many are still in high school…)


agree wonder how they picked these 7 junior teamers and how they picked these national team members? highest ranked who want to go? just curious

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