The National Junior Team compiles the top junior athletes in the country. You can see full selection criteria here, but we’ve summarized the high points below:
- Athletes must be 18 or younger as of September 1, 2019.
- Long course meters times from January 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019 are included. (No relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs or intermediate splits count, though).
- Athletes who make the senior National Team are not allowed to make the Junior National Team.
- Athletes who have competed individually in an Olympic event at the Olympics, Pan Pacs or World Championships are not eligible.
- The top two eligible athletes in each event will make the team, and the top four in the 100 and 200 frees.
- Additional athletes will make the team if their world ranking is inside the top 75 (for girls) or top 100 (for boys).
- The roster will feature at least 26 boys and 26 girls and no more than 40 boys or 40 girls (for pool swimming – open water is selected separately).
This season, 40 girls and 31 boys made the roster for pool swimming. Six girls and six boys made it for open water.
National Junior Team swimmers with the highest world rank, per what’s listed on the official roster:
- Justina Kozan (22nd in 200 IM)
- Isabel Gormley (23rd in 400 IM)
- Claire Curzan (24th in 100 fly, 27th in 100 back, 30th in 200 back)
- Rye Ulett (24th in 200 back)
- Claire Tuggle (26th in 400 free)