Michael Andrew and Reece Whitley Face Off at Speedo Junior Nationals

More than 800 of America’s top up-and-coming swimmers will participate this week at USA Swimming’s 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships, opening Thursday at San Antonio’s Northside Swim Center.

The five-day meet, which runs through Monday, Aug. 3, will consist of daily prelims at 9 a.m. CDT, followed by finals at 6 p.m. CDT. Complete meet information, including a detailed schedule of events, can be found online at usaswimming.org.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased online at sanantoniosports.org. Additionally, a live webcast of the entire meet will be available online at usaswimming.org.

Among the standout swimmers expected to compete in San Antonio are a number of USA Swimming National Junior Team members, including the likes of Ella Eastin (SOCAL Aquatics Association), Katie Drabot (Ozaukee Aquatics), Michael Andrew (Indie Swimming), Sean Grieshop (Nitro Swimming) and Alex Valente (Buenaventura Swim Club) – all medalists at last summer’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Other juniors to watch in San Antonio include Reece Whitley (Penn Charter Aquatic Club), Maxime Rooney (Pleasanton Seahawks) and Miranda Tucker (Livonia Community Swim Club).

All competitors at Speedo Junior Nationals must be age 18 or under on the first day of the competition, and each participant met qualifying standards to earn a spot in the meet.

Swimming News is courtesy of USA Swimming.

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fina bites

I thought I read somewhere that Andrew was not swimming the 100 breast at Jrs, possibly saving it for Srs. If so, maybe they will meet up in the 2Breast?

Michael Schwartz

Agreed…I read that in an earlier swimswam article and that’s why I wanted to look into this one.


Andrew isn’t swimming any breast events at jrs but both of them are entered in the 200 IM


Can someone please explain: Last day to qualify for Seniors is August 2nd. If a swimmer enters 2 events on August 3rd at Jr Nats, wins and qualifies with an Olympic Trial cut time and a Senior cut time, yet will not be able to compete at Seniors given the time was done one day after the cut off time, thus eliminating his/her chance to make the Jr Nat Team for the USA. Why not make the cut off August 3rd, given most swimmers wait to taper for Jr Nats.


Junior National Team is top 6 swims all year, not specific to meet. So no impact on that expect not another chance to swim the week after. Main thing is Nationals decides the Jr. World Team based on top 2ish 18&under swims at that meet. If someone just made their National cut at Juniors they are unlikely to be in top 2 juniors at Nationals. It would be a perk though for those bothering to swim at Juniors to have their National seed time reset to a better time if they achieve it at Juniors which currently does not happen unless it is a new National cut for them. Could move some up into circle seeded heats.

I'm Ready

I think its the 200IM they are head to head in

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