Magnolia Swimmers and Coach to Represent U.S. at Junior Pan Pacs
USA Swimming has come calling on the Magnolia Aquatic Club (MAC) with the selection of Joy Field, Lucie Nordmann, and Head Coach Terry Jones for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships set to take place in Maui, Hawaii at the end of August. Stock photo via Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography
USA Swimming has come calling on the Magnolia Aquatic Club (MAC) with the selection of Joy Field, Lucie Nordmann, and Head Coach Terry Jones for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships set to take place in Maui, Hawaii at the end of August.
Field, 17, and Nordmann, 16, are two of twenty women selected from across the U.S. and are the only athletes (men or women) from the Greater Houston area to make the team, which USA Swimming states in a press release is made up of the “United States’ top up-and-coming swimmers.”
Complementing the selection of Field and Nordmann is the appointment of Terry Jones, MAC Head Coach, to the women’s team as an Assistant Coach.
“Obviously, we are very proud of Lucie and Joy,” said Jones. “They are talented, hard-working, and performed well at the Olympic Trials last month to earn their selection.”
Jones is honored to be appointed to the team as an Assistant Coach, but said, “This isn’t about me. It’s about Joy, Lucie, and also a testament to our program, which is driven by a great group of athletes and an excellent coaching staff.”
Hawaii Competition to Cap off a Successful Season
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships features the top junior swimmers (under 18 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2016) from Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S. at Maui’s Kihei Aquatic Center, Aug. 24 to 27.
Field and Nordmann, who were selected based on their Olympic Trial results in Omaha, Neb., will compete in their specialty events, plus relays. For Nordmann it is the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events, and for Field it is the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle events. At the Olympic Trials, Nordmann’s top result was in the 100-meter backstroke, where she placed 10th. Field’s best result was 11th in 800-meter freestyle.
Earlier this year, Field and Nordmann each won two national titles each at the 2016 National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior Championships in Orlando, Fla. Field won the 800-meter and 1650-yard freestyle events. Nordmann took the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events. Field also won the U.S. 18-Under Open Water National Championships in the 5K (kilometer) event in April, which was also held in Florida.
MAC is a year-round, competitive swim club based out of the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center located on the Magnolia High School campus. The club, which holds a Silver Medal Club status in USA Swimming’s National Club Excellence Program, employs six coaches for more than 250 swimmers in programs that range from teaching children the basics to high-performance, training groups that target state, national, and international competitions.
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