Multi-Site 18 & Under National Winter Championships To Kick Off Tuesday

2020 18 & Under Winter Championships

The 2020 version of USA Swimming’s Winter Junior Championships, termed the 18 & Under Winter Championships, is set to kick off on Tuesday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will run for two weeks, December 1-13, with an unlimited number of meets counting towards the final results.

Any sanctioned, approved, or observed swims in short course yards done within the stated dates will be included, and USA Swimming will feature a widget leaderboard on its website that will update as soon as eligible results are entered in its database.

The organization ran a somewhat similar format for the U.S. Open in mid-November, where athletes competed from nine different sites across the country with results being combined.

Swimmers will only be allowed to have their six highest-placing events count towards the official 18 & Under Winter Championship results, though they will be permitted to race a given event as many times as they want to optimize their result. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if a swimmer’s fastest time comes out of a prelim session, for example. Their quickest time will count towards the official results.

There will also will be no specified age categories, relays, or altitude adjustments applied to any results.

Another important note is that only swimmers who have previously achieved the time standards will have their results count towards the meet. You can check out the standards below:

For more information on the event, click here.

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swimgeek
8 months ago

I love this idea

sad frog
8 months ago

It’s a shame we won’t get to see swimmers from NJ, CT, and other places that have stopped youth sports

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  sad frog
8 months ago

Oregon 🙁

Eileen Hedges
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
8 months ago

Nor NJ, which is unfair to all our swimmers.

SwimMomof2
Reply to  Eileen Hedges
7 months ago

These meets were unfair to swimmers all over the country who had limited access to training and shutdowns. With Covid-19 out of control right now, the timing could not have been worse.

CASWIMMER
Reply to  sad frog
8 months ago

California is about to shut everything down, again.

coco
Reply to  sad frog
8 months ago

Which states are having these meets there is no info in USA swimming?

SWIMPOP
Reply to  coco
8 months ago

One would probably have to look LSC by LSC and update frequently to get a count of meets.

So far, I’ve heard of CO and Wisconsin, fingers crossed.

Colorado Swim parent
Reply to  SWIMPOP
8 months ago

Colorado is a maybe. 🙁 The call will be made tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Sad Frog
Reply to  coco
8 months ago

anyone can have a meet and the times count towards the “18&U championships leaderboard”. as long as sports are allowed to happen in that state. But in NJ, CT, some parts of CA, and other areas of the country sports are shutting down so they can’t swim.

swimgeek
Reply to  coco
8 months ago

It’s not like the US Open with 9 official sites. The meets are all over, and in varying degrees of size/depth. Any sanctioned meet can qualify to participate.

TXSwim
Reply to  coco
8 months ago

Texas is having theirs in Lewisville next weekend (Dec 11-13). Excited for it, but sad it’s so limited nationally.

SwimFan
Reply to  coco
8 months ago

South Carolina is.

MPalmer
Reply to  sad frog
8 months ago

North Dakota shut down competition until December 14. I wish it were set up like US Opens. Next year!

Last edited 8 months ago by MPalmer
So confused
Reply to  MPalmer
7 months ago

If you are lucky enough to be eligible (age wise) next year

Fishy
Reply to  sad frog
8 months ago

Illinois too:((

KSC
Reply to  sad frog
7 months ago

I agree. We are at an all time high on Covid cases right now. This is not fair to have this meet when so many swimmers have been shut down and not able to participate. So the message is that states who have been more strict with their rules to try and save lives are penalized. Some swimmers have not even been able to properly train.

thezwimmer
8 months ago

I remember back when they announced these time standards being surprised that they were slower than Futures cuts. Anyone know why they didn’t just use winter junior cuts?

Admin
Reply to  thezwimmer
8 months ago

In the intent of the meet as something resembling a Winter Juniors, the cuts become essentially irrelevant. Swimmers without cuts can race at the same meets and in the same heats as swimmers with cuts. The only reason to put cuts on it is to put some kind of bounds on whose results get scraped into the standings widget.

With no “meet size” to worry about, there’s no real reason to make the cuts any harder than they have to be.

Swim Dad
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 months ago

PVS meet is only for swimmers with those cuts.

John
Reply to  Swim Dad
8 months ago

But there is a PVS meet the next week that has no cut standards but times will count if swum by someone who has the cut standard.

SWIMPOP
Reply to  thezwimmer
8 months ago

My thought was the slower times are giving those who had been reasonably close but haven’t had a championship meet in over a year to compete without opening it wide open. I also presume in some LSCs there wouldn’t even be a full A final of Jr’s qualifiers and it would be a very small meet. These cuts are still pulling the top of an LSC without it being so competitive nobody is there.

MNswimmom
8 months ago

MN swimming was shut down again too. We are out 😢

Illinois out for now
8 months ago

Illinois is shut down too

PowerTower
8 months ago

Looks like New Jersey, part of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, parts of California, and Minnesota are unable to compete. Will this be a true 18 and under championship or simply an invite with time standards?

yrwydt
Reply to  PowerTower
8 months ago

obviously it is not a full championship if all LSCs/swimmers are not able to compete, but it is the next best thing with the current situation

SwimMomof2
Reply to  yrwydt
7 months ago

I agree. They should not call it a national or “championship” meet when so many people cannot compete or train.

Dpr
8 months ago

This better not be the way USA Swimming is looking at running Olympic Trials.

PsychoDad
8 months ago

Our Winter Champs will be in Dallas, December 11-13, held by Lakeside Swim Club. Strict mask and distancing rules will be enforced. Spectators not allowed. Live streaming provided.

From rulebook:
Masks must always be worn by all swimmers inside the facility.
We recommend swimmers bring a zip lock bag (with their name on it) for their mask on deck to keep dry. They should also have an extra mask with them.
Swimmers must always have their masks on when not warming up, warming down, or competing. As soon as they exit the pool, they need to immediately put their masks on.
All swimmers will need to maintain social distance (6ft apart) when in the stands, moving… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by PsychoDad

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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